Brent Bergherm over at Latitude Photography has just published another Podcast episode where we discuss a specific aspect of photography – this time it’s fine art printing. This podcast covers all aspects of fine art printing. Listen to the Podcast.
I received some exciting news yesterday morning that I have again been selected as a finalist with five photographs across two seperate categories in the 2020 Travel Photographer of the Year competition. This was actually quite a surprise to me as I have no recollection of actually entering this year. I took a hiatus from the competition last year as I was focusing all my efforts on local print competition only. This year I had thought to do the same as last and keep my focus solely on local printing, but as It happens must have entered at some point (no old age comments!). As final judging has not yet taken place I am unable to share the photographs at this point, but will do so once judging is complete.
This is the first year in many I believe that the final round of judging for TPOTY will not be via prints; but instead will be of digital images. I assume this is as a result of the continual COVID mess across Europe (thankfully Australia is now COVID free as of late November 2020).
Travel Photographer of the Year competition has been one of the few photographic competitions remaining today that still judge the ‘print’ (in the finals) rather than a compressed jpeg. I wrote quite some years ago now of my disillusionment with so many of the photography competitions that make their judgements solely on a jpeg file. The craft of producing a beautiful fine art print is one of the most enjoyable aspects of photography for me and is how I prefer to have my work viewed. Hopefully 2021 will see a return to print judging.
By request, Fine Art Greeting Cards are now available through my online Melrakki Store. Greeting cards come as a set of four different Artist Cards complete with envelopes and are printed on archival MUSEO acid-free cotton-rag paper. Cards measure 5 1/2″ x 7 3/8″ in size, 220 GSM paper weight and are pre-scored and folded. The cards are blank inside to allow for custom hand written messages and are supplied with matching high quality envelopes. Photographs are printed onto the cards with the highest quality ink-jet printing to the same exacting standard as my Fine Art Limited Edition Prints – they are identical. The back of each card includes information about the photograph.
Cards are ideal for Birthdays, Christmas, Anniversary, Get Well or any other special occasion when you want to send only the best. Cards can be ordered online in sets of 4, 8, 12, 16 and a 20 and you can choose from Penguins, Wolves, Pallas Cat, Polar Bear, Arctic Fox, Snowy Owls, Namibia Desert or Icebergs. You can check out the full range and place your order online HERE. A few sample images included below from some of the card options.
Recently Moab and Legion paper released a brand new portfolio display system called Flint. In essence, Flint is a modern portfolio system that easily converts your loose print images into a slick and elegant presentation for portfolios, editions, wedding albums, design books, and even digital scrap-booking. My video review of the Flint system is now online.
A few days ago I published a video for Moab and Legion Paper on how I soft proof, size and sharpen my photographs for final print. Soft proofing is one of the least understood aspects of fine art printing but is actually extremely easy to master once you know and understand the steps. In this short video I go step by step on the process I use in Adobe Photoshop to adjust my photographs so that I know exactly the result I am going to achieve before I actually commit ink to paper and make a print.