Elia Locardi is an internationally recognized professional travel and destination photographer, writer, public speaker and educator who spends his life seeking out and capturing some of the most beautiful and inspirational locations in the world.
It’s a beautiful clear night – the stars are dazzling the sky, the Moon hangs proudly above and Jupiter can even be glimpsed, millions of miles away in space. A majestic roof, fretted with golden fire; it’s the type of scene you’d want to remember forever. Capturing the wonder of the night sky on camera is easier than you think. Some of the most stunning astronomy photos have been taken by amateurs. So how do you go about taking a beautiful photo of space?
Printing your images is difficult, and getting them to look good as large-format, gallery-ready prints is even harder. Explaining to a printer how you want the prints to look takes a specialized vocabulary. There’s also the technical challenge of preparing digital files. We recently asked Shamus Clisset of Laumont Photographics, the printing and finishing lab in New York City, for his advice on how photographers can work with their printers to get the exhibition-quality prints they want. Clisset has been a printer for eight years, six of them with Laumont, and he has made digital C-prints for exhibitions by Pieter Hugo, Alessandra Sanguinetti and others. He has collaborated with photographer Joel Sternfeld for several years. He recently made the prints for an exhibition of work by the late Tim Hetherington which was shown at the Yossi Milo Gallery in New York earlier this year. A former painter, he learned Adobe Photoshop in the mid-Nineties when he began making digital art.