professional photographer what made you attracted towards digital
Digital printing actually
revived my interest in photography. I had become bored with the look of printed photographs. Everything was glossy,
luster, or matte. Big yawn. But one day I stumbled into a gallery showing the
work of photographer/digital artist John Paul Caponigro, my eyes opened wide.
Here were photo-based images printed on the most beautiful watercolor paper.
The prints were rich and velvety, not cold and hard. I had never seen
anything quite like it, and I was hooked.
was your idea behind starting the Yahoo Group (digital-fineart)?
It was simple: I wanted to
learn and share ideas about digital printing. I had recently joined a couple of other e-mail discussion groups, and
I enjoyed the quick exchange of ideas and the resulting community that evolved
around the groups' members. Why not start a group about digital art and digital
printing? And, so I did.
is considered as one of the most popular and the biggest groups. What is your experience of running this group?
Although I guess I'm a natural
candidate for running such a group (I'm a former magazine editor), I had no idea how much work it would be!
Nor how many strange situations would come up. Believe me, there is a lot
of behind-the-scenes work and fire-fighting going on with the large discussion
groups. And even if I think that I've seen it all, I know that tomorrow
will bring a completely new challenge or crisis to resolve. But, overall,
it's been a great experience.
Did this group help
you to refine your ideas or to gain more knowledge?
Absolutely! There's always
something new to learn, and the scope of the experiences and knowledge represented on a large group like digital-fineart
is astounding. I highly recommend that people join and participate
in these discussion groups for their particular interests.
When did you start
thinking of writing book on Digital printing?
As soon as I realized that
there was no in-depth guide in book form about digital printing. Basically, it was already in the back of my mind
after I started the discussion group. I had ghostwritten several books and
written dozens and dozens of feature magazine articles. I knew that I could
do it, and that it was needed. The challenge was finding the time and then
making the decision to go for it.
The book is full
of research and power packed information. Please tell us in a brief how you started and how much time it took to finish the
write a non-fiction book, you first have to sell it (to either an
agent or a publisher), which becomes its own project. I took a few
months putting together a solid book proposal. After a carefully planned
attack on all the major publishers, one emerged as the top candidate, and I
finally had a signed contract. The book
writing and research itself took me nine months, and the whole project lasted more than a year. I must have struck a nerve since
"Mastering Digital Printing" has been the world's #1-selling book on photography
and also on printing for the past several months.
We can see three
distinguish technology involved in this field. First photography, second, image processing and third printing. Could you
tell us the contribution of each technology to get the well finished product?
a good point, and one that I cover in depth in my book. I actually
see the three digital workflow phases like this: (1) image input (non-camera
scanning, camera scanning or photography, digital drawing/painting),
(2) image editing, and (3) digital output or printing. It's all about
creating and processing the image, and each step is vital to the final product.
Could you specifically
tell us how much software, third party plugins and image processing affects the final result?
step two of the three steps above, and there are so many choices now,
it's hard to know where to start. I personally use Adobe Photoshop
as my main image editor, but I call on a myriad of other plugins or special applications
when needed. Photographers, artists, and designers live in a great
time full of wonderful choices!
last question, How does your website (www.dpandi.com) fit into your
DP&I.com (www.dpandi.com) is the third leg of my information-packaging stool.
It started off as a companion site to the book, but now it's starting
to take on a life of its own. It's subtitled "a digital printing &
imaging resource for photographers, digital/traditional artists, and printmakers,"
and that's exactly what it is. The thing that I love about web publishing (compared
to print publishing) is that you can make instant changes or corrections.
It's always up to date!
been immersed in the world of commercial and fine-art imaging and
printing for more than 25 years. A lifelong photographer, art director,
and an award-winning digital and commercial artist and designer,
Harald is the head of his own marketing communications agency and
has worked with many blue-chip artists as well as galleries and
corporate clients throughout the United States.
introduced to digital imaging workflows in 1988 and has never looked
back. He is the author of the groundbreaking book, Mastering
Digital Printing: The Photographer's and Artist's Guide to High-Quality
Digital Output(Muska & Lipman, December 2002), Download
Sample Book Chapter.......
and he is the creator and moderator of Yahoo's digital-fineart,
the world's largest online discussion group on the subject of digital
fine art and digital printing. Harald is also the creator of www.dpandi.com.
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digitally produced fine art including inkjet prints and/or 'giclées.'