Quick tip for becoming a better printer using nothing more than a sharpie

Written by Daniel Gregory

August 25, 2020

One of my favorite ways to work on printing is to make a quick draft image and then hang that on the wall. Stand back and think about all the things that you want to change in the image. Then grab a sharpie pen and draw on the print all the things that you want to do to make it better. Increase satiation in an area. Decrease overall exposure. It doesn’t matter. You just want to write it down. Also guess at how much of an adjustment you will want to make, plus 20 in clarity or -1.5 exposure. When you learn to accurately assess the print, you will be more successful editing in the future because you are teaching yourself to see how to translate the image in your mind, to the screen and finally to the print. I did a quick 3 1/2 minute video to show you my approach. Hope it helps.

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