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By Alf Iversen
I have some leave coming up, which gives me plenty of time to concentrate on something I haven't learned before.
I want to do it from the bottom, no shortcuts (if possible or/and applicable.)
Are there on-line resources I can tap?
Asking here on NG is an option later when I know the basics.
So, any insights or directions to take?
As a photographer something I have become acutely aware of in recent times is that I seem to approach each family photo opportunity thinking that I have to make it art when in reality all I need to do is push the shutter button and take the picture. A side effect of this is that my family hate me taking photos of them, the net result of which is that I don’t have many family snapshots since I became a professional photographer.
This is kind of sad because there is incredible value in snapshots when it comes to making memory joggers for the future. About a week ago I was clearing the top of a cupboard full of boxes and inside one of them was a whole bunch of old family photos. Many of them I had seen before a long time ago but many I hadn’t.
A few of these snapshots, particularly the ones of me when I was in my late teens or early twenties had a profound effect on me. They opened memory doors that have been closed for well over 20 years. I was looking at these, often fuzzy, poorly composed shots and remembering the way I used to dress in the late 80’s (sometimes scary!) and also recalling the times in a very vivid manner. I really wish I had more of those snapshots.
These days we all take snapshots on our cellphones and we plaster them on Facebook or wherever, but we seldom print them. I think that the printing element of snapshots is the most important thing for future generations because it’s very unlikely that when you die your family are going to get onto your Facebook page or into the dark recesses of your Lightroom archives to rescue all the snapshots you’ve made.
Do you print your snapshots?
I saw the gallery of an area photographer and his b&w prints were just gorgeous and, when he gave a seminar locally on converting to B&W, I went. It was very enlightening.
I can honestly say that I think I am almost as proficient with conversions as he is - on the screen - but his prints are just spectacular.
POINT OF THIS POINT AND QUESTION FOLLOWS
I have started a project that I envision as a large set of B&W sepia toned images and I would like to develop a printed image stockpile for display.
I have never had much success with commercial labs with B&W and it is just too expensive for me, with no thought of recouping the costs, to pay for iterations of custom printing.
I am wondering if there are small to medium size printers that will produce up to 11 x14 that can get these spectacular results with some care.
As I begin the process of re-invigorating this photographic community I am paying close attention (well, as close as I can) to the needs of our members in terms of places where they can access and discuss specific issues that are important to their photography.
One such area that comes up from time to time is that of printing. We are fortunate to have some very talented members in our community who have been sharing a lot with us about printing, so there is certainly a rich pool of resources that can be drawn on in that regard. In the past I have shied away from adding boards to the site, because a lot of the time they don't get used, or they tend to be forgotten about, but with the site re-design plan I am in the process of experimenting with, I think it would make sense to have a few more boards that cater for these specific needs.
Printing is an area I know absolutely zip about, so I would definitely add this to the Technical Zone if there is a fair amount of support for it.
What's your feeling?
Having randomly selected 5 photos from some of my Smugmug galleries for casual printing, I nearly had a nervous breakdown when I saw the final price - never committed the order
So.. I have long wanted to get started with printing my own photos, and now seems to be a good time to get to it..
I have browsed through the threads here related to printers, but without getting any real usefull advice - my needs are not exactly on the same level as the thread participants.
I would like to print up to A3, bigger is nice to have, but I am quite sure that I will never use it - I would print mostly for my own wals (=enjoyment) and the occasional "can I have a print of that", so neither printing time, nor ability to deliver 5000 prints a year is important (allthough I always choose quality before price, when possible).
I would print mostly black and white (usually toned), but really seldom full color photos (those, I can get printed elsewhere), so a black-and-white only printer would fit nicely to my needs..
Price is somewhat important, as well as size... reminding you that I am just getting started and I have no reason to believe that I ever will be creating big exhibition prints or larger batches for clients. So, a good quality printer for (mostly) black and white (toned) photos, that can print up to A3, on as good paper as I feel I need to get good results (I strongly prefer matte prints by the way)
Gentlemen/ladies, any ideas or (even better) experiences ??
(I have looked towards the cheaper end of the Epson line, but need some reality experience input)