PART 5: RESOLUTION

Exercise 5.2: Print quotes

It’s not a requirement to submit prints for formal assessment, so you may choose to submit your work on the self-directed project in a different format, such as a book or a multi-media piece. However for the purposes of this exercise please imagine that you’re going to submit prints.

  1. Search the internet for different companies offering inkjet and C-type printing. Compile three quotes for getting your work professionally printed, with a variety of different options such as C-type or inkjet, for portfolio review. (The pictures don’t need to be framed or mounted.) Prices will be available on the companies’ websites. This kind of information is useful to inform your project proposal.
  2. Imagine you will order from one of these companies. Prepare one image file exactly as specified by the printers. Please note that you don’t actually need to have your work printed professionally in order to complete this exercise.
  3. Write a brief entry in your learning log, reflecting on whether or not you feel that an inkjet can be treated as a ‘photograph’. (Alexander, p156, 2013)

My Printing quotes:

I have chosen 10”x 12” as a price test and compared 3 printing companies:

The print space    https://www.theprintspace.co.uk/art-printing-prices/

  FUJI CRYSTAL ARCHIVE MATTE OR GLOSS KODAK METALLIC FUJI FLEX GICLEE PRINTS
10”x12” £6.97 £8.37 £9.07 £9.22

  Metro imaging   https://metroimaging.co.uk/price-list/ 

Bespoke standard service Standard service
C type

Matt/gloss

C type

Metallic

/velvet

C type

Super

gloss

Giclee

fine art

C type

Matt/gloss

C type

Metallic

/velvet

Giclee fine art
10”x12” £24.80 £28.10 £34.70 £31.14 £6.90 £7.75 £9.10

Digitalab https://www.digitalab.co.uk/photographic-prints/ 

Fuji crystal archive matt/gloss Giclee prints
10”x12”

 

£3.23 £22

 My test print below is suitable for uploading to Metro imaging:

IMG_7697 for print test

8 bit, RGB, JPG or uncompressed flattened tiff under 2 GB

My reflection on whether an inkjet can be treated as a ‘photograph’, is that though it doesn’t conform to the pure sense of photography as “light writing” and so technically is only a photographic image; as the quality of inkjet printing can be so high and versatile now, it should be regarded as a photograph.

 Reference:

Alexander, J. (2013) Photography 2: Landscape. Barnsley. Open College of the Arts

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