Q. How much do you charge?
A. It depends. Lots of variables can impact pricing. I offer two different levels of images, web only and print quality. Web only images will have a lower resolution not suitable for print reproduction, and will lack the post production that insures perfectly accurate color. This approach works because most monitors are not properly calibrated for color, and lower resolution allows for quicker work flow, reducing my time requirements. Print reproductions will be shot on a high resolution camera (50 mega pixel), with a color target that creates a profile in the specific conditions your art work is photographed under to insure accurate color.
Additionally, the nature of the artwork can impact pricing. If the subject is especially reflective, requires advanced lighting setups, or is very large, these factors impact pricing. I will shot in the field, but this will incur some additional costs for my time in travel and set up, I prefer to shoot your art in my studio, where I can control variables that influence my work.
But generally, I will try to keep pricing to $45 for print reproductions, and $20 for web only images. I do give volume discounts. Please note, I do offer additional services, such as reformatting or sizing your images for specific purposes, some basic design work, and that I will need to charge for my time.
Q. Who owns the images that you shot
A. That my friends, is an interesting question. But I want to keep it simple, most the time I will function on a "for hire" basis, with consideration for credit in matters of publication. You will retain the rights to the representation of your work, and we will put it in writing. There may be circumstances when the nature of a photo is more subjective, and requires my intellectual content and contribution, or it's possible future presentation had implications for my reputation, in these cases, we might have to have a conversation around that.
Q. How long will it take?
A. I like to shot once or twice a week, depending on my schedule and the volume of work. I need a week after the shoot for post production. So depending on when you bring me your work, it will be within 2 weeks. A tight shooting schedule affords lower pricing for you. Last minute requests are hard to meet, so plan ahead.
Q. Is there anything I should I do before having my artwork photographed?
A. Yes, you should;
1. clean your art! The camera will pick up that dust, or splash of who knows what? Can't count the times.
2. Think about how you want your artwork to be presented. Do you want it on a white back ground and well lite? Or do you want a dark back ground? Look at my WORK page for examples of differing set ups, and think about how your work will look the best.
3. Bring me your artwork.
Q. Can I do anything about my artwork getting stolen online?
A. Yes, but there is no perfect solution.
The first, and perhaps most effective is to present low pixel resolution files online. If you think of a comic strip is printed, you will recall that there are lots of little dots that make up the image. Pixels in digital files work in a similar way, with lots of little dots (well, squares) of information that reproduce the colors and definition of the object being photographed. So if we keep your files at low resolution, it will be harder for art thieves to replicate your work for what ever interests they have.
The second thing you can do is have your work watermarked, this will change the nature of your art, namely, you will have lettering running across the face of the photo, requiring a thief to attempt to edit it out, but detracting from the art you are displaying.