Photography Book Reviews

I’ve read several photography books and here are my short reviews on some of them. I am mostly a landscape, nature, and travel photographer, so I have read more of these types of books than others, but there are books in here for any photographer that I would recommend! Continue reading

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Printing and Displaying Photos Like Peter Lik

My photo of the entrance to The Peter Lik Gallery in Key West Florida just before I went inside.

Peter Lik is an amazing landscape photographer, and I’ve admired his work for years. I’ve  been to his art galleries in Hawaii and Key West Florida, and the things that make his photos stand out to me are how he displays his work and how he prints them. I’ve studied his work and here’s what I’ve learned:

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Capturing Color – What You See vs. What Your Camera Sees

I just returned from a trip to the Caribbean island of Grand Cayman and the colors of the ocean were so beautiful there. They were every shade of blue to green that you could think of, and I just knew I would never be able to do those colors justice in my camera images. Why? I know that my eyes capture more colors than any camera ever will… Continue reading

Video: Metallic Paper Prints

Click to ViewWhat is “metallic paper” and what does a photo look like when printed on it? Metallic paper will make a photo almost “glow” because it catches the light so well. Peter Lik uses metallic paper on his prints and look how great his are! In this short video, I’ll show you one of my photos printed on metallic paper, and give you an idea of how wonderful this material is to print photos on!

In addition, I’ll be showing you a 12″ x 36″ panoramic photo framed using an extremely simple and cost-effective method.

After viewing the video, if you are thinking of printing your photos on this material, I’ll let you know right now my source for this printing service is Bay Photo out in California. They’ve provided me with great product and I recommend them. The paper I use is Kodak Endura Metallic paper. They also have Fuji Pearl Metallic for an extra charge. The Fuji paper is what I believe that Peter Lik uses on his prints, but there is really no difference with the Kodak paper in my opinion as long as I soft proof my photos ahead of time and make the right adjustments.

If you’re interested in the frame for 12″ x 36″ panoramic photos that I show in the video, my source for that frame is my local Michael’s store where they call it a panoramic poster frame and it costs around $10 – $20 each.

I hope you enjoy the video!

Video: Thinwrap Prints

Click to view.What are “Thinwrap™  prints?” They are canvas wrapped on a thin backing, then float-mounted and ready-to-hang! In this short video, I’ll show you one of my photos printed as a Thinwrap™, and show you what it looks like, front and back. They are an economical alternative to metal or traditional canvas prints, and they really make a photo look great when hanging on your wall!

After viewing the video, if you are thinking of printing your photos on this material, I’ll let you know right now my source for this printing service is Bay Photo out in California. They’ve provided me with great product and I recommend them.

I hope you enjoy the video!

Video: Metal Prints

Click to view video.What are “metal prints?” They are one of the most durable, beautiful, and easy-to-hang photo mediums available! In this short video, I’ll show you one of my photos printed on metal, and give you an idea of just how fantastic this material is!

After viewing the video, if you are thinking of printing your photos on this material, I’ll let you know right now my source for this printing service is Bay Photo out in California. They’ve provided me with great product and I recommend them.

I hope you enjoy the video!

Lightroom Adjustments for Correct Prints

Let me guess. You’ve done these following things:

  1. You’ve adjusted your monitor(s) so you’re viewing colors and brightness correctly on your screen(s).
  2. You’ve adjusted your photos in Lightroom (or some other program) so they look great on your screen and across the world wide internet web.
  3. You’ve done some soft-proofing (see a previous post of mine for this one), but your photos look dark and off-color when soft-proofed.
  4. You’ve printed one/some of them and it/they look dark and off-color (similar to the soft-proof but maybe even darker).

You are in a baaaaaaaad spot my friend. You can’t print anything because it’s going to look like crap! And, if you make some adjustments, you’ll screw up your well-adjusted photos in Lightroom.

Never fear. Here’s what you can do! Continue reading

Printing Photos and Soft-Proofing

Sooner or later you’re going to print one of your photos and you’re going to be disappointed by the result. The photo is most likely going to look too dark and the colors are going to be ‘off.’

This is a disheartening thing. You’ve spent so much time getting the photo to look perfect on the screen, and then when it returns from the printer it looks like crap! But know this – you are not alone. This happens to everyone. Here’s how to avoid it or at least see it coming: Continue reading