'Art as Photography' project now a
reality and a BIG step closer
As part of a consultative project, InPictura
principal John Baker, has researched and investigated the steps required
to produce high-quality photographic reproductions directly from art
originals. Working in conjunction with
Genus IT based in
Nuneaton, England, the process has now completed all of the initial
stages of identifying a suitable work of art for the process, accompanying
the work to Nuneaton for high-resolution scanning, then having a top
quality photo laboratory print the scans back to their original sizes,
and on a variety of print surfaces.
The works used, were
originated by Clare Penny, a contemporary Scottish artist specialising
in portraits. Clare, whose web site is available at
www.pennyportraits.co.uk kindly loaned two paintings for the test.
One painting, a
largely monotone portrait of famous Scottish accordion player Phil
Cunningham, was a 30" x 40" stretched canvas. The other painting, a
highly coloured work also on stretched canvas and measuring in at 30" x
20", employed a technique where more paint was applied than in the larger
canvas. As a result, this particular work was selected for a more thorough
comparison of the special 3D lighting technique used during the scanning
process. The end-result is that this work better represents the brushstrokes in the scanned image,
resulting in a most realistic photographic
Once the lab results
are more fully evaluated, we will provide a further print-by-print comparison on
The Dancers © Clare
M Penny (www.pennyportraits.co.uk)
New InPictura image
Most of the images featured on the web site, can now be bought as
photographic prints and delivered directly to your door.
only top quality Fuji paper through our affiliate photo lab in England,
we can provide top quality results, usually in a variety of sizes and
that by the end of January we will have completed the work required to
link printable images to a PayPal button for payment.
JWB Collection glass plate project now well underway
We began experimental scanning of the JWB
Collection of over 450 glass plates in early 2016. We worked our way
through the entire process, gauging how best to handle, catalogue and
index, and then scan the negative plates. The final step was the
placement of the plates into impervious and chemically inert pockets to
aid preservation of the originals for decades to come.
the details of the required workflow are all confirmed, during Q1 of
2017, the entire collection will be scanned.
Who Took The Images
Currently this is a mystery to us. The collection was originally
captured by an unknown (and assumed to be) English-based
photographer, with estimated dates for the images between 1916 and 1938.
All of the images are on quarter-plate size glass, and the photographer
used a mix of brand names including Kodak and Ilford.
As there are images of
school pupils, teachers, individuals, and members of a theatre group,
the hope is that once the scan job is completed, it may be possible to
identify the photographer and his (or her) subjects.
An article is planned
for consumption by the UK photographic press, so perhaps the full story
of the journey of capture and preservation, may finish up in print for
the UK and the world to see.
Cataloguing and protecting
Example: Venice: Circa 1926
aim of InPictura is to provide clients not only with the results they
require, but also to provide imagery with an 'edge'.
Although more easily achieved with some subjects than others, InPictura will always
strive to get that little extra something.
Using state of the art digital equipment from top of the range
manufacturers, clients are certain to get detailed top quality results,
capable of reproduction to poster size, or for reduction for web or graphical
use by their own art departments.
NOTE: If you found your way here through a EuroPictura link, that is
because currently the EuroPictura web site has the same aim and purpose
as that of InPictura. The sites may be split in the future to cater for differing
General Service Range
Based near Aberdeen, Scotland, InPictura is ideally placed for
national and international travel. InPictura provides
specialist commercial & industrial photography services throughout the world.
We regret we do not
weddings, conventional family portraiture, social photography,
schools/colleges or business events.
Commercial services cover:
► Architecture & Property
► Travel / Tourism / Location
► Fine art imagery for decor / interiors / motivation
Image capture is achieved using a variety of high performance digital
and analogue tools. InPictura also offers a negative, transparency,
glass or film plate scanning service, for colour or monochrome media up to A4 in size.
Output options include:
► High resolution (print quality) image files
► Print reproduction to poster size and larger *
► Canvas / art print presentation
► CD/DVD-ROM authoring
► High-quality art-book publishing on paper
► Digital and interactive digital publishing
* available on archivally permanent media
For something special for the boardroom or office, or
for a company or personal calendar or as a gift, consider a bespoke landscape image.
Remember it can also be used in a variety of places, such as company reports and other
presentations or simply in order to create a mood or get a point across.
This style of photography is also useful for land
management, eco-issues, and general documentary coverage of small,
medium or large areas. Images can be land-based or taken from the air.
Note: Unless there is a specific project where the technique has been
specifically requested or is the only option, we do not use our own or
third-party drones unless authorised by the CAA, Civil Aviation
Authority (UK)) and properly licensed.
This is a choice based on Health & Safety, past experience, and the
current total lack of discipline and responsibility in the use of
Many companies employ casual labour or their own staff to capture property
images. This may be adequate for a
typical family dwelling up for sale, but when it comes to commercial or more substantial
property or developments, or an exclusive and
up-market property - something more is required.
InPictura provides a complete service for the photography of new-build and established
properties. The interior and exterior is photographed from the perspective
of the buyer - not the seller. This enhances all of the key elements of the building, its
location and surroundings. All of which are elements not normally captured by the conventional
snap-shot approach. The package can also include 360° so-called
'immersive' imagery, and if required, can be supplemented by video footage for inclusion in CD-ROM / DVD presentations, or as
point of sale at promotions and exhibitions.
Spanish property development shoot
Promotion is about illusion and illustration, and tourism is reliant upon promotion.
As with property, the tourist attraction credo is 'Location, Location,
Location'. There is no substitute for portraying an area or an attraction in
a manner which grabs attention. By giving the illustrations an edge, it
all helps to grab attention, regardless of whether the imagery is on a web site,
on a poster, or a brochure.
Paris based restaurant promotion
Aside from it's obvious artistic characteristics,
architectural photography is an extremely effective method of
illustrating company reports, company brochures, and can have a myriad
of other uses.
Construction progress photography can also be employed in order to show how a project, building or development,
proceeds through to completion. Animations of the results can be produced from the
images, and time-lapse sequences of construction shown in web pages,
CD-ROM / DVD promotional media, or used within video footage in company
reports, promotion or documentary footage.
French tourism shoot
from the glass plate scanning, we hope to capture aspects of the winter
season around the North East of Scotland.
also our opportunity to progress a couple of other projects we are
assisting with. The 'Art to Photography' project, (see top of left
column) is where artists can extend their revenue stream beyond just the
income from a work, by producing limited or open edition archivally
permanent photographic prints.
advantages of this process over more traditional offset-lithographic
printing for reproducing original works, are that there is no
cost-inhibiting plate-making process. Also, as single prints can be
produced on-demand, this reduces the financial outlay to the artist,
with only the production cost of a high-quality scan of the original
work to be considered.
painters will be pleased to note that by utilising specialist 3D
scanning techniques, the brush-strokes can be much better defined to
give life to an otherwise flat-lit scan of the original.
Fine Art - Figure
Fine Art - Digital
Fine Art - Design
InPictura owner and principle photographer John
Baker, has been involved in photography since the 1960's. With many
years experience in creative and business environments, his experience
combines to provide a comprehensive and wide-ranging service which
includes specialist print and digital publishing.
John Baker, Owner (InPictura + EuroPictura)
(photograph: Les Thomson, InPictura)
Feel free to contact John directly:
InPictura would like to partner with companies, organisations,
institutions and trusts. In return for access to areas not normally open
to the public, we will provide partners with complimentary stills and
video for use within the business or organisation.
InPictura would also like to partner on a commercial basis with
photographic and related manufacturers and importers, with a view to
providing long-term testing of products and feedback on use. Full
recognition will be provided wherever a product is used.
currently accepting commissions for:
Architecture including build progress (worldwide)
and tourism (worldwide)
art (all genres)
do not cover:
At InPictura we are always on the hunt for new or
different subjects and locations. Among the locations on our To Do List
for shooting landscapes, are: Norway, Iceland, Switzerland, Austria,
Romania and Russia.
key project would be to raise funding to travel across land from the UK
to Turkey, and capturing the landscape along the route of the famous