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Jan 16th


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New eBook: Making The Print – A Masterclass

I’m on the great plains of the Maasai Mara in Kenya right now. In the last year I’ve created photographs all over the world, and more than ever can’t wait to return to Vancouver at the end of 2012 and print my work. Problem is, my print skills are minimal at best. So one of the projects I’m tucking into on my return is learning to really print my work. I’m starting with Martin Bailey’s new Craft & Vision Masterclass book, Making The Print.

There are some amazing resources out there when it comes to printing, and eventually I hope to spend time with friends like Andy Biggs and John Paul Caponigro, both of whom know far more than I ever hope to about fine-art printing, but as a solid introduction, to get my brain around some of the basics and a bunch of the intricacies, I’m beginning with Making The Print because what I really need is a solid primer.

I tell my students that they need to print their work. We all do. We need to print it, look at it, live with it, and react to it. And we need to share it. The downfall of the digital revolution is that so much of our work never makes it past the pixels. It sounds morbid but when my life is over I want to leave my work on prints, large and stunning, for as long as they themselves will last, not just sitting on hard-drives. I want my work hanging on walls, out there in the world. I create it to share it.

Martin’s 65 wide-page ebook covers it all from choosing a printer and papers, to profiling and sharpening, and then he moves on to calibrations, fine-tuning, adding borders, basically everything you need to get competent, which is what most of us are looking to accomplish. And Martin explains it all in a simple, easy-to-follow, way. When you think most of us don’t print because it’s just too darn intimidating, this one $5 investment can take you one step closer to making beautiful, frustration-free prints. I know this stuff feels complicated and scary, but Martin is really good at what he does, and he’s good at teaching it.



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Vision Is Better, Volume 2

Over a year ago I released Vision Is Better, essentially an eBook version of this blog, and it’s become one of the best-selling titles under the Craft & Vision umbrella, which I think is (a) awesome and (b) amusing. I’m not quiet about the fact that Vision Is Better, and now Vision Is Better, Volume […]

Dec 1st


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Craft & Vision – The Free eBook

A couple months ago I asked the photographers who write for Craft & Vision, if they’d help me put together a free eBook. I asked them to help me make something that we could just give away (as in FREE, no catches) to the photography community, especially to the students and enthusiastic amateurs among us. […]

Nov 14th


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Beyond Thirds, Andrew S. Gibson

Composition is about how we build our photographs. It’s not a subject peripheral to photography: it’s dead central. Or sitting slightly off-centre on one of the thirds. Unless you talk to Andrew S. Gibson about it, then the conventional rule of thirds gets a bit of a much-needed overhaul. When Andrew sent me the proposal […]

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