Colourfields

Capturing Memories in Print

Jessica Maleski

Feb. 14, 2019

Happy Valentine’s Day! Today let’s talk about honoring your loved ones with a beautiful print. If you are like me, you have hundreds of pictures of your children stored away on hard drives. I thought today would be a good day to find a special photograph to print.

Flipping through my Lightroom catalog, I was looking for a picture that would have a colorful and vibrant print. I needed a well exposed photo with an interesting deep color palette for the paper I planned on using, Canson Platine Fibre Rag. It’s a smooth glossy white paper that does not have any optical brighteners in it. What does that mean in English?

There is some controversy over whether optical brighteners actually cause the image to degrade over time or not but it does act to make the paper appear whiter to our eyes. Without the brighteners, the paper can appear more yellowish or cream colored.

For a portrait though, the warmer base of the paper is a nice thing. And so I thought it would be a good fit for the sleeping baby photo of Danny, my youngest. In the printed photo, he is about 4 months old. He’s now a big 7 year old.

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