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Digital Capture

taking a photograph of artwork using a hasselblad camera

A giclée print is only as good as the digital file from which it is made – the more information in the file, the more accurate the print will be to the original in color, detail, tone and texture.  This is why the whole issue of digital capture, or scanning, is so very important and why a first-generation scan taken directly from an original is always preferable to a second-generation scan taken from an intermediary such as a slide, transparency, negative or print.


When we first opened our studio in 1999, we were using a Betterlight digital scanning back camera for our digital capture.  Our goal has always been to capture enough detail to resolve even the underlying texture of the original and at the time the Betterlight was the only camera with sufficient resolution to achieve this.  Since then, significant advances in both lens and sensor design have increased the degree of accuracy of the actual digital capture.  No less significant advances in color management software have greatly enhanced the proofing process.  We recently upgraded to a Hasselblad studio camera to take advantage of the many benefits of its superior lens and proprietary Phocus software.  Phocus software allows us to build a custom color profile for each original we scan, taking into account the particular lighting conditions of each shot; it also allows us to be highly selective and precise in adjusting hue, saturation and density in proofing.   The results are very impressive; our clients think so too!


As part of the proofing process, you will receive a CD with your image saved in two standard formats, hi-resolution master file (tif), and low-resolution web/e-mail file (jpg ), packaged in a jewel case with a thumbnail print on the cover for easy reference. As a long-term storage medium, CD’s are stable, compact and inexpensive, and can be copied easily with no loss of information.


When an original is no longer available, we can convert slides, transparencies, negatives or photographic prints into digital files.  As these are all subject to degeneration over time, we recommend you consider converting any of your key images currently stored in these formats to digital files for long-term preservation.

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