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Zoom in for a closer look at this crop of “Morning Light” by Darrell Hill

The first, and often most critical step in reproducing a work of art is a well crafted digital capture. It’s not merely a push button process. The best results come from individually adjusted lighting, a color managed workflow, and custom color correction done by an experienced professional (to compensate for the variances in how different pigments reproduce).

A great capture has more than just high resolution that captures fine detail, gesture and impasto. It should also not have extraneous things like specular reflections or imperfections that may be a part of the character of the original, but look distracting when reproduced.

There is a great deal of subjectivity involved in accurately capturing an original work of art, and the expertise of a skilled artist/technician can mean the difference between pedestrian and spectacular results.