|1950's Brownie camera with plastic lens.|
So there it is! In a nutshell, our need for cheap, quick turn around has lowered our standards for print quality in the photographic realm. The problem is, this mentality has made its way into the fine art market, as well as other print markets. Today, many artists and print houses believe they can create good prints using digital cameras or scanners that use low quality lenses to render the digital file used for printing. Don't fall for it my friends! As many of you have found, the scanner we use at Archival Arts plays a major role in the quality of your prints. It uses the highest quality lens available as well as super high resolution. Look at the comparison below and judge for yourself.
Notice the clarity of the pencil lines and the background around the hat. In addition pay attention the common yellowish cast and lack of detail in the darker areas of the digital camera image. Keep in mind both of these images are 3"x 3" at 72 dpi for this example. The dpi count of the file has no influence on the quality of the image. It is the lens that determines the clarity. If you are spending a few hundred dollars on an art print, what kind of quality would you want?