The 1st in a series – Color Managed Workflow
Today – An Overview
You use quality cameras & lenses
You process your captures meticulously
You use a quality photo printer (or lab)
You use quality paper and ink
BUT – The quality of your prints is average at best! Why?
It’s probably your editing & printing workflow
Is it properly Color Managed?
Big Meadows, Shenandoah National Park
Sepia toned infrared
Present the subject by using contrast – dark against light
Also, get down low and use the trail as a leading line
Don’t ask me why, but one of my favorite places on earth
An excellent print of an image is a sight to behold
The underlying premise of this series is that
An actual print is the ultimate form for displaying a photo
Visit an exhibit of Ansel Adam’s original prints
Compare those with reproductions (web or print)
There is NO comparison
Even though, for most of us,
Only a small fraction of our captures are printed
Shouldn’t that print be as good as possible?
Here’s a part of the problem when it comes our view of our print –
When we get our print finished –
To our eyes it looks pretty darn good
But – is it as good as it could (should) be?
Without a basis for comparison (like 2nd print)
We assume it’s as good as possible
More often, it’s not
However, as my wife said when I mentioned this series
For many folks – Good enough is good enough
For the rest of you – this series is for us 😉
This series will look at the elements of a
Color Managed Editing and Printing Workflow
Stops along the way (a dozen or so posts) will include –
Your monitor – calibration & all of that “kind of stuff”
Side trips/detours to consider color managed (or not)
Color Management aware photo-related software
Color gamut vis-a-vis Print Rendering Intent
Color working spaces
Black Point Compensation
Profiles – Camera, Monitor, and Paper
Using Curves to compensate for printing issues
Paper selection – the aesthetics & printing implications
Ambient lighting effects
File > Print Set Up > Print (sending your file to the printer)
I’ll probably think of more as we go along
You’re welcome to add to the list via a Reply Comment
Until then ….
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