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Red River Pros: Judy Mandolf

Judy Mandolf at Red River Paper Pro Corner

Fine art photographer

Judy Mandolf is a fine arts photographer from San Diego who has won numerous awards, including the 2001 Adobe Digital Imaging Competition, 2002 Seybold Conference Digital Art Competition and the 2008 Sony International Digital Art Competition. Her still lifes and imaginative multi-media digital collages have been exhibited worldwide and hundreds of her images have been published in books and magazines.

© Judy Mandolf

The Client

Bentley House Publishing, a fine arts publisher of greeting cards.

The Assignment

Shoot a series of still life images using fruits and flowers to be used in greeting cards and journals. All should have a feeling of softness, such as created by natural light, and a muted color palette.

The Execution

"I frequently use light from an Eastward-facing window because it gives me a variety of effects ranging from strong sunlight and shadows the morning to softer, more even light in the afternoon. This image was made with a Canon Digital Rebel camera set to automatic exposure."

Post Production

"Not much adjustment was needed in post production. Nik Color Efex was used to add the glowing effect and Photoshop's Shadow/Highlight filter was used to reduce the shadow areas."

The Output

"Using an Epson Stylus Photo 7600 printer, I output the image on Red River's UltraPro Satin, Premium Matte Plus, and Aurora Art. I rarely use glossy paper, preferring to obtain a painterly feel but, to my surprise, the image printed on UltraPro Gloss jumped out at me. I could feel the peach fuzz and wanted to take a juicy bite. I used Epson paper profiles which gave perfect results."

Contact Info

She can be contacted at judymandolf@yahoo.com.

Favorite Papers

UltraPro Satin

UltraPro Satin looks and feels just like traditional photo lab paper and features a medium depth luster finish.

Favorite Of: Jim DiVitale & Peter Randall
River Linen

River Linen adds a special dimension to your printed image with its premium quality linen surface paper.

Favorite Of: JVS & Helene Glassman
Aurora Art

Made using fine 100% cotton rag content, Aurora Art White and Aurora Art Natural offers the look and feel of fine art paper.

Favorite of: Marilyn Sholin, Matt Hoyle, Susan McCartney, & Kaitlin Walsh
Arctic Polar Satin

With its crisp blue white shade, Arctic Polar Satin ensures your images will project more brilliance. Its state of the art microporous coating will enhance details and color saturation.

Favorite of: Al Francekevich & Susan McCartney