On January 6th 2016 I photographed large scale fine art paintings produced by artist Laurence Jones. All paintings were photographed from his studio in preparation for the Palm Springs Fine Art Fair (February 11th – 14th) in Kennesaw United States
This was certainly a great project to photograph which involved very detailed positioning of studio lights and camera equipment to remove reflections / glare which can be highly visible in shiny paint surfaces.
After an early morning Jamaican coffee with Laurence and a chat about all things artistic and creative we made a start on photographing his beautiful paintings starting with the largest first. Most paintings were very large and required delicate handling and positioning onto the studio walls for photographing. I used my brand new 50mm f1.4 prime lens and Nikon D810 camera body set to ISO64 which pretty much achieves the sharpest and cleanest images possible. For studio lighting I used two very soft 500w strobes positioned at perfect identical angles to remove glare and hotspots in the paintings. Securing my camera onto a tripod and using Nikons ‘delayed release shutter function’ (set to 3 seconds) helps to make sure I capture the finest details in every painting. To help with white balancing I photographed grey & white scale cards next to the paintings to make sure colours can be perfectly matched when post processed in Lightroom and Photoshop.
We photographed eight paintings in total all captured in the highest quality RAW format. The RAW files were processed in Lightroom and imported into Photoshop for careful cropping and subtle colour corrections using a professional grade monitor which was colour profiled just before any post processing work had taken place. This allowed me to deliver my client perfectly balanced images which demonstrate the beautiful colours, tones and brush strokes used in Laurences impressive large scale paintings.
It was great to meet Laurence to photograph his work and I’m looking forward to attending some of his exhibitions this year in London including a solo show he’s planned during the first half of this year