1 UNDERSTANDS THE TOOLS OF THE PROCESS:
PRINTERS, INK AND PAPER
Knowledge of the process gives the printmaker insight into what
critical adjustments must be made to the file to be sure that the final
print accurately reproduces what the photographer envisioned. The
master printmaker is able to assess the image on the monitor and
knows what corrections are necessary so the intended story plays out
under competition viewing conditions.
2 UNDERSTANDS PAPER CHARACTERISTICS AND WHAT
IMAGES WORK BEST ON PARTICULAR PAPERS
Choosing a paper appropriate to the style and tonality of the image
can make a big difference in the final presentation; a master printmaker
understands how a particular image will respond to printing on a
specific paper and can make the appropriate recommendations.
3 HAS EXPERIENCE WITH PRESENTATION/
MOUNTING MATERIALS AND STYLES
The printed image will benefit greatly from a presentation that enhances
the image without overpowering it, as well as being masterfully
assembled to withstand the rigors of handling during the judging
process. A master printmaker can provide insights on the best choices.
4 HAS A DEPTH OF KNOWLEDGE ABOUT WHAT MAKES
FOR A WINNING PRINT
Decades of competition printmaking and working with thousands of
images gives the master printmaker insight into which images make
for strong contenders in competition and those that may be “weak”
or have particular technical, stylistic or compositional failings.
5 HAS AN ARTISTIC VISION TO COLLABORATE WITH THE
PHOTOGRAPHER IN CREATING POWERFUL IMAGERY
A master printmaker understands that a strong story is the key to a
winning print, and can consult with the photographer on techniques
that will help in telling the story in a compelling way with both impact
and style. Most printmakers possess the post-processing skills to make
the necessary adjustments.
6 SAVES THE BUSY PHOTOGRAPHER TIME AND MONEY
Fussing with printers, keeping up on ICC profiles and dealing
with clogged nozzles is something the master printmaker is used
to dealing with but can eat up hours of the photographer’s time.
Stocking papers, inks and mounting materials is expensive and time
consuming, but part of the everyday routine for the printmaker.
PICTURED: When it comes to creating competition prints, like for WPPI's Print Comp, it's definitely worth consulting an expert.