Solutions for Sculpture & Decorative Arts

Shooting Sculpture & Decorative Arts is especially demanding. Smaller items such as jewelry often challenge depth of field, while large Sculpture & Decorative Arts like large installation art challenge resolution requirements. Digitizing such collections requires a solution that delivers conservation handling, preservation image quality, production speed, and extensive flexibility. DTDCH has several systems that meet these demands and are ideal for digitizing Sculpture & Decorative Arts.

Conservation Handling

Sculpture & Decorative Arts require careful handling to ensure the process of digitization does not degrade their condition. DTDCH solutions are always designed  to ensure the user remains fully in control of the Sculpture & Decorative Arts, allowing them to use traditional conservation-friendly techniques and methods to ensure their safety.

Preservation Quality

DTDCH solutions for digitizing Sculpture & Decorative Arts meet and exceed FADGI 4-Star and Metamorfoze-Strict standards. We achieve this by using Schneider digital leaf-shutter lenses along with Phase One medium format digital backs with up to 80mp sensors producing scans up to 480mb. Typically these systems are combined with either a Phase One XF Camera Body or a modern digital view camera such as the Arca Swiss Univeralis. This results in true Preservation Digital objects with accurate color, tone, and detail. Many manufacturers claim their equipment attains FADGI 4-star quality, but very few do.

Leveraging the raw processing in Capture One Cultural Heritage Edition 8 software, and its class-leading debayering algorithm DTDCH solutions extract pixel level detail and color accuracy previously only seen in cumbersome multi-shot systems.

Production Speed

When digitizing large collections of Sculptures & Decorative Arts (e.g. ten thousand rings) production speed is critical – both during capture and post-processing. DTDCH solutions are able to deliver unsurpassed speed in both categories.

Capture Stage
Our systems capture nearly instantly (e.g. 1/60th sec) and display almost immediately. In Capture One CH 8 tools such as Focus Mask and Multiple Focus Checking Points can be used to quickly evaluate focus and depth of field, including in our systems which support Scheimpflug movements. Other tools, like Overlay, are invaluable at allowing precise and consistent composition especially when capturing homogenous collections (e.g. thousands of arrowheads). Fully integrated live view allows an easy preview of the capture in real time. Together, these types of tools can speed up the capture stage exponentially.

Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Post-Processing Stage
Most digitization software looks like it was developed in the 1990s, because most of it was. Capture One CH 8 is a modern solution built on the venerable and widely used Capture One software. It is designed for cultural heritage workflows, supports all modern operating systems, is frequently updated, and can handle massive numbers of files with ease. Checking focus, zooming in on high resolution images, and scrolling through pages for quality control is lightning fast.

Capture One CH 8 is ideal for object digitization with tools such as Local Adjustments (e.g. dodge/burn without leaving raw),  LAB Support, Resolution Ruler, Batch Processing, and Raw-Stage Quality Control. These tools enable the automation of tedious post-production tasks that are inherent to the post-processing stage of object digitization.

Extensive Flexibility

The encyclopedic collections of cultural heritage institutions are rarely homogenous. Our systems are versatile, interoperable, and modularly upgradeable to ensure you’re not stuck with a limited tool box. They are also flexible in their use, allowing techniques that are impossible on competing systems.

Interoperable and Modularly Upgradable
Typically our solution for digitizing Sculptures & Decorative Arts comprises of a Phase One XF body and a Phase One digital back. These components are highly interoperable with the rest of our product line. For instance, an institution that purchased a [DT RGC180 + DT RCam + Phase One IQ380] for scanning newspapers would only need to add the Phase One XF to digitize objects and oversized materials.

Big or Small? No problem
Our system includes the lenses, features, resolution, and software required to shoot objects of nearly any size. In more scientific applications we often provide solutions that image down to 1 micron feature sizes (1/25,000th of an inch) that will replace legacy microscope based scanners. On the other end of the spectrum, DTDCH systems have been used to photograph large-scale installation artwork many meters in length and architectural images such as the exterior facade of a renovated museum.

Creative Lighting
Most of the time Cultural Heritage imaging is done with very flat proscriptive lighting, typically two lights mounted 45° from the subject. However,  there are situations where more creative lighting is required, for instance, to accentuate the curves and shape of a sculpture. DTDCH systems can be used with free-standing, easily movable lighting with a variety of modifiers. For better integration with lighting, the Phase One XF includes a Profoto Air wireless trigger, and Capture One CH 8 has a Profoto Plugin that can directly control the power of any attached Profoto Air light using the Profoto USB Air.

Minneapolis Institute of Arts

What we recommended for digitizing Sculptures & Decorative Arts:

The Phase One XF Camera System

Using full-frame Medium Format sensors 2.5 times larger than the ones found in high-end DSLRs, XF delivers a powerful combination of the highest possible resolution together with large, high dynamic range pixels with exceptional wide angular response.

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