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A Picture Perfect Collaboration

What happens when two organizations that value learning, sharing, & creativity work together? You get innovative ideas and beautiful results. This is what happened for the Rehoboth Art League (RAL) and the Coastal Camera Club (CCC) whose collaboration has resulted in an…..

……..Innovative Open Print Studio!

CCC members & Print Studio monitors John Roecker and Leslie Sinclair have been working hard to get the Studio ready for the opening.

CCC members & print studio monitors John Roecker and Leslie Sinclair have been working hard to get the Studio ready for the opening. Here they are with the BIG printer!

Both seasoned and budding photographers will be happy to hear that as of Tuesday, May 12th 2015, the Studio will be open to members of both organizations to use and enjoy. The Studio is located at the new RAL Art Studios on Route 9 and includes a large, state of the art printer, as well as large monitors for viewing soft proofs – all managed by the CCC. Members of the CCC have been trained to serve as “monitors” to assist Studio users with the equipment. Eventually the Studio will include several iMac computers and desktop printers (to be managed by the RAL) for photography classes, and for individuals who need to do more in-depth photo editing before printing.

So what are some of the BENEFITS of having a local Open Print Studio?

CCC member and print studio monitor Dick Snyder said the best part of having a local print studio is the ability to see your print right away. Instead of waiting a week to receive your prints in the mail, you get instant gratification. And if changes are needed, it won’t require another week before getting the final result. “Printing is another part of the artistic process. It is good to have control,” said Snyder.

John Roecker, CCC member and print studio monitor, is self-taught in the printing process and has taught classes on the topic for the CCC. Roecker noted that an important benefit of the Studio is also one of the hallmarks of the CCC ~ Learning and Sharing.

Roecker and Sinclair at monitorRoecker said a lot of sharing of knowledge and experience occurred between CCC members who were trained as monitors, and he expects the trend to continue as RAL members begin to use the Studio.

Roecker said the Studio will be a source of local, high-quality printing, offered at a competitive price to other local or online services. He believes photographers who usually print their work at home and decide to use the Studio will see a vast improvement in print quality.

Roecker and Leslie Sinclair, CCC member and print studio monitor, both agreed that the biggest challenge has been getting used to the printer and how to finesse it. But fear not photographers, the CCC monitors have been working out the kinks and are prepared with a detailed manual to help you through the process. The 115 lb printer has 11 cartridges, including multiple shades of black, for truer colors. The printer can print up to 17 inches in width. And…. best of all, the prints are gorgeous!

A Few of the Details:

* The Studio fee is $1 per half-hour.
* Print costs vary by paper type and size:
Ultra Premium Photo Paper Luster – 8.5″ x 11″ – $3.00
Exhibition Fiber Paper – 8.5″ x 11″ – $4.00
Cold Press Natural – 8.5″ x 11′ – $4.00
Ultra Premium Photo Paper Luster – 11.7″ x 16.5″ – $5.00
Ultra Premium Photo Paper Luster – 17″ x 22″ – $8.00
Exhibition Fiber Paper – 17″ x 22″ – $10.00
Cold Press Natural – 17″ x 22″ – $11.00
* The Studio is open to members of both the RAL and the CCC. Members can sign up for a block of time at the Studio.
* Major Photo Editing should be done prior to coming to the Studio. Minor tweaks can be accommodated.* Studio Hours:  From May 12 – September 30: Tuesdays from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. In the summer, Saturday hours will be added.

Pictured in the featured image photo on the home page are (l to r): John Roecker and Sam Markmam, print studio monitors; Linda Rosenbluth, Coastal Camera Club member with her print; and Bill Wentzel, print studio monitor. 

 

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