From the birth of photography in the 19th century with the work of Frenchmen
Joseph Nicéphore Niépce and Louis Jacques Mande Daguerre, Englishman
William Fox Talbot, and American John Locke, until today, at the beginning of
the 21st century, the ultimate goal of photographers has always been to show their
best work as prints. Early prints were generally made in black and white, then often
sepia-toned to make them not only appear more stylish but also make them more
lightfast, or able to endure the test of time.
Throughout photography’s comparatively short history, many prints did not last well,
especially some made in the second half of the 20th century; sometimes photographs
vanished from their media or paper within days, taking with them an important
window to the past. This happened when some irresponsible manufacturers
attempted to enhance their profits and please stockholders by moving from black
and white to color products virtually overnight.
Today, with the best of modern inkjet printers and materials, we find ourselves at a
point like no other in the history of photography. We can now photograph using a
digital camera or scan an existing image and then immediately make a final print,
generally on our media of choice without the need of a darkroom or lengthy procedures.
Best of all, that final, correctly stored, picture, made using the best of materials,
will outlive us all, carrying with it its information and aesthetic statement well into
For someone like me, who has spent more than 50 years of his life photographing,
this is not only monumental but exceedingly exciting. I would like to think of my best
work living well into the future.
Andrew Darlow’s dedication, concern, and research make this new volume an essential
tool to anyone interested in printing and preserving their photographs.
The tools and techniques necessary for great digital output are now readily available and more affordable than ever. "301 Inkjet Tips and Techniques: An Essential Printing Resource for Photographers" shows photographers of all levels how to make high-quality prints through step-by-step instructions and hundreds of full-color examples from more than 20 professional photographers and other artists. You'll discover how to choose the right inkjet printer for your output needs, how to save time and select the proper materials when prepping files and prints, how to manage your digital images, how to create captivating portfolios and framed art, and much more. Whether you are a professional photographer or a serious hobbyist this book will help you learn how to enhance and perfect your digital output skills and use your computer and inkjet printer to better express your vision and creativity. You can read the book cover to cover, or only the chapters that feature the specific tips and techniques that interest you. A comprehensive index and a searchable companion web site will ensure that you find the information you are looking for. Additional content for this book, including hundreds of clickable links to many of the resources covered throughout the book can be accessed at: www.inkjettips.com