Shooting Your Artwork – IPhone Xs vs Canon EOS 5DS

Okay, it’s 3 am and for our updated website I’m editing over 300 colour swatches of our new artist’s paint lines from Canada. A really fun thing to be doing on a Saturday night…….right? Anyhow, it’s the perfect opportunity to do a follow-up to my last blog about shooting your artwork with a smartphone.

Earlier today when the light was absolutely perfect, I began shooting the small paint swatches from the High Viscosity Artist’s Acrylic Line. Initially I thought I would use my IPhone Xs thinking to myself, it’s a website. I’m not printing the images. They’re presented at 72 dpi. How much difference will it really make. Well…..see for yourself.

The first thing that I noticed was the resolution. Do you see the difference a professional camera and fine art lens makes? The next thing you will notice is the colour clarity. The colour swatch shot with the professional camera has true colour. The IPhone shot has this blue cast, which even in Photoshop is difficult and time consuming to fix.

Now something that you won’t see in this article is the maximum size that you will be able to print these shots. 300 dpi is the industry standard for print media. The IPhone shot at 300 dpi is 10″ x 13.5″ the Canon EOS 5DS at 300 dpi is 19″ x 29″ inches, more than twice the scale. If you really want to reproduce your work on a large scale, you really need the bigger image file to work from.

So there you have it. Beautiful print media results begin with high resolution images.

What is a Giclée Print?

Giclée is a neologism coined in 1991 by printmaker Jack Duganne for fine art digital prints made on inkjet printers. The name originally applied to fine art prints created on a modified Iris printer in a process invented in the late 1980’s. It has since been used loosely to mean any fine-art inkjet print.

Archival Pigment Print is the term of choice used by many gallerists to describe archival injet prints in lieu of the term giclée print.