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Chi Shooters Showcase. Raffle. Shoot.

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Chi Shooters celebrates their one-year anniversary with a special showcase on the 94th floor of the Hancock Center.

We’re excited to celebrate the Chi Shooters Anniversary with your artwork along with sweeping views of 360 Chicago! Chi Shooters is a branch of a global network of photographers and creators that promotes and inspires the growth of creative photography worldwide.

Artists are given the opportunity to submit their work to showcase and sell up to three pieces at the gallery event.

This event, June 6th 2019, also functions as a photography meetup for golden hour and sunset!

**Use the promo code CS360 for free tickets upon registering on Eventbrite**

We’re teaming up with Photo Innovation Lab to offer to get your work printed and handcrafted on the cotton based museum quality paper  that we launched the business with for a fraction of the original cost! All prints will be on Entrada Rag Natural 300 16x20 and 12x18 size paper with your choice of Full Bleed or 1/8in White Border. 

6 Reasons Why Photographers Should Print Their Photos

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In an age where we rely on technology for just about everything that we need, we tend to neglect or forget about the analog aspects of life. This is particularly true for the media we consume, which are largely in digital format—people rarely keep physical media like videotapes, audio CDs, and of course, printed photos.

For instance, most photographers today have thousands and thousands of images saved on their memory cards and other storage devices, but have little to no printed copies. Unlike earlier analog photographers who had to use darkrooms to make prints just to be able to see their images, many shutterbugs of the digital era no longer keep physical copies (whether on film or in a printed photo) of their work.

But what happens when you lose all of the digital photos you saved in your computer or shared online? That’s where printing comes in.

You might be wondering why printing is important—especially for photographers, who tend to share their work solely on their online websites or social media pages. Here are some reasons why photographers (like yourself) should consider printing their photos:

1. It’s a better way to look back at old memories.

Do you ever find yourself wanting to reminisce about the past? Baby pictures, family reunions, high school parties, weddings, and the like? Having these precious memories on print is a better option for when you’re feeling a little nostalgic. Why? It’s simply a better experience to be able to go through a photo album as opposed to swiping left or right on a mobile device, or pressing buttons on a computer.

Another upside to having prints is you can display your favorite shots (or your most treasured memories) in your home or office. After all, what’s the point of taking all those beautiful pictures if you’re going to keep them stuck in a digital device? All you need is a good printer and some fine art paper, and you’re all set to enjoy those photos in a more meaningful and tangible way.

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2. They technically last longer than digital copies.

Unlike digital pictures, actual printed copies have a longer lifespan. Think of it this way—you most likely still have copies in your family albums of decades-old photos from when your parents (or grandparents) were still young. Sure, they’re pretty battered and discolored, but they’re still there. On the other hand, the same probably can’t be said for those random selfies or artsy photos you saved on MySpace or Friendster.

When you upload pictures to social media, photo hosting sites like Flickr, or to paid cloud storage servers, there’s always a chance that they will get permanently deleted. The same goes for your computer storage or your hard drive. They can get corrupted or even lost—which means you lose your photos in the process.

If you want to get started on printing your work, make sure to choose high-quality photo paper to ensure the longevity of your prints.

3. You can display them anywhere you like.

Another advantage of printing your photos is that you can display them anywhere. As a professional photographer, you’d want to show off your best work, whether in your home, at your office, or in your studio.

Many photographers these days are content with displaying their work on social media, but there’s still something more impressive and organic about having large, blown-up prints of your favorite photos. It really shows off your skill, because plenty of photos can look good on a computer or mobile device, but not all of them will look good in print.

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4. It makes you a better photographer.

Nowadays, thanks to Instagram, pretty much anyone can be a photographer. But as previously mentioned, it’s easier to shoot photos for social media than for print, and by printing your work, you force yourself to really perfect everything down to the last detail and ensure that your shots look good on both print and digital.

Printing also allows you to understand your work better. How? It helps reveal things you wouldn’t have normally seen on a digital screen. Seeing your photos in print will allow you to see what your (and your camera’s) strengths and weaknesses are.

5. You get to learn a new craft.

Photographers spend years learning how to use their cameras—but they usually don’t stop there. Back in the days of analog photography, you had to learn how to use a darkroom and develop your own photos. These days, photographers no longer need to learn how to develop film, but they do need to learn other skills, like basic photo editing and digital manipulation. Some even take it a step further by learning how to properly print their photos as well.

Printing your photos allows you to learn a new craft—from understanding color management down to choosing the right printer, ink, paper to use in order to produce high-quality prints of your work. Once you master this part, you increase your skill set as a photographer.

And the best part? You won’t have to pay someone to do it for you.

6. It allows you to expand your photography services.

Adding photo printing to your photography package allows you to provide a more comprehensive service. Aside from giving you the option of earning extra cash, printing gives you the opportunity to deliver the best possible output for your clients. After all, imagine taking the time and effort to capture all of those perfectly composed and exposed photos, only to have them look horrible once the client has them printed elsewhere.

When you do your own printing, you retain control over image quality, size, and the overall presentation, so you get to ensure the quality of the final product.

Printing allows you to become a full-service photographer, which can help you attract both potential and long-time clients and take your business to the next level.

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ICC Profiles Now Available For the Epson SureColor P600

The all-new Epson SureColor® P600 features incorporates all new Epson UltraChrome® HD Ink for extraordinary exhibition-quality prints. With unprecedented black density and breakthrough Resin Encapsulation Technology, the P600 delivers the richest blacks with an incredible level of sharpness. Three-level Black Ink technology delivers smooth tonal transitions for the finest black-and-white prints. High-capacity, individual ink cartridges improve your productivity with fewer user interventions. Advanced media handling allows you to easily print with a wide variety of fine art and roll papers. Create borderless 13" x 19" prints and panoramas over 10 feet long. Whatever you print, the SureColor P600 delivers such dramatically bold images, it sets a groundbreaking new benchmark in photographic quality.

Please see ICC Profile Downloads for Moab Paper to create your perfect print. 

Moab introduces Juniper Baryta Rag 305 at Photokina

Moab Paper is excited to announce the old-style darkroom paper has come a long way to develop into the Juniper Baryta Rag 305 which has just been launched at the Photokina Show in Germany this week. With the tremendous feedback from our Moab Masters and the outstanding interest from the attendees at Photokina, Moab is eager to launch the Juniper Baryta Rag in the states at PhotoPlus on October 30th. The image above was taken by Moab Master, Jim Graham and printed by Andy Biggs

The new Moab Juniper Baryta Rag 305 is a 100% cotton fiber paper that offers the density of a traditional darkroom FB-type paper to hold detail in the deep blacks of the shadow regions, while producing natural white highlights that’s enhanced with a slight fiber glossy surface texture. 

This double weight, true baryta (barium sulfate) coated inkjet fine art paper embraces the unique charm of silver halide by using state-of-the-art coating technology to bring a new method to an old tradition.

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21st Annual Power of Photography Show

The Power of Photography® Show & Exhibit is the annual photography show organized by the Wide Angle Photography Club, Inc. of Pensacola, FL.  POP 2014 is scheduled for the weekend of August 15-17, 2014 at the Pensacola Cultural Center.

This is the largest annual single event for WAPC and it is our chance to show our community the art of photography.  WAPC is one of the largest photography shows in the Panhandle.  You can download the Show Schedule.

The 2014 show will be our 21st year.  Our venue will be the Pensacola Cultural Center.  We anticipate this show to be the biggest and best show yet.

In 2013 we had over 300 artists enter over 1,000 photographs.  Winners collected over $7,000 in cash and prizes.  Over 1,500 visitors viewed 300 displayed images including winners from a variety of photographic categories.  You can download the 2013 Program to get an idea about the winters, events, sponsors, etc.

Numerous vendors from as far away as California provided products, information and lectures.

The 2014 Power of Photography® Show & Exhibit is expected to exceed last year in entries, awards, prizes and visitors.  Mark your calendar for August 15-17, 2014.