How To Display Inkjet Prints

Being a photographer in 2011 is a little bit sad. Why? Because for years being a photographer meant you took pictures and made prints and had a finished product you could hold in your hands or hang on your wall. These days, though, the print has all but disappeared. It’s too easy to shoot photos and look at them on our computer screens and then forget about them forever, without ever making a print. Sure, galleries and pharmacies still trade in prints, but let’s be honest: most of us wish we printed a lot more of what we shot. Let’s all agree that we’ll make a conscious effort to print more of our photographs. 

That’s only part of the challenge, though. Printing is a bit of a tricky endeavor because most photographers are printing their work in-house on inkjet printers. Instead of farming out the job to a pro lab, most of us are doing it ourselves. The good news is that these prints look great and have archival qualities as good or better than traditional darkroom color prints. The bad news is that we’ve got to take a little bit of extra care to ensure our prints look their best and last a long time too.

To that end, The Online Photographer’s Ctein (think Madonna or Cher, but with more photographic chops) has written a great guide—practically a treatise—on displaying and caring for inkjet prints to maximize their beauty and their lifespan. For anyone interested in treating their photographs as fine art, or at least for those of you who want to ensure your photos stick around long after you’re gone, it’s a must read.
 
http://theonlinephotographer.typepad.com/the_online_photographer/2011/02/how-to-display-inkjet-prints.html

Being a photographer in 2011 is a little bit sad. Why? Because for years being a photographer meant you took pictures and made prints and had a finished product you could hold in your hands or hang on your wall. These days, though, the print has all but disappeared. It’s too easy to shoot photos and look at them on our computer screens and then... Read more

Another Historic Female Photojournalist

We just love a good human interest story, don’t we? Just yesterday I mentioned Vivian Maier’s "too-good-to-be-true" discovery, the unknown master finally getting her due for her phenomenal photographs. Ms. Maier’s story has definitely captured hearts and minds, and there’s another elderly woman with a great photographic story garnering well deserved, if belated, attention. The Today show recently interviewed Ruth Gruber who, at 100 years old is being recognized for her photographs of holocaust survivors as a young photojournalist in the 1940s. The piece was made in conjunction with a Showtime documentary of Ms. Gruber called Ahead of Time. Look for it on the cable network through the end of March and learn more about this interesting woman.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/41886858#41886858
http://www.sho.com/site/movies/movie.do?seriesid=0&seasonid=0&episodeid=137686

We just love a good human interest story, don’t we? Just yesterday I mentioned Vivian Maier’s "too-good-to-be-true" discovery, the unknown master finally getting her due for her phenomenal photographs. Ms. Maier’s story has definitely captured hearts and minds, and there’s another elderly woman with a great photographic... Read more

The Story Of The Discovery Of Vivian Maier

Vivian Maier, the Chicago nanny whose comprehensive body of street photography was uncovered accidentally in 2009, has been the darling of the photographic art world recently. And why wouldn’t she—her work, and her story, are almost too good to be true. In all the coverage of Maier and her photographs, though, the one thing I hadn’t yet seen was the story of who found her photographs and how they were discovered. That just changed, though, as Chicago public television station WTTW produced this great ten-minute video that includes interviews with those who knew Maier as well as the real estate agent turned collector who uncovered her photographs. It’s well worth a look, as the images are stunning—and the thought of discovering them is practically overwhelming.

http://www.howtobearetronaut.com/2011/03/vivian-maier-photographer-nanny

Vivian Maier, the Chicago nanny whose comprehensive body of street photography was uncovered accidentally in 2009, has been the darling of the photographic art world recently. And why wouldn’t she—her work, and her story, are almost too good to be true. In all the coverage of Maier and her photographs, though, the one thing I hadn’t... Read more
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Photojournalists Bring Us The Story of Japan

With all of the coverage of the earthquake and tsunami devastation in Japan, I’ve found myself turning to photojournalists for a better understanding of what I’m seeing. Sure, television’s moving pictures do inform us quite effectively about what’s happening—especially on the broader scale. But I’ve noticed that the places in which I’m gaining a detailed understanding of the state of life on the ground in northern Japan all involve still photographs. I think it’s for this reason that photojournalists will always be integral to news gathering—even in a 24-hour television news cycle. For a dramatic and emotional gallery of images of the aftermath, perhaps no news galleries are better than the Boston Globe’s Big Picture and the Sacramento Bee’s The Frame. Be prepared, though—the images are heartbreaking.

http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2011/03/japan_one_week_later.html
http://blogs.sacbee.com/photos/2011/03/japan-one-week-after-the-earth.html 

With all of the coverage of the earthquake and tsunami devastation in Japan, I’ve found myself turning to photojournalists for a better understanding of what I’m seeing. Sure, television’s moving pictures do inform us quite effectively about what’s happening—especially on the broader scale. But I’ve noticed that... Read more

Gregory Crewdson’s Cinematic Process

The photographs of Gregory Crewdson have always fascinated me. Not only are they mysterious and compelling, their scope is unlike anything else ever seen in the art world. He works the way a filmmaker would—with an entire film crew’s worth of production, not to mention the pre- and post-production requirements of a big budget Hollywood motion picture as well. Essentially Crewdson makes films and then simply photographs them one still at a time. This video, linked to via John Paul Caponigro’s blog, provides a detailed look at how he works, and why.  

http://www.johnpaulcaponigro.com/blog/?p=5262

The photographs of Gregory Crewdson have always fascinated me. Not only are they mysterious and compelling, their scope is unlike anything else ever seen in the art world. He works the way a filmmaker would—with an entire film crew’s worth of production, not to mention the pre- and post-production requirements of a big budget Hollywood... Read more

All About Lightroom Collections

I’ve been working with Lightroom for about a year now and I think I’ve got a pretty good handle on it. I’m happy with my workflow and I feel like the program is generally intuitive to work with. That said, there’s one major feature that I don’t use in a very in-depth way: collections. Of course I have basic collections set up, but I also know I’m not harnessing the power of collections in the most efficient and effective ways. Thankfully Helen Bradley, who always writes very insightful and helpful tips for Lightroom and Photoshop CS, has published an in-depth look at Lightroom Collections on the DPS web site. From Smart Collections to sorting tips, Helen’s tutorial is immensely helpful for Lightroom users who are looking to harness a little more of the great program’s organizational power—which is exactly what I need to do.

http://www.digital-photography-school.com/8-important-things-to-know-about-lightroom-collections

I’ve been working with Lightroom for about a year now and I think I’ve got a pretty good handle on it. I’m happy with my workflow and I feel like the program is generally intuitive to work with. That said, there’s one major feature that I don’t use in a very in-depth way: collections. Of course I have basic collections... Read more

The Perfect Repurposed Lighting And Grip Case?

I love putting non-photographic gear to use in the photo world—especially when that stuff is so perfectly suited to photography. Turns out lots of stuff from the music world can actually be repurposed effectively in photography. For instance, I use a drummer’s throne in lieu of a posing stool. It functions just the same, and cost a fraction of the sanctioned photo stool. Here’s another great suggestion I just read about at DIYPhotography.net: use a guitar case to haul around lighting gear—particularly stands and other long grip supplies. It makes perfect sense when you think about it—which I’m glad Udi Tirosh did. Read about it at DIYPhotography.net.

http://www.diyphotography.net/light-traveling-with-a-bass-case

I love putting non-photographic gear to use in the photo world—especially when that stuff is so perfectly suited to photography. Turns out lots of stuff from the music world can actually be repurposed effectively in photography. For instance, I use a drummer’s throne in lieu of a posing stool. It functions just the same, and cost a fraction... Read more

iPod And iPad Apps for Freelance Photographers

Are you trying to earn a buck with your camera? Do you use an iPhone or iPad to help in that endeavor? Then you need to check out this list of 90 awesome apps for freelance creative types. Some of them may be more specifically suited to graphic designers, but the art and productivity apps for freelancers found in this list are sure to be of help to many photographers as well. Whether you want to make sketches on your phone’s touchpad or figure out how to bill more appropriately for your time on a shoot, there’s an app for that—and you can probably find it in this list.  

http://iphone.appstorm.net/roundups/productivity-roundups/90-awesome-ios-apps-for-freelancers

Are you trying to earn a buck with your camera? Do you use an iPhone or iPad to help in that endeavor? Then you need to check out this list of 90 awesome apps for freelance creative types. Some of them may be more specifically suited to graphic designers, but the art and productivity apps for freelancers found in this list are sure to be of help to... Read more

All About Lens Profile Corrections

In case you missed it, Adobe’s been working hard to allow you to automatically correct for all the problems with your lenses. I don’t mean correct for errors particular to the brand and model of your lenses, I mean your exact lenses. Thanks to Adobe’s Lens Profile Creator, not only can you fix chromatic aberration, distortion and vignetting with pre-made profiles for you brand and model of lens, but you can download a test chart to photograph and make custom profiles for the peculiarities of the very lenses you own. It’s a super-powerful tool, and if you’re not yet putting it to use I suggest you check out John Paul Caponigro’s blog to read up on the tool and how you can put it to use in Camera Raw and Lightroom, or inside Photoshop itself. 

http://www.johnpaulcaponigro.com/blog/?p=5030

In case you missed it, Adobe’s been working hard to allow you to automatically correct for all the problems with your lenses. I don’t mean correct for errors particular to the brand and model of your lenses, I mean your exact lenses. Thanks to Adobe’s Lens Profile Creator, not only can you fix chromatic aberration, distortion... Read more

Sigma Wants Your Help

Well this is a nice change. It’s a photo contest in which you can participate, not just by entering, but by being a judge as well. Sigma announced its scholarship contest for student photographers last fall, and now it’s asking the public to vote in order to determine winners. Nice! Rather than some anonymous/ambiguous/unknown panel determining the winners, the public gets to vote, American Idol style. I say that’s great. Head over to Sigma’s web site to vote for your favorite photograph until the end of March. 

http://scholarship.sigmaphoto.com/view-submissions.asp

Well this is a nice change. It’s a photo contest in which you can participate, not just by entering, but by being a judge as well. Sigma announced its scholarship contest for student photographers last fall, and now it’s asking the public to vote in order to determine winners. Nice! Rather than some anonymous/ambiguous/unknown panel determining... Read more