From Camera To Print… And More!

I’ve been a photographer for as long as I can remember. I made my first darkroom print in elementary school, and since then I’ve never been more than a few feet from a camera at any given moment. But as comfortable and confident as I am with almost all technical aspects of photography, there’s still one area that makes my knees weak and my lower lip tremble. It’s the process of translating my photographs from nice digital images into beautiful prints. There’s so much voodoo magic, it seems, in the technical necessities of the file-to-print process that I’ve prepared myself for the possibility of never fully understanding it. Consequently, my prints suffer. The point of all this is that I’m always on the lookout for information and tutorials that present useful digital printing in a way that I can comprehend—in a way that might actually help me to make better prints, but even more importantly a way that helps me understand how I should go about doing so. That’s why I was so pleasantly surprised to discover the wonderful video series from Michael Reichmann and Jeff Schewe of The Luminous Landscape web site. In their series "From camera to print and screen" they’ve updated the tutorial for 2011, so not only can digital photographers learn to translate image files into beautiful prints, but into image files perfect for iPads and other digital displays. The point is this: for a small investment of time and money I can have the process explained to me in an easy to comprehend way by two exceptional photographers and teachers. I recommend that any photographer interested in expanding his or her printing capabilities invest in this tutorial. I know I will.

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