Photographers Help Create Atlas of Humanity

Innova Art will be showing a selection of prints from the Atlas of Humanity project during the FESPA Global Print Expo May 14-17, 2019 in Munich.

Inspired by the UNESCO universal declaration “to help preserve and promote cultural diversity,” Atlas of Humanity is a collection of photographs conceived and curated by Martin Vegas. Started in 2015, the project seeks to include a photographic record of every culture worldwide. The collection currently includes images from more than 400 ethnic groups contributed by more than 100 photographers worldwide.

Every photograph in the Atlas of Humanity project focuses on the diversity of the subject matter. The creative styles and approaches of each individual photographer are secondary to the subject of the image.

Although individual talents are not the focus of this project, the pool of photographers building this collection is as diverse as the collection itself. Contributing photographers include award-winning photojournalists, professional photographers, and talented amateurs. Anyone and everyone who uses a camera is invited to contribute to the Atlas of Humanity.

A dedicated gallery space at The Photography Show 2019 in Birmingham, England gave attendees a taste of this ambitious project. Each image was printed on a specially selected archival inkjet media manufactured by Innova Art.

Prints from the Atlas of Humanity Project were featured in the Innova booth at The Photography Show in England.

The four Innova Art papers used to make the prints included two papers from the acclaimed Innova Editions® range: Exhibition Photo Baryta 310gsm (IFA 69) – a pure white photographic base paper with a true barium sulphate layer; and Fabriano Printmaking Rag 310gsm (IFA 107), the 100% cotton, mouldmade paper based on centuries-old papermaking techniques, with a unique white tone and soft grain texture. 

Atlas of Humanity images were also printed on the Innova Smooth Cotton High White 100% Cotton 315gsm (IFA 14), one of the most popular Innova Art papers with a smooth, matte finish that lets images speak for themselves; and Innova FibaPrint® Ultra Smooth Gloss 285gsm (IFA 49), the multi-award-winning digital fibre based baryta paper with an ultra-smooth gloss finish.

Innova Art managing director Mike Ramos-Gonzalez said, “We’ve shown Atlas of Humanity across Europe and America, and the reaction is always the same: what beautiful portraits, what amazing prints – now which papers do I buy to get my work looking that good?”

Submit Your Images for the Next Exhibition

The next Atlas of Humanity exhibition will be presented at the The International Fine Art Photo Fair in Paris, November 8-10, 2019. For details on how to submit images for consideration, visit the submissions page on the Atlas of Humanity website. The deadline for submitting images for consideration in the November show is May 31, 2019.

Read an interview with the Martin Vegas, the creator of the Atlas of Humanity Project on the Innova Art blog.

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Post was first published in March 2019 and was updated May 8, 2019.

Inkjet Photo Printing Training Is Available in a Variety of Forms

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.

PhotoPlus Expo

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

Photo Educate

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. on LinkedIn Learning

More than 700 photography courses developed by are now part of thousands of business, technology, and creative courses available by subscription to businesses, agencies, libraries, and colleges.

The 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).

Other Sources

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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Learn from Canon Explorers of Light at PhotoPlus Expo

At PhotoPlus Expo 2017 (October 26-28), Canon will play an active role in helping photographers improve their skills. In their booth, accomplished photographers who serve as Canon Explorers of Light will present 20 sessions on topics such as: wildlife photography; family, rock-and-roll, and wildlife portraits, macro art, in-camera creativity, photojournalism, speedlites, and the craft of a fine photograph.

Canon is also supporting 8 two-hour workshops and platforms during the PhotoPlus Conference:

  • Master the Most Beautiful Light in the World
  • The Power of the Portrait
  • Fashion and Beauty Photography Essentials
  • Today’s Women in Photography and Film
  • Shallow DOF using High Speed Sync and ND Filters
  • Rediscovering Yourself after Career Burnout
  • 10 Must-Know Posting Skills that Will Never Fail You
  • 12 Steps to Improve Your Digital Photography

In addition, PhotoPlus attendees can register for small-group 45-minute sessions that provide a taste of the hands-on Canon Live Learning experiences. Topics include the following:

  • Portraits 101: Making the Best of the Worst Locations
  • Macro Magic
  • Action Photography 101: Auto-Focus and Athletes Featuring Soccer Freestyler Skye Cowie
  • Film School is Overkill: DSLR Video Essentials for Still Photographers
  • Earth Up Close: Shaping Light and Perspective in Environmental Macro Photography
  • Capturing Childhood: The Art of Candid Photography
  • Getting to Know Tilt-Shift Lenses
  • Lighting 101: Creating Drama with One Speedlite
  • Lighting 201: Stunning Scenes with Multiple Speedlite

Canon Live Learning sessions are offered year-round in locations throughout the U.S.

In the Canon Professional Services (CPS) Member Lounge at PhotoPlus Expo, CPS members can get a complimentary EOS DSLR & EF Lens clean and check and complimentary print from a Canon PIXMA PRO-10 or imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 printer.

The CPS membership program provides full-time imaging professionals with 24/7 phone and email technical support, expedited equipment maintenance and repairs, equipment evaluation loans, discounts on Canon Live Learning and more.

Click here for Canon’s full schedule of sponsored sessions and in-booth presentations at PhotoPlus Expo.

Canon Explorers of Light

In addition to presenting educational sessions, select Canon Explorers of Light will be signing prints in the Canon booth during the 2017 PhotoPlus Expo.

The Canon Explorers of Light program began in 1995 to celebrate and highlight the work of outstanding professional imaging creators in different segments of the photography business. The Explorers serve as representatives, ambassadors, educators, and role mdels for aspiring creative artists. They participate in a variety of seminars, personal appearances, and gallery showings through the United States.

In October, Canon welcomed two new members to the Canon Explorers of Light program: Barbara Davidson and Terrell Lloyd.

Barbara Davidson is a Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist best known for her images of victims of gang abuse in Los Angeles.

As a long-time photographer at the Los Angeles Times, Davidson spent most of the past decade photographing women and children trapped in a culture of poverty and guns.

“I am excited to be part of this great program and look forward to sharing my years of experience with Canon users all over the world,” said Davidson.

Terrell Lloyd is known for his experience shooting professional and college sports. He currently works for the San Francisco 49ers as their full-time lead team photographer and manager of the organization’s photography services. Over the past 25 years, Lloyd has diversified his business by photographing a multitude of events.

Terrell Lloyd head shot“Being an Explorer of Light gives me the opportunity to help educate and inspire the next generation of image creators,” said Lloyd.

“Canon’s Explorer of Light program has enable us to connect with and showcase th works of many amazing photographers,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO of Canon U.S.A. Inc. “It’s a privilege to have our Explorers of Light share their photographic passions and technical expertise.”

PDN PhotoPlus Expo and Conference

Sponsored by PDN magazine, PDN PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo is the largest photography and imaging event in North America. Nearly 20,000 professional, amateur, and emerging photographers, enthusiasts, videographers, students and educators from around the world attend the conference and expo, which is held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City.

This year’s show, October 26-28, features over 100 educational seminars, photo walks and master classes, filmmaking and drone sessions, portfolio reviews, technical awards. At the show, you can touch, try, and compare thousands of products from more than 200 exhibitors and brands.

Expand Your Photography and Printing Skills with Canon Online Learning

Canon Online Learning

Whether you take pictures as part of your job or just for fun, Canon Online Learning can help you improve your photography and video skills whenever you have time. Canon Online Learning is a new program of immersive digital courses developed by Canon U.S.A., Inc.

The courses are designed to help photo and video enthusiasts of all levels develop their skills at their own pace.  Tap into your creative spirit by learning how to master the art of composition, capture your best image, and choose the right printer.

Canon Online Learning

Canon Online Learning will be helpful to parents, travelers, imaging hobbyists, designers, educators, journalists, and the many other working professionals who now take photographs as part of their jobs. The instructors include Canon technical experts and professional photographers who are part of Canon’s Explorers of Light program.

The first seven courses include:

  • Understanding EOS Camera Operations
  • Photo 101: How to Take Great Pictures
  • Printing: Basics & Beyond
  • Great Landscapes Made Easy
  • Child’s Play: Simple Techniques for Photographing Children
  • Getting Started with Flash Photography
  • Canon Insider Guide: EOS Rebel Series

Each course includes video guides and PDF materials that can be downloaded or printed. Most courses also include bonus video content, lighting/shooting diagrams, shot lists, resource guides, and interviews with course instructors. Additional interactive materials may include quizzes, assignments, and interactive images and diagrams.

In the “Printing Basics & Beyond” course, Canon Explorer of Light Eddie Tapp and Canon print expert Angelica Li will show you how to get the best print results whether you are printing everyday photos or printing images to be used in craft or keepsake projects.

Canon Online Learning - Printing Basics

“Canon has always provides industry-leading educational resources for our customers,” explains Yuichi Izhizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “Over the years, we have expanded our offerings to include live workshops, one-on-one in-person sessions, and countless free lectures across the country. Now, for those passionate customers looking to take a deeper dive into photography or videography, we have developed a curriculum of content that addresses the various ways our customers use our products today. It’s available at their convenience day or night.”

The first courses in Canon’s new Online Learning platform range from $19.99 to $59.99. Visit: Mail questions to