9. From Capture to Monitor to Print

Once you’ve photographed and optimized your image, the moment of truth arrives. It’s time to put ink onto paper to produce a print. For many photographers, the look and feel of the final print is in their mind’s eye as they press the shutter release button, and the final print completes the experience of the image. If it isn’t just right, the photographer won’t be happy and won’t be enthusiastic about sharing the image with others. What defines that perfect print? If you’ve optimized the image, a perfect print matches what you see on your monitor and conveys what you envisioned when you took the picture.

Many photographers get frustrated when they can’t produce prints that match the image on their monitor. ...

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