Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Musicians Looking for an Artistic Partner

Hey Musicians! ... we LOVE working with you all. We can take your photos, process them so they are unbelievably cool & distinct, and create your layouts for CDs, posters, or other promotional materials, ready to send to the printing company. Drop us a line, we'll be happy to show you some of our work ...

PS - If you don't have this album yet, I highly recommend it. Still listening years later ...

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Need Processing Help?

Photographers, are you frustrated working with Photoshop or Lightroom? Do you just want to be out there taking photos (or having some fun with family & friends), not stuck in front of the computer? You don't have to be disheartened or time-crunched ... we are wild about processing images, we think Photoshop is the coolest thing ever, we have been working with it almost daily for a decade, and we want to help you process your images! We will work with your image files to get them to where you want them to be, ready for the lab and/or digital display ... from simple, basic corrections to elaborate effects and layouts. And then you can be out doing what you love.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

What Photo Processing Software Do You Use?

Jaree uses Photoshop CS4 to process her photography. She has been working with Photoshop for almost a decade now and its become an integral part of her digital workflow.

It takes time to learn, but its so powerful, its worth every effort. If you want to use Photoshop, she recommends taking an introductory class or finding a mentor to help you get started.

Friday, September 18, 2009

How to Get Ready to Have Your Artwork Photographed

We have seen bunches or articles about how to photograph artwork ... it takes, patience, practice, the right equipment, and know how to do it very well. We've been at it for close to a decade now and had to learn mostly through trial and error, but now have a methodology that works nicely. And still we learn, there are always challenges.

Artists out there, yes, you can photograph your own artwork ... but if you really need it right on, don't forget that there are professionals like us that are ready to help you. Spend your time wisely.

So ... what do you as an artist need to know about bringing in your artwork for professional photography? There are things that you can do to help us do the best job possible for you.

First of all for all artists, please plan to bring your artwork to our photography studio (unless it is too big to travel easily). We can provide the very best setup in our space and that means the best results for you! We will take care of your precious artwork, that is part of what we are expected to do and it takes time and care to get the perfect photos. If you don't have a vehicle to carry it, ask about pick up and delivery.

2-Dimensional Artists:

We know how it exciting it is to finish a piece ... you want to get it ready to show. But if you think you want a professional photograph ... stop right when it is done and get it to us. Please don't varnish oils until after they are photographed. Please don't frame anything, and especially don't put your artwork under glass. Those of us that do this often know how to treat your work gently and with care, even when it is vulnerable and unprotected. If you want to mount it, that is fine, but leave the top mats off. Put your flat work in portfolios, wrap canvases gently in cloth or plastic for the trip to and from the studio.

Photos have a lot of detail, but they will not be at the same level as a flatbed scan (which is most often used for giclees) because the lens has distance from the artwork. If you are wanting to do fine art prints to sell, we have had great results from photos going down in size from the original, but always recommend going to a giclee print house if you want the same or larger sized than the original.

3-Dimensional Artists

It gets trickier to provide advice here because each media is so different ... please be sure to ask your photographer what you can do to help get the best photos. Think about what type of setting you would like ... do you want a light or dark background or should the piece dictate? Will we need stands or other props? We really appreciate when all artwork comes to us clean and well protected. It helps if fibers are unwrinkled from folding and we have instruction on how to safely smooth the type of fiber. Metals and woods should be polished, if needed. For glass, ceramics, and pottery, you may want to mark the best side with a piece of tape. Whatever you can do to help get it ready for its very best presentation will go a long way.

We like to send proof sets to artists before we bring back the artwork, just to be sure that they are happy with the results. Don't be afraid to say something, if you feel it needs to be adjusted. It's amazing, we all have a different way of looking at the same piece of art ... but this is for your portfolio, so it should match your sense of the piece.

When you are happy with the results, you should get your pieces back along with the images on CD. We always provide two sets ... one set of full size .tif files and one set of web size .jpgs. This will allow you to make good prints or use them on a website or in emails without file manipulations.

Not all photographers do this type of work or can do it well ... ask around amongst your artist friends or at art groups or at galleries for whom they would recommend. Be wary of using anyone without experience ... it sounds easy and they may offer a low price, but trust us, it can be more challenging than you think and you want great results when you are paying for it.

PS - To our fellow photographers, if you are inexperienced, please be sure get help from someone who is ... this can be more challenging to do than you would guess. Work for an artist friend at first, who will be understanding as you get the process down ... we thought lunch out was great payment for our first artist portfolio assignment ;0).

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Lake Arts Photo Club

If you are a photographer of any level or style at the Lake, come join us! Click here for more info ...

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Got Project?

Calendar is getting busy, but we would be happy to talk with you about any autumn or holiday projects you might have ... photography or design or custom jewlery ... just drop us a line or give us a call!

Graduate School

Jaree was accepted into graduate school and will be beginning that journey on October 5th. It is something she has wanted to do for a long while. First it will be an MBA and then on to an MA/MFA. Life is a learning process and you are never too old to go back to school!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Trash the Dress

We have been working through some of the photos from our Trash the Dress session with Meghan ... you can see them at Flickr.

Mobile Blogging

It's a mobile world, we can now blog on the road!