Artist Painting and Gallery Prints Photographer | Photography specialist for paintings and artworks

The importance of the camera when photographing paintings – a bit technical but important for image quality

I use a Nikon D800 high resolution full frame 36megapixel camera. This is the highest megapixel DSLR camera on the market today. This means that the photographed paintings can be printed right up to 6 foot poster size and up to the highest quality print at 300dpi.  The native 36megapixel size at 300dpi is large A2 print size but for posters you can go beyond that size as normally 300dpi is not required for posters. 

The Nikon D800 has the highest Dynamic Range of all DLSR cameras which means it can capture the full range of brightness/darkness between the various parts of the paintings which results in extremely high image quality. 

The Photography Process for Paintings

The paintings will be shot without daylight, instead using multiple off camera flashes through shoot through umbrellas. This ensures the lighting is even, soft, diffused and more importantly remains a single colour temperature. This allows me to match the set the exact painting colour in photoshop. It also ensures the direction of multiple light sources removes and light reflections from the images. 

The camera is positioned on a tripod to ensure it is perfectly still to ensure image sharpness. 

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Sample images including a close up section of the painting which showcases the detail, clarity and high resolution of the final images

Painting sample by Galway Artist Lorraine Fletcher Art Studio


The image editing/correction process for artworks and paintings

Each final painting photograph is passed through photoshop for colour correction, sharpness refinement, contrast correction, exposure correction and the images will be set to a vertical orientation and cropped to remove the outline of the frames or canvas edges. Images will be provided in full high resolution as well as a smaller 1000px wide resolution. The JPEG images are sent via an electronic download link typically 1-2 days after the shoot is complete. You will also receive the Tiff format versions of the images for safe keeping. 
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Paintings can be photographed at your home, studio or gallery. My lighting setup is mobile so I have no problem traveling to you. 

Prcing for artwork photography

Pricing to photograph paintings is based on the number of artworks to be photographed. We can schedule the shoot at a time that suits you.

What my clients say...

I am an artist based in Galway and have used Gerard Conneely Photography services to photography my painting for the past year. I can highly recommend him as a professional photographer and the customer service is top rated. As I work to deadlines, I can always rely on Gerard for having the work completed on time and of the highest quality. 

Lorraine Fletcher Art Studio - February 2014

Please contact or call me on 0872295675 to if you wish to discuss further or obtain a quote.

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