Hot Hint No 2


Porthmadog Station – 2012 

Hot Hint No2 – Review The Printing Style Of Other Photographers

“Look at the prints made by other photographers in great detail preferably at an exhibition. This review calls for intense observation, not just a cursory glance, you are gazing into the photographer and printers soul. What in your opinion are the strengths and weaknesses of the printing? Do not consider the picture or the crop, concentrate on the selection of tones. How does the selected brightness and contrast reflect the potential you see in the digital negative?

Imagine how you might print the same digital negative. How would you re-engineer the tones to make the picture in your own style? How does your imagined interpretation vary from the original?

How are you going to put your spirit and emotions onto the printing paper? The art and craft of printing are about putting your personality onto the paper and making an emotional engagement with your audience. Expressive printing is not a mere mechanical process where pre-set adjustments are appropriate.”

An extract from “The Dark Art – A black and white digital printing manual”  by Andy Beel FRPS.

See more on the art and craft of black and white digital printing on my website 

(c) Andy Beel FRPS 2016







1 response to Hot Hint No 2

  1. paula graham says:

    One of the best ‘railway ‘ shots I have seen …artistic, great light and presence, beautifully processed and produced.


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