Artist in need of High Resolution Scan or Photo


Jul 15, 2008
Hola amigos. I'm a professional artist living in Buenos Aires and I am looking for a place to get high a resolution scan or photograph made of one of my paintings, with the intention of eventually getting limited edition prints made. The size of the painting is 70 cm x 80 cm (approx 27" x 31"). I have been to a photo store (Casa Jose) however their scanner was to small and the photograph they took was not of a high enough quality.

If anyone knows of a place where I could get this done, or knows of, or is a professional photographer who could shoot my work I would greatly appreciate any info or help you could pass on to me. Feel free to email me directly at [email protected]

You need to go to an imprenta

I've used before, they have various locations, but there are also a bunch of print houses up on Cordobe near Universidad de Palermo, and some others in I gues the Boedo area. Look on paginasamarillas for an imprenta and a bunch of websites come up, you can look through their services and choose one near to you.

Paintings are typically photographed rather than scanned. The lighting is usually two lights--one on each side of the camera at about 45 degree angles. This is done to control glare. If you light the painting head-on, you'll get glare on any glossy surfaces.

A photograph done with a digital SLR on a tripod with decent lighting should allow you to make prints as big as 40x60cm. If you need bigger prints then you would need a photographer with a medium for large format camera, which is more expensive. Sotheby's, for instance, employs photographers who work with 10x12cm negatives that show a scary level of detail.

Any professional photographer should be able to photograph the work. The lighting set-up is not complicated.

Hope this helps,
Just wanted to say thank you for the two replies. I tried 'taller4' however they were unwilling to shoot a photograph if we were not doing the printing with them. No luck at the other imprenta we stopped by either. I am still thankful for this info though 'syngirl' as an imprenta will definitely be able to help with some other things I need.

Our search has since shifted to finding a professional photographer. Thomas, thanks for your explanation of the process. If I find a good fit I will be sure to pass it on.

If anyone has any recommendations for a photographer that can shoot my work I'm all ears. Thank you.