How do you inject genuine artistry into fine art portrait photography? It's a subject close to the heart of professional portrait photographer and Canon Ambassador Martina Wärenfeldt, who had childhood dreams of being an artist, but turned to photography, and now judges international printing competitions.
There are photographic prints, and then there are fine art photographic prints. But what sets the latter apart from a standard high quality print? And what can give you the edge when it comes to printing fine art portraits specifically? As always, it starts with a well-composed, professionally-lit image, but there are other considerations too, which include the retouching approach used, paper choice and finish, hard-copy proofing and printer choice and settings. Finding the best way to combine multiple elements, fine-tuning your workflow and approach and maintaining control over the entire process from start to finish are critical when it comes to producing a high quality final product.
Martina uses a Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 printer to create stunning prints of her fine art portraits, describing it as her "workhorse" in the studio. "The combination of printer and fine art paper produces a really beautiful print," she says. Here, she shares tips for every stage in her creative process, and reveals why the A2 desktop photo printer is such an important part of her workflow.