Focus on Pictures

Photography of shiny objects

The print

You have applied all the tricks of the trade and obtained a good image on film, now you want it to be properly developed and you want a good print. If the image is not low key or high key, no problems are to be expected. Even so, select a good laboratory that uses high quality paper, so that colours are well reproduced and saturated. If the print needs to be scanned later, e.g. for reproduction in a book, use high gloss paper for the print. If you submit to a professional laboratory, the fact that you have pushed or pulled the film (consciously underexposed or overexposed) can be taken into account.

If the film image is high key or low key, then there is a chance that the print will be shifted to medium tones, unless you ask a professional laboratory rather than a round-the-corner photoshop to make the prints. After all, in the process of enlarging use is made of automatic exposure, and the exposure meter is likely to be set to render medium tones . So if you submit slide material, you can instruct the professional laboratory about any required corrections (colour cast, contrast, tonal shift, etc.). In the case of negative film it is prudent to tell whether the subject is low key, high key, whether a colour cast needs to be retained e.g. in the case of sunrise or sunset.

When judging an image on a computer screen keep the following in mind. How the image is rendered on the screen depends on the quality of your monitor and the finetuning of the colour rendition. In professional studios the brightness and colour rendition are therefore calibrated. Because the colour of environmental light may have a colour cast, it is important that you always pass judgments with the same lighting. Also allow the monitor 15 min. to warm up.

Avoiding common errors

If you have made a piece of jewelry, or an enameled object, you have put a lot of effort into it and tried to make it meet the highest standards. Few artists are also good photographers, and unfortunately one can tell this from home made pictures. If you are satisfied with such a picture, that is all up to you. If you feel that what you have produced should be documented in the best possible way (why wouldn't you), there are three options open to you:

Perspective distortionCommon errors:

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