Desirable Skill for Photographer

March 04, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

 

Patience with computer

Thankfully this is a desirable skill and not an absolutely essential one; I’d be in deep trouble otherwise!

 

I outsource printing my photographs to a professional printing lab.  The scale of my business could not justify the purchase of a large-scale professional printer.  In addition, it would be absolutely impossible to make such printer fit in our modest flat.

However, I do use a good printer on regular basis to print the best part of my marketing material.  Those are printed materials that really need to look good; they represent my business after all!

I am currently trying my best at further improving the quality of my printed material by calibrating my printer.  To do so, I a system that allows me to compare a set of printed rectangle produced by my printer with the original coloured rectangle that the computer sent out to the printer.  By comparing the two, the software makes up a preset that corrects all discrepancies between what you see on the screen and the print obtained.

 

It is all very clever.  Except that it doesn’t quite work for me at the minute.  And I am loosing patience…

 

… let’s try again tomorrow...

 

1- Your computer sends this type of file to your printer (9 pages similar to this)

2- Once printed, you use a specialised mini scanner to scan every coloured box.  You get something like this:

3- The software compares the two sets of colour boxes:

4- This should results in my a preset that allows me to print photographs exactly how I want them to be.  For unexplained reasons, I always end up with too much orange so far... more to come!


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