I prefer to travel light -- very light! Most of my work was accomplished with a terrific Nikon Coolpix 5700 digital camera with a 35-280 optical zoom (1 lb), a sturdy Bogen Manfrotto 724B "digi" tripod (3 lbs), and a really handy Giotto Ball-Pod mini tripod (3oz). (My camera has been phased out by the manufacturer, but new, more powerful versions are available.) Add-ons include a set of four filters and a bubble-level. That's it! I chose my equipment based on weight, ergonomic design, and ease of use, (for the camera and tripods) as well as features and price (for all equipment). While my equipment is not the most sophisticated on the market by any means, it does a fine job, and I am very pleased with everything I have purchased. By simplifying my "kit" and keeping weight to a minimum I am able to concentrate on my photography and not on my comfort.
In my digital darkroom I have a Dell computer running Windows XP Professional, a rotating ViewSonic monitor, an Epson Perfection 4870 scanner, and a Canon i9900 inkjet printer. (On request I will use a professional lab for Light-Jet or other special printing, but I really prefer to print all my own photographs because I like to maintain control of the creative process.) I open my digital images first in Nikon View (browser), then, usually, in Photoshop Elements 3, but, sometimes, in Nikon Editor or PhotoStudio. I often make final adjustments in Nikon Editor and print from there. I really enjoy using image editing programs for their creative potential, but they are also a necessary part of the digital capture process as almost every photograph needs re-sharpening after it is transferred from the camera, and many also need color correction.
Photographs are ephemeral works of art that begin to fade upon being exposed to light. However, with good care they can last for many years. The fine, dye-based ink used in these photographs is rated by Canon for a lifespan of about 25-30 years on the high quality Canon photographic paper used. To prolong the life of the artwork we recommend that you frame it immediately behind glass or acrylic, preferably UV-type, and hang it on an interior wall out of direct sunlight, as you would a fine painting. It may also be stored in an acid and lignin-free box or archival album.
Upon request and for an additional charge, many photographs on this site are available printed with pigment inks (sometimes called "archival" inks) for which the manufacturer claims a lifespan of 75+ years. Please be aware, however, that the colors of the artwork may be somewhat altered due to the nature of the ink and the different photographic paper required. For the collector, LightJet printing on Fuji Crystal Archive paper is recommended. Color LightJet prints are an option, of course, but many of our images will also print well in black and white. Please contact us to discuss your printing needs.