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More Gear Show #16 | PPN | How to print better photos with Travis Mc Connaghy from Hahnemuehle
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How to print better photos? Actually, it is quite simple if you follow some simple steps. Marco has invited Travis Mc Connaghy, he’s the Technical Marketing and Support Manager for Hahnemuehle in North America, to discuss the photo printing workflow. Hahnemuehle is one of the oldest paper manufacturers in the world and they are their fine art printing papers are used by some of the best photographers, galleries, and museums worldwide.
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Travis shares his background in printing and talks about the history and product portfolio that Hahnemuehle offers.
Next, Marco and Travis discuss the different ink and print technologies and go into the advantages and disadvantages of some of the most popular current photo printers from Canon and Epson:
Printers discussed in this episode
Canon PIXMA PRO-100 13” (8 dye-based inks - 3 mono & 5 color inks)
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Canon PIXMA PRO-10 13” (10 pigment-based inks - 3 mono & 7 color inks)
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Canon PIXMA PRO-1000 17” (12 pigment-based inks - 4 mono & 7 color inks + chroma optimizer)
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Epson SureColor P400 13” (8 pigment-based inks - 2 mono & 5 color + chroma optimizer.
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Epson SureColor P600 13” (9 pigment-based inks - 4 mono & 5 color inks)
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Epson SureColor P800 17” ( 9 pigment-based inks - 4 mono & 5 color inks)
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Next, they look at different printing paper properties: Matt or glossy - thick or thin, cellulose or cotton based and how does it affect the outcome of your print?
You can find a selection of Hahnemuehle Fine Art photo printing papers here:
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Before you edit your photos that you want to print, you should definitely calibrate your monitor! Without calibration, your printing results will most likely be a hit and miss game.
Datacolor Spyder5EXPRESS for display calibration:
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The final part is the actual print workflow by setting your printer up and loading the correct ICC profile into your printing program. One of the huge advantages of using high grade paper from Hahnemuehle is, that they supply you with the correct ICC profiles and a PDF with paper handling and printer setting suggestions. You can download all this on their website. And this is the key to getting a very high-grade of consistency in your printing workflow.
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Hi Chris, I've found those prices on the B&H website and they add the discount into the price. The lowest price I saw the Pixma Pro 100 at B&H was for $80. But this seems to be Canon's strategy in the US as I have not seen them this cheap over here in Germany, yet.
Travis tould us, to start with 4 different images printed on a sheet of paper, to get knowledge which paper fits best to which kind of image.
Hi Marc, the way I do it is to use the Hahnemuehle icc profile for the paper that I'm printing on. Make sure that you set that profile also insite the LR print module, too - not only in the proof mode. Then edit each images in the way that it looks good to you on the screen (given that you've calibrated your screen and brightnes).
I just listen to this episode, which was quite nice. You forgot to talk about the ink price. I am happy with an epson xp-950 (multipurpose printer that can print A3) and it costs me around 100€ to get the 6 inks kit. So, we you don't print often, I'm not sure it's interesting to own one. I also have nice paper (Ilford) that costs me around 1€ per sheet. but I'm happy with the result and don't really care about the price (currently).
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