In today’s electronic world many images never make it beyond being viewed on a computer monitor. We view images on CD slideshows, blogs, Facebook, and photo sharing sites. Sadly very few images we view on-line make it to becoming a final fine art printed image.
I believe, quite simply, that an image is not complete until the image is in print form.
Soon to be on exhibit at Chromatics Gallery, Nashville
Printing an image is an art form in addition to, and separate from, the making of the image in the camera and processing the image in software. An artist’s vision becomes complete only when an image is realized in a tangible photographic fine art print.
I like to be fully involved in the process of making my photographic fine art images by personally printing each image rather than sending them off to a lab. I prefer to individually perfect and fine-tune each photographic fine art print, thus assuring a quality, collectable product that I am proud to sign.
While there are several high quality ink jet printers on the market, I currently use an Epson 3880 printer and Epson Ultra Chrome Ink. Ultra Chrome inks have exceptional color saturation and an extended color range as well as a print life up to 100 years.
Selecting the paper on which to print a fine art image is another area in which an artist must be knowledgeable.
After much trial and error, I have selected 100% cotton, acid free, archival fine art paper by Moab as my primary paper resource. Choosing the perfect paper for the perfect print comes after hours of practice and experience.
I always have a sample of fine art paper handy so clients can experience the quality by actually touching and feeling the paper I’ve selected. It is exciting to see clients eyes light up when they feel the quality of fine art paper the first time. Educating the client helps them discern the difference between a collectible fine art print and the typical mass-produced photo.
On your monitor you will not be able to observe the subtle differences that are apparent in the finished print.
“Red Barn in the Snow”
This ‘best-seller’ print looks wonderful on Moab’s Entrada Bright paper which enhances the bright, crisp feel of the cool winter scene. The 300# weight and ever-so-subtle texture gives the paper ‘body.’
“Facing Obsolescence: Books”
Wanting a warmer, more aged look for this image, I have selected Moab’s Entrada Natural paper. Changing from cool to warm paper makes a noticeable difference in the final fine art print.
Typically not being a fan of luster paper, I found that using Moab’s Colorado Fibre Satine paper gave just the perfect amount of color ‘pop’ for this image.
Are there other paper choices available for fine art photographic prints? Absolutely! These three papers just happen to be my current ‘papers of choice.’
Photography is a visual medium. We must print and display our work to complete the vision that started with the pressing of the shutter button.
Submitted by Sue Henry