Archive for August 4th, 2008

The Art of Fine Art Printing

August 4, 2008

“Duomo, Florence, Italy”
© Copyright Ed Krimen

Last week, I pointed out “Why the Colors in Your Prints May Be Wrong” and introduced the concept of color management. I explained that since your camera, computer, monitor, and printer all interpret color differently, what you print out may not look like what you see on screen or what you photographed. I also referred you to a very helpful introductory guidebook about color management that Canon allows you to download for free. Be sure to check out that blog post if you’re interested in an introduction to color management.

If you’re interested in learning more about printing photos and color management — and there’s a lot to learn! — I highly recommend that you take a look at the 7 hours of video entitled “From Camera to Print” from Michael Reichmann and Jeff Schewe featured on Michael’s website Luminous-landscape.com. In the video, Michael and Jeff explore in detail virtually every topic that needs to be covered related to fine art printing, including:

  • Camera settings
  • Printer settings (both Windows and Mac)
  • Current printer models
  • Paper types and choices
  • Color management
  • RIPs (Raster image processors)
  • Soft proofing
  • Profiling options
  • Rendering intents
  • Monochrome printing
  • “If it’s about printing, we cover it — in depth.”

Yes, there’s a lot to learn. But I don’t think it’s entirely overwhelming, especially if you’re serious about getting the best quality prints available for your photographs. And I expect that Michael’s and Jeff’s video will help you easily understand the best ways to achieve those high-quality prints. I think I could’ve used their help on my photo “Duomo, Florence, Italy” shown above; it didn’t print out as well as I’d like and is a little too dark I think, but I still like it.

There is a free 2-minute video preview of “From Camera to Print” available on Luminous-landscape.com, so you can get an idea of what the video looks like. If you like what you see and want to see the rest, the videos are available for downloading and viewing directly on your computer. They have a very reasonable cost of only $34.95 for the entire 6 hours and 40 minutes of video, which you can watch over and over and over again — until you can think of nothing else but printing.

Even if you’re not entirely sure whether color management is something you want to dive into right now, I recommend at least taking a look at the free 2-minute video preview, in which Jeff discusses and demonstrates his approach to soft proofing. I suggest watching the preview at least twice to try to get an understanding of what they’re trying to accomplish. If you have any questions about what they’re talking about, please let me know here in the comments or in the forums.

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