I’ve shot on both film – where I used to develop my own black and white prints – and now shoot on digital. With film, you had to at least develop your negatives, and usually enlarge and print them in order to see the final result. However with digital photography huge volumes of images lurk as ones and zeroes on your hard drive are its now rare they get printed.
I mention this as Craft & Vision have a new book out: “Making the Print – Printing Techniques for the Digital Photographer” by Martin Bailey. Although I’ve printed and display several of my shots around my home (in the UK I use the excellent Print Space to output them) I’m no expert on print. Martin’s book however covers almost everything you need to know from buying a printer through to colour profiles and paper choices.
To begin with Martin talks about the different options available for printers and what to look for with regards to number of colours used to produce your print. He then progresses to preparing your image for printing and whether or not to let the printer or the software you are using manage the colour. After all that he covers techniques on some simple edits, such as adding borders, to improve your prints.
The second half of the book gets a little more technical and covers such things as screen calibration, to ensure what you see on the screen matches what will get printed, printer calibration and finally even camera calibration to ensure you have a fully colour-managed digital workflow.
To wrap up he covers the major types of paper you can print on and provides a great how-to on making your own canvas prints. Finally Martin provides useful advice for printing images for exhibition (if you’re lucky enough to have one!).
As usual with Craft & Vision books if you use the promotional code PRINT4 when you checkout, you can have the PDF version of Making the Print for only $4 or you can use the code PRINT20 to get 20% off when you buy 5 or more PDF eBooks from the Craft & Vision collection. These codes expire at 11:59pm PST January 21, 2012 (check your timezone here).