Printing Photos at Home: Video Tutorials

Jessica Maleski

Feb. 20, 2019
Resource Guide
As I’ve been exploring the technical aspects of learning to make a good photographic print at home, I thought I’d share some of the amazing resources that have helped me. I will be sharing these resources on a regular basis here on Commit to Print.
Today, I ‘m focusing on video content. Did you know that YouTube is the second largest search engine – bigger than Bing and Yahoo combined? I know I tend to search there first when I’m looking for “how to” type info. I guess I’m not alone.

Here are four videos that I found inspirational and/or useful when I was first dipping my toes in the print world. Some of them give a great overview of the whole process and some are very inspirational – why you should even want to print in the first place.

Printing your Photos: Video Tutorials

My Printing Workflow from Start to Finish

Informative and interesting, British photographer Thomas Heaton covers all the basics in this 20 minute video. He walks through the steps, from selecting the image to print to packaging it up for mailing. A great place to start to see an overview of the entire process.

How and Why I Print My Photographs

British landscape photographer Simon Baxter offers a overview of his Photoshop-based print workflow. He also discusses how printing makes you a better photographer and shows off some of his incredible work.

DIY Fine Art Printing

In the B & H Event Space talk, Evan Parker, presenting on behalf of Moab papers, teaches about printing with archival inks on a variety of substrates and how it can be a creative extensions of your photographic work. He also gets into more creative techniques in the print workflow and how they can open your projects to new possibilities.

Advice on Printing Your Images

Another British photographer (they seem to have a corner on printing videos on YouTube), Sean Tucker, appeals to authority for advice on making the best prints of your work. In his interview with a professional printer at a London print lab, he touches on some of pre-print tips while explaining some of the print jargon in a way that is clear and easy to understand.

I could go on. There are so many tutorials and so many well made ones that are genuinely helpful and inspirational. Do you find yourself turning to YouTube for learning new skills? What channels do you find useful? Did I overlook a great printer that is sharing lots of stuff? Let me know in the comments below. While your commenting, why not go ahead and sign up for the commit2print reminder. Join me for a year of making prints.
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