Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding the histogram, part of Inkjet Printing for Photographers.
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So this image here has a bunch of pixels in it, and each one is colored a shade of gray. …If I zoom in here, we can actually see individual pixels. …Now, some of these pixels might be the same color. …There might be a black pixel here and a black pixel there. But because they are spread all …over, it's difficult for us to see how many of each there might be. …Well, why do we care? you might be thinking. …It just looks like the image. …We care because a good print has certain characteristics. …Among those, it has blacks that are truly black, …it has whites that are truly white, and if we don't have those things, we're going to …get a weaker print.…
But, you might be thinking, I can see those on screen. …There is some, some black right there. …The thing is, black and white are actually specific quantifiable phenomena. …The tone might look black onscreen; it might not actually be true black. …It might simply look black because of the way your monitor is adjusted, or it might …look black to you because your eye is not yet trained enough to recognize the difference …
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