How the Shoot Works

Session Fee

Every shoot requires a session fee, this covers lighting setup either at our studio or yours, plus travel (in San Francisco), shooting, and basic editing time to complete the shoot.

Group Sessions

Reduced session fees are available for groups of 2-3 artists with similar type artwork, ie: 2D work and 3D/Installs utilize different lighting setups and should be done separately.

Standard Shots

Artwork is billed per shot and can be output at different file sizes to meet your budget. See below for different size options and their uses. This covers flat artwork that do not need to be shot in sections, most gallery install type images and some 3D type work. Please note, all images are edited in a 16bit workflow, but output to 8bit for final client use. 16bit files available on request.

  • 25mp (70mb+ 8bit TIFF): Small to Medium Artwork / Gallery Install Type Images

  • 45mp (130mb+ 8bit TIFF): Medium to Large Artwork / Fine-Art Printing, Detail Crops, etc.

Specialty Shots

These cover artwork whose very large size or detail needs require the work to be shot in sections for best capture, or sculptural work that needs to be in-focus from front to back. Large scale architectural type shots and any HDR/Multi-Image type shots fall in this category as well.

  • Artwork Stitch-Shot (160mb+): Large Prints, Maximum Detail, Documentation; Best for Large to Very Large Artwork. Learn More

  • Artwork Stack-Shot (120mb+, 70mb): For Sculptural work that needs greater depth of focus from front to back.

  • Architectural Stitch-Shot (160mb+, 70mb): Used to capture installed artwork or gallery spaces that require either higher detail or field of view than in is possible in a single shot.


Files are captured RAW with reproduction grade colorchart, plus special lighting files so that we start with the most pure image for editing. Artwork shoots include custom profiling and standard editing at no extra cost, which is outlined below. Some types of artwork and materials require special masking, multi-image compositing and other edits to capture them as the eye normally sees them. This is also true for Gallery Install type images where masking, compositing and some cleanup is often pessary for create the best image and lighting in the final image. These special edits are billed under Advanced Editing.

Standard Editing

  • Custom Profiling

  • White Balance Correction

  • Lens Correction

  • Crop to White or Black

  • Perspective Adjustment

  • Master 8-bit TIFF & JPEG Files (TIFF - AdobeRGB / JPEG - sRGB)

  • 2000px Web Sized Files

Advanced Editing

  • Nail-Hole Removal & Clean-up (for Install type shots that have a background/wall)

  • Compositing (combining 2 or more images into one image)

  • Large-Scale Lighting Adjustments (for very big artwork or Install Type Lighting)

  • Custom File Sizes for Submission Requirements, etc.

  • Anything Else Not Covered in Standard Edits


Session Fee

On-Site Location = $150
Drop-off = $100

Standard Shots

25mp (70mb+ 8bit TIFF) = $30
45mp (130mb+ 8bit TIFF) = $40

Specialty Shots

Artwork Stitch-Shot (160mb+) = $100
Artwork Stack-Shot (120mb+, 70mb) = $70 / $50
Architectural Stitch-Shot (160mb+, 70mb) = $120 / $70

Advanced Editing

Per Hour = $60 (billed in 5min. increments, 15min Minimum)

Travel Fee

San Francisco = None
Bay Area = $20

Rush Job Fee

48hr Turnaround = $60


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