Engaging, high-quality photography — images for your website, jury slides, and print media — is among the most effective ways of increasing the audience for your work.
I maintain a small studio in Port Orchard, just minutes from the Southworth/Fauntleroy ferry. In addition, I'm available to do work "on location" at your studio or to photograph booths, installations, or other difficult to move pieces.
Your presence and input is very welcome while I'm photographing your work. If distance or time makes it impossible for us to collaborate in person, your images can be loaded onto my web server in close to real time to enable you to be involved from wherever you are. You're also welcome to send your work on its own — I'll treat it well and send you great images.
Jury slides are one of the keys to getting your work accepted into shows and gallaries. The "jury process" is in transition, with more and more shows moving to digital jurying systems. Even shows that accept traditional originals are scanning them as part of their jurying process.
I work primarily with professional digital cameras, enabling me to produce very high quality files for digital jury systems such as ZAPP and the Smithsonian Digital Jury System. These files can also be used to produce excellent transparencies on film, with the added advantage that each one is an original. Working digitally also affords us the ability to review the images as they are captured, ensuring that what you want is what you get.
My normal practice is to provide you with a set of digital files for each piece photographed, each optimized for a particular use. The normal set includes a high-resolution original, a ZAPP file, a file optimized for slide output, and a low- and high-resolution web image.
If desired, film originals can be produced at the same time, and because I use a digital camera for proofing, you can be assured that the slides will accurately reflect your work.
The digital files I produce are high-resolution and will work well for use in print — for post cards, magazines, posters, and reproductions. I carefully manage color at each step to ensure that the information about the color of your work is communicated accurately throughout the printing process.
These files can be output via glicée or archival inkjet processes on a variety of media to produce superb reproductions of your work. Of course, they are also suitable for offset or other printing processes as well.
I am happy to work with your designer and printer, or to suggest some excellent people and firms to work with.
Electronic media offers new possibilities for presenting your work — and some new challenges. I can help you create new images for the web and multimedia applications, or convert your existing images for use in electronic media.
To rotate the image, click on the image while dragging your mouse from side to side. Depending on the speed of your Internet connection, it may take a minute or two for the whole object movie to download.
One of the difficulties of the web is presenting high-resolution images of your work. High-resolution images suffer from long download times and increase the likelihood of your work being stolen. I can help you and/or your web maven develop strategies for effectively displaying your images and for securing them through digital watermarking.
The image below is a detail from a Billy Davis mural. The display is zoomable, enabling you to view interesting details at full resolution without waiting to download the whole file. The original file is 188 MB and would be 13 x 42 inches if printed at full size. Downloading the whole file would take around 20 minutes on a DSL link.
To zoom the image, click the '+' and '-' at the bottom of the large view. To scroll, click the arrows. The red square in the upper-left outlines the visable portion of the image.
Existing slides of your work can be converted for submission through electronic jury systems such as ZAPP or the Smithsonian Digital Jury System. The cost is considerably lower than re-photographing your work.
When I convert your slides, I start with a high resolution scan. This allows me to provide you with multiple versions of the slide: a spotted and color corrected high resolution scan suitable for use in high quality printing; an "electronic slide" for electronic jury systems; and versions optimized for use on your web site or in e-mail.
Converting your slides provides you with the opportunity to crop them and to clean up any dust or scratches. In many cases, the quality of the scans also affords you the ability to zoom in on details or create composites to better show off your work.
May 12 - 14, 2006 on Lopez Island I will be taking my studio on the road for a weekend of photography for San Juan Islands artists and crafts people. Call or e-mail for location and times.