Thank you for attending the workshop on 8/29. I really enjoyed it, and I hope you did as well.

One question that came up was regarding using a laptop screen as a monitor. Here is a link to check for that: (Back to My Mac is what it’s called-it works on Apple 10.5 and above).

For an article about prepping files for photo labs (and a link to a 4×6 file for testing your lab), visit this page;

Links to calibration images-see L2.2 here:
“Andrew Darlow’s Target” on that page is the small one that I used in the workshop, and the PhotoDisc image is another popular one.

For the article I wrote about what pen and pencils to consider for signing art (I showed these Sakura Pigma pens during the workshop), visit this page;

For an article I wrote on cutters, visit this link:

Information on how to install actions on Windows. (on Mac, you can find the actions folder here:-CS4 or CS5/Presets/Actions)

The Greg Gorman B&W action:

Another action I recommend-Mac Holbert’s Midtone Contrast Action

Below are some monitor recommendations:
• The LG monitor I used in the workshop: LG Full HD 1080p HDMI W2753V-PF 27-inch LCD Monitor – about $400
• DellTM  UltraSharpTM  2407WFP 24-inch Flat Panel Monitor  – about $549.
• NEC MultiSync 2490WUXi2-BK 24″ Widescreen LCD Display – about $800
• NEC Display Solutions LCD2470WNX-BK- about $600-700
• For a budget option, this 24 inch Dell  monitor can be found at some big box stores for about $200 (Dell Model number: ST2410). This is a good choice for using in the studio or for bringing on location or to client homes/offices, especially when you can’t set up a projector.

The Inkjet Selector PDF for helping choose a printer:
Wilhelm Imaging Research (lots of good testing data):

A whole page of links to printers and printer manufacturers:

Companies who make unbuffered interleaving sheets to absorb moisture due to outgassing: Lineco unbuffered acid-free sheets; Archival Methods’ unbuffered tissue; and Light Impressions’ Renaissance Unbuffered Tissue

A spray I use and recommend, though it is solvent-based so be sure to use a respirator: PremierArt Print Shield

For articles and info on OBAs, see the links under L6.22 here:

To read an article on image organizing using a date-based system, visit the following page and select the link under w9.3

For an article about file naming and renaming, see the links under w9.5 on the same page. My book, Pet Photography 101 also has some information about file naming on page 156.

For an article about how to find missing profiles, visit this page;

Links to color management products and great info-see this whole page:

An excellent review of the Spyder 3 Print SR product and software (if you have a monitor calibration tool, the Spyder 3 PrintSR is only about $310 more).

The i1 System I showed during the workshop that profiles monitors and printers is called i1 Basic (about $800-1,000). You can then add the “Full RGB Test Chart Profiling Solution” for about $75 which I recommend. It allows for more targets with more patches. In general, I recommend the UV cut version.

and for an article that explains the “painting” Photoshop technique that I used for many of the images, visit this page. You can use the technique for selective blur, selective lightening/darkening, or just about anything else you can think of.

And these links should help Canon inkjet users figure out how to turn off color management:


Solux Lamps:

Solux Task Lamp: I recommend the 50 Watt 4700K/36 degree bulb to light your reference prints while looking at your calibrated and profiled screen, and the 50Watt/3500K/17 degree (more focused) or 36 degree bulbs (more wide) for simulating the look of lighting typically used in galleries.

This is the one I recommended for about $50: A good source for Solux lamps which I’ve found and spoken with on the phone is this company:
put “Solux Clip-on” in the search box and you will see a number of options. Most affordable is this one: Black fixture with clamp and tripod mount adapter (the white version is discontinued): It is $49.50 and it is great for using for reading, working and photography (though it will get hot). Item #: 19150  It comes with a 50 Watt 4700K/36 degree bulb. The task lamp on that page is also very nice (about $120) and comes with a table clamp as well as the 50 Watt 4700K/36 degree bulb.

Recommended Papers and Canvas:

Below is a sampling of papers and canvas that I recommend (most were on the list I gave out). Also available is an article that I wrote for Professional Photographer Magazine’s website that talks more about recently introduced papers:

Glossy RC Papers

Epson Premium Photo Paper Glossy (

Ilford Galerie Smooth Gloss (

Red River 68# UltraPro Gloss 2.0 (

Ilford Galerie Classic Gloss ( (for Dye-based printers, but not for printers using Epson Claria inks)

Semi-Gloss RC Papers

Epson Premium Photo Paper Semi-gloss (

Ilford Galerie Smooth Pearl (

Ilford Galerie Classic Pearl ( (for Dye-based printers, but not for printers using Epson Claria inks)

HP Professional Satin Photo Paper (

HP Advanced Satin Matt Photo Paper (

Red River UltraPro Satin (

Inkpress Pro Silky (

Oriental Graphica RC Luster – Good for Epson Stylus Photo 2200/4000 (less bronzing/fewer gloss differential issues) (

2-sided: Inkpress Photo Chrome Luster Duo or Hawk Mountain Sharpwing Duo (

Fiber Gloss Papers

Innova FibaPrint Ultra Smooth Gloss 285gsm (

Innova F Type Gloss 300gsm (

Epson Exhibition Fiber (

Harman Gloss FB (

Harman Gloss FB AI Warmtone (

Fiber Matte and Semi-Gloss/Matte Papers

Harman Matte FB Mp (

Hahnemühle FineArt Pearl (

Innova FibaPrint Satin High White 300gsm (

Crane Museo Silver Rag (

Ilford Galerie Gold Fibre Silk (

Moab Colorado Fiber Satine 245 (

Inkpress Pro Baryta Warm Tone (

Pictorico Gekko Green (

Coated Matte and Watercolor Papers

Crane Museo Max (

Epson Velvet Fine Art Paper (

Hahnemühle Museum Etching (

Hawk Mountain Peregrine Velvet (

Moab Entrada Rag (Bright and Natural 300) – (

Innova Soft Textured Double Sided Natural White 200gsm- (

Inkpress Rag Warm Tone 300 C2S (

Inkpress Rag Cool Tone 300 C2S (

Red River Paper River Linen (240gsm) (

Red River Paper LuxArt Satin Rag 270gsm (

Innova Cold Press Rough Textured 315gsm (

Scored Greeting Cards

Red River Paper River Linen Scored 7×10 (240gsm) (

Red River Premium Matte C2S Scored 7×10 (240gsm) (

Museo Art Cards (


HP Artist Matte Canvas (

Breathing Color Chromata White (

Intelicoat Magiclee Torino 20G Glossy Stretch Canvas (

Free Newsletter: I have a free newsletter that I send out about once per month with tips, information and at times, special offers. You’ll also receive a tip a week for 12 weeks from my book, 301 Inkjet Tips and Techniques, and an article to help determine file sizes for printing. To sign up, just send an e-mail here to sign up for my . You will then be asked to confirm that you want to receive the newsletter. You can also enter your e-mail on this page instead.

Also, I mentioned a company in Dallas, TX named Frame Destination. They make GalleryPouch bags, which I helped develop. You can see me do an overview of the GalleryPouch bags here (or below in the embedded video): and the company recently added some bags for small electronics, including iPads. They are also great for lenses and tripods. Until 8/31 there is a 15% off coupon code for all GalleryPouch bags, which can be found in the top right corner of the product page at: . A new coupon for 10% off all their products will be added on 9/1 (same coupon code).

Below are a few of my social media links if you’d like to connect:

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To see my future events and workshops, visit this page:

I will be doing a full day workshop on 11/13/2010 at Unique Photo on canvas printing. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about any of the workshops I’m doing.

If you would like assistance with anything related to Photoshop, Lightroom, selecting equipment, image workflow, or how to get better prints faster and with better predictability, I am available for consulting via phone, e-mail or in-person. I also make custom profiles for any inkjet printer, as well as custom adjustment layers and Lightroom Presets for color lab printers (Fuji Frontier, etc.). A few special offers can be found below:

• Custom Printer Profile + Phone Consulting: Have a custom profile made for any paper and printer. Receive up to 45 minutes of phone consulting to help you prepare a profiling target for output, plus one custom profile for your specific paper, ink, and driver settings. You send the target to me, and I’ll send you back a custom profile. Normal cost for the consultation and profile is $150. You save $30 for a total cost of $120. Additional profiles made at the same time are just $35 each.

• Phone Consulting Special 1: With a 1.5 hour phone and/or e-mail consultation, receive an additional 30 minutes of training free. A 2 hour consultation is normally $300. You save $50, for a total cost of $250. The calls/e-mails can be spread out over a period of up to 2 calls and/or 2 e-mails.

• Phone Consulting Special 2: Save $25 on a 1 hour phone consultation (normally $150/hr), for a total cost of $125. The consult must be completed in one call, but includes a few e-mails back and forth to make sure that you can have your questions answered properly.

• In-Home/In-Studio Consulting: With a 3 hour in-home/in-studio consultation, receive an additional hour of training free. A 4 hour consultation is normally $600. You save $100, for a total cost of $500. A portion of the training can be via phone, and used prior to a consulting session, or as a follow-up after a consultation.

All above offers may be reserved until 12/1/2010, and may be completed by 2/1/2011. Additional travel fees may apply for in-person consultations.

Please contact me at 732-742-0123 for more info, or feel free to send a message through this contact form:

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All the best!

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