From the perspective of an artist…
As an artist, I spent a long time trying to take photographs of my artwork myself. I forked out on an expensive camera, but had no real space to take the photographs in, and certainly didn’t have the right lighting. After a quick Google search into where I could get my work photographed locally, I came across Kismet Photography and Print. I immediately phoned and spoke to Harry about what I needed (because, let’s be honest, I wanted to get down to the crux of the matter as soon as possible – how much was it all going to cost?) and he instantly set my mind at ease and talked me through the process.
Three days later, I was dropping off my canvases, and I’ve never looked back.
1. Detail. One of the most important things when beginning to reproduce your artwork, whether you’re an amateur like me, or a professional, is to make sure every detail is captured. I work with a lot of mixed media, particularly newspaper, so making sure every single word was captured and could be transferred onto any prints was one of my primary concerns.
2. Colour-matching. It should go without saying really that it takes a high-quality studio and years of experience to accurately reproduce the colours of a painting on a print. Before Kismet, I often found myself spending hours and hours tweaking and editing on Photoshop, only to find that the sharpness of my photograph had dramatically reduced with each ill-advised click.
3. Advice. With so many artists coming through the door, Kismet know what to suggest to ensure your work is reproduced as faithfully as it can be. Their knowledge of different finishes and materials helps you find the combination that works best for you, without the hours of painstaking research, trial, and error.
4. Time. Having a professional take over this side of your work saves a great deal of precious time that can be spent actually creating art. Drop off your work for the initial photographs, and within a few weeks you will have a collection of prints fresh off the press.
5. Equipment. Unless you have invested in the very best photography and printing equipment specifically to reproduce your own artwork (which you may well have done!) the equipment at Kismet is going to be better suited to the job, so the end result is going to be better suited to your needs and the discerning eye of your clients.
6. Contacts. Every artist needs to build up a network of contacts. Having a reliable photographer and printer to hand is an instant plus, and, the chances are, they will know someone else who is interested in the same type of art as you, or someone with experience that might be beneficial to you.
7. It’s not expensive! Back to what was originally my first concern – was it going to bankrupt me to get six metre-squared canvases photographed? The answer was no, it was all very reasonably priced, and I quickly made my money back with a few local print sales.
8. Opportunity. Having such professional photographs of my work has really helped me stand out from the crowd, and better showcase what I can do. I have found that my work is taken more seriously and has been viewed by more of the right people since.
9. Quality. The quality speaks for itself, really.
As a result of visiting Kismet, I have felt much more confident putting my work out into the world, because I know it is being represented fairly. And I have no doubt that any other artist that approaches Kismet for this kind of work will feel the same.
Header Artwork by Annie Boag. View more of Annie’s work here: gingerhareart.co.uk
Artwork by Angela Corben. View more of Angela’s work here: angelacorben.com
Footer Artwork by Clive Halnan. View more of Clive’s work here: clivehalnan.co.uk