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Here's what clients say about working with Candela Fine Art Printing:

“For my entire career I was a die-hard analog darkroom printer and I had been waiting for the materials and the machines to get to a level that could meet what I was making in the darkroom. And then I met Brad Boca and Candela Fine Art Printing. I gave him a challenge of making something that could meet my standards of being a craftsman myself for twenty years. The challenge not only included making great prints, but doing it at a pace that could meet the demands of my galleries and exhibition schedule. I am very happy that Candela is able to give me the fine quality that is essential and does it in a way that makes it easy to work with them.”
Todd Hido
I have been a working exhibiting photographer since the 1960s and used every lab in Northern California (current and defunct). Working with Brad Boca and Candela Fine Art Printing has been a dream come true. My images, be they color or black-and-white, have never looked better. And that’s saying a lot coming from someone who hand-printed all his own black-and-white prints for four decades, and worked with many of the best pro labs on the West Coast for color printing.
Roger Minick
Candela Fine Art & Brad Boca are extremely talented, professional and collaborative. I have been working with Brad for all my drum scans on various photographic campaigns for Converse, Quiksilver and personal projects. Brad has also been handling a lot of my printing for exhibitions. He oversaw all the printing for my solo show in Malibu, as well as my prints for a group show in NYC. Brad is very attentive to details, fair in pricing and always comes through when you need him. I’m so lucky to have this as a resource here in Oakland. Brad knows film and understands how to work with it.
Andrew Paynter
When I first met Brad I realized I had finally found the person to help me create beautiful pigment prints from my film negatives. I am an expert at chromogenic printing so I am very fussy about color. Brad is patient and has just enough dry humor to make working together a pleasure.
Janet Delaney
Wow, Brad! A thousand thanks for your scanning and printing of my Rag Theater images. I will say that I was a bit nervous about having someone else print my work but you showed me the light–the prints are beautiful! I can’t thank you enough for your expertise (and your patience with my requests for image tweaks). You have a customer for life.
Nacio Jan Brown
Brad has been so great to work with throughout the process of creating prints to match the quiet and subtle colors that I want to bring out in my body of work from Antarctica. I have found that Brad’s technical skill and printing sensibility results in beautiful prints that can seamlessly be exhibited next to each other, especially in comparison to previous endeavors I’ve made to get high quality scans and prints from other labs and digital darkrooms. In addition to his knowledge of digital scanning and print processes, his experience in contemporary art and photography informs his ability to make exhibition quality work that is quite beautiful.
Michelle Ott
Brad literally made it possible for me to get into the International Center of Photography’s Documentary and Photojournalism program. A week my application and portfolio were due I accosted documentary photographer Ken Light in his office at the City College of San Francisco for submission advice. After looking at my color darkroom prints I had been slaving over in the darkroom, he told me that it may be possible for me to get into the program, but that my prints needed serious help! In total panic I called Brad. It was either that day or the next that I arrived at his studio, and we spent the next week collaborating on every f*****g detail (for someone who couldn’t print her own work I was totally particular!). Brad’s technical skill is so over the top that I’m still amazed by it (even after my years in New York City and going through the ICP program). Add Brad’s technical ability to his artistic bent, patience and wicked sense of humor… he makes an ideal co-conspirator. Working with Brad was a total pleasure, my prints were beautiful and he made it possible for me to get into school.
Talia Herman
Brad helped me upgrade my printer and print my recent solo show in France. Brad recommended replacing my problematic Epson 4800 with a 24″ Canon printer for my home studio, and assisted my transition from Epson to Canon printers and software. I asked him to help me print for my upcoming show because I saw that he could make better prints of my photos than I could myself. I continue to be amazed at the richness and details he got from my files and translated into beautiful, exhibition-grade prints.
Gail Skoff

 

 

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DEFECTIVE PRINTS: If you receive a defective or damaged print, please contact us within 7 business days of the delivery of your order and will replace the defective item(s) at no cost to you. Please Note: We are unable to replace a print if the issue is a direct result of the file submitted with your order. That being acknowledged, we will always replace items with issues resulting from materials and/or workmanship. If you have any concerns please contact us. SHIPPING DAMAGE If your order is damaged in transit we will replace the order and process any shipper damage claims. We ask that you provide digital photographs that clearly show the damage to the packaging and contents within 7 days of delivery. We will replace the order upon receipt the photographic verification of damage. In certain instances, the shipping agent may request to visually inspect the damaged packaging and contents. Please be sure to retain the items and their packaging until you are notified that they are no longer needed.

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We are an accredited Hahnemuhle Certified Studio for Digital Imaging. We use only genuine Canon or Piezography inks. We offer a curated selection of fine art and photo papers from Hahnemuhle, Epson, and Canson that have excellent print longevity performance. Our mounting adhesives and substrates are acid-free. All frames are custom built from sustainably sourced hardwoods and have closed corners.

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How should I prepare my files and what file formats do you accept?

We accept Jpeg, Tiff, PNG and PSD. Please send uncompressed .jpg or .tif files. Be sure to flatten them and remove any alpha channels prior to uploading.

My file is over 100 megabytes in size! How do I send it to you?

No problem, you can use our large file upload page.

What resolution should my files be?

We prefer to receive files that are 300dpi at the size you want them printed. However we can make great prints from files as low as 150dpi. Please do not increase dpi to 300dpi if your file was not created at that size to begin with - this usually has a negative effect on print quality. We have a step-by-step file preparation guide for your reference. If you’re unsure, contact us.

We do examine each and every file before printing so if we thing your file will not print well we will contact you before printing. 

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