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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 back to my office. Come on in. In this movie what I want to do is talk about the final print. A lot of times what happens is we print our images out but they don't just feel quite complete. Let's say even when we print our images really big, like we have this one up here. I have a number of large format prints there. Yet what we need to do is finish them off in some way, shape or form. For example, I had one of my former students Todd Glaser, he printed this photo for me and it's one of my all time favorite surfers at one of my all time favorite surf spots and I enjoy the picture in this format, yet it feels a little bit floppy. We can hear that and feel that. It doesn't feel like it's been formalized, that it's been completed.
Now there are a number of different ways that we can do that. One way is to simply mount our photographs on gaterboard, and I like that format. You can also frame your images as well. But in this case, when I get this image back from the framing shop or from the local camera store that does this here in town, I say, Oh yeah! I want to hang that on the wall. I'm just like, all right, that's the image! That's that final photo! What I want to do is just walk through a couple of examples of that and again, you can print or formalize your photos in a number of different ways and what we want to do here is just get you to begin to think about that. Again, we have a photograph. In this case we have seen this one before but it feels floppy.
It's interesting yet it doesn't quite feel as significant until we do something with it. In this case, it's one of the large prints here but I just have it mounted and when I have it mounted and it's really big, I can actually see that. I think, yeah, there is something there. There is something to be reckoned with. There is some permanence there. One of the reasons that we love photographs is because of their permanence and again, just one more example for you and then a quick thought. Here is another photograph that I took, in this case of World Champion pro surfer Shaun Thomson. In this case, it's a little bit of a smaller print but it still has some substance to it. It feels like there is something there. And you know framing or mounting can really do that for a photograph. We can also do this in different sizes and just to show you some variety here, here we have a photograph that's a little bit bigger in this case, a larger print.
Now there is something that happens to your photographs when they go large or when they are framed or when they are mounted in this case. And what happens is again, it kind of formalizes the print in a unique way and one of the things that you will discover is that some prints look great when they go big. Other prints don't. Some prints look better when they are small. And it really depends on the subject matter. It depends on the intimacy of the photograph. Sometimes if it's something that's like a little delicate something, let's say a delicate leaf, when you make that big and you can really see the intricacies and the intimacies of those delicacies, it's fascinating when it goes big.
Other times, when you have a photograph that's really graphic and when that's printed a medium size that graphic shape become intriguing or engaging. Another thing to think about in regards to printing and how big you go is your viewing distance and typically what you do is you take the width let's say from corner to corner in this case, and then you double that. So you need to be about this far away from this photograph in order to enjoy it. Now if you have a small space, like let's say my office here, it's a pretty small space. If I were to hang a wide range of large format prints and here it would overwhelming, you would want to back away from them. So you can't typically get away with hanging a ton of those. Yet, if I had smaller images and I put those smaller images in a row, it would be inviting, it would draw me and I would want to lean forward and look at them.
So as you get to the stage of creating the final print, think about how you can finalize your photographs, whether by let's say mounting or overmatting or framing. But whatever you do, take a risk and spend a little bit of extra money in order to formalize a few of your prints. And just a few of them. And you may be thinking, Oh! Gosh, I don't have any extra money to do that. Well then save up some money to do it, because one of the things that I have found is it helps me learn to see anew. It helps me enjoy my photographs in new ways and it also helps others enjoy my photographs as well.
All right, well either way, I hope that you enjoy creating your final prints. Thanks for coming by my office. I'll catch you in the next movie. Bye for now.
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