Anyone who is a photographer knows there is a lot more to photography than taking pictures.
From preparation to editing to marketing to the ever evolving world of social media, the life of a photographer is varied and complex. And so that is why I am grateful to those who assist and support me on this complex yet exciting journey as a Travel Photographer.
I shoot and edit all of my own work, however the printing of my Fine Art prints is outsourced to whom I refer to as the best printing studio on the planet!
RightBrain is a cool, unique and Hahnemühle certified Fine Art printing studio based in Cork City, owned and run by Tony O’Brien whom I have had the pleasure of working with for many years. Tony’s high end and highly professional printing process’s enables my work to come to life in a way that is just not possible with ‘run of the mill’ printing/papers.
Tony handles my prints with great care and his attention to detail is second to none. As well as creating excellent quality prints Tony is open and generous with his time and his knowledge of printing, photography and Fine Art.
If you are looking for prints of the highest quality, you will not be disappointed with the finished product and the outstanding customer service that RightBrain offers.
Man in Prayer – Bhutan – Printed on Hahnemühle Photo Rag 308 paper that allows colours to come to life and pop off the paper without oversaturation
There are many types of papers to choose from, a full list can be seen on the RightBrain website here – Fine Art paper
All the different type of papers achieve a different look, finish and feel to the Fine Art prints they create, Tony is always on hand to give the best advice for the type of Fine Art to match your style of photography.
On excellent advice from Tony, I use 2 types of paper, one is Hahnemühle Photo Rag Baryta 315. The gloss finish achieved with this paper will be familiar to the viewer as the glossy finish is similar to regular photographic prints. However the difference is in the depth of colour, the richness of the whites and creams and the almost 3D like quality of the subjects coming to life on this luxurious paper.
Tony’s description of this paper on his website completely sums it up
‘Hahnemühle Photo Rag Baryta 315 – the best quality baryta on the market today. The surface shows fibre from the cotton beneath, the white is beautifully warm. A paper with incredible character and depth’.
This black and white Cuban street scene is particularly suited to the gloss finish and enriched creams/whites of Hahnemühle Photo Rag Baryta 315
The other paper I use is a matte finish – Hahnemühle Photo Rag 308, this gives more of a print look to my images, meaning depending how you look at them, they can look like drawings, paintings or photographs. Beauty, with this paper, is truly in the eye of the beholder.
The feel of this paper is exquisite, it is a heavy cotton like feel, holding it you know high quality is in your hands.
Again Tony’s description of this paper on his website is spot on,
‘Hahnemühle Photo Rag 308 – a heavy weight variant of the classic velvety smooth clean white matte paper. Suitable for photography and art reproduction. Great for pinning, portfolios etc’.
This Vietnamese street scene is particularly suited to the matte surface of Hahnemühle Photo Rag 308
As a Digigraphie certified printing studio, RightBrain provides Digigraphie certified Limited Editions of Fine Art prints.
You decide the size of the print, the paper to be used and the number of Limited Editions required and Tony will print these one by one as required certifying each Limited Edition print with a Digigraphie certificate and a Digigraphie embossment on the print itself.
See information below taken from RightBrain’s website
‘At RightBrain we are authorised to produce Digigraphie prints which are certified as being printed to the very highest standards with rigorous 3rd party auditing of the colour management aspect to ensure quality and consistency. Digigraphie prints can be produced on a range of approved materials called ‘Signature Worthy Papers’. A signed and stamped Digigraphie Certificate is issued with each print and the border of the print is embossed with our official Digigraphie cold press stamp. You also have the opportunity to register your print and place an image on the Digigraphie website for others to see. We are the only lab in Ireland certified by Epson to produce Digigraphie prints.’
Signing my very first Digigraphie certified Limited Edition
I currently have 2 Digigraphie Limited Edition prints available to view and purchase on my website – Limited Editions.
My first Limited Edition – Cuban Dancer – was shot in Cuba while attending a 2 week Travel Photography workshop with Travel Photographer Of The Year winner Lorne Resnick
My second Limited Edition – Bhutanese Candles – was shot in a monastery in Paro in the Land of Gross National Happiness – the spiritual Kingdom of Bhutan.
These Limited editions can also be seen on the Epson Digigraphie website
My Digigraphie Limited Editions – Cuban Dancer and Bhutanese candles
RightBrain has printed all of the images used for all of my Travel Photography Exhibitions, the quality of these prints is just exquisite
There you go, a brief summary of where to get the best Fine Art Prints on the planet!
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