From Capture to Print


From Capture to Print


Lesson Info

GraphiStudio Albums and Prints

I'm gonna show you some products of what I use in my work before we look at the amazing prints so let's have a look. So we're gonna begin with this one here which is this incredible presentation box in timber with the name of the studio. I'm gonna show you something, this is really special. So we open it up inside and we take out what I like to call, almost like an unbound album and it's made out of leather and we open it up and we've got this beautiful paper inside. It's easier to show with the camera, fantastic. And what happens with this one here, I sometimes like to, for very very small jobs like a portrait session, what I would do is I would print fine art prints on my printer, on my Epson printer in my studio. These come as blank pages and then what we'd do is we'd use acid-free glue to actually stick our art prints in here so it becomes a really really nice way of presenting your work and it's got that nice, beautiful art paper with the torn edge which gives it a really really n...

ice appearance and then we put our own prints. So if you wanted to do your own printing because you wanna control it to the nth degree and you're printing small, you don't have to print 100, 200 prints to stick in a book, this is beautiful. Even if sometimes to do just a little folio of your own work this is a fantastic way to present it, especially with the timber box, and you can customize these products really down to the nth degree so that is a really really cool product. Before I show the other stuff I wanna show you some of the quality of the printing beginning here with just a simple hi-definition HD deep matte paper. Going back once again, we've got a matte paper here with beautiful shadow detail and we've also got incredible dmax values so we're getting nice, beautiful richness in our prints. Let's have a look at another one here. Okay so we've got that nice, beautiful color and exactly what I see on my screen is exactly what I'm gonna get back so they're printing this time on the HD deep matte so that's one type of paper you can have. These are all off the HD machine. But there's more, wait, there's more. Then we come down into some of my crazy work that I've been working on and this is the metallic on the HD so have a look at the color rendition in that and the way the colors just jump at you. And it gives us that beautiful three-dimensional quality to the image so on something quite vibrant like that where we have a lot of the reds, okay so have a look at that. How beautiful is that? Our clients totally love that so I'm extremely overattentive when it comes to good color and good printing and this is definitely the best I've seen in a very long time in commercial printing at commercial level. And even images, this is just a wedding image. Okay so beautiful skin tones, beautiful hues of color, this is quite a delicate image and even though it's printed on the metallic, the gloss, it's absolutely stunning. So moving along. Let's go into the HD fine art now which is the fine art paper, the fine art base with the wide-gamut printing and Adobe RGB. Pretty awesome, the color is exactly like I wanted, it's exactly like I see on the screen working in Adobe RGB. Sending the file in Adobe RGB, printing the file in Adobe RGB, I can be assured that I'm leaving all those beautiful colors exactly like I intended it to be and of course when we start to go down the road of subtle colors and more of the art kind of feel, it definitely handles those absolutely beautiful. So this is more of the type of printing that we're doing, we're doing more and more of the HD fine art for our clients purely because of the fine art aspect of the nature of the business but also the archival permanency and all that with the printing side of things. So that is the HD fine art. So the quality of the printing is absolutely beautiful. And then we go into folios like this where, very similar to what we had earlier except they print and map for you so the printing is done and presented on this gorgeous, beautiful fine art folio. Isn't that just stunning? It's absolutely beautiful. So there it is, it's really really really really amazing and they love customizing products for their clients which is something that I really really love. And then of course, taking it a step further, this is my favorite, this beautiful leather pouch. And then these beautiful prints that are already matted and printed on the HD fine art. And they're ready for the customer to put into frames, behind glass and frame away so ready to go. So if you're a portrait photographer, there is no excuse why you're not printing. Why aren't you printing, you must print. So the nice, beautiful fine art product, beautiful presentation. To a standard matte size that you can easily find frames and it's a really nice way of displaying your work. So really really beautiful products. So check out the website and have a look at what they do but for me it's been a game changer in commercial printing because doing albums was always part of the business but we where very reluctant about where to print due to quality and this is above and beyond what we could ever imagine as far as printing and for what we've been discussing over the past two days, what I feel about printing and how I feel about printing and that is the only thing that comes close to what I love and the quality is really second to none. Order a HD fine art book as a sample and I'll guarantee you, you will be blown away. So if you're not printing yourself, that is the road to take.

Class Description

"If you have questions or concerns about the printing process, you'll find your answers here."
- CreativeLive Student

To be able to see and hold a photograph you’ve taken can be a powerful experience, especially if the image looks exactly as you envisioned when clicking the shutter. International photographer and master printer Rocco Ancora joins CreativeLive to show how to capture and edit your image so that it translates perfectly to print. Whether printing on your own or using a third party printing service, Rocco will have you confident in everything from calibrating your monitor to choosing the right paper for your product.

In this class you’ll learn how to: 

  • Pre-visualize your print before you capture the image 
  • Learn how to keep the print in mind during a live photo shoot
  • Techniques for calibrating your monitor 
  • Color management policies in Adobe® Lightroom® CC 
  • Manipulate your image in Adobe® Photoshop® CC 
  • Choose the right paper for your print 
  • Print through Adobe® Lightroom® CC, Adobe® Photoshop® CC or a lab
  • Print for an album 

Knowing how to understand color and how that translates from a digital file to a print is essential to selling your prints, albums or creating art for your home. Join Rocco Ancora and CreativeLive to simplify your print workflow while enhancing your end product.

"Once in awhile, there is a class that just blows you away and increases your photographic knowledge by orders of magnitude."
- Bob Wheaton, CreativeLive Student

"I wish I had found Rocco before I spent hours and hours googling, reading, (crying!) and wasting so much time and ink"
- CreativeLive Student