Paul Willems took over as CEO of ILFORD Imaging in July 2011. In the short video below he talks about the innovation that continues to make ILFORD unique in the industry. “If you look at … the photo industry there is tremendous innovation,” says Willems. “We are not a run of the mill media manufacturer… we are actually building the combination of paper and film bases with optimized coating technology.”
ILFORD Imaging offers a wide variety of surfaces, weights, and textures of media including two double sided inkjet papers. All of the media in the ILFORD GALERIE line is developed specifically with photographers in mind. Have a look at this short video to hear more.
Josh Fischer, ILFORD Product Marketing Manager in the US, walks you through the full revised line of ILFORD inkjet media made especially for digital photographers. Josh is an expert on color management and gives you an overview of what it takes to print like an ILFORD Master.
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A few weeks ago I drove out to Worcester, Massachusetts to Clark University to visit with Frank Armstrong. Frank is one of those guys that everyone in this area knows and knows about. He loves photography. He mentors many young photographers. And he helps run the digital program at Clark University where he continues to mentor and inspire photographers of all ages. Frank is a wonderful photographer. He began his career while in the Navy based on a remote island where he found and read photography magazines at his duty post there and essentially taught himself the craft.
Frank Armstrong can be found most days sitting at a table in the middle of the hallway between the darkroom and the digital lab at Clark University. He and other instructors are constantly available to the students. And from my observation the students love having their teachers and mentors sitting there in the midst of the hustle and bustle of their creative process.
I first heard about Clark University from another photographer graduate, nature photographer Juan Pons. This small but prestigious university located in Worcester, Massachusetts was instrumental in Juan’s development as a photographer. Clark University has a diverse student body and a broad academic appeal. From Psychology and Business Management to Art and Photography, Clark University provides its students with a high quality education in an intimate environment of supportive learning. “Through opportunities such as the Steinbrecker Fellowships, a number of our photography students are able to travel to far off places to volunteer for multiple weeks and photograph their experiences. Recent destinations have been Nepal, India, Iceland, Nigeria….to mention a few,” says Frank.
Photography is part of the Studio Arts Program within the Department of the Visual and Performing Arts at Clark University. The photography lab was established in 1979 by way of a large donation to build a darkroom facility for students. Digital photography was introduced to Clark students in 1993 when Professor Stephen DiRado bought a computer, scanner and printer for students. Soon photo patrons and alumni/ae began donating both money and equipment to expand the facilities. The digital lab is available to the students as well as a wet darkroom to learn what we now call “analogue” or silver based processes – film processing and printing on black and white silver based paper.
Senior Lecturer Stephen DiRado heads the photography facilities and has been at Clark teaching photography and visual arts courses since 1983. Frank is also joined by Adjunct Rachel Loischild who teaches continuing education COPACE. Photography instruction at Clark University is a team sport with these three dedicated educators sharing their love for photography.
The Traina Center for the Arts has been home to photography facilities since 2004. The analog darkroom has 14 enlargers and digital facility offers 11 stations and two large format professional Epson printers – a 4880 and 7900. The photography facilities also include two critique rooms.
Frank shifted to digital a few years ago and ILFORD GALERIE Prestige Gold Fibre Silk is his preferred inkjet paper for printing. Each of Frank’s photograph tells a story. His black and white images, split seconds frozen in time, are much more than a static image. His work sends my mind on flights of imagination. they spark me to think deeply about what I’m seeing… what happened before, what’s happened since, what sounds and smells were present at the moment the shutter clicked. Read more about Frank Armstrong and have a look at some of his work listed at Panopticon Gallery. And visit www.frankarmstrong.net and Frank’s blog called Pitchertakin’ where you’ll find recent work with his words to go along. Great stuff!
As Frank says, “We hope our photographs are worthy of lasting 200 years.” Digital photography is a wonderful medium for capturing photos. And to really enjoy them we print them so that we can frame them, save them, share them, and live with them. There’s just nothing like seeing a fine picture to lift your spirits and make your eyes smile.
Maybe it’s time you tried or came back to ILFORD GALERIE Prestige inkjet papers like Prestige Gold Fibre Silk and Prestige Smooth Pearl. Take Frank’s recommendation and have your photographs printed on a paper that will last for a very long time.
Step up from the ordinary with ILFORD GALERIE Prestige inkjet papers for your digital photography.
ILFORD has just announced a new film-based media for inkjet printing called GALERIE SMOOTH HIGH GLOSS for distribution in the USA. This new media promises exhibition standard prints to the growing number of photo professionals choosing to work with inkjet printing, including artists, photographers and museum exhibitors.
Available in the USA beginning January 2012, GALERIE SMOOTH HIGH GLOSS is a metallic media alternative offering enhanced definition and extended tonal range for the highest quality professional photo look. Developed by the team of ILFORD photo experts in Switzerland, the media features an instant dry, universally compatible layer for superior results with both dye and pigment printers. Created for a wide range of professional applications, GALERIE SMOOTH HIGH GLOSS is available in 8.5 x 11”, A4, A3+ and 24” roll formats.
ILFORD introduces GALERIE SMOOTH HIGH GLOSS as the photographic market continues to evolve from chemical photographic processes towards the use of inkjet media. This worldwide trend has brought with it the decline of products such as ILFOCHROME CLASSIC, which is to be discontinued following the deadline for final orders on 19 December 2011. ILFORD is pleased to recommend GALERIE SMOOTH HIGH GLOSS as an inkjet alternative to ILFOCHROME, with the media’s metallic surface offering comparable results.
“ILFORD has long been a technological leader in the print media industry, and with many of our users and labs adopting a purely digital workflow we are proud to possess the technological capabilities necessary to offer customers professional quality inkjet alternatives to traditional photographic media.” Says Jane Dixon, Director of Global Marketing at ILFORD. “Some of our customers may remember the previous incarnation of GALERIE SMOOTH HIGH GLOSS which was very popular with photography professionals, and we are now pleased to introduce it as an alternative to metallic media following modifications by our team of experts in Switzerland.”
GALERIE SMOOTH HIGH GLOSS joins the already diverse array of GALERIE products designed for use in the professional inkjet market place, including the traditional baryta fibre based media GALERIE GOLD FIBRE SILK, also favored amongst photographers wishing to explore inkjet alternatives to traditional media.
About ILFORD GALERIE GALERIE Professional Inkjet range is designed specifically to meet the demanding needs of today’s professional inkjet marketplace. ILFORD is dedicated to developing products that deliver superior images and with GALERIE combines state-of-the-art inkjet technology with more than a century of experience in the craft of image making.
Founded in 1879, ILFORD is a leading player in the development and manufacture of photo quality media and other consumables for both inkjet printing and color photographic processes. The worldwide digital imaging and color photographic businesses, which include R&D and manufacturing operations in Switzerland, are owned by Paradigm Global Partners LLP.
The ILFORD name is well established in the history of imaging and today continues to be associated with cutting edge technology thanks to its strong links to the photo imaging marketplace, research and development, technical know-how and manufacturing capabilities.
Keep reading the ILFORD blog for updates on when this great new media will be available. Step up from the ordinary with ILFORD GALERIE Inkjet papers for professional photographers.
In a previous post, Printer Settings Using Printer Profiles, we talked about downloading the appropriate profile for your ILFORD GALERIE inkjet paper. Just to review you’ll find those profiles at www.ILFORD.com. Select “Support” from the tabs at the top. You’ll see a dropdown menu there that includes “Printer Profiles.” Read more about selecting, downloading and installing those profiles so they’re ready to use. CLICK HERE to read that previous post in its entirety.
After we get the profile and we’re ready to print we need a bit more information to be able to choose the proper settings in the print driver of our printer. These settings will insure the ink is applied to the paper surface properly. This setting is crucial to getting good inkjet prints. There are three things that really have to be set properly in your print driver when using the printer profile in Photoshop, Lightroom, or other printing software:
Media or Paper Type
Resolution (usually 1440 or equivalent)
Color management must be turned off in the printer driver
So the question is, “What Epson or Canon or HP paper type should I set in my driver if my paper does not conform to the nomenclature of the manufacturer’s paper?” ILFORD GALERIE Smooth Pearl is a good case study for this example.
You can access these recommended printer settings at www.ILFORD.com. Click on the “Support” tab and select “Printer Settings.” Here you will enter the particular range of inkjet media, your printer manufacturer, model number, and the surface of the paper you’re using. In some cases the media type setting may be different than what is printed on the sheet in the box because selections online can be customized for your particular printer driver media types.
Note that you’ll find the recommended media type setting and the recommended resolution as it is listed in your particular print driver. The “Colour” setting would only be used if the printer is controlling the color. Otherwise as we discussed above, color management should be disabled in the print driver if you are allowing Photoshop or another software package to drive the printer profile.
It is vital that you set the media type to a setting that is appropriate to the paper and surface that you are using. The quality of your photo depends on the proper setting. Simply leaving your printer driver defaulted to “Plain Paper” will not yield high quality results so take care to be sure this setting is correct each time you print.
Find out more about ILFORD GALERIE inkjet media at www.ilford.com. Step up from the ordinary and enjoy the outstanding quality of ILFORD GALERIE professional inkjet papers for photography.
We’ve just come back from Photo Plus Expo in New York where the ILFORD Imaging booth was always busy. We were actively printing photos on ILFORD GALERIE inkjet papers using the new PIXMA PRO-1 printer from Canon. We were also using new profiles made for the PIXMA PRO-1 and ILFORD GALERIE papers. We sat down with Jane Dixon, Director of Global Marketing at ILFORD Imaging to talk about the show. Be sure to check out the video below by the folks at Photo Bay.
ILFORD blog: ILFORD Imaging exhibited at the recent Photo Plus Expo in NYC. What was your impression of the reaction of folks to ILFORD inkjet papers there?
Jane Dixon: We had a fantastic reception from visitors to our stand at Photo Plus, who particularly enjoyed the chance to see prints being made from the new Canon PIXMA PRO-1 on our professional GALERIE media. We found that there was particular interest in our GALERIE Gold Fibre Silk, a traditional fibre based paper and Smooth Lustre Duo, a truly double-sided media great for portfolios and wedding albums as the results were just stunning.
As the Photo Plus Expo has such a focus on new technology it was the perfect time to unveil our GALERIE ICC profiles for Canon’s new PIXMA PRO-1 printer, and we look forward to hearing customer’s feedback on the results they’re getting from the new profiles when they try them at home or in the workplace.
Ib: ILFORD Imaging specializes in coatings of inkjet paper for digital photographers right?
JD: That’s correct, we are passionate about providing photographers with high quality paper they can trust to give them professional results, and the unique coatings on our paper enable photographers to achieve this in every circumstance. Our GALERIE Professional Inkjet range comes in two distinct versions – GOLD and SMOOTH. We have a dedicated research and development team in Switzerland who have developed this range to make sure that it meets all the demanding needs of photographers, now and in the future.
Ib: What about ink technology? Does ILFORD also make ink for inkjet printers?
JD: ILFORD is a world leader in the advancement of technology for the imaging industry, and one of the services offered by our research & development team is dye and ink development. ILFORD has more that 50 years’ experience in dye research and we use our expertise to create dyes which are used in today’s inkjet printers. This is a service we provide to the industry so you won’t see these products sold under the ILFORD name, but nonetheless our ink technology work is a central element to what we do and it gives us a very wide area of expertise.
Ib: The fact that ILFORD has extensive knowledge of ink technology in addition to its expertise with coatings for inkjet media is a real plus isn’t it?
JD: Our aim is to provide an unrivalled range of products for the imaging industry, so having expertise in both ink technology and coatings for inkjet media certainly enables us to meet the demanding needs of today’s inkjet marketplace. I think that our all-round appreciation and knowledge of the craft of imaging is the reason why we are so well trusted and respected by the photographers who use our products.
As Jane said we already have profiles available for all our inkjet papers using the new PIXMA PRO-1 printer from Canon. CLICK HERE to go to the portion of www.ILFORD.com where you can download printer profiles for all kinds of inkjet printers including the newest release from Canon.
The folks from Photo Bay also did a short video piece featuring Jane Dixon of ILFORD. Have a look below and see why you can join other professional photographers and “Step up from the ordinary” with ILFORD inkjet papers for professional photographers. In this short video Jane talks about why ILFORD inkjet paper is superior and walks us through the line of ILFORD inkjet papers available for professional photographers.
Unique Photo in Fairfield, New Jersey has a “unique” photo show hanging in the store. Unique employees participated offering their photographs to be printed on ILFORD GALERIE Smooth Pearl inkjet paper. Diverse subject matter and multiple shooting styles makes this show interesting and fun. You’ll enjoy seeing how ILFORD GALERIE Smooth Pearl media reproduces a variety of colors and contrast ranges.
The show consists of 30 to 40 large prints. The photographs include at least one print from all of the showroom and phone sales employees at Unique Photo. The prints are hanging in the Unique University classroom inside the store. The show will be up through the end of October, 2011. This show is planned to be an annual event at Unique.
I asked Mike Zawadzki why they decided to have a show of employee photographs. “When you go to a camera store it’s nice to know that the employees are also photographers… So it really shows that everyone here is still a working photographer or a photography student,” he said.
Mike also spoke about the excellent reproduction of black and white prints on ILFORD GALERIE Smooth Pearl and the great quality that this paper produces. “It’s very hard to get good quality black and white inkjet prints. A lot of us here are used to printing in a darkroom… The ILFORD paper has a really nice quality for black and white and the color ones look great too!”
Have a listen to the short audio interview we recorded with show curator Mike Zawadzki of Unique Photo. Click on the audio play icon below and be sure to adjust the audio on the right side of the bar.
Unique Photo is a camera and video retailer located in Fairfield, NJ. The employee photo show on ILFORD GALERIE Smooth Pearl inkjet paper will be up through the end of this month.
We would really enjoy hearing your experience with ILFORD GALERIE Smooth Pearl. Please leave a comment here. Who knows? Maybe you’ll be featured on the ILFORD blog!
ILFORD is pleased to announce our sponsorship of a wonderful event during Photo Plus Expo in NYC October 27 and 28, 2011. You are invited to join Leica Camera along with sponsors ILFORD, X-Rite, Profoto, foto care, and ASMP for this two day event featuring the Leica S-System. Gain hands on experience with Leica’s medium-format solution: the S2 and S-Series lenses.
Professional photographer EJ Camp will be displaying portraits and seascapes on ILFORD GALERIE inkjet paper. Complimentary photographic prints will be made as part of the “hands on” experience on ILFORD GALERIE Smooth Pearl inkjet paper.
The event will be held at Sun West Studios, 450 W. 31st St, 10th Floor, NY, NY. Below is a schedule of events.
Come on by and enjoy beautiful photographs by EJ Camp on ILFORD GALERIE inkjet papers. Check out her work at ejcamp.com and ejcampphoto.com. Learn about color management solutions from X-Rite, see a live shoot, hear Leica Product Managers, and have an opportunity to shoot for yourself.