A very cool video, Africa’s glory! Amazing clips from BBC documentary ‘Great Rift’ (2010).
Getting the Most out of your Desktop Inkjet Printer - David Saffir instructor $69 Wednesday, December 15th - 6:30pm to 9:30pm SCV Center for Photography, Santa Clarita
Are your photo prints too dark? Is your color flat? Are you just plain frustrated with your desktop printer because you know it can do better! Come spend an evening with print master David Saffir and he will show you:
How to setup your printer out of the box
Create a customized workspace and desktop that will work for you
Decide what to do about display calibration
Setup Photoshop and Lightroom to print correctly
Learn to perform basic printing adjustments for your images
Work through and trouble shoot common printing problems
Evaluate, Store and Archive your prints
This workshop is for beginners and intermediate photographers. You’ll hear tips, tricks, techniques and problem solvers that will make your prints sparkle, and your printer headaches go away! You only need a pen and paper for this workshop, no laptops required.
Click here to register or call 661 904 2092
From time to time, I get samples of paper to try in my studio. John and Mark Lorusso of Parrot Digigraphics were kind enough to send me samples of a number of media types, all branded as in-house Parrot products. I’m going to report on my experiences with these papers.
I’ll write this up in two blog posts, one tonight, and another within 48 hours (things are really busy right now – we have print competition tonight, among other things.)
Moving along: in some cases, one finds that these papers cost less, but don’t deliver the quality. In the case of Parrot, that’s just dead wrong: the Parrot papers are very high quality, render images well in color and black and white, have a nice “hand”, and last but not least, in many instances cost less than the average for high quality goods in this category.
I’ve been working with these papers over the last week or so:
Parrot Ultra Lustre Photo, 10 mil
Ultrawhite Matte Canvas, 21 mil
Angelica Bright White Smooth, 315 gsm
Angelica Natural White Textured, 315 gsm
I may have left one name out, but I’ll get it straight soon enough.
I’ve been printing these papers using the HP Designjet Z3200. I like the Z because it has a built-in spectrophotometer, and with just a few mouse clicks, I can profile a paper, print an image, and voila! Great color!
So far, my favorites are the Angelica Bright White Smooth, and Natural White Textured. They seem to fill a gap in products offered by other companies. In particular, the Natural White Textured seems to step in between other papers – for example, Hahnemuhle Photo Rag – the paper has a pleasing base color and texture, but not so much texture that it overwhelms the image, or starts to look like a canvas print.
That’s all for today, more to follow. Stay tuned!
In the meantime, here’s a link to the Parrot Digigraphic web site.
I have a new post on the Pro Photo Blog (link) “Must Have Skills for Photographers: Enlarging Images and Large-Format Printing“
I will be at PPE (Pro Photo Expo) at the Javitz Center Thursday through Saturday this week. Come by the HP exhibit and say Hi! I’ll be working with the new Digital Negative Printing process, the ArtTrust security ID system for fine art and fine art photos, and the Designjet Z3200 large format printer.
We’ll have some amazing prints from Elliot Erwitt’s collection for you to see.
I’ve included a link below for the Platinum Printing video, and I’ll post the ArtTrust web address as soon as the latest revision is completed. :))
Here’s a video about the Platinum Printing Process:
and here’s a web page about the process.
See you at the Javits Center!
Those of us who make our own prints are, in many cases, constantly looking for that ideal combination of quality, price, and appearance in our inkjet papers. We’re lucky, in that our options increase daily, and competition keeps prices in check – if not driving them down at times!
My good friends and colleagues John and Mark Lorusso, and Ted Dillard of Parrot Digigraphic (Parrotcolor.com) offer an interesting line of private-label inkjet papers. They’ve printed a number of my images for me on these papers – in color and Black and White – and the results have been impressive – so much so that I want to try them in my own shop.
The line includes (not in any particular order): Angelica Bright White Smooth, Angelica Universal Photomatte, Angelica Bright White Matte Canvas, Angelica Universal Photo Matte, and Parrot Ultra Lustre. It’s quite a lineup.
I’ll be getting a box of samples to try, and I intend to start printing next week.
I’m planning to produce a range of color and Black and White prints. Parrot offers a set of ICC paper profiles (http://www.parrotcolor.com/store/pages.php?pageid=8), and there is also a video provided with instructions on installing the profiles correctly. I’ll be trying a few of their profiles, and I’ll also make my own profiles in-house using the built-in spectro on the HP Z3200.
So, some new printing experiences coming, and I’ll follow up here with a brief report the week after next. My thanks to John, Ted, and Mark!
More here: http://parrotcolor.com/
By David Saffir via the Pro Photo Blog:
Many of us love black-and-white prints for their simplicity and how they can increase focus on a subject or feeling. Here are a few tips to consider when making black-and-white prints from color digital images. Capture your image in color (full text via this link).
By Lorraine A. DarConte
(Saffir) photographs everything from portraits to products and landscapes, operates his own printing service, born out of a desire to produce better prints. “I was deep into making the switch to digital photography with my first DSLR, but I wasnít really happy with the prints I was getting from my desktop,” explains Saffir. “I wanted to understand how to use it better, which made me realize the machine I had was not capable of doing what I wanted.” for more, follow this…(pls scroll down)
February 28 – March 6, 2010, Santa Fe, NM
Our third year! Make your photographic vision come to life in this Advanced Photography Experience/Digital Lab workshop.
Join two accomplished photographers and fine art printmakers, Jack Duganne and David Saffir for this exciting, hands-on journey from a photo shoot on-location in the Santa Fe area, through high-intensity classroom sessions in image processing and editing, all the way to printing your new color or black and white images on brand-new state-of-the-art HP pigment-based inkjet printers.
We will spend most of our time in the digital lab, and travel out for a photo shoot or two during the week.
Topics will include, but are not limited to selecting vantage points and times of day for shooting, options in image composition, use of on-camera controls to enhance image quality, choice of digital file formats, importing and evaluating your images, processing images to maximize quality and artistic impact, and creating exhibition-quality color and black and white prints. We will wind up our week with an image critique and discussion of preparing for success in print competition.
On the last day, we have a festive evening reception and dinner – AND prints from the class will be shown on exhibition.
This is a work-group style class, with frequent one-on-one work. This limits the workshop to a dozen or so participants, so enroll early and reserve your spot.
Prospective students are requested to bring an open mind and their film or digital camera for a week of exploration and learning. Use of a camera tripod is strongly recommended. Film processing and scanning will be available. Applicants should have a working knowledge of Photoshop. Bring a portfolio box too, because you’ll want to take these images home.
About the Instructors
David Saffir is an internationally-recognized, award-winning photographer, author, and printmaker. He has taught in many venues, including the West Coast School Super Sunday, WPPI, Clear Focus Studios, the Hasselblad PowerPro Tour, HP Dreamcolor Seminars, and the Arles Photo Festival in France (Recontres d’ Arles).
He is also the author of Mastering Digital Color”, published by Thomson Course Technology. He is one of the principals of the Artists’ Showcase of Santa Clarita, and past president of the Santa Clarita Valley Photographers Association. He has written numerous articles for Great Output, Rangefinder, AfterCapture, Professional Photographer, Digital Imaging Tech, and others. http://www.davidsaffir.com
Jack Duganne is an internationally-recognized photographer and a world-renowned fine art printmaker. He is one of the founders of Nash Editions, and now heads Duganne Atelier in Santa Monica, California. He has taught advanced classes throughout the US, and in Europe. His web site is http://www.duganne.com.
Join us in Santa Fe for a week of photographic creativity and camaraderie!
David and Jack :)
or telephone: (505) 983-1400 ext 11
Sponsored by MEI Computing and HP, our session on “Taking Your Photography Business to The Next Level” drew over 100 attendees to the Visarts Center in Rockville. The agenda included new capture technology and color management techniques, getting the most out of your inkjet printer, fine art printmaking, succeeding in print competition, media selection, and hands-on printmaking from attendees image files. Originally scheduled from 9-430, we went overtime and finally finished up close to 8 pm. A great session – take a look at this photo!