Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Exploring why we print, part of Inkjet Printing for Photographers.
In the film era there was no choice about it: you had to print your pictures. …Prints were simply the only way that you can see the photos you'd taken. …In the digital era, obviously things are very different. …You can see your image on your camera as soon as you take it. …You can connect your camera to a big TV and look at your images there. …You can dump the images into your computer and look at them on your monitor, and from …there, you can push them to websites and smart phones and tablets and so on. …Images today are very malleable and dynamic. …We can shove them around the world, and we can sort and filter them to combine them with other images.…
We can deliver them to an audience of millions, and all without ever having to print a single …image. Because of this, some people never bother printing their images at all. …I am not going to bother with explaining the virtues of easy digital distribution. …I think most people are probably already amazed by how quickly and easily we can all send …
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
Skill Level Intermediate
1. Understanding and Choosing a Printer
2. Adjusting Images for Printing
3. Resizing Images and the Aesthetics of Print Size
4. Sharpening, Noise, and the Print Dialog
5. Making a Color Print
6. Color Management
7. Choosing a Paper
8. Printing: From Start to Finish
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