Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Applying aggressive sharpening, part of Inkjet Printing for Photographers.
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Let's take a look at a more difficult sharpening situation here.…This is a promotional picture I took for a Improvisational Theater Company in San Francisco,…Bay Area Theatresports.…We were working on a fairly dark stage, and I wasn't paying good enough attention, I'll admit it.…And I was working with a somewhat fast lens, not great, but the camera opened up wide enough…that my Depth of Field was shallow enough that the two people in the background went out of focus.…So I need to sharpen them and they're full on out of focus.…
So I'm not going to get a great level of detail, but I can make them look a little bit better.…But they're going to need very different sharpening settings, than the man in the middle.…Now, one thing to bear in mind when you're sharpening is to keep an idea on what your…final printed output is going out to be.…I'm not going to worry about regaining too much fine details, say, in his hair or his eyelashes,…because this is an image that's going to be printed probably pretty small in say a weekly…
After a discussion of how to choose a printer, the course covers the process of preparing both black and white and color images using Adobe Photoshop. Ben describes how to take images from looking good onscreen to being properly adjusted for best results on paper, covering details such as sizing, sharpening, and color management.
With photographer and master framer Konrad Eek, Ben explores the creative decisions that photographers should address before printing. What size print? How does print size relate to the message of the photo and to the space where the photo will be displayed? What kinds of paper choices do you have, and how does your photo's content relate to the paper you choose?
The course also describes how to properly evaluate a print and how to handle common challenges that crop up during the printing process.
- Why print with inkjet?
- Types of inkjet printers: dyes versus pigments
- Making image adjustments specifically for printing
- Printing black-and-white photos
- Resizing an image
- Choosing paper
- Working with sharpening and noise reduction
- Color management