Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Exploring the aesthetics of print size, part of Inkjet Printing for Photographers.
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Ben: I think for some of you this is the first time you've ever really printed …in a serious way, or had your images printed. …And obviously one of the things we have to do here is we got a couple of different sizes …that we had, that we were able to choose from, and we chose to make some images larger and …some images smaller. …When you first start on the process of printing a print, one of the things you want to think …about is what output size are you going for? …Do you want to do this image really large, do you want to do it small? …Very often your relationship to the image changes when it's on paper. Just seeing it …on paper is a really different thing than seeing it onscreen, but also, it can change …depending on the size that you have it at.…
So you have seen a lot of these images come out at different sizes. …Do you have a sense of why we choose one size over another for some images? …Amber you seem very positive about that idea. …Amber: Well, I think one factor is just quality of the image, like if one is really grainy, then …
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