This week I got one of my pictures printed. There is something in printing your work, and not just printing it as you would print your usual pictures, but as big size (mine is 16×24), mounted and ready to be displayed to the audience.
I chose one of my favorite photos I took this semester, Turquoise Mason Jars.
I took this photo when we went on the field trip for my digital imaging class to Bannack, Montana. There were a lot of houses that I went that day, many of them didn’t have anything inside, but a number of old wallpaper layers. The house with these jars was the first one to feel and look like home. The kitchen was the first room I entered and then I saw them: turquoise, clear and so homey! I loved how the curtains added to the whole color composition! These simple artifacts showed me how much we have in common with people from the past! Our life is in little details, like these ones, that go unnoticeable in everyday life.
Even though I loved how jars were the focal point, but it felt a little too dark for the final print.
I’ve found out that there are several tricks about printing: it usually prints darker, you have to know the printer you’re using and adjusting your screen brightness can help you to know how dark you should go in your edits.
As I mentioned before that the images are usually turn out darker on print, I did some brightening in Photoshop.
I added a lot of different layers to work on one detail at a time. First I added the brightness layer to adjust my exposure, I also added the selective color layer, so I can pop up the turquoise color more. I also wanted to make my focus really stand out, so with smart sharpen I sharpened my jars and look how pristine they turned out!
While raising my exposure the background cupboards got lighter too, but I didn’t want it to distract from the main subject, so adding a mask and darkened them just a bit.
This is what I’ve got at the end! Love love love it!