There’s nothing like the permanence and value of print, but many photographers don’t have the resources, space, or volume to justify having a fine art printer in their own home or studio.
If you’re considering adding fine art prints to your selection of products, it’s not difficult to give it a try without a huge investment. There are several long-established print medium manufacturers from which to choose a paper that complements your style. And there are still many digital printing studios that offer professional giclee printing for photographers.
Before the shutdown of non-essential businesses due to COVID-19, I visited Digital Arts Studio in Atlanta to experience the process of having professional digital prints made on fine art paper. Digital Arts Studio has been around for more than 35 years and is certified by Canson and Hahnemühle. The studio offers a range of services beyond printmaking, from 3D texturizing on prints and canvas to framing. It also offers curbside drop-off and pickup.
All I had to do was bring a USB drive with the image files I wanted to print, and sit down with president and CEO Barry Glustoff to discuss his recommendations for printing.
The color and black-and-white images were each printed on Canson Infinity Baryta Prestige 340gsm, a smooth Baryta gloss that’s a combination of acid-free alpha-cellulose and cotton white paper base with a true barium sulphate coating, and on Canson Infinity PrintMaKing Rag, also referred to as BFK Rives, a 100% cotton rag. The studio printer was a Canon imagePrograf 6450.
The prints are exceptional. I can see how a long-term relationship with a print studio could be beneficial for photographers in need of fine art prints. Digital Arts Studio will send prospective clients a sample print for $7.50.
Quarantine offered time and space to explore the centuries-old cyanotype process.