It all began when I decided to create a collection of poems and photographs that I had taken with a Toshiba ‘point and shoot’ camera. I opened a selection of images with Photoshop Elements and printed them out on 8x10 plain paper using a Canon Bubble Jet. What a mess! After reading the printer manual, purchasing a package of photo paper and more ink, I tried again. Better. The print looked more like the screen image rather than a silent scream, yet it was far from the quality I had envisioned. So began my journey down the printing rabbit hole.
I subsequently hopped between learning about the printer (ICC profiles, paper types, and drivers), to post-processing software (file types, image quality, and color space) over to the camera (resolution, optimal settings, and raw capture) then back again, tweaking each element to fine tune my photographic vision with the output. The Bubble Jet is now long gone, and the Toshiba camera now lives in the toy box for young guests, but the small, intimate volume of poetry and photography was self-published last year.
Printing my own work changed my relationship with photography. I began to see ...