Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Paying attention to viewing conditions, part of Inkjet Printing for Photographers.
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If you are familiar with white balance on your camera then you should already be comfortable …with the idea that different types of lights have different color qualities, and those color …qualities can affect the color that you capture in your camera. …The same thing is true with prints. …The quality of the light where you look at a print can dramatically impact how the print appears. …If you're examining a print under tungsten lights, which have a yellowish cast, you may …think "uh-oh, my print is too yellow." Or if you're viewing your print in low light, you …might think "oh no, there is no detail in the shadows" …when in fact it's just too dark in the room for you to see the detail in your shadows.…
If you're thinking "yeah, but I am not that picky, I don't really care about the level of finesse," …well, the problem is you actually will care. …If you don't see detail in the shadows when you review your print, then you'll go back …to your computer and you'll brighten the shadows up. Or if the print looks too yellow, you'll …
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