Monday, August 4, 2014

Planning a Kitchener Waterloo Wedding?


Michael Messner of Artistic Photography has been covering Weddings in the Kitchener Waterloo Area for Decades!

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Kitchen Sink

Great Fun making a Composite Photograph
The Bubbles were the hardest to get
Shampoo in the Kitchen Sink

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Michaels Photography Kitchener

We have posted a new web page at
lots of new content of interest to people
 in the Kitchener Waterloo Area.
Pets with Their People

Adequately Sized Wall Prints

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Kitchener Waterloo Guelph Cambridge as well as The Greater Toronto Area

Wedding Photography Kitchener Waterloo as well as The Greater Toronto Area

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Archival Quality

I have been involved in Professional Photography since the sixties. I started out hand developing film and making contact prints in trays when I was in grade school. My first Color Prints were Agfacolor, I made them by hand in trays, I can't even remember how many different chemicals, and trays were required. Back then Archiving was simple, you filed the negatives in glassine sleeves, put the prints in a frame, or album, and that was that!

Fast forward to Digital Photography, a real game changer. How long will my prints last? How do I save my files? How do I frame my prints? What does Archival mean?

To ensure the survival of a Digital Print you must first use quality pigmented ink on an Archival media, the finished image must be properly dried, mounted matted and framed under glass, an Acid Free matt will keep the print from touching the glass and sticking should humidity and temperature change become an issue.

This process is labor intensive and expensive, is it worth while?

First of all you must have an image that is worthy of the expense and effort! I have some samples of what I consider worthwhile images on my web page at I use Speedotron Studio Lights in my studio. My Cameras are by Olympus the E Series, my light meters, incident and spot are by Minolta . To obtain the best color from my camera's sensor I use a color profiling system from X-Rite, their web site is .

The absolute best Image Editing Software I have ever found is from Adobe their Creative Suite . I use a Spyder from DataColor to profile my monitor, and their printer profiling system as well, .

My personal Printer Preference is the Epson Pro Series of wide format printers, I also use their Ultrachrome Inkset and Archival Media. The Wilhelm Institute publishes the projected lifetime of many ink and paper combinations their site is at .

When it comes time to matt mount and frame your prints a visit to the ArtCare website will show you what materials to use .

These days a lot of operators are advertising "Shoot to Burn", they will provide you with a disk, or flash card of images and expect you to do the printing and archiving on your own. They are not at all invested in the final product its quality of life expectancy, it is perhaps less expensive upfront, but in the long run.. Quality Photographs are the longest lasting purchase that you are likely to ever make! It is indeed expensive to be a Photographer, and to do quality work. The Cost of Doing Business Calculator at will give you some idea of the costs involved.

Michael Messner