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Lighting : A properly photographed 4x5 image (digital or film) will hold up when sized to our largest print sheets without losing detail. The following lighting guidelines are helpful when creating images for printing.

Even Light : Instruct your photographer to take extra care insuring the work is evenly lighted. When photographing works created with oils, acrylics, or any other highly reflective medium, spectral highlights may be apparent. In this case, you will need to polarize both the light source and lens. Kodak color and gray control strips should be included with the photographic transparency.

Printing Texture : Artists who work in oils or acrylics with heavy layers of paint may want to convey the look to their prints. To reproduce this impasto, the artwork must be lighted slightly from above to create highlights and shadows on the relieved paint. The lighting effect can only be captured by directly scanning with a digital back or photographing with film. Simply scanning the work with a flat bed or large format scanner will not capture this depth, rather, the image will render flat.
Questions? : Again, we cannot emphasize enough how important the first step of proper lighting is to the final result. If you have any questions, we urge you or your photographer to give us a call.