About the Printing Process
The contemporary fine-art photo printing process is a corroborative effort akin to the wood block printing process used during the Edo-era in Japan, where three artisans worked together to produce the finest prints–the painter, carver, and print maker. The latest in digital photographic print making also requires a team of specialists coming together to create a final work of art.
William first captured the images on 8×10″ Chromes (positive slides, E-6 color transparency film process) using the large format view camera. This provides the most detail and information possible in any photographic capture format. He then carefully edits and selects the films to be printed.
The films are then drum scanned. Drum scans are fluid mounted and scanned in 16-bit color. Drum scanners capture the subtle details from the original films and are capable of very high resolutions, creating a very large digital file for enlargement. No digital camera can capture this amount of information and allow for enlargement with such precision and detail.
The scanned raw files are transformed into the color-accurate custom digital files using Photoshop. This sensitive process is extremely important, for the raw data are refined and fine tuned to create the exact vision the photographer had intended and envisioned at the time the image was made.
After these steps, the refined digital files are transferred and printed directly through the LightJet Custom Printing process onto Fuji Crystal Archive photo paper with Helium-Neon and Argon-Ion lasers. The lasers expose the photosensitive paper in 36-bit color in the Red/Green/Blue spectrums with an apparent resolution of 4000 dpi. The LightJet is accepted as the state-of-the-art in photographic printing throughout the industry. All materials used for these purposes are archival and meet the highest industry standards.