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Digital Versus Film

Jamie Turner's Photography Preference

Part 2 of 3

By Gretchen A. Peck

This is the second in a three-part series profiling successful photographers utilizing large format printers to bring their art to life on a grand scale.

Much of Jamie Turner’s young life was preoccupied by photography. He dabbled in it as an adolescent, and cut his teeth in a high school darkroom. He later went on to study the art form in college, and to work at a one-hour film developing spot and a full-fledged photo lab, before taking the plunge into professional photography.

Weddings, special occasions, and portraiture comprise most of his work today. With his twin brother, Jason Turner, and friend Travis Pratt, Turner established Turner Photography in Frederick, MD.

Turner focuses exclusively on digital photography—using EOS Camera Systems from Canon U.S.A., Inc.—and estimates he hasn’t shot film in more than seven years. Gone are the days when photographers and buyers were wary of digital image capture.

"Most customers don’t know or ask whether we use digital cameras. Still, I always try to be up front with them, and explain why I prefer digital. You can do so much with a digital image; in the past it was incredibly hard to achieve such things in a darkroom," acknowledges Turner.

For photo editing and retouching, Turner relies on Photoshop and Photoshop Lightroom from Adobe Systems Incorporated, and utilizes three Epson printers for small format output.

In addition to image quality, Turner’s customers are highly concerned with longevity and durability. "I reassure them about the end product, about what the printers, inks, and paper are capable of," he states. "I don’t think there’s an inkjet out there—on a professional level—that does not produce a print that lasts 100 or more years. It’s not like the print of yesterday that yellowed or faded in three years. As long as the print is protected, and kept out of the sunlight, it will become an heirloom passed down through generations."

Read more about Jamie Turner and view a selection of his work in the February issue of Digital Output.

Click here to read Part 1 of this exclusive online series, Teaching an Art.

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Jan2010, Digital Output

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