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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.
Hey, welcome. This is Chris Orwig here and here we are in my office. What I want to do in this movie is just have a little bit of a conversation about printing and about paper and let's imagine that you came by my office and say hey! Chris, what's the deal with different types of printers and do you know what printer is best? What I would probably do is I'll pull out an analogy. I would say well what camera is best? Let's say I reach for my Hasselblad. Well in this case, if I'm going to shoot a photograph with a Hasselblad, it's going to give me a particular type of an image. Let's say just at the base level, it's going to give me a square format. Now is this square format better or worse than my 35 millimeter camera that I'll grab here? Well no, it's just different.
Then they also might say well, will the camera body and the camera type and lens determine how good the photograph is? Well, yes and no, right. There is a little bit of give and take there. At the end of the day, if we take a look at this camera that I have here. This old Nikon D1x that's been taken apart by one of my friends. We can see that it's just a camera. There is really nothing to it or it's a shell of a camera and it kind of reminds me that the camera isn't going to make a good image. It's more about me and so when considering a printer, yes, we do want to consider, okay what printer will be best? And there are printers that are better than other printers, etcetera.
But ultimately when you want to create a good photograph, when you want to create a good print, it's really about you and about the whole process and going through that whole process. Well, how then do you start to think about papers? Well there are a lot of different types of papers you can use. One of the type of papers I like is this Red River Paper, because it's completely recycled and I enjoy that. I like when I'm able to create some prints that are a little bit more green. Another type of paper that I print to quite often and I have mentioned this before is this Ultra Premium Presentation Paper. Basically, Epson's matte paper.
Wonderful stuff, I love printing to that. And again, one of my other favorites is this velvet fine art paper. Now speaking of the velvet fine art paper, I have a handful of prints on my printer here and if you came by my office, I would say well, let's look at some of these and I'll pull one out. For example, this photograph of my daughter Sophie and my wife Kelly. I love this image on this velvet paper. I love that I can touch this. It really fits the message and the feeling of this particular event. Now let's go ahead and grab another print that's come off my printer recently. This one is Gerry Lopez, an amazing and renowned surfer. I love the vivid colors that you can see here and I like how those colors work with this matte paper. I like that I can feel bit of that texture there. It's not glossy or shiny.
Now again, the type of paper that you use is really preferential. Is there one type that's better than another? Well not necessarily. Really it depends on what you want to communicate. Now other times you reach for a print and you say oh yeah, I love that. You know, again, that really works with the message that I'm trying to communicate and you are getting excited about your printing. Then all of a sudden, you get one of these and your print doesn't look good at all. It just looks like everything is wrong. I mean the photograph is good, but the print isn't good. Well in this case, I print on the wrong side of the paper and you know that happens to us when we are printing and the reason I bring that up is that printing takes experimentation. It takes learning your paper. In this case, here is that final print of that same photograph. It looks so much better.
Let me show you a comparison and again we would talk a little bit about printing and that process of printing and ensuring that you get that good final print. And there are lot of times, getting that good final print is really about you. You are in the printing community, or in the printing world, one of the things that they say is that there are these print masters, these people who have mastery over this printing process. That's kind of interesting when you stop to think about it. It's not something like you can just push a button and cross your fingers and hope to get a good print. That's why you are watching this training title, right, so that you can learn more about how you can use all these different things in order to create amazing prints.
Another thing that printing does for you. As you print out a photograph, like let's say this photograph of Ben Harper. What you need to do typically is print a photograph and then let it sit somewhere. Hang it up on a wall. Walk away from it and then when you come back to the photograph, you will see things anew. Like with this image. I see that there is this little divot right close to his eye. Now I don't want anything distracting right close to his eyes. And I didn't notice that while I was working on my computer because I really focused in on his eyes and it took me turning away from the photograph and then coming back to it to discover that mistake. And you will find that creating prints is a great way to learn about photography. You will find that it will sharpen your vision.
Now I'll go ahead and just pull out a couple more here. Just some fun photographs. Another one, Jack Johnson, great print of Jack. He is an amazing guy and then another print here. We will talk about his later. How we can use print layouts, in order to print multiple images on one page for testing, or to save paper, and to save time, and to save ink. So one of the things that I want you to begin to think about as you dig deeper into this wonderful world of printing is that there are number of different devices that you can use. There are number of different paper types that you can use. There is no one correct or no one best way to create a print.
Some people will say you have to use this or you have to do that. Well it's not necessarily true, because printing is essentially an experimental process. It's a process that will teach you quite a bit about how you think, how you photograph, how you see. It will clarify your vision and it will do so much more. So here is my hope for you. My hope is that as you learn more about printing, as you dig deeper in this training title that this will all help you create much more compelling prints. All right, well, thanks for stopping by my office. I'll catch you in the next movie. Bye for now.
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