September 2009

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Comparing Notes

Posted by on 30 Sep 2009 | Tagged as: Uncategorized

It has happened a lot in inkjet technique and digital negative printing since we started a few years ago, and it might be time to compare notes from different developers of digital negative printing. We are trying to find negative printing methods for students and artists who are not necessarily photographers. The methods should be consistent and simple enough – however offering accuracy and possibility to calibrate one’s system for different alternative printing processes.

This goal in mind, we are currently proceeding to create our own system that would work for us. At the moment it looks like it will be based on a method where Photoshop curves are not used (such as introduced by Mike Ware), combined to Roy Harrington‘s Quad Tone RIP (QTR), which is actually an alternative inkjet printer driver software, to be used in place of Epson printer driver. With QTR it is possible to adjust each ink’s output separately, so that ink densities will better match the tone range of the emulsion to be exposed.

Another alternative process I am presently working on is the wet plate collodion process, originating from the mid-nineteenth century. You know, I was really knocked out by some wet plate works in Santa Fe last summer… let’s see if I can find the materials needed here in Finland…