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Art Reproduction Service – Photography of Paintings, drawings and two dimensional art works

Art reproduction photography with the ColorChecker - our art reproduction service

Nesbitt offers exacting fine art reproduction services for artists, galleries, museums, and private collectors. Works are photographed in studio or on location as needed.  We’re very familiar with significant works and the top end of the market; Nesbitt and his staff understand and operate with complete confidentiality. This complicates marketing our services and you will notice very few images on this page – this is by design and an integral part of our confidentiality commitment.

Reproduction Photography of paintings and art works can be done in our studio or by traveling to your location. Shooting can be done in residences, galleries, storage facilities or museums. Nesbitt shoots with a strobe flash lighting system which overpowers any existing lighting and subjects the art to just a few 100ths of a second of light. This is by far the least light intensive method. A series of color accurate reference cards are photographed with the art, these cards are the basis for a rigorous color management process. Challenges of texture, glare, glass, sheen, frame shadow and existing light are all easily managed using polarized light and various lighting strategies.

Printing reproductions is part of our service. We offer high-quality, color accurate photographic prints with our 5 machines and a variety of media options. Our art reproduction service includes sophisticated technical options like flat-bed printing, very large sizes, and prints on materials identical to the original. Let us know what you are thinking of and we can help guide you through the options.

Additionally Nesbitt has devised a system for photographing extremely large works using a combination of software and specialized camera mounts. This system produces images of 10 ft. x 10 ft. works at 250dpi – high enough to print precise reproductions. With an effective image size in the range of 400 Megapixels this is an uncommon capability and a rare solution for large artwork reproductions. Let us know if you require further details or have specific technical requirements.

On location reproduction photography of art work

Shooting on location $1500/day. Up to 5 pieces can usually be shot depending on size and lighting.

Finished image post production computer work which includes complex photoshop, image manipulations and accurate color adjustments billed separately at $100/hr.

Travel, rental, and production expenses are easily quoted, just let us know your situation.  Nesbitt owns all the necessary equipment which generally avoids the expense and logistics of gear rental.

Nesbitt has shot significant and large scale works all over the US and world.  Call the studio at 401-847-4255 or use the contact form.

We give accurate, firm quotes for the number, size, and location of your art work.

Art reproduction service - Photography of paintings
A Cézanne being photographed with the color reference card on it’s way to a private sale from it’s place on view in a public institution

In studio photography of art work

(including  post-production computer work)

$150 : in-studio repro shoot with non-critical color, up to 2 pieces

$300 : in-studio repro shoot with color corrections, up to 2 pieces

For more demanding works the finished image computer work in photoshop is billed separately at $100/hr. This includes image manipulations, photo restoration, and accurate color adjustments. Usually the post production takes about the same amount of time as the shooting.

Photo Restoration

Photo restoration

We offer photo restoration as part of our art reproduction services. Depending on size damaged, old, or fragile works are either scanned or photographed . We then clean them up and digitally repair the damage in Photoshop. Anything from valuable historical artifacts to sweet family memories can be saved.

photograph restoration

Color and contrast can usually be recovered as well. The finished piece can be printed with more archival, longer lasting paper and the digital file archived. With a refreshed print it is now prepared to last for ages.

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