Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Travis #394, 2010
I began printing the portfolio the past couple of days and have forgotten how complicated the printing process has become. I did most of the black and whites yesterday and they are much easier because you are only dealing with the curve of the tone and it’s easy to place them where you want, but color is a whole other matter. You are dealing with the curves of the tone now on many different levels because each one is affected by a different layer of color. I have all my equipment color calibrated to get close to what I see on the screen in the printing process. But a print is a completely different medium than the screen. It is viewed in two completely separate ways. One has to be translated to the other. With paper you are dealing with the reflectance of light off the surface of the medium, where as on the monitor you are looking through the light. I know this may sound silly, but it really takes a lot of tweaking to make the transfer possible. There is no specific setting that you can just set it to and it will automatically print; each print must be adjusted individually. I did not shoot all my images the same, therefore I cannot expect them to all print the same. So it really begins with a test print and then gets tweaked through a series of printings that eventually get me to the final point of satisfaction.
Today’s image is dedicated to my dear friend Greg Lane. He is a neighbor and has been a buddy for a very long time now. He used to come and help me on various photo shoots and has many of my images hanging around his house. Thanks for your constant support and your contribution to this project.
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VIEW FULL IMAGE: Travis #394