Everything You Always Wanted to Ask about Printmaking

I’m often asked about high-end printmaking, and I thought, who better to answer these questions for my extended photographic community than a topflight bespoke printer for fine art photographers and other artists. Hence this conversation with Rob Reiter of The Lightroom the morning of Saturday February 11, 2017. Please see the description below. Seating is limited, there’s a nominal ($10.00) admission charge, and preregistration is required.

Mastering Fine Art Inkjet Printing: A Discussion with Rob Reiter

Harold Davis will introduce master printer Rob Reiter of The Lightroom (see Rob’s bio below). Rob will lead an informal discussion of printers, printing, papers, and the digital workflow that includes printmaking. There will be ample time for Q&A. Following the Meetup, some of us will amble next door for a leisurely brunch at the Tomate Cafe.

Ever wonder what the difference is between the printers? What papers should you use? How do you best “match” an image to a paper? How can you work with a professional printer for best results? What kinds of choices are there? If these issues interest you, consider joining us for this free-wheeling session.

What: Guided discussion of fine art digital print making, with time to get all your questions answered.

Where: The Lightroom, 2263 5th Street, Berkeley, CA 94710

When: Saturday February 11, 2017 at 10:30AM

Admission: Meetup limited to 40 attendees. Admission contribution is $10 by advance reservation. No walk-ins please! Click here to register. Please click the link to register, make sure you are logged into Meetup, then RSVP YES on Meetup. You can pay the $10 admission using Paypal or a credit card.

Why I chose Rob to lead this session at The Lightroom: I’ll let Rob speak for himself. Rob puts it this way:

In 1975 I began my business offering custom Cibachrome prints from transparencies. Over the years I progressed from using a friend’s borrowed basement darkroom, through several live-work studios, to a Berkeley storefront in 1993. After 20 years of custom darkroom work and 10 years of exploring early digital imaging technologies, in the mid-90s The Lightroom became the first photo lab in the San Francisco Bay area to offer fine art quality inkjet printing of digital files. Since this was before the advent of good digital cameras, this meant offering film scanning and file prep services, too.

In 2006, as demand for darkroom printing waned, my current studio space became available and I closed down the Cibachrome business after more than 30 years and re-opened here. Now I have a gallery to showcase client’s work and my services as a well as a large production space for printing, scanning, and workshops.

One of the attractions I had to inkjet printing was the variety of papers available, from glossy or luster photo style to matte “fine art” papers, bright white, natural white, smooth, textured-I stock almost 20 different papers of these traditional kinds, as well as more exotic offerings such as hand made Japanese paper with deckled edges, clear film, fabrics…and more.

Whether you shoot film, digital cameras or are an artist looking to get your paintings or drawings faithfully reproduced, this is the golden age of printing. Whatever your vision is, I’m here to help you get it down on paper.

Click here to register.

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