FINE ART ALBUMS & PRINTS
I cannot express how important printing your photographs is. After studying Photography for 4 years full time, I spent a lot of time working on my printing techniques (2 whole years to be precise), building a relationships with printers and learning everything about paper stock and RGB fine-art printing.
PRINTS = MEMORIES.
They last for generations, and can be passed down as family heirlooms if well looked after. The paper my printer uses is museum quality, and cannot be found in Officeworks, or Kmart. It’s a completely different approach to printing. You can find further information about why I love prints in my Guidebook, and of course in person.
Could you explain to us a little more about your ‘fine art prints’?
Well… where do I begin? It’s hard to define a ‘fine art print’, but here is my best try: A Fine Art Print is a term used to describe an extremely high quality print. Fine art prints are often printed from digital files using archival quality inks and onto acid free fine art paper.
Have you ever been to a Museum or Gallery? This is the paper & process they use. I work closely with a local printer (who I learnt alongside while I was studying). He works with his wife, and together, they run a very renowned print lab in the suburb of Fitzroy. They work directly with Photographers and Graphic Designers/Artists and not accept orders from the public.
This is how the process works. Firstly, you select which images you’d like printed, and in what size. From there, I do the rest. My process involves calling my printer, and discussing what files I will be sending through for print. He normally guides me with feedback if necessary, and I amend any changes he thinks will be needed for the best result. Usually, he has a 3-5 working day turnover, and he can also post them directly to you if that’s easiest. The process of payment for prints is simply Direct Debit Invoice. The prints arrive in a safe Print Tube, and are unframed.
Why should we invest in an album?
It’s a wonderful feeling to sit together with your friends or family over a coffee and enjoy looking at your wedding photos, in beautiful, timeless print. It’s a feeling that can’t be replicated, turning the pages of something that you can touch and feel with your hands.
Viewing the images on a screen will never quite do them the same justice.
It’s something that should be cherished, esspecially in todays world. I recently sat down with my parents and we went through their wedding album together. Although it’s very different to the albums I design, it was so remarkable to see the moments of my parents wedding day unfolding in my hands. It’s something indescribable.