All photographs on this website are produced by ourselves and we guarantee that no pixel editing has been used on any image.
We do use a photo processing application called Adobe Lightroom, which we use to make adjustments to exposure, brightness, contrast, highlights, temperature/tint, colour hue, vibrance and saturation, as well as cropping of the image. All this is with the sole purpose of presenting the image as clearly and in as ‘life-like’ way as possible.
It is clear that legally photographs of an item form part of the description of it and as a consequence any manipulation of images to hide a defect or detracting facet would represent a legal mis-description of the item which would entitle the purchaser to return the item at the sellers cost for a full refund.
It is the objective of Virtuosi Violins to represent all items as truly as possible to assist prospective customers to make an informed decision and enable them to find a violin that is going to be their perfect companion in their musical journey. Photographs are there to assist you.
To the right you can see an example of a photo used on this website (see Homepage violin image slider).
This image was chosen as an example because it requires more adjustment to get the actual colour of the violin to appear correctly. Getting the red hue to come out is the problem here.
Violins are per se very challenging to photograph and depict well in an image. The high reflective surfaces create specific problems and the nature of the varnish reflects different wavelengths of light in specific ways that are difficult to represent.
Click on the image to the left and scroll through to see the story of how the finished image below was created.
Most commonly violins are seen pictured where they have been photographed in a lightbox, or using other such equipment that produces diffused all around light, due to the difficulty of the reflective surfaces referred to above. This however results in a very flight image due to the absence of areas of natural light and shade that give depth and contour to the image. I have taken the conscious decision to take a less orthodox approach and present the images of violins on this website in a more natural, representative way and which is more true to life. This may result in some areas where there is loss of detail in highlights due to reflection or in areas of deep shade but the trade off is an image of the violin with greater perspective and lifelike appearance.
Here below are comparative pictures of the same violin using the orthodox and natural approaches.
The two lower images appear to me not only to give a greater sense of depth and contour but also conveys the gorgeous high gloss transparent varnish that remains intact on this old violin. Please judge for yourself and let me know what you think.