About Field & Studio

Field & Studio is a photography news, product review, and how-to blog for student and amateur photographers. It is edited by Brett L. Erickson.

Brett Ericsson

A photographer whose images have won acclaim internationally, Brett Erickson’s work has shown in locations such as London, England; Laguna Beach, California; Kamloops, British Columbia; Santa Fe, New Mexico; SoHo, New York City; and Berlin, Germany.

As a professional journalist and documentary photographer, his work has featured at National Geographic.com, National Public Radio, American Public Media, and Nebraska Educational Telecommunications; he formerly served as the freelance Central Nebraska Bureau Chief for NET Radio (Nebraska Public Radio). His first book, PlainSky, Nebraskans, with National Geographic’s Sam Abell, was published in 2013, and he is currently working on a second involving the culture of rural rodeos in the High Plains of the American West. A sought-after workshop instructor, he teaches yearly courses at the world’s foremost photographic educational center, the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops. He serves as Associate Professor of Visual Arts at Hastings College.

Erickson earned his Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts from Hastings College in 1995, a Master of Arts in Teaching with an emphasis in English Language Arts from Hastings College in 1999, a Cisco Network Associate certificate in 2002, and a Master of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communications from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, one of the nation’s top 12 journalism master’s programs, in 2009. He is currently a PhD candidate in Education at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Brett’s website is www.brettlerickson.com.

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  1. Hello Brett!
    Just came across your posts on fine art B&W with Epson. I have the Epson R2880 with same B&W printer dialog so appreciate your tips here. Cannot download or access your site right now – but would like to try using your “Cemetery Angel” photo for learning – can you perhaps email it to me? I have been photographing for many many years – all formats up to 8×10; archival B&W darkroom printing, and of course now digital. Also a long-time Red River paper user – UltraPro Satin & Artic Polar Satin.

    Thanks!!!

    1. Daniel,

      I’ve checked the site, and can’t find any issues with the Cemetery Angel download. Have you had any luck since you last visited?

  2. Hello Brett,

    May I ask you a question:
    I use the Hahnemuehle Certificates of Authenticity but I have yet to find the perfect printing recipe. In fact, my amount of wasted certificates is huge (and as you know, they’re expensive). Do you know: what printing profile and paper type is best suited? I’m printing on an Epson 3880.
    Thank you so much.

    Sincerely,
    Richard Beland
    Instagram: richard.beland
    Facebook: Richard Beland Photography Inc.

    1. Richard,

      Thank you for your excellent question. I agree it’s not the easiest solution in finding a proper printing setup for the certificates, and I’m going to pass on your feedback to Hahnemuhle (I have found they are very receptive to our experiences).

      My own experience has led me to use Printer Settings > Fine Art > Cold Press Natural, which then allows for the surface of the paper. I let the Epson control the colors using AccuPhoto HD2 in Adobe RGB color space. I then turn down the ink density by -15% to allow for how saturated the paper tends to be when hit with ink (in Advanced Printer Settings > Color Density). I’m also going to recommend to Hahnemuhle that they consider including a few trial sheets in the box, or clearly specify the settings that are best for the paper.

      I think the genesis of the issue is that the certificate stock was intended less for images, and more for text. However, that shouldn’t have gotten by them; certificates of authenticity often include images.

      In the meantime, please let me know how these settings work for you.

      All best,

      Brett

  3. Hi Brett, I fancied myself as a very good printer using my Epson 3880 in advanced black and white mode until I read your series of articles, on toning and using the various sliders etc.I then realised how much more flexibility in fine tuning your prints is available.I will running your tests and I am sure this will change the way I print in future.

    1. Peter,

      I’m very glad I could help! Please let me know how I can help in the future.

      Keep in touch,

      B

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