Printing, A Dark Art?

Why do prints not look exactly the same as the images on your screen? As Dennis Bromage explains, the main problem comes from the fact that a computer screen is just a very different entity to a print

I have written about my love of printing in the past and I will go as far as saying that for me a photograph is just that, a good old fashioned print. Images on computer screens are lovely but for me they aren’t the end of the process. I only really feel content when I see my images in print. It is a subject I get asked about all the time, often by fellow photographers who aren’t getting perfect results, so I want to try and demystify the process a little.

There is not enough space in this article to go into all the technicalities of producing prints so I’ll assume that your monitor is calibrated and that you have downloaded the correct printer profile for your chosen printer/paper/ink combination. I’ll also assume that you have gone through the various print dialogue boxes and have told Photoshop to manage the colour (using the correct print profile) and that any colour management on the printer has been disabled. I’m also …

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Dennis Bromage

Dennis is a professional landscape photographer and one-to-one workshop tutor based in North Yorkshire in England. He is currently focusing his attention on the landscapes and coast of his beautiful and picturesque home county

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