Photography is a fascinating craft to grow into. There is always something new to learn. I have hit an interesting point where I have stagnated a bit though. So I bought a printer.
Photo prints are the physical manifestation of photography. Something to view off-screen, give to people. Prints that will last. If it’s done right a print will last a long time, and that requires a good printer.
Deciding on the printer
One of my goals this year at PhotoPlus 2017 was to decide on which printer to purchase. At the show I knew I would be able to get a feel of how a printer worked, it’s performance. It’s also a good time to get technical questions I may have answered. The two printer companies that caught my interest were Canon and Epson.
After walking the floor at PhotoPlus, exploring what was available, I finally decided on the Epson Sure Color P600. It has three levels of black inks and is fantastic creating fantastic monochrome prints and the colors are nice as well. The Epson P600 has a maximum width of 13 inches and can print up to 129 inches long. Along with its other features, the P600 fit my needs the best. Because of the PhotoPlus, there were rebates there available and I save some money.
Deciding on which paper to use is one of the most important things when printing. At some point, someone is going to touch and feel the print. The paper you choose reflects your personal aesthetic.
While exploring PhotoPlus I was also able to see and receive paper samples. Red River Papers kindly gave me a sample kit to work with. When I test my printer I could really fine tune my work flow quickly. I also checked out Innova Art Papers and Hahnemühle.
Adding printing to my photography life is going to be an interesting journey.