Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Q&A - What's a good camera for shooting artwork?

Hi Scott, I am in the process of getting a new camera and hoped I could impose on you for an opinion. I'm looking for something I can use to photograph my paintings to produce high resolution images for publications (i.e. at least 8"x10" at 300 dpi) as well as to use for source photos. I currently have a Nikon D70 that I've been pleased with but it has only about 6MP. I'm considering the Nikon D90 (12.3 MP). Any thoughts or alternative recommendations off the top of your head?

Thanks for your thoughts.


Hi Don. The Nikon would be a great choice, and you already have a Nikon lens. I also like the features of the new Canon Rebel that does HD video capture. More important than the camera body though, is what lens you are using. You may want to consider using a quality prime lens, or a lens that doesn’t zoom, in the 50, 85, or 100mm range. You will get less barreling or pin cushioning on your images. In other words, the edges of the paintings you are photographing will be nice and straight and not slightly bowed or curved in or out. Hope that helps.

Have a great day.


Thanks for the input, Scott. That is helpful.