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Many photographers asked me how do I take pictures of art: drawing and paintings, sketches and even photos. This tutorial is my answer.
A nice start for making good looking pictures of 2d artwork.
However, for an accurate reproduction to comply with modern museum standards you must go a step further.
The image may ‘look good’ but that is not the same thing as ‘accurate’.
With a standard camera curve the midtones are always way too light according to the original.
You need a custom curve in order to match all the steps of a grey ramp like the Kodak Q14.
Metering is done in the image, since a separate lightmeter is just not accurate enough. (It does not ‘know’ anything about the Contrast, the Camera Curve, Gamma Curve and Vignetting.)
For very demanding clients like Museum’s you need accurate results (within 3 Delta-E or better)
To achieve that, I make a custom icc-profile with a colorchecker-SG color chart in combination with a lineair curve.
For that ‘Basiccolor input’ software is highly recommended.
Both CaptureOne and Focus support custom icc-profiles.
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