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052813-imgMake Custom Paper Profiles Your Best Friend!

View the archive of ILFORD webinar: Make Custom Paper Profiles Your Best Friend! hosted by Joe Brady. This is another in our series of webinars on fine art printing. Learn more about ILFORD GALERIE Prestige fine art papers at

Do your prints have the same drama, color and beauty as the image you see on your monitor? If not, you need to spend some time with us  in this new ILFORD webinar learning about how to create and use custom paper profiles! Sponsored by ILFORD, learn about the tools and techniques to make your prints the best they can be. (more…)

TECCO’s Markus Frings Discusses Alliance with ILFORD

Guest post by Markus Frings, Joint Managing Director

Screen Shot 2013-04-19 at 11.26.31 AMHere at TECCO we have been providing state-of-the-art supplies for the relevant printing and duplicating technologies for more than 30 years. We’ve won numerous accolades for our products and service, but recently we were paid the ultimate compliment when ILFORD approached us about joining forces in a strategic partnership.

Our entire TECCO team is focused on providing our customers with the highest level of service to match our top-quality media. Through our initial discussions I was excited to find this vision was shared by Paul Willems, the CEO of ILFORD Group AG. This mutual vision for our businesses is what really drove our decision to form this alliance with ILFORD.

Ultimately, we’ve strengthened our business with access to one of the most advanced research and development capabilities in our industry as well as a state-of-the-art manufacturing plant. The more we talked about combining these attributes with the TECCO best-in-class customer service model and converting facilities, the more we knew that these synergies could create a powerful business model in the market.

Beyond the dovetailing of our capabilities, one aspect of the planned partnership that really drove this decision to join up under the ILFORD Group AG umbrella was the unique opportunity to partner with ILFORD while maintaining our autonomy. We’ve spent more than 30 years building a loyal customer base and an established brand, so maintaining the TECCO presence was important.  As we move forward in this partnership towards our aligned business goals, I’m confident that both ILFORD and TECCO customers will see a noticeably strengthened product portfolio, and will feel the affects our bolstered customer service and distribution capabilities.

To read the press release on the alliance CLICK HERE.

ILFORD at Photokina | Imaging Without Boundaries miR Grabe

ILFORD at Photokina miR GrabeILFORD presented Imaging Without Boundaries at Photokina 2012. The exhibit featured artists and organizations giving them the opportunity to demonstrate techniques that challenge the boundaries of photography and image making. Each participant had their own stand or booth area. I visited some of them while there in September. The exhibit was a collaboration between ILFORD and Susanna Kraus and the IMAGO 1:1, the largest walk in camera in the world. (more…)

September ILFORD Website Competition Winner

ILFORD Website Competition Winner SeptemberThe winner has been chosen for September in the ILFORD Monthly Flickr Competition.  Swiss photographer Robert Beer gives us a paradoxical image that makes us want to look more closely at the photo. Visit Robert Beer’s Flickr page to see more of his photography. Look for an interview with him later this month.

The “highly commended” images include this one by Victoria Hillman of UK.  This amazing super sharp portrait dissolves into abstract greens that hold your eye and let us admire the beauty of the tiniest creatures.  Victoria enjoys photographing more than just insects.  Visit her website CLICK HERE for other galleries of photos. (more…)

August Winner in Monthly ILFORD Website Competition

The winner in August’s ILFORD Website Competition is a nature photograph of something from the other side of the world… literally!  The beautiful shot of Trigg Beach, in Trigg, Western Australia was submitted by Cindy Buchan. “It was the first time I had visited that beach,” Cindy said, “and actually we only arrived just before sunset! I love going to the beach and shooting sunsets, the sky has so so many faces, and rarely are two even slightly close.”

ILFORD Website Winner Cindy Buchan

©2012 Cindy Buchan


Bill Coulson | Winner in ILFORD Monthly Website Competition

This month’s winning photograph in the ILFORD Monthly Website Competition is flled with a pallette of blue, yellow, green, black, and white.  The beautiful shot of a lone tree against the sky by Bill Coulson is featured at for the month of June. The photograph was shot at a place called Seaton Sluice in Northumberland, UK. “I was first attracted to it by the lone tree in front of the oilseed rape field,” said Bill Coulson who characterizes himself as a “good amatuer photographer.” The yellow flowering rape seed plants are grown for animal food, as well as to produce vegetable oil and biodiesel fuel.

ILFORD Monthly Website Competition

© 2012 Bill Coulson

Bill shot this particular field on numerous occasions before capturing the stark yellow, green, and black striation in this image. The sky was added in Photoshop to complete the primary color palette and provide the dramatic backdrop for the shot.

©2012 Bill Coulson

We asked Bill about his workflow and color management in his digital work. “I do shoot in raw and process all files in Adobe Camera Raw. Any other work is done in Adobe Photoshop CS5. My colour management consists only of profiling the monitor using an X-Rite i1 device. I have been taking photographs now for over forty years and started with film,” says Bill. “I currently shoot using a Nikon D3 and a number of pro lenses. I have always been a devotee of Nikon.” We noticed Bill has an interesting sense of composition and an unusual eye for subjects on his website “I just tend to be lucky,” he says modestly, “and often break what is commonly referred to as composition rules. I am 63 and have recently retired, having been an engineer.”

©2012 Bill Coulson

Bill’s interesting composition and keen eye seem like anything but luck. A short visit to Bill’s website shows a diverse collection if images and an amazing use of color and texture. We hope you will take some time to enjoy his artistic eye by visiting the site.

Congratulations again Bill. Thank you for your winning entry in this month’s website competition.

©2012 OM1n

Each month there are additional images that are featured as noteworthy from the entries submitted for the month. Visit and click on the banner with Bill’s photo or scroll down and click on Photography Competition. We also congratulate those photographers whose images were chosen for mention this month.  Be sure to have a look!

©2012 Antonio Martin Marin

You could have your photo featured at next month if you’re the winner of June’s competition. All the details are there on the Photography Competition page.  Just enter your photo and you might be featured here next month.  You can’t win if you don’t enter so get your photo in today.

Thanks to all who have entered and congratulations to our three monthly winners so far. You can read more about the photographers who have won right here on the ILFORD blog: Michael Bocchierie featured in May and Nicola Tonolini featured in April.

Keep up with the latest from ILFORD by following @ILFORDImaging on Twitter and ILFORD Imaging on Facebook. Step up from the ordinary with professional inkjet media for professional photographers from ILFORD.


Visit ILFORD at WPPI and Follow ILFORD to WIN!

ILFORD WPPI GiveawayWe’re getting totally psyched up for WPPI starting Monday, February 20, 2012 in Las Vegas.  ILFORD Imaging will be on the trade show floor at the ILFORD booth.  If you’re attending WPPI come on over and visit us at booth 621. We will be making prints on the new Canon PIXMA Pro-1 printer on our new addition ILFORD GALERIE Smooth High Gloss Media. This will be your first opportunity to see this new paper surface.

Brenda Hipsher (yours truly) will be there along with Product Manager Josh Fischer along with other folks from ILFORD to meet and greet you.  We have a limited number of sample packs available for those who come by and enter our “Follow ILFORD to WIN!” contest**. You could win over $120 worth of ILFORD GALERIE inkjet papers.

It’s very simple. There are two ways to enter OR enter both ways to double your chance to win!  Here’s all you have to do:

“Like” ILFORD Imaging on Facebook and “Share” one of our Facebook postings about WPPI and the contest


“Follow” us @ilfordimaging on Twitter and retweet this EXACT phrase. (copy and paste it into your Twitter feed) ->

Visit @ilfordimaging at WPPI booth 621 to enter “Follow ILFORD and Win!” #stepupfromtheordinary

You will also want to visit Sony Electronics at booth 421 where live photo shoots will be in progress during the ILFORD at WPPI 2012show featuring Matthew Jordan Smith, Me Ra Koh, and Brian Smith.  ILFORD GALERIE Smooth Pearl inkjet paper will be used to print images from the live shoot.  These images will be displayed throughout the show giving you an opportunity to see these images “up close and personal.”

We’re looking forward to meeting you at WPPI and looking forward to having you “Like” us on Facebook and “Follow” us on Twitter so you’ll be entered in the “Follow ILFORD and WIN!” giveaway. If you’re not attending WPPI you can still enter the giveaway. Just follow the instuctions above. Step up from the ordinary with ILFORD GALERIE inkjet papers for photographers.

*The winner must provide a US shipping address in order to claim the prize package.The contest ends at the close of the trade  show at WPPI in Las Vegas.  Winner will be announced on Tuesday, February, 28, 2012 right here on the ILFORD blog.

Prize package consists of the following:

10 Sheet Pack 8.5×11 of GALERIE Gold Fibre Silk     List $19.28
25 Sheet Pack 8.5×11 of GALERIE Smooth Pearl      List $20.52
25 Sheet Pack 8.5×11 of GALERIE Smooth Gloss     List $20.52
25 Sheet Pack 8.5×11 of GALERIE Smooth Luster Duo    List $23.59
50 Sheet Pack 8.5×11 of GALERIE Smooth Heavyweight Matte     List $16.97
10 Sheet Pack 8.5×11 of GALERIE Smooth Fine Art     List $21.26

**You must visit us in person at WPPI to claim your sample pack. One sample pack per studio or household please.

Happy Holidays from ILFORD and a Gift for YOU!

Through December 31, 2011 receive 20% off on all your purchases of ILFORD GALERIE inkjet papers. Give yourself and your business a gift for the coming business year in 2012.  Step Up from the Ordinary with ILFORD GALERIE professional inkjet papers that will show your beautiful images off in style.

This offer good in the US only and rebate requests must be postmarked by January 15, 2012.  CLICK HERE and see DOWNLOAD COUPON at the bottom of the page for more details. Be sure to check out the new video by Josh Fischer on ILFORD GALERIE Gold Fibre Silk and see the link to our blog on Eric Meola and why he uses ILFORD GALERIE Gold Fibre Silk exclusively.

We count it a privilege to have had the opportunity to make a start with the ILFORD blog this year.  We want to give you content that is relevant and interesting. Please take a moment to let us know what kinds of articles and information you would like to read here in the coming year. Our goal is to be of service to you.

Our very best wishes for a safe and enjoyable holiday season and a very happy and prosperous New Year from your friends at ILFORD.


Inside Photo Plus Expo with ILFORD Imaging

ILFORD at Photo Plus Expo

Here's a shot of the booth after the show closed

We’re in New York City participating in Photo Plus Expo. We’ve had a lot of folks stop by booth 1036 on Thursday, October 27.  There’s lot’s of excitement about ILFORD GALERIE at the show.  Come by and visit!

ILFORD at Lieca for Photo Plus ExpoILFORD Imaging is also sponsoring a Leica event at Sun West Studios.  Presentations and a live photo shoot are part of the event. We’re making prints and having a great time there.  The event continues on Friday, October 28 from 12:30pm-6:00pm so be sure to stop in and get in on the action. This event is also sponsored by X-Rite, Profoto, foto care, and ASMP.

EJ Camp on ILFORDBeautiful large prints on ILFORD GALERIE inkjet paper by EJ Camp are on display at SunWest as well.  The large photographs are just amazing. Larger than life size portraits and other subject matter get you up close and personal with ILFORD GALERIE inkjet papers.  Each photograph is identified so you can see exactly which ILFORD GALERIE paper was used.

Don’t miss the fun if you’re in the New York area.  Come visit ILFORD Imaging at Photo Plus Expo.  The Leica event continues through Friday, October 28, 2011.  And Photo Plus Expo exhibit area is open Friday, October 28 from 10:00am to 5:00pm and on Saturday, October 29 from 9:00am to 4:00pm. We hope to see you there!

Step up from the ordinary with ILFORD GALERIE inkjet paper. Remember to keep reading the blog and follow us @ilfordimaging on Twitter and “Like” us on Facebook at ILFORD Imaging. We’re doing two drawings during Photo Plus Expo so be sure to follow us and “Like” us for an opportunity to win!


ILFORD GALERIE Prints in Unique Photo Show

ILFORD GALERIE at Unique PhotoUnique 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.

ILFORD GALERIE at Unique PhotoThe 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.

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ILFORD GALERIE at Unique Photo

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!

Step up from the ordinary with ILFORD GALERIE inkjet media. Be sure to follow ILFORD Imaging on Facebook and @ilfordimaging on Twitter.

We’ll see you in NYC at Photo Plus Expo in booth 1036, October 27-29, 2011.