Artbot Photography

San Francisco, CA

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About this pro

Specializing in high-quality fine art reproduction and printing services for artists, we know artwork inside and out. From high-gloss oils and acrylics to delicate works on paper, your work will be imaged in exact detail, preserving the color and tonality through custom profiles from camera all the way to print.

We have shot just about every artist medium and combination thereof and know how to evenly light artwork from 12 ft. (144 in.) down to the smallest piece. You will get no hot spotting, glare or other unwanted artifacts. For sculpture and installation type images, we build custom lighting setups to create pleasing soft shadows and highlights even in the most difficult of gallery type settings.

Artwork can be shot in a number of locations, either in our studio or yours, and we do gallery installation images, too. We have several lighting setups, all of which have a CRI (Color Rendering Index) of 98 or higher.

When you are ready for fine art prints and editions, we do those as well, with sizes up to 44 in. wide and just about any length. We offer portfolio-grade and 100% cotton rag archival-grade papers and canvas products, all custom profiled by us using an Xrite iSis to our exacting standards. If you are a digital artist and you create your own papers and surface coatings, we can custom profile and print on those, too.

While confusing, many printers still call their fine art grade prints giclees. This name is a misnomer and refers to a printing process now largely retired from production (Iris printing). It also does not accurately describe what the print is actually made from since the term is borrowed for so many types of printing, some of which is not archival. Our inks are archival rated, pigmented and independently tested beyond 100 years in some cases. When you make fine art prints with us, they are 100% guaranteed for the life of the artist.

Artbot is an artist-centered business created by an artist for artists. Our pricing and shooting is upfront, all tailored for you (just check our website). We care about your work and are dedicated to giving you the best service and imaging possible.

Please contact us with any questions you have; we are happy to help!


San Francisco, CA 94116


2 Reviews
  • Amy E. Aug 2, 2011
    Artbot is the greatest! John continually upgrades his equipment to keep up with the very latest digital technologies. His expertise is remarkable. Detail shots, studio shots, gallery installations, complex stitch shots-- you name it, Artbot can handle it. John's mellow, relaxed personality belies his absolutely relentless attention to detail. John supplies you with all the files you'll need--web-sized jpegs, TIFFs, PS files, and large jpegs-- for various purposes. If you are a working artist or art student and you need professional-quality images of your work, call Artbot.
  • Tom M. Aug 2, 2011
    John has been shooting my artwork since 2006. It's pretty straight forward -- he takes great photos. Clear and sharp pics that yield huge digital files. He's easy to work with and very accommodating. I definitely recommend using Artbot for any photographic services. Bottom line -- if you need artwork photographed -- email John.


What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Artwork reproduction is a specialized field, and while many artists start out by photographing their own artwork, taking it to a professional not only saves many hours of frustration (why doesn't it look like the original), it also gives you the best recording of your work possible. This can be the difference in getting into the next show or juried competition, and provides a solid platform from which to do derivative work or fine art printing. While there are several modern digital platforms by which artwork can be captured, the way it is shot determines how accurate a capture can be to the original source. While no platform can see 100% what the human eye sees, by using museum grade imaging practices artwork can be rendered to very exacting standards on several types of camera systems. Ask your photographer what they use and why, and compare.