Episode 62 Getting the Best Photographic Prints with Marilu Holmes

Peggy Farren 2017-11-21

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Episode 62 Getting the Best Prints with Marilu Holmes

About Marilu
- Owner G & H Printing
- Worked as a commercial photo-editor in Manhattan when digital was new
- 2004 started G & H Printing (Gutierrez & Holmes) in Naples, FL


Pros and Cons of Printing at Home
+ no waiting (instant)
+ cheaper for small prints (8x10 or smaller)

- inkjet printers clog easily if not used on a daily basis
- color matching is difficult - you may need to run multiple proofs to adjust the colors to what you want
- “banding” - lines across the print caused by small dust particles in the print head
- cleaning cycle does not always get rid of the dust, and it uses a lot of ink

Printer companies make their money on ink. If your printer isn’t functioning properly, chances are high that it should just be replaced instead of serviced - models are updated frequently.

You need to justify the expense of ink and paper with the volume being printed.

** IF you do print at home, match the manufacturer of the printer and the PAPER for best results. **


2 Ways to Outsource Your Printing
- For small prints (8x10 and smaller) - places like Costco, Walmart, etc. print with light on photosensitive paper (not inkjet).
- For larger prints, inkjet - allows use of many different materials.


G&H has 5 basic materials/products
- Luster Photopaper
- Watercolor Paper (2 textures)
- Canvas
- Decor Canvas (cheaper, lighter, different kind of ink)
- Aluminum Panels


Color Calibration
- Profile: digital information for color embedded within the photo file
- SRGB: smallest number of colors, works well for screens (websites, camera LCD)
- RAW: you have control of the profile in Lightroom/Photoshop
- Color Management - info is lost when converting to JPEG
- CMYK: strictly for printing, 4 basic colors (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black), updated printers now have 3-4 versions of each color (lighter/darker) for more variability


Calibrating Your Equipment
- Densitometer (X-Rite)
- sensor that reads colors of your computer monitor or camera with software to help calibrate
- creates a file that merges reality with ideal
- Colorimeter
- sensor for monitors and projectors only
- ColorMunki , Spyder
- Recommended to calibrate screen colors every month or so
- Prints will be about 20%-30% darker than they appear on your screen


Contact

GandHPrinting.com


G & H Printing
1440 Rail Head Blvd. Hours by appointment only
Naples, FL 34110
(239) 430-6281

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