Printing of Digital Images
by William Lulow
It is amazing to me how many photographers don’t bother to do any prints these days. To many, just having the image on their computer is enough. Coming from the traditional photography side of things, the print was the ultimate goal. From photographers like Ansel Adams to W. Eugene Smith to Penn, Avedon, Halsman and the like, the goal was always to produce a great print. Because, that’s how photographs were seen, after all. In today’s digital world, many people view photographs on their computer screens, cell phones, or iPads. That’s where the mentality of “good enough” come in. If it looks alright on the computer or on my cell phone or on my website, it’s “good enough.”
This attitude has really hurt the photography industry. It has taken away the ultimate goal of great photography…the great print.
I have taken great pains to try to teach my students the value of learning how to shoot quality images so that they can hand their clients something of value – a great print!
I have also striven to perfect the art of the digital print myself. And, in that regard, I have discovered the products manufactured by InkPress. In particular, I have been using their Satin Fiber product in various sizes. This paper, which I use in a pretty stiff version (320GSM), is a superior medium in every way. It is thick enough to handle. It has a brilliant but not glossy surface and accepts ink extremely well. I sometimes have to adjust the contrast of an image in order to produce deep blacks, but so far, prints have been spectacular.
I’ve reproduced many images in this space, but it wouldn’t suffice just to show another image on a computer. I will be having more exhibits later in the year. So watch this space or keep abreast of social media for details about where and when you can see actual prints.