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As Ansel Adams once said, "The negative is the equivalent of the composer's score, and the print the performance." Now, with Photoshop CS4 for Photographers: Desktop Printing Techniques, creating breathtaking prints is within reach. In this course, photographer and instructor Chris Orwig teaches techniques and workflows for crafting powerful and enduring images that bring the photographer's vision to life. From producing a business card to visiting a working press, Chris covers everything photographers need to know to achieve unique, compelling results from the printing process. Exercise files accompany the course.
When it comes to picking out a printer, one of the things that you have to keep in mind is there is something magical about the final print. It's almost as if it just completes the whole photographic workflow, that final artifact is so fascinating. So one of the things that you need to consider in regards to your printer is that you typically want to get the best of the best. I mean, you want to get the best that you can afford because it's always worthwhile to invest a little bit more in a printer. Well for starters then, what does that mean in regards to different brands.? Well, the three top brands that all of the top pros use are either Epson, Canon or HP. So if you are going to get a photo printer I recommend that you get one of those.
Again, it's not really worth skimping on your printer because that final artifact, that final print is going to be so worth it, if you have a nice printer. Now you may be thinking, well, I don't have enough money to buy this type of printer. Well neither do I. We all have a certain amount of money that we can afford for a particular type of printer. So I'm not necessarily saying that you have to buy the best. But buy of what you can afford but try to push the envelope a little bit here because typically it's well worthwhile. Well, I do all of my printing on Epson printers and here you can see actually a little bit of an older snapshot of my office and there I have the Epson 2400.
The two printers that I use most often are that printer as well as the Epson 3800. Now the Epson 3800 in my opinion is just hands-down amazing. Now I don't get anything for saying that. But this printer is just unreal. The first time that I plugged in my Epson printer and I ran a print through it, I was just stunned. I was literally excited about desktop printing. This for me is the printer that changed my mind about how desktop printing is incredibly exciting. Now I have been doing desktop printing for a quite a bit of time and I have been using high- end printers for quite a bit of time.
But it's this printer that really just excited me about this overall process and again if I have to do any printing this is really the one that I turn to. Now I'll use some of the other printers as well just to experiment with them and also to do some other test prints. Yet this one I found to have the best luck with. Now I'm saying all of this in a way that I hope is a little bit descriptive rather then prescriptive. And what I mean by that is I could only describe what I do in my own workflow. And share that with you. I am not necessarily saying that you have to get an Epson printer, although I think it would be a really good idea. What I'm saying is hey, this is how I do things and this is my own workflow. What you then need to do is take these ideas and say okay, what then can I do that will make sense in my own photographic workflow.
And then finally, you are obviously picking up a bit here that I'm encouraging you to try to begin to think about your printer and possibly then begin to invest in a printer. Because one of the things that I found, and again this is descriptive of my own workflow, is that by investing a little bit in printing, it has really added a quite a bit of excitement to my overall photographic process and in turn it has helped me create images that are that much more stunning.
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