January 20th, 2013 by admin

Professional Photographers of America magazine has published a review of the Booksmart Fine Art Metal’s.

Professional Photographers of America magazine has published a review of the Booksmart Fine Art Metal’s.

To the the full article online visit the link here.

Below see the text excerpt only.

Booksmart Studio Metal Media Adds Shine, Depth, and Unconventionality

By Stan Sholik

As photographers strive to set themselves apart from their competition, many find offering a unique look to their clients for their prints is a brand-enhancing way to stand out. Booksmart Studio is providing just such an option with inkjet printable aluminum. Photographers with a compatible inkjet printer can create samples, portfolio pieces, and final prints for clients as easily as they create inkjet prints on common media. The look is unique, often three dimensional, and is sure to set your work apart from your competitors.

The five available surfaces of inkjet printable media are, left to right, Satin White, Matte Silver, Satin Silver, Brushed Silver, and Satin Gold.

Five different surfaces are available for the fine art media aluminum sheets that are coated to accept most dye and pigment inks. Satin White has the look of smooth luster paper and is best for images with high detail and saturated colors. Satin Silver has a very fine grain structure that also lends itself to detailed images, and the surface reflects light back through the image making it almost three dimensional when viewed from certain angles.

The Satin White media has the look of smooth luster paper with
high sharpness and saturation. I muted the saturation somewhat
when making this print.

The surface of Satin Gold media is similar in reflectance to Satin Silver, but has an appearance somewhere between brass and 24k gold. This tends to mute saturated colors, and I found it perfect for a bridal portrait where softness is a virtue. Booksmart’s Matte Silver media also provides a muted look, but without the three dimensionality of Satin Gold. Matte Silver also appears somewhat yellowish under certain lighting conditions, but far less so than Satin Gold.

This photo doesn’t begin to do justice to the Satin Gold print that
is far more beautiful. As light reflects from the print at different
angles, the depth of the photo changes from two dimensional
to three dimensional.

Brushed Silver is the final surface option and it is my personal favorite. With the texture of brushed aluminum sheet metal, it’s probably not the choice for romantic portraits or for weddings. But the infrared landscape photo I printed on it is just amazing, as is a commercial still life. The illusion of depth is outstanding, as is the ability to hold a deep black and clean white.

An infrared image printed on Brushed Silver appears positive in
some areas and almost negative in others while retaining the
surface pattern of a brushed aluminum sheet metal. Blacks are
deep and rich, and whites are clean with good detail.

All of these media have an adhesive backing protected by a peel off sheet. This makes mounting easy. Two different thicknesses are available, 0.005 inch foil or 0.020 inch sheets. Any printer that has a straight pass-through will print on the media. I printed 8.5×11-inch sheets of the 0020 inch media on an Epson Stylus Pro 3880 and a Canon imagePrograf iPF6400 using ICC profiles provided by Booksmart Studio. The Epson printing was totally straightforward.

The 24-inch Canon isn’t designed to print on media this small loaded from the front. A quick call to Canon tech support brought the suggestion to tape the metal to an 11 x 14-inch sheet before feeding it into the printer and that worked perfectly. Prints from both printers are gorgeous, each with its look even with the same image.

Satin Silver has a very fine grain surface that results in an accurate color reproduction of the original image with excellent detail. As with Satin Gold, light reflects back through the inkjet layer producing a three dimensional look at certain angles.

The Matte Silver media has a slight yellow cast that adds warmth
to the image. The same file is used for this print that is used for
the Satin Silver print. Differences in reflectance account for the
variation in density, but the color difference is a result of the
different color casts of the media.

Care is required in handling the metal sheets, both before and after printing. To avoid oily fingerprints that would interfere with printing, cotton gloves should be used when loading the printer. Gentle handling is also required to avoid bending corners or warping the sheet, which would prevent it from feeding properly through the printer.

After printing, the surface should be coated or laminated after allowing the print to dry for 20 minutes. Booksmart Studio recommends two or three coats of Clearstar AFA Semi-Gloss coating followed by two to eight coats of Clearstar AFA Gloss coating to reach your desired gloss level.

More information is available from the Booksmart Studio website. A sample pack of 8.5×11-inch sheets of 0.020 inch thick media is available from Booksmart Studios for $49.30. Packages of sheets of a single type are available in sizes from 8.5×11 inches to 20×80 inches. Visit the Booksmart Studio site for pricing.

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June 3rd, 2011 by admin

Check out this review of the Libro Collection and tutorial for creating portfolios

Booksmart Studio created four sets of portfolios for Joey L, each set consisted of two books and were contained in a custom clamshell box (pictured below) with all having his logo debossed on the cover. The portfolios were created utilizing our Libro Elite portfolio system with Leatherette bookcloths and debossed on the cover with a magnesium die created of his custom logo. The clamshell box had a combination of Leatherette on the cover and Asahi Japanese Silk book-cloth for the shelves. Joey has written a review of the Booksmart Studio Libro Collection and a great tutorial on creating a portfolio along with the importance of a portfolio book rather than an iPad portfolio.



<a href='http://www.joeyl.com/blog' rel='external acquaintance colleague' title='Joey L's Blog'>Joey L</a>'s Portfolio
Clamshell Box Holding Two Libro Portfolio Books



To read the full review please visit Joey L’s website at http://www.joeyl.com/blog/creating-a-photography-portfolio/

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June 1st, 2011 by admin

Thou Art… Will Give… Exhibition of photographs by Eric Kunsman, August 5th-September 25th, 2011

Thou Art… Will Give… Exhibition of photographs by Eric Kunsman
August 5th-September 25th, 2011
Opening Reception: August 5th, 2011 6-9 PM

The Drapery

Warneds Logbook A from 1839

Samuel Johnson

Ashes

Eight years ago, shortly after moving back to the Philadelphia area, I brought a group of my photography students from Mercer County Community College to the Eastern State Penitentiary on a field trip. It was a great photographic site. The reports I had heard about the architecture of the facility were definitely true, and the light and feeling of abandonment really gave off a sense that the Penitentiary might still be inhabited by ghosts or spirits. But there are a lot of abandoned spaces like that, so my first trip to the site would probably have been my last if I didn’t return there on a completely different class trip a few weeks later – this time, as a student.

On that trip, one of my University of Arts professors, Heidi Kyle, introduced us to Eastern State’s Archives. Almost as soon as we entered the archives area, I noticed a book titled ‘Eastern State Penitentiary Logbook A.’ I opened it idly…and then spent the entire visit pouring over its pages.

The Warden’s entries brought the Penitentiary to life for me. Through his words, the space now felt inhabited and connected to deep emotions – infused with new meaning. Though his writing is detached, the warden clearly got to know the prisoners far more personally than you would expect. The logs include details about prisoners’ families, whether they could read or write, whether they felt guilty about their crimes, whether they were penitent. While my photographs from the earlier visit captured a lot of the physical presence and feeling of the Penitentiary, it was the writings that started to, literally, flesh out the functional and human effects of this altruistic, but ultimately disastrous, Quaker experiment with reforming criminals. On that day, the genesis for this show clicked.

I started returning to the Penitentiary. During each trip it was at least a half hour before I could start photographing. I found myself instantly reflecting on some of the Warden’s words, wandering through the space, and rediscovering things through his eyes and his reflections.

In Thou Art…, Will Give…, I hope to offer some of the atmosphere experienced by prisoners when the Penitentiary was active. This exhibition attempts to capture some of story, the energy, and the sorrows of this remarkable space. Actual photographs of entries from the Warden’s 1800s logbooks have been blended with my photographs of the Penitentiary, to give a historical sense of both the prisoners and their treatment at the Penitentiary. Photographs with text overlaid are offered to allow the viewer just a hint about the presence of individual prisoners. I am hoping that through these images and text, visitors can share some of the sense of loneliness, hopelessness, and desperate search for redemption that drove so many of those spirits still trapped within the walls of Eastern State.

I continue to visit Eastern State, because this project feels somehow incomplete. The Penitentiary is a massive space, and it hints that it has many more stories that need to be told. So, guided by the Warden – a man or men who died many years ago – I’ll keep trying to capture those stories still trapped in the crumbling walls of Eastern State Penitentiary.

— Eric T. Kunsman, July/2011

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May 23rd, 2011 by Alex

Our Libro Portfolio Collection is updated!

We have been hard at work here at Booksmart Studio to update our Libro Portfolio Collection to make it more affordable and much more customizable.  We have come up with three different choices for you to pick from.

The Libro Elite. The Libro Elite is our finest version of the Libro Collection, these books are offered in Italian Leatherette’s with six different colors to choose from.

The Libro Modernette. The LibroModernette is our the second version of the Libro Collection, these books are offered in Iris Book clothes with eighteen different colors to choose from.

The Libro Japanese Silks. The Libro Japanese Cloths is our the third version of the Libro Collection, these books are offered in Asahi Book clothes with twenty-two different colors to choose from.

All of the Libro styles comes with three choices of post and spine options. The first is the exposed post option, which is regarded as the modern look. The screw post being exposed on the exterior of the book, creating a nice finish inside the book. The second option is the hidden post, which creates a nice finish on the exterior of the book with the screw post being hidden. The screw post are exposed on the inside of the book. The final option is an accessory to the hidden post covers and it is a decorative spine that hides the pages on the spine of the Libro.

All Elite Libro’s come with aluminum finished screw  post. An upgrade to black or gold is available by purchasing the chosen color separately.

We are very open to the idea of customization.  We have over 40 different cover material choices, exposed or hidden post, stamping options and 3 different post color options.  There are so many different options you can choose from to make your Libro portfolio custom to your vision.  The most customizable part of your Libro is to get your name, logo or design stamped on the cover.  We have over 40 different fonts to choose from in our lead type collection or you can give us your logo or design file and we can have a custom die made from it in order to stamp the cover.

The Libro Collection is available in all grades in 11”x17”, 12”x12” and 13”x19” sizes with 25 sheets of either Canson Infinity, Crane Museo, Hahnemühle, InkPress, or Innova inkjet paper packaged with the books. Letter size (8½”x11”) & A4 with Innova Smooth Cotton Duo is available in only the Libro Elites. All paper is scored and drilled to work in our post-bound cover system, so all you have to do is unscrew the album, layout with our Photoshop™ or InDesign™ templates, print, and reassemble.  We can also score and drill paper to fit in your Libro anytime after you use the 25 sheets that come with the portfolio for a small fee.

Last, but not least we also offer all 3 Libro grade covers for purchase without the paper.  You can buy just the covers with the posts by themselves and put anything inside them; you are not limited to just photographic prints.

Visit our website for pricing and more information or call us to talk about your customization options.

http://www.booksmartstudio.com/store/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=720

585.598.9322  •  1.800.761.6623

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May 23rd, 2011 by admin

Parallax: Views of Contemporarty Quilt Artists

UPCOMING EXHIBITION!

Opening reception: Friday, June 3, 2011 6-9pm at the Kunstler Gallery

Parallax: Views of Contemporary Quilt Artists, an exhibition curated by Pat Pauly, will be shown at the Kunstler Gallery at Booksmart Studio in Rochester, New York. More than 18 fiber artists embrace the concept of parallax view, where an object or idea is seen from two different perspectives. Many works have never been shown, and were specifically created for this exhibit.
In selecting works for this exhibition, Pat Pauly chose pieces that highlight the uniqueness of art quilts. Parallax presents a compilation of works that capture a theme through multiple viewpoints, perspectives and subjects. From Kathleen Loomis representing the two sides of the American Civil War, to dichotomic views of Lake Ontario as in Dorothy Caldwell’s “An Island, A Pond,” textile art proves a compelling, complex and expressive medium.

Featured artists include Belgian artist Jette Clover, Canadian artists Pamela Allen and Dorothy Caldwell, and American artists Terry Jarrard-Dimond, Nelda Warkentin, Dominie Nash, Sylvia Einstein, Kathleen Loomis, Judith Plotner, and others.


“Making her Exit” (detail) by Pamela Allen


“Coincidence Theory” by Shelley Brenner Baird

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April 12th, 2011 by admin

Erika Heffernan- Re Learning to Learn

Coming in May we will be showing the work of Erika Heffernan In the Gallery Kunstler.

Re Learning to Learn is an explorative journey and celebration of how all individuals process and interpret information differently. Erika Heffernan’s multimedia installation includes video, photographic documents and sculpture that illuminate how we learn, comprehend, and interpret information, while questioning how we are taught and how we are expected to learn. The interactive nature of the show invites viewers to actively participate and contribute in collaboration with the artist allowing for the viewer to keep a part of the artwork. I encourage you to come out and participate in this exciting event.

Opening Reception:
May 6th • 6pm-9pm
Booksmart Studio
250 N. Goodman St.
Rochester, NY 14607

The show will run through the entire month of May if you can’t stop in for the First Friday opening reception.

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March 28th, 2011 by admin

April Gallery Openings

This Friday we will be hosting two MFA thesis exhibitions that you will not want to miss!

In the Kunstler Gallery will be Karen Donnellan from the RIT School of American Crafts MFA glass Program
Her exhibition is titled: O
Her exhibition will feature sculptural installation work that uses all different types of materials ranging from wood to glass to paper.

In the Rochester Pin-Up gallery will be Jaimee Suzanne Lindvay from Visual Studies Workshop
Her exhibition is titled: Fragments: behaving as one
Her work will take form as a photographic installation made up of many different parts. It will definitely be a sight to see!

We at Booksmart Studio are very excited to host these two exhibitions. So please take the time to come check it out this coming Friday Night 6-9pm.

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February 15th, 2011 by admin

Thinking About Summer: June 2011 Exhibition Announcement

PARALLAX: Views of Contemporary Quilt Artists
Opening Reception: June 3rd, 6-9PM

Parallax: Views of Contemporary Quilt Artists, an exhibition curated by
Pat Pauly, will be shown at the Kunstler Gallery at Booksmart Studio in
Rochester, New York starting June 1, 2011. More than 18 fiber artists
embrace the concept of parallax view, where an object or idea is seen from
two different perspectives. Many works have never been shown, and were
specifically created for this exhibit.

In selecting works for this exhibition, Pat Pauly chose pieces that
highlight the uniqueness of art quilts. Parallax presents a compilation of
works that capture a theme through multiple viewpoints, perspectives and
subjects. From Kathleen Loomis representing the two sides of the American
Civil War, to dichotomic views of Lake Ontario as in Dorothy Caldwell’s
“An Island, A Pond,” textile art proves a compelling, complex and
expressive medium.

Featured artists include Belgian artist Jette Clover, Canadian artists
Pamela Allen and Dorothy Caldwell, and American artists Terry
Jarrard-Dimond, Nelda Warkentin, Dominie Nash, Sylvia Einstein, Kathleen
Loomis, Judith Plotner, and others.

The exhibition will be running concurrently with Fiber Arts International 2011 that will be on display at Memorial Art Gallery May 1st-July3rd.


Terry Jarrard-Dimond “Evidence”


Dominie Nash “Stills From a Life #34″

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January 11th, 2011 by admin

“Washington to Washington” Catalog Edition Book & Edition Prints

Last Friday we had our “First Friday” opening for both “In Habitation” juried Exhibition and “Washington to Washington” by Joel Wellington Fisher. The Opening came together beautifully and we had a great turnout! Thanks to all of you who came out to be a part of it, and for those of you who may have missed the opening the work will be up for the remainder of January so you have plenty of time to come check it out. Also on Friday we released a Catalog Edition book to accompany the Washington to Washington Exhibition The Book Includes many of the 26 images we currently have on display as well as a few extra Images from the series that were not a part of the final exhibition edit. The book is an edition of 50 and is hand bound in a hardcover pamphlet binding style. All 50 copies are signed and are available for purchase HERE. They’re going pretty quickly so be sure to get your copy.


Also available for purchase are print editions for three of the photographs from the exhibition. Each photograph is available in an edition of 25 with edition numbers 1-10 being available for individual sale and edition numbers 11-25 available for purchase in a collector set of three prints in a portfolio envelope. Here are the three images in the edition.

If you are interested here’s a link to BUY NOW.

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December 7th, 2010 by admin

“WASHINGTON to WASHINGTON” by Joel Wellington Fisher

Coming in January along with our “In-Habitation” Exhibition we will be showing a series of photographs by Joel Wellington Fisher entitled “Washington to Washington”. This series deconstructs distinctly American landscapes of significance to the D.C. Sniper shootings that took place in 2002. Fisher’s landscapes show seemingly mundane spaces that give a feeling that something has gone terribly wrong and in a post 9/11 world this work is a look into fear and terror in our recent history that hits close to home and has become a common element in today’s society.

Tacoma Washington

Bowie, MD, Location of Shooting Victim # 20

We are very excited to show this body of work along with our “In-Habitation” exhibition which is focused on looking at different aspects of the American landscape and the cultural society within it.
We hope you can all make it out for the opening!

Gallery Opening will be January 7th from 6-9pm

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