When you activate your camera’s shutter to take a picture, it’s only the beginning. The RAW file must be digitally processed with skill and the resulting image file tweaked for color correction and detail. And it doesn’t end there, for to make a superior fine art or museum quality print takes experience, careful attention to detail and the best printers, inks and papers.
We are photographers ourselves, with many years of experience preparing digital files and making prints. We both sell our own custom fine art prints in our stores on Amazom.com. Now we are ready to place those resources in your service, to give you exhibition prints of the finest quality, whether in full glowing color or stunning black-and-white.
We will make your prints with the same care we apply to our own work.
We can print straight from your worked-up files, or apply our post-processing skills to give your final prints that special something that makes them stand out. These are not mass-produced “machine prints” such as you might get from bulk sources. We are a small custom shop where each print is made with care and attention to detail.
To learn more about us and our special qualifications, go to this page.
Quality Fine Art Prints
We use the finest available papers to produce prints of unusual quality. By special arrangement we can provide your prints on the paper of your choice. Our favorites include Epson Premium Luster, Hahnemuehle Photo Rag Bayreta and Epson Glossy Metallic.
We use two printers, a 17-inch Epson P800 and “the beast,” an Epson P8000 that can print up to 44 inches wide by however long you want. Both are workhorse professional printers using the Epson Ultrachrome K3 inks, capable of producing extraordinary color saturation and detail. Here is what Epson says of these inks:
“UltraChrome K3™ ink can produce archival prints with amazing color fidelity, gloss level, and scratch resistance, while providing consistently stable colors that significantly outperform lesser ink technologies. This breakthrough pigment ink technology also makes it the perfect choice for professional neutral and toned black and white prints with higher density levels and virtually no metamerism.”
Because our overhead is low, our prices are surprisingly reasonable for exhibition quality prints. We will work with you to meet your needs, sharing our years of experience in the digital world of photography. If you are shooting with film, or have an archive of film images, we can scan them for you.
For details about our prints and pricing, go here.
Post Processing Services
To help you get the most from your images when made into prints, we can help you. Through our post processing services we can tweak your files to get the most from the picture as you envisioned it. We use a toolbox of software to achieve the best color, whether you want a low key effect or colors that scream. Tastes vary, and there is no right or wrong way to process a file. We will supply on-line digital proofs for your approval before printing. The choice of media also has a strong effect on the final result, and we are glad to advise you. For museum quality archival prints, you can’t beat the Hahnemuehle Photo Rag Baryeta for brilliant color saturation and long life. For our standard fine art prints few can match Epson’s Premium Luster, and we also offer metallic paper media and canvas. We can print on almost any other appropriate media by special arrangement.
We are especially proud of the results we get by converting image files to monotone. If you have ever clicked to convert to black-and-white in Photoshop or Lightroom, you’ve probably been less than overwhelmed by the result. Even dedicated B&W conversion software such as in the NIK suite doesn’t give the greatest results.
In our B&W Conversion Protocol we follow a series of steps using tools from several different software packages to convert color images to black-and-white prints reminiscent of the work of Ansel Adams. We especially love the results we get printing our worked up black-and-white files on Epson Glossy Metallic paper, yielding gallery prints that seem almost three-dimensional. Hahnemuehle Photo Rag Baryta is another excellent choice for archival black-and-white prints of museum quality.
To learn how we can create striking museum quality black-and-white prints from your image files, click here.
Give us a call to discuss your print needs. We are a small custom operation and you will speak directly with one of us. We can offer advice on paper choice, ways to tweak your files for the results you want, and special services such as film scanning. If you are interested in expert video editing services, Mark is your go-to guy. Out here in the canyon country we are sometimes out of cellphone coverage, so if you get our voicemail leave your phone number saying it slowly and repeating it to assure we can get back to you. You can also email us or visit our studio by appointment.