Making the Print: Printing Techniques for the Digital Photographer. A Masterclass, by Martin Bailey, is the latest PDF ebook from Craft and Vision. It is available from Craft and Vision.
Inevitably, as your interest and involvement in photography grows, you want to display your photographs. Eventually, you may even want to sell prints of your photographs or display them at shows. Printer technology – and the science of paper and ink – has advanced by leaps and bounds in recent years so that virtually anyone can produce museum-quality high-resolution prints of their images. Even so, for most of us, printing still presents a daunting prospect. Martin Bailey’s book does a great job demythologizing the task of creating great prints of your images and provides clear instructions with just the right amount of technical background, appropriate for everyone from amateur photographers to the advanced semipro.
Making the Print is divided into two parts. Part 1, “Getting Started”, provides an elementary introduction top everything from selecting a printer to setting up your computer, choosing paper, using profiles, and perfecting the final printed result. Part 2, “Step it Up!”, delves more deeply into color management as well as using fine art papers and printing for exhibition. There are clear references to using Lightroom, Photoshop, and Aperture, on Windows and Mac systems.
Back in the day, there was no question that the art and craft of printing from negatives was an integral part of the post-capture process. Producing a finely executed print was a deeply satisfying experience. Digital photography – and the ease and ubiquity of presenting images on the web – has replaced much of the old techniques and practices. Still, I’ve been printing digital images for a while now, and there is nothing quite as rewarding as handling a print of your image produced on a really fine art paper. There’s no magic to it, and Martin Bailey’s ebook is one of the best introductions to the subject.
Craft and Vision is producing some great ebooks – Straightforward and clear guides to all aspects of making great photographs. Martin Bailey’s is the first ebbok they have done on the subject of printing, and it’s definitely up to the high Craft and Vision standards. (I like reading Craft and Vision ebooks on my iPad because all of the good PDF reader apps available make it easy to annotate and take notes on the ebook. Or you can load the ebook into iBooks or Kindle.)
Making the Print: Printing Techniques for the Digital Photographer. A Masterclass, by Martin Bailey. Craft and Vision. PDF ebook.