Free Printing Guide From Master Printer and Coloratti John Paul Caponigro
by Alan Winslow – December 28th, 2018
Learn the basics of printing from Coloratti, Master Printer and Artist John Paul Caponigro for free! This guide is an incredible opportunity for anyone who wants to learn from one of the best printers in the industry. Just sign up on his website here: www.JohnPaulCaponigro.com.
This guide is full of useful information for the beginner or advanced printer, chapters include:
Control Your Environment
Profile Your Monitor
Use Wide Gamut Color Settings
Printing With Lightroom
Printing With Photoshop
Advanced Black and White Printing
Choose a Great Ink
Choose a Great Paper
View Prints in Great Light
Before heading over to the site have a look at John Paul’s Color Story and the sample chapter “Wide Gamut” below.
John Paul’s Color Story
The influence of his background as a painter has been well noted in the work of internationally acclaimed photographer John Paul Caponigro. His approach to his photographic subjects, which primarily focuses on the natural world, has been influenced by this same artistic sensibility as well.
“Coming to photography as a painter, I’m aware of how powerful a phenomenon color can be. Color can elicit strong physical, psychological and emotional reactions. I’m very conscious of the importance of managing color right from the start. I do understand that a lot of creative people don’t want to become color scientists. Luckily, color management companies like X-Rite are making it easy,” he says.
Having exhibited in such collections as including Princeton University, the Estée Lauder collection, and the Smithsonian, John Paul understands that the “quality of the prints relies on the quality of the profiles,” as he puts it. He uses X-Rite technology in the studio to ensure a managed color workflow that delivers gallery-level outcomes in the most effective way possible. He also teaches extensively and is a frequent and sought-after international lecturer. For these, John Paul has adopted one of the latest innovations from X-Rite, an integrated, portable color management device – i1Studio.
Use A Wide Gamut Color Space Standard RGB editing spaces include sRGB, Colormatch, Adobe RGB (1998), and ProPhoto, from smallest to largest Gamut. I recommend choosing ProPhoto RGB for image editing because among these four it’s the only one that can contain as much color saturation as your camera can capture. If you use another editing space, your images may lose some color
Start wide and stay wide. Capture your images in wide gamut color (Raw) and edit and print them in wide Gamut color (ProPhoto RGB). Convert only copies of your master files into smaller gamut spaces for specific uses. Converting images from a wider gamut space to smaller gamut spaces reduces saturation.
Converting images in smaller when you use ProPhoto, be careful when increasing saturation. ProPhoto exceeds the gamut of even the most sophisticated monitors, so it’s possible to oversaturate values in files without seeing it. In a majority of cases, you won’t be able to display or print these values, but in some cases, you may be able to, and in the future, you most certainly will.
So, in general, when you use Saturation or Vibrance sliders stop at the point where you don’t see changes. gamut spaces to wider gamut spaces doesn’t increase saturation. Why? Think of a bucket full of water. If the water is color, then the bucket that holds it is the editing space. If you pour water from a big bucket into a small bucket, some of the water will be lost. Pouring the smaller volume of water back into the larger bucket won’t make the total volume of water larger; it will be the same amount of water in a larger bucket.
ProPhoto is such a wide gamut that when you use it; you need to edit 16-bit mode. Basically, the steps between individual values are much larger than smaller gamut editing spaces, so without enough shades of gray, significant edits may produce posterization or banding. In contrast to the 256 shades of gray in 8 bit files, 16-bit files provide 65,536 shades of gray – more than enough to eliminate this problem.