Instrument Photography violin photos

Hi-res Instrument Photography in True Color

We offer you to have your instrument photographed in our photo studio.

Wormhole and pigment retouching in IR-Light

Wormhole and pigment retouching in IR-Light

IR light in the invisible spectrum with a converted camera makes hidden things visible

Macro photo in UV-Light

High-resolution macro details in the analysis light

Lacquer build-up and violin base in detail

Instrument photography from UV to IR light

Instrument photography from UV to IR light

Different wavelengths reveal a wealth of details

Benefit from our experience

In addition to our own research in the field of "optical analysis of string instruments", SCHILBACH opens its photo studio in cooperation with SCHILBACH DesignThinkingProcess for violin makers, bow makers, musicians and restorers.

Expert reports, appraisals, certificates,analysis, research or an instrument passport require photos that are as meaningful as possible and that show the instrument as true-to-proportion as possible, true to colour and in high resolution. In addition to conventional white light, photography using the LUMATEC lamps offers additional advantages.

By illuminating with different wavelengths of light, hidden objects are made visible and can be used to reinforce statements. When assessing authenticity and originality, appropriate light can provide information about the association between various components of an instrument. Photos with corresponding wavelengths show other features that can be attributed to the instrument with certainty.

We also offer photography using the invisible infrared range using an adapted camera. This can be used to illuminate opaque varnishes, to make retouched cracks on instruments and hairline cracks on bows visible or to locate worm burrows on the surface.

Photography for painting restoration

Analysis using with different wavelengths of light also offers great advantages in painting restoration. What applies to instruments also applies to a large extent to paintings.

Thus, using the short-wave UVA and violet wavelength range, retouching, polishing, colour compositions / components can be determined or, thanks to our studio, captured by a photographer. In the red spectrum, when paintings are darkened, the original image under the darkening can be made visible and easily photographed.

The invisible infrared range is suitable for the analysis of paintings, as preliminary drawings and image changes can be recorded under the top layer of paint.

Benefit from our experience in the field of professional full-format instrument photography and optical analysis.

High-resolution photos with white light and all wavelengths of the LUMATEC lamps.

Possible light wavelengths

  • Studio light
  • White light 6500k (real white)
  • UVA 365 nm (retouching, lacquer analysis, ...)
  • Violet 405 nm (retouching, lacquer analysis, authenticity analysis, ...)
  • Blue 445 nm (basic analysis, ...)
  • Green 530 nm (dendrology, ...)
  • Yellow / Amber 595 nm (dendrology, ...)
  • Red 620 nm (crack analysis, retouch confirmation, visualization of darkened paintings, ...)
  • Infrared 850 nm (crack analysis, view under opaque paints, visualization of superficial worm burrows, painting analysis, ...) *


  • Low-distortion instrument photos
  • Macro detail shots
  • Professional full format photos
  • Resolution: 30.3 megapixels | 6,720 x 4,480
  • Provision in RAW & JPG
  • * Photography in the invisible infrared range thanks to camera adaptation (in lower resolution)
  • Instrument backgrounds: white, gray and black
  • Professional post-processing by the SCHILBACH DesignThinkingProcess studio
  • Data provision via DropBox

If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact us.

Contact us for an appointment or a consultation at

+49 (0) 8074 91 72 42 1

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Instrument Photography