Making a Fine Art Photography Print (1 of 2)

With the popularity of social media, many pictures unfortunately never get past a tiny smartphone screen. Digital photo sharing has become the endgame for most photographers. But as a photography teacher, I always encourage my students to create fine art photography prints because the satisfaction that comes from creating your own wall art is unmatched. Having something tangible that can’t be deleted with a single mouse click is what photography’s all about.

So in this video, I’ll show you how I take a medium format film negative from capture, to scan, to print, to framing. Although this print wasn’t made in the traditional darkroom, the quality from my Epson V750 scanner coupled with professional grade printing techniques resulted in a superb print worthy of framing.

This first of two videos in “Making a Fine Art Photography Print” shows my unique scanning process and how to prep the file for print using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. In the next video, we’ll look at the how to deckle the edge of watercolor paper to create an awesome “raw” look to your fine art.

The photography print I made in this video is from a scanned 6×7 negative shot with a Mamiya RZ67 camera in Joshua Tree National Park. The film used was Ilford Delta Professional 100 medium format film. The scanner used is an Epson V750 with SilverFast software. I used watercolor paper and had it float-mounted in a shadowbox frame.

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10 thoughts on “Making a Fine Art Photography Print (1 of 2)

  1. M. NICOLE B

    Nick, if I have a crop sensor camera, what is the target print I can make? If I want to create a fine art piece of gallery exhibits, should I buy a full frame camera?

  2. Michael Inman

    yeah, always getting newton rings on my 4×5's, will try your set up….thanks for the video, always nice to pick up on the techniques of others.

  3. Dan Harris

    Hey Nick, been enjoying your videos. What company/kind of archival binder is that? And what archival storage sheets are those?

  4. Veltto123

    One professional photographer said that lightroom's sharpening is bad and he adviced to always zero it and to sharpen images in photoshop with high pass. Any idea why he said that? 😮


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