Assignment 7 – Processing Images

So you’ve captured an amazing image. Now what? How you have your image processed and printed can be just as important, or more important, than the image itself. Your print is your presentation of your work. Make sure its a good presentation by understanding your options.

Who Will Process/Print My Photographs?

Who will develop/print your photographs is a huge decision. For many years, and to a large degree today, the biggest difference between amateur photographers and professional photographers was the labs. Oftentimes a professional’s negatives and raw images looked little better than an amateur’s. The photography lab that offered individualized processing and cropping made the images match the photographer’s vision. Ansel Adams preferred to process his own images so he retained complete control over the creation process. Photography processing should not be taken lightly.

 
So you’ve captured an amazing image on film or digital sensor. Now what? How you have your image processed and printed can be just as important, or more important, than the image itself. Your print is your presentation of your work. Make sure its a good presentation by understanding your options.

Who Will Process/Print My Photographs?

Who will develop your negatives and/or pint your photographs is a huge decision. For many years, and to a large degree today, the biggest difference between amateur photographers and professional photographers was the labs. Oftentimes a professional’s negatives and raw images looked little better than an amateur’s. The photography lab that offered individualized processing and cropping made the images match the photographer’s vision. Ansel Adams preferred to process his own images so he retained complete control over the creation process. Photography processing should not be taken lightly.
 
Choosing the Best Print Size
Once you have taken an image and chosen a processing option, you must decide on what size and format to print your image. This process often takes new photographers by surprise when their enlargements do not look like the original image. 35mm film and most digital sensors shoot in a 3:2 ratio. This fits the 4×6 photograph with which we are all very familiar. However, this format ratio is not the same for 5×7 and 8×10 prints. If you have composed your image for a 4×6 format ratio and then print the image as a 8×10 print you will likely loose some of your subject. Understanding the relationships of these different print sizes is the first step in knowing how to compose your images for the most flexibility in printing.
 
Why Are Some of My Photos Shiny and Others are Flat?
Now that you know who will print/process your images and what sizes you want them to be printed, you need to decide what surface the images will be printed onto. The surface finish of your photographs can make a huge difference in the overall look of your images. Much like the different paint finishes, glossy and matte result in two distinct looks.
 
Glossy
Glossy finish images tend to look as if they are wet or have been coated in clear lacquer.  Properties of Glossy Prints:
  • High detail images possible
  • Reflections often make it difficult to see image in bright light
  • Most common inkjet paper type
  • Shows fingerprints and smudges
Matte
Matte finish images have a flat, non-reflective look to them.  Properties of Matte Prints:
  • Loss of fine image detail
  • Dull look to images
  • Not commonly available
  • Does not show fingerprints
Semi-gloss
Semi-gloss finish images have a somewhat shiny textured surface similar to tiny pebbles. This finish is often called matte by lower-cost labs.  Properties of Semi-gloss Prints:
  • Minor loss of fine image detail
  • Deep look to images
  • Do not show reflections
  • Do not who fingerprints or smudges

  

Did you know?  Capturing RAW Images:

Most digital cameras process and compress the pictures you take immediately after capturing the image. This can be helpful, as it keeps the file sizes low (using JPEG compression) and takes care of color correction, including white-balance, tint, and exposure, so you don’t have to. However, some people, such as professional photographers, prefer to have more control over how each image is processed. Therefore, many high-end cameras have the ability to shoot in RAW mode. This mode does not compress the images at all and leaves them completely unprocessed.
 

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The Assignment:

Process and print for display a minimum of 6 images in final format.  Describe the process you used and why you chose it.

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