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Knife Photography by BladeGallery.com

Thanks for choosing BladeGallery.com photography studio. Our photos are regularly featured in publications including Blade Magazine, Knives Illustrated, and Knives Annual. Our clients range from knifemakers to collectors and dealers. We shoot at our studio as well as at knife shows.

Photography of knives is a careful balance of lighting and perspective, even more so than other art objects because of their reflective surfaces, with each blade presenting its own unique challenge to photograph accurately. Careful considerations are made for each shot that involve the distinct individuality of the blade.

Some knives photograph well with complimentary props or interesting backgrounds where others require more subtle lighting and attention to finer detail. Many knives are best represented with two or more views that can highlight intricate detail areas such as fileworked backbars, stunning Damascus steel or unusual materials on scales and handles. Typically, we combine these views digitally to create the final composite image.

Some knives have stands, sheaths, or boxes that are integral to the art and may be included in the photograph as well. The final image must accurately represent the blade and also have a character and style that is appropriate.

Our studio is entirely digital . . . from the initial photo shoot to layout and developing prints. By using state of the art equipment, we are able to provide a print photo with the quality and durability of traditional film techniques with possibilities that extend far beyond the limitations of print film.

Why digital photography and printing?

  • Images are immediately viewable and the perfect shot can be identified within a matter of minutes, rather than days
  • There is no wait for film processing
  • Computer imaging software makes it possible to print multiple exposures on complex backgrounds, rather than being limited to flat black
  • With modern digital technology, color balance and detail are equal to print film
  • Digital images are printed on photo paper, just like traditional film photographs

We are pleased to provide digital images of your blades in a variety of formats as well as high quality photographic prints. Our clients' standards are exacting and they know that our images are the most visually appealing as well as the best value available in the business. Please feel free to call us or send e-mail to info@bladegallery.com so we can discuss your options and get the photography choice that is right for you.

Photo Prices

Photo Package
  • Photo shoot (single exposure)
  • 2 - 5x7 prints
  • Submission to 3 magazines
$100
Individual Items:
Photo shoot only: $55
Additional charge per additional exposure (double through quadruple) $50
Additional props and detailed backgrounds starting at $25
Magazine Submissions:
  • Blade Magazine
  • Knives Illustrated
  • Knives Annual
  • Coltelli (Italy)
$8
Prints
3 x 5 print $6
5 x 7 or 4 x 6 print $7
8 x 10 print $15
8 x 12 print $20

We are pleased to custom quote photographs and printing services for business cards, holiday cards, postcards, and more.

Additional Services

CD ROM w/ JPEG (for web site use) and TIFF (photo quality for printing) image files. $15.00
Holiday cards and other special services call for quote
Brochure and advertisement design and printing call for quote
High volume brochures, postcards, and business cards call for quote

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