Following on a little from my previous post I’ll share a few more thoughts on printing image.
Yesterday we hung a series of new prints at our Focus Gallery here in Chiang Mai. A number of the exhibiting photographers joined us in the evening and it was wonderful to witness their reactions when they first saw their photographs framed and hanging. One even shared that it was the first time she’d ever seen any of her photographs printed!
Most of the submissions we received for the exhibition were of a very good standard, but unfortunately some were not. I believe in presenting work of a reasonably high technical standard – something which modern cameras are very capable of producing. Often times when we are used to seeing images only on our computers (especially if we do not view them at 100%) where they are so vulnerable to being over manipulated with post processing software. Generally heavy manipulation does not produce a file that will print well at a larger size … so beware!
I learned when I first started shooting that the best photographs start with the photographer paying attention to technical details – correct exposure and sharp focus particularly. These days it is possible to make corrections with post processing software, but there’s still no real alternative to getting it right in camera. Adjusting the exposure and sharpness with software can easily lead to a breakdown of the digital image’s integrity, which shows visibly as chunking together of pixels (a problem known as ‘artifacting’.) Cropping an image too much and trying to enlarge the detail will also result in similar problems.
If you are in Chiang Mai, keep a watch on our Focus Gallery facebook page for upcoming workshops where we will be covering these topics, and more, in greater detail.