Art reproduction is a great little niche that can offer some great bread and butter type of work. I find it a great contrast to the chattier types of commercial work like headshots. You can put on some music, zone out a bit and don’t have to worry about anyone’s expression!
In the latest episode of Photogreneur, I help out a numburu user who is trying to figure out how to create a quote for this type of job.
But before you check that out, here are two types of artwork you could be asked to reproduce. Each will have a very different impact on your quote, both in terms of the time required and the type of licensing.
Two dimensional (height & width)
Most often a drawing or painting. Requires a simple copy-work lighting set up, but depending on the size of the piece may require a large room (so you can get back far enough – don’t want to distort the piece with a wide angle lens) or stitching to create the size of file requested by the artist. Things to consider with licensing – Is the artist just looking for branding use (websites, posters, gallery/show promotion) or are they looking to sell reprints? Typically each piece only requires one photograph.
Three dimensional (height, width & depth)
Most often a sculpture, pottery etc. This type of art reproduction will require a more advanced lighting set up as you be lighting as you would a product or person to show the depth of the object. It’s important to get the sizes and the materials of the pieces you will be photographing – as often artists will bring a collection of work. If the pieces are all different sizes and materials, it will take a lot more time because you’ll be lighting each piece individually as appose to setting up an assembly line.
How to Charge for Art Reproduction
How to give the client more affordable options
Tips on working with an artist for the first time
Why the first shot takes the longest