Monday, March 15, 2010

March 17 Printing Digital Photography With Care

Image science continuously informs the unfolding of image technology. Our eyes of course are the gold standard, backed with an unparalleled analog image processing system, the brain.

Embedded in the digital vs chemical photography debate is the history of image science. Our visual system learns the colors which exist in nature. It is extremely sensitive to skintone. We can easily detect when it is reproduced inaccurately. Kodak had scientists who studied the reproduction of color deeply, and built that knowledge into the dye layers of the film-print chain. Some of that knowledge is being lost. Meanwhile the image processor in current digital cameras adjusts color, and even grain, to "correct" it. Photoshop has innumerable knobs. Current LCD screens are notoriously narrow in the range of colors represented. Meanwhile we have great ink systems for printing. It can work out well if you know how to manage imaging end-to-end.

Photographer and master electronic printer Phil Bard is someone who does. His business Cirrus Digital is the go-to studio for photographers working with digital printing as may be seen by his client list.

Today, he gives a talk on his experience with photography and digital printing.

Sponsored by the Portland Art Museum Photography Council. It's a brown bag lunch in the Miller Room in the Mark Building (formerly the Masonic temple). 1219 SW Park Noon Free