Fine art digital photography
We scan small artworks and transparencies but use digital photography for all other artwork originals. This gives us the best quality without having to worry about the size of artwork or thickness of paint or any other relief.
With our 16 bit RGB scans or photographs we can capture all the detail and colour depth necessary with the knowledge that we can print to any size large or small.
Our photographic studio incorporates the same calibrated workflow which ensures a fairly straightforward beginning to end process.
Digital photography is the best way of capturing larger artworks ready to be set up for giclee printing.
Twickenham Stadium, illustrated by Dave Hankin
Small format artworks are flatbed scanned ready for giclee printing.
Illustration, Anemone by Carolyn Jenkins
Transparency scanning ready for giclee printing.
Illustration by Francis Farmar
A bit of history about digital photography
Digital imaging was developed in the 1960s and 1970s, largely to avoid the operational weaknesses of film cameras, for scientific and military missions including the KH-11 program. As digital technology became cheaper in later decades, it replaced the old film methods for many purposes.
The first digital image was produced in 1920, by the Bartlane cable picture transmission system. British inventors, Harry G. Bartholomew and Maynard D. McFarlane, developed this method. The process consisted of “a series of negatives on zinc plates that were exposed for varying lengths of time, thus producing varying densities,”. The Bartlane cable picture transmission system generated at both its transmitter and its receiver end a punched data card or tape that was recreated as an image.
In 1957, Russell A. Kirsch produced a device that generated digital data that could be stored in a computer; this used a drum scanner and photomultiplier tube.
In the early 1960s, while developing compact, lightweight, portable equipment for the onboard nondestructive testing of naval aircraft, Frederick G. Weighart and James F. McNulty at Automation Industries, Inc., then, in El Segundo, California co-invented the first apparatus to generate a digital image in real-time, which image was a fluoroscopic digital radiograph. Square wave signals were detected by the pixels of a cathode ray tube to create the image.
These different scanning ideas were the basis of the first designs of digital camera. Early cameras took a long time to capture an image and were poorly suited for consumer purposes. It wasn’t until the development of the CCD (charge-coupled device) that the digital camera really took off. The CCD became part of the imaging systems used in telescopes, the first black and white digital cameras and camcorders in the 1980s. Color was eventually added to the CCD and is a usual feature of cameras today.