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Tuesday
Jul202010

4:3 and Micro 4:3

An industry standard set by Olympus and Kodak for DSLR cameras, the four thirds system allows users to interchange lenses and other parts from different DSLR manufacturers. Recently Olympus and Panasonic have introduced micro four thirds cameras, a smaller version of typical four thirds cameras, which has a reduced amount of internal components but has the same great qualities and output.

 

Olympus E-PLI Micro FourThirds Camera (Image from Olympus Website)

Micro four thirds cameras are really exciting for their potential. This segment will undoubtedly grow over the next couple of years as many individuals trade down from bulkier DSLR's and trade up from point and shoots.

Tuesday
Jul202010

Aperture

An opening or hole through which light travels. The aperture setting for cameras is literally the size of the opening of the hole in the shutter which allows light to pass through and expose the film or sensor. Aperture is also a popular photo editing software developed by Apple specifically for Mac users. Apple's newest Photo Editing Software is Aperture 3.

Tuesday
Jul202010

Aqueous Printer

An aqueous printer is an inkjet printer that uses water-based inks as the medium. The inks are contain either pigments or dyes as the coloring agents. Dyes are naturally soluble whereas pigments require a dispersing agent of some kind.

Tuesday
Jul202010

Baryta

Baryta or barium sulfate (BaSO4) has been traditionally used as a brightener or whitening agent in silver halide photography papers. More recently the term has developed a new meaning thanks in part to marketing efforts of inkjet paper manufacturers. The term is now synonymous with the style of papers which traditionally used Baryta and in general. The newer inkjet papers may or may not utilize Baryta as a whitening agent and care should be used to verify its use. The whiteners longevity in digital papers has not been widely tested as of yet.

Tuesday
Jul202010

Brightener

Optical brightening agents or OBA’s make paper more ‘white’ in appearance and increase the overall brightness of the paper. Brighteners remove the off-white or sometimes yellow appearance of raw materials within the paper. Some controversy exists within the photographic community with respect to the use of brighteners and their archival longevity. It should be noted that most traditional photographic materials contain(ed) brightening agents and were widely accepted. It is only recently that their use has been frowned upon.

All OBA's will fluoresce under UV illumination (black light) and are fugitive by nature.

Tuesday
Jul202010

Brightness

Refers to the amount of light that is reflected off of the papers surface. A more 'white' paper is created through the use of optical brightening agents (OBA's.)

Tuesday
Jul202010

Burn

Burning a print is a process which gained its named from the traditional wet-process of printing. By adding or burning an area of the print, the lighter areas become arae darkened. After initial exposure of a print photographers will give portions of the print that need darkening additional exposure to make those areas more dark. The same process is now replicated in most image editing software like Adobe Photoshop.

Tuesday
Jul202010

Can I print on canvas using my inkjet desktop printer?

If you have an larger inkjet printer (small consumer models could encounter problems printing on canvas, ruining your printer), chances are you can print on canvas with no issues. You will want to make sure that your printer has a print profile or setting for printing on canvas. If your printer does not you’ll need to download a profile for the specific canvas you plan on using. This will ensure the right amount of ink is laid down on the canvas, preventing ink from bleeding and ruining your print.

Before purchasing canvas cut sheets for your inkjet desktop printer you’ll want to make sure that you’re printer can handle the thickness of the canvas sheet. We do not recommend cutting down canvas rolls into cut sheet sizes as the canvas will most likely fray and could potentially harm you printer.

As with handling any media post print, make sure you handle the canvas delicately and allow for ample dry time.

If you’re having trouble finding inkjet canvas cut sheets, visit the IT Supplies Canvas Collection Page, we have several canvas cut sheet sizes ranging from 8.5”x11” to 17”x22”.

 

Tuesday
Jul202010

CMOS

Complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) is a type of integrated circuit used in imaging sensors.

Tuesday
Jul202010

CMYK

Refers to the color model for printing; Cyan, Magenta, Yellow & Key Black. The CMYK model is a subtractive model in which colors subtract from the brightness of the white. 'K' is used in place of 'B' to eliminate any confusion with the color blue and has become the standard symbol for black in all graphic applications.

Tuesday
Jul202010

Compact Flash

A mass storage device used in digital cameras and other electronic devices. Compact flash storage devices typically hold more memory than Micro SD cards.  Data can be transferred from compact flash devices to a computer easily through the use of a card reader.

Tuesday
Jul202010

Cool Tone Paper

The terms cool and warm are used as descriptions for the hue of paper whiteness. Cool tone papers are generally more blue whereas warm tone papers are more yellow.

Tuesday
Jul202010

C-Print

C-Prints or Chromogenic color prints are made using chromogenic materials and RA-4 chemisty. Prints are made from color negatives that utilize papers with silver halide and color dyes to form color images. The first manufacturer of chromogenic paper was Kodak in the 1950's. There are still several manufacturers which utilize chromagenic processes. Most commercially available lab printed wet prints are chromagenic.

Tuesday
Jul202010

Crop

Crop or cropping allows photographers to remove or 'frame' certain portions of an image using image editing software to achieve a desired result.

Tuesday
Jul202010

Depth of Field

Depth of field refers to the area in an image which is sharp and is a key technique utilized to place emphasis on a subject or obscure others.

Wednesday
Oct272010

Do I put down Eco Print Shield before or after printing?

PremierArt Eco Print Shield Spray and Roll on solutions are both meant for post-print protection. If either is applied before printing on a particular media the media itself will lose its receptiveness to the ink. You’ll want to coat your canvas after about a day of dry time. Click here for more information on PremierArt Coatings.

Tuesday
Jul202010

Dodging

Dodging a print is a process which gained its named from the traditional wet-process of printing. By blocking or hiding an area of the print from the light, the darker areas would receive less exposure and be lighter than had the area been left alone. During initial exposure of a print photographers will block portions of the print that need less exposure. The same process is now replicated in most image editing software like Adobe Photoshop.

Tuesday
Jul202010

DSLR

DSLR is the acronym for Digital Single-Lens Reflex camera. DSLR cameras use a series of mirrors to display light that comes throught the camera's lens into the eye of the photographer through a viewfinder in the back of the camera. DSLR cameras are popular amongst photographers for the ability to use interchangeable lenses for various photographic needs. The most popular manufacturers of DSLR cameras are Canon and Nikon though many traditionally electronic manufacturers have entered the market like Samsung and Sony.

Image of th Canon EOS Digital Rebel T1i, one of the most popular DSLR cameras on the market today (Image from Canon Website.)

Tuesday
Jul202010

Duo

Duo is another name for double-sided paper coated to accept ink on both sides.

Tuesday
Jul202010

Fiber

Papers made of natural materials are made of the long cellular fibers found in the plant.