Since I bought my first photo printer at the start of this year I've learnt about the joys and frustrations of printing your own pictures. It's been a bit of a learning curve, figuring how to find the right ICC profiles for the paper you're using. This isn't helped by suppliers who just don't provide the necessary information about their paper, even on their website - Kodak, I'm talking about you! I've also learnt about the anticipation of watching a new print appear slowing from the printer, keeping my fingers crossed that it's not too dark or light. The best bit though, is the tactile pleasure of holding a print you've made from a photo you created yourself - now that's truly addictive! One thing you quickly learn when printing is not to make a huge print straight out of the box. I made that mistake earlier this week before noticing a trailing thread from the subject's coat, which I knew the camera club judge would spot in an instant. A few clicks of the clone tool in Lightroom and the offending thread was gone and I then reprinted, cursing myself for wasting all that ink. Of course, the best thing is to make small test prints first and I've done a few of those this week too. Some are my competition entries for our camera club while the rest are just a selection of my favourite pictures from the last month or two. Some of them are destined to be printed larger but in the meantime these postcard sized prints are still very satisfying.
5 October 2017