10 Points For Canon AIPP APPA Success
The Working Pro asked Grand Master of Photography Rocco Ancora how to give your entries the best chance of achieving a Silver or even a Gold Award at t h e C a n o n A I P P A P PA s t h i s y e a r. The Canon AIPP Australian Professional
want on your monitor, you need to ensure they
Photography Awards will be held 16-19 October
are correctly translated onto the print.
this year in Melbourne, so now is a good time to
start thinking about your entries.
within your colour managed workflow. You can
download ‘generic’ printer profiles from the
Master print maker and AIPP Grand Master of
This is achieved using a custom print profile
Photography Rocco Ancora suggests 10 points
internet, but often these are not as good as a
to help you create prints that will impress the
custom profile you have made yourself, or had
made by a service supplier (such as Les Walkling - http://www.leswalkling.com/services/faq-
1. Work In A Colour Managed Environment
Your computer monitor is the window to
your photography files, so it’s essential that it
between a good print and a great one.
A good printer profile is the difference
displays the tones and colours accurately when editing your entries. Make sure you use a good
3. Check Your Print Under Similar Lighting
quality monitor and that it is correctly profiled
After you have made your print, don’t just
and calibrated. As a minimum, you should be
assume it is correct.
using a colorimeter like the Datacolor Spyder5
to set up your monitor, or where funds allow,
sometimes you’ll only know this by looking at
you might use a top line monitor designed
your print under the same lighting conditions
for professional photography applications, like
as the judges.
those from Eizo. This is the beginning of your
colour management workflow.
sets of 40 watt colour tubes (5000°K, CRI 98)
Further adjustments may be required and
In 2014, the APPA lighting system used two
with each set of lights at 45° from the print.
2. Custom Print Profile
Light intensity is tested with a light meter set at
Once you have the colours and tones that you
ISO 100 from the centre of the print, pointing