Printing

I am slowly learning that an image is only as good as it's print. I hope I don't sound arrogant. After all, the time we spend on our images in post can be pretty extensive. I know, I've done it too. Also I discovered the disappointment that came when I decided to start making prints, and these images I worked so long on were simply awful looking in print.

That's because I was editing for the monitor. Your monitor is a medium, just like a piece of paper. This medium, when set to the Prophoto color space, is a medium that give you so much flexibility in terms of how much color you can use, and how much leverage you have in your contrast, and tones, it's wonderful. Your blacks can look so rich and your color can look so pure and beautiful. 

Translated to paper, suddenly your colors become muddy looking, your darks look awful and your contrast seems to have melted away. That is because your paper simply cannot replicate the colors and tones your monitor can. 

This is simply the way it is. Your job is to make your image work within the limitations of the paper you are printing on. After all, you really never see great photos displayed in galleries and museums on computer screens. They are in print, and there are few things as exciting as holding a well made print that you took the time and effort to produce. Your art, in this tangible form, is how it was meant to be displayed. 

In the film days, photographers didn't just make negatives. Their ultimate goal was to make a print. That is the same with digital photography, though we have gotten used to seeing and sharing on our devices. Never the less that digital image is not tangible. Once you make your own print, you will see what I mean. It's addicting, trust me. Try it, start printing your work and you will see how rewarding it is.