Article by: Scott Wyden Kivowitz
SESP is a fun way of explaining the process of shooting, editing, sizing your photographs and printing them.
In this article I’m going to talk about how I go about SESP for printing at ProDPI. You will notice that there is one specific software that is the most important one for the task. Yes, you heard me – software that is essential to printing large prints.
For me the SESP process all starts with the camera. I always try to get my framing and exposure in camera. However, that’s not always possible and sometimes cropping is necessary, or bracketing and merging to a HDR much be done. No matter what, my photographs are dumped into my Adobe Lightroom library and then backed up before touching them. My main library drive is a Drobo S and then I have 2 G-Technology RAID backups and Backblaze which is my cloud backup.
Once my photographs are backed up I begin processing them. As mentioned, I use Adobe Lightroom for my library and it also acts as my main post processing tool. For 90% of my post processing I am inside of Lightroom. I will go through and make the bulk of my touchups like contrast, clarity, exposure, spot removal and more.
When I run out of Lightroom tools that can be used for the one photo I move into whatever other software is needed like Nik Software, MacPhun Software, Topaz Labs or onOne Software. They are all fantastic and have their strengths.
There is one software that is a must use, as mentioned previously, and that is onOne Software’s Perfect Resize. The reason for this has to do with the print part of SESP. If you haven’t heard of Perfect Resize, it is onOne Software’s amazing software that was created off of their Genuine Fractals algorithm that has been used my professional photograpers for years. In Perfect Resize, you can specific the size of the print, potential borders, finishes and more. When processed, the software will will recreate pixels for the maximum resolution which makes for the best possible print. So whether you are printing for a flat print, a framed print, canvas wrap or other, Perfect Resize is a must. That is, of course, if you are enlarging your photograph. There is no need to use the software if you aren’t expanding pixels. It’s also worth noting that if printing to canvas, Perfect Resize can handle edges, making them mirrored and more. So instead of letting the lab decide, take a creative step towards print perfection.
I decided to also record a quick video showing this SESP process and preparing the photograph for printing on a ProDPI canvas. Take a look:
A bonus video from onOne Software’s Perfect Resize can be viewed on their YouTube page.
As you can see, the SESP process is completely in the creative mind of the photographer. I want to encourage you to process and print more photographs this year. Make the best of it, hang your work, share your work, and have fun doing it.
Thanks for reading,