Making a Fine Art Photography Print: Anza-Borrego Desert

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There’s no better satisfaction in photography than framing a print to hang on the wall. Creating a tangible, real-life piece of wall art is far more rewarding than uploading a file to Instagram or Flickr.

In this video I take you through my process for scanning a film negative on my Epson V750 scanner using Silverfast software, then printing it at a pro lab on Fuji Pearl paper, before framing it in a handsome float-mount frame by Larson-Juhl. My process for scanning this 6×17 negative may seem odd (using blue painters tape to secure the negative on a piece of ground glass), but the results are excellent and avoid the need for troublesome scanner fluid.

I took this photo in Anza-Borrego Desert on a solo camping trip using my Shen-Hao TFC-617A camera and Nikkor-M 300mm f/9 lens on Kodak Portra 160 film. The print itself is a C-Type (wet process) print done on a ZBE Chromira digital printer with Fuji Pearl paper.

The image featured is titled “Desert Layers 1.” It’s not your typical modern landscape photograph with super-satured colors, wide angle views, and maximum epic-ness. This is a much more understated composition with a simpler color palette, which is exactly why I chose to frame this piece. There are enough of those ultra-epic landscapes out there today and I feel they tend to be overbearing as wall art. A good fine art photography print should accent a beautiful space rather than overpower it, and that’s what I tried to achieve with this piece.

Printing by Pro Photo Connection in Irvine, CA: http://stores.prophotoirvine.com
Frame by Salamon Art in Fountain Valley, CA: http://www.salamonart.com

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