I create my studio prints using an iMac, Photoshop®, an Epson 11000XL scanner, and an Epson SC-P900 photo printer. I print only with Epson archival inks and papers.
Some photographs require more post-production work (in Photoshop) than others. I shot this lovely red fox on a blustery winter day in Maine. His expressive ears were all over the place as he listened to the sounds of the island, and in the end it was easy to choose the image I wanted to print.
Opening the image in Photoshop, I made adjustments in Camera Raw Filter, brightening it up and bringing out the gorgeous details in the fur. Then I cleaned up the broken pine needles on the snow and exaggerated the bit of snow on the nose. I have lots of fox photos, so I copied a bright eye from one of them and "painted" it over the squinting-against-the-wind eye of this shot. I cropped the photo and added some lively watercolor splashes, and "Remnants of Autumn" was ready to print.
Creating "Demure Fox" was a little more complicated.
The fox image was sweet - I loved her pose and expression, and the little yellow flowers. But I wanted the landscape to be less "backyard"; more wild and abstract.
I erased the "backyard", from her eyes upward, and replaced that area with an image I took while traveling on the bus from Bangor, Maine, to Boston.
(I love shooting passing scenery from buses and trains, using either my DSLR or iPhone.)
To add some texture and color, I looked through my box of CitraSolv papers and found a couple I thought might work. I scanned them, layered them on top of the fox/trees images, then erased the areas over the fox to maintain the lovely details of her face and fur.
(Learn how to create CitraSolv papers using National Geographic magazines here.)
Now I had four "layers" of images in Photoshop, like three panes of glass stacked over my fox photo. I made some adjustments to the opacity of the top layers until I was happy with the results.
Studio prints are available at Handworks Gallery, mounted on cradled wood panels with archival fixatives, and sealed with cold wax for protection from the elements.