Controlling Your Environment
We're all about printing this afternoon, and I'm going to start off this segment talking about kind of controlling your environment. How important it is to have a calibrated monitor, using these products here, making sure the room and the environment that you're working in is neutral in color. I'm gonna talk about soft proofing and color gamuts, and then finally we'll end up, this segment, we're gonna talk about paper and paper styles and paper choices, and I'll show you different, a couple of different paper choices. So. First things is, what about the environment? I'm gonna move forward on the slideshow, here. Your workspace actually matters. You know, we're artists. Most of you watching today are artists. We like creating beautiful prints, beautiful images, and a lot of us are all about color, so some of us are even flamboyant. We like reds and pinks and purples and all of that. Well I have to say that if you're a printer, if this is your deal, your room should not have all those co...
lors. Your room should be really neutral, kind of like the studio that we're in today. You notice the backdrop is white. In fact, as we came in for our production meeting, they all asked me, well what colors do you want on the wall? And I'm like, white, and they're like, so beige? And I'm like no, white. Tan? No, white. So white matters or gray matters. And so in my office, I actually work out of my home office, I built a special room in my house and I actually specifically decided that my walls would be neutral color, even the trim around my windows is neutral color. So grays, whites, those, I think, make sense. And why, why do we care about that neutral color? Well when you look at a print, when you're evaluating the colors, you don't want your eyes and your mind to be biased, maybe, towards the reds or the greens or the purples in the room. And so having those neutral colors helps you assess the colors in your actual print. Your computer, your desktop. I think it's important that your desktop background, you know behind your software, that should also be gray, should be a neutral color, not white and not black but kind of medium gray. So I actually go through, when I'm setting up my computer when I first buy it, and I choose a middle of the road gray for that backdrop. Again, a lot of times you're looking at your image on your screen and you wanna compare the whites or the neutral colors against the backdrop to make sure that you don't have a color cast of magenta or green or yellow, whatever. Ambient light also plays a big role in the printing world. We need to think about the viewing conditions where your final print will reside. So let's say that you're making a print for a friend, and your friend is going to display that in their basement. So there's no other ambient light in their, there's no like outdoor light in their basement, and it's all coming from, let's say, incandescent light bulbs. Well your print actually might look a little bit different in their basement than it would in the room where you're printing it. So as you're assessing the colors, if you can, try to come up with a situation that mimics where that print will finally be displayed. That's not always possible, but that's what I'm thinking about ambient light and viewing light. For the ambient light, backlighting also impacts this. Try not to have your computer set up in front of a window. A lot of people, authors, I'm an author, I write books, too. When I write books, I'm writing on my computer, and then I'll just contemplate, I'll think about the future, I'll look out, and I want this beautiful scene in front of me. That's great for writing, it's terrible for printing, because your eyes change rapidly from this bright, backlit scene, this pretty scene behind your computer. So in the room that you're working on, close the shades, make it so there's no other kind of ambient light shining in. And I mentioned the color of light in your friend's basement. If they're using incandescent light, That's right around 3,000 or 3,400 kelvin. 5,000 kelvin is daylight, so if you know your prints are gonna be in someone's living room and they have big windows, maybe you wanna view your final print in that type of light before you give it to them just to make sure it looks good. Alright, so there's your workspace. Oh, one more thing, I actually wore neutral colors today on purpose. Some photographers think that the color of clothes that you wear also impacts your mental state. If you wear bright, vibrant clothes when you're editing your photos in software, you may be more inclined to oversaturate, or push the photos beyond where they really need to be. So I do everything holistically. The room, the light, the clothing, I even try not have like a lot of chocolate or caffeine when I'm editing my photos, or have fast loud music on my speakers in my room just because I want the state of mind that I'm editing in to kind of mimic where that photo will finally be. So, all of that to go, and all that to say that workspace matters.