A variety of inkjet photo printing training courses exist for any photographer who wants to learn more about how to make high-quality photo prints on an inkjet printer. You can attend live seminars, participate in hands-on workshops, read books, or view online courses and webinars.
There is no magic formula of making great prints, because photo printing has always been an art. Just like in the darkroom, different photographers use slightly different techniques and materials to make photographic prints that reflect their personal style and aesthetics.
Below are just a few of the conferences, websites, webinars and books where you can learn more about inkjet photo printing.
At the 2018 PDN Photo Plus Conference and Expo (October 25-27 in New York), two 90-minute sessions will cover digital photo printing.
In the session “From Camera to Cover” (Friday, October 26), Rocco Ancora will show how to get the most from your images during every stage of process. He will lead a live-shooting session, then outline simple and effective post-production techniques for fine-art photography.
Topics to be covered include: optimizing exposure, RAW file conversion, image sharpening techniques, color management, and fine art printing. Participants are asked to bring cameras and laptops loaded with Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom so they can complete their own beautifully crafted prints.
In a session entitled Fine Art Digital Printing (Saturday, Oct. 27), Stephen Johnson will focus exclusively on improving your fine-art digital printing. He will cover workflow issues, color management, correcting color casts, adjustment layers, custom profile generation, editing and inspection.
Johnson’s workshop will talk about inkjet printing on coated and rag inkjet papers with printers that use pigment color inks and combinations of black and gray inks. He will explore how to use old-fashioned testing and careful color judgments to hone in on the best prints possible.
He will also explore print aesthetics in the digital age. What makes for a beautiful print? Do the new possibilities of digital imaging enhance our notion of what photography can be? Or are we merely trying to imitate traditional photographic processes?
To help you choose the best paper for your own artistic vision, Johnson will also talk about the visual qualities and printing issues of different types of inkjet photo and art papers.
One advantage of attending a photo-printing workshop at PhotoPlus Expo is that you can see the wide variety of inkjet papers and printers now available for inkjet photo and art printing. Some of the exhibitors of PhotoPlus Expo include Canon, Epson, Hahnemuhle, Moab Paper, and Innova.
For details on registration, visit https://www.photoplusexpo.com/
The Photo Educate website is run by “passionate photographers who are passionate about photography workshops.” Their goal is to publish listings of the world’s best photography education opportunities in one place.
In addition to connecting you dozens of workshops and retreats led by top photographers at sites around the world, Photo Educate lists post-processing workshops, such as the “Black and White Mastery Workshop” with John Paul Caponigro. This four-day, hands-on workshop in December 2018 delves deeply into black-and-white imagery and printmaking.
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More than 700 photography courses developed by Lynda.com are now part of thousands of business, technology, and creative courses available by subscription to businesses, agencies, libraries, and colleges.
The Lynda.com course offerings include several courses related to photo printing:
Inkjet Printing for Photographers by Ben Long (6 hours, 41 minutes) covers the art and craft of making beautiful, archival-quality inkjet prints. The course looks at: the anatomy of a print job; how a printer works; how to prepare your image to get the best results; and what happens to your photo in its journey from pixels to paper.
Ben also talks about creative questions such as: What size print should you make? How does print size relate to the message of the photo and the size of the space where the photo will be displayed? What kinds of paper choices do you have and how does the content of your photo relate to the paper you choose? You will learn about: types of inkjet printers (dye vs. pigment), how to make image adjustments specifically for printing; printing black-and-white photos; resizing an image; color management; and working with sharpening and noise reduction.
Start Printing Your Photos by Kevin Ames (1 hour, 37 minutes) explains why the key to making great photo prints is controlling the color. By understanding how humans see color, and how cameras record that color, you can ensure that you are able to translate what your camera captures into colors that your printer can reproduce. You will learn how to use color reference charts when shooting, color correct without color reference, calibrate your monitor, calibrate your printer, manage color in Photoshop and Lightroom, and select the right color settings.
X-Rite Online Webinars
Over the years, X-Rite has produced a number of webinars related to different aspects of the photography workflow. Webinars in the archive that deal with inkjet photo printing include:
Vincent Versace: Black and White Printing Workflow in Adobe Photoshop
Joe Brady: Perfect Color for Inkjet Printing
Joe Brady: Beyond Monitor Calibration: Get Prints that Match Your Display
These free one-hour webinars cover the basic principles, but might not refer to all of the newest equipment and software for color management and printing.
In the book Fine Art Inkjet Printing: The Craft and the Art of the Fine Digital Print, author Jim Nickerson explains all you need to know to be able to create beautiful prints worthy of building a print portfolio, selling to clients, or hanging in a home or gallery.
Nickerson guides you through the entire process step by step, beginning with the principles of creating a fine print.
In Fine Art Inkjet Printing, you’ll learn all about: hardware considerations (including Epson and Canon photo printers); the color management process, from camera to software (Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop) to your printer’s color profiles; the best ways to capture images for maximum post-processing flexibility; global and local adjustments in Lightroom and Photoshop; sharpening and noise reduction for printing; creating black-and-white conversions for optimal printing results; soft-proofing; and print settings for both hardware and software.
The book also covers different paper options, including surfaces, substrates, brightness, color, thickness, and optical brightening agents (OBAs). Sections also discuss printer maintenance and techniques for finishing and protecting your print (flattening, drying and outgassing, trimming, signing, and using protective sprays).
You can also find photo-printing courses at local colleges or as part of national training programs such as: Santa Fe Workshops and Maine Media Workshops.
Some professional photographers also offer inkjet photo training. For example, Robert Rodgriguez Jr. offers a two-day Digital Fine Art Printing Masterclass. Classes are limited to four students and are held in his well-equipped studio in Beacon, New York. An online version of the course is also available at the Printmaker Masterclass website.
Studio for the Digital Fine Art Printing Masterclass conducted by Robert Rodriguez Jr.. Photo: Robert Rodriguez Jr.
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