Saturday, June 24, 2006

Large Format Archival Printing

I took a class on "Large Format Archival Printing" today at the Visual Arts Center of NJ in Summit; thanks to the Dodge Foundation for funding me. The class was taught by Jay Seldin. The lab was impressive as was the several large format Epson printers they had on hand. Jay showed an assortment of his prints on various papers and fabric. Yes, fabric, there is a polyester fabric that you can print on. Learned about a product called inkaid that lets you print on almost anything. We also used a Photoshop plugin called SI Pro2. This plugin lets you size up an image for large format printing. Jay also went over how he uses Photoshop's Unsharpen Mask filter to sharpen an image for printing. I got to print 2 of my images, With Two Hands and Olana Pond Reflections, to a size of 20 inches by 15 inches. At home I have an Epson 2000P that I usually print images to about 13 inches by 10 inches, though I could print a bit larger. One of the images I printed during the class was taken with my Canon SD 500, a 7 megapixel camera. It is good to know that I can get a good quality large format image from this camera. I didn't get a chance to try printing an image from my Konica Minolta Digital SLR Maxxum 7D.

With Two Hands

Olana Pond Reflection

Jay showing his work.
The Epson large format printer.
Preparing files for printing.

Friday, June 23, 2006

Baseball & Digital Photography

On May 30th I went to a Mets game with a friend from middle school, Steve Aminoff. He has some Mets connections so we got to sit close to the action. I was surprised to see that all of the photographers had laptops beneath their cameras. While the game was going on and between innings they were working on the photos they had just taken. These two photo tell lots about the impact of technology on news and sports photography.

Starting this Blog

Getting ready to go to NECC in San Diego got me thinking about blogging while I was at the conference. So I decided to start this blog and focus on my interests in art, technology and education. E.A.T. seemed like a better arrangement of letters than A.T.E.