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Printed photos – the end of the chain   Leave a comment

Photography is seeing a golden era now. Canon and Nikon are selling a huge amount of cameras and more and more you see people with a DSLR at their neck around in the streets.The social media are also full of pictures made by the „photograhers“.

In my opinion a photo there are two kind of photos: The one that deserves to be printed and the one that doesn’t.

For ages I have advocated that a printer at home, unless you have to print documents is quite useless because a photo-lab would do a much better job than yourself at home.

Times have changed, the ink-jet printers are now capable of great results which are in many cases offsetting the ones of many photo-labs available on the internet.

After visiting expos, reading a huge amount of forums and talking with many technical people, I decided to give it a try and last week I have received my first photo printer, the Epson Stylus Pro R3880.
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The reason why I changed my mind is that in the past I have been printing some of my photos on canvas, even a big one which would be impossible to print at home. Despite the laboratory where I printed did a perfect job with the result, what I didn’t like, was the impossibility to spot something in the print and change it. The total time required by this job was one week, which included sending the file by FTP, waiting for the lab to schedule the printout on the right media and framing the print. In all this, I was able to see only the final result.

With a printer next to you, you can finally make test prints, see if certain details will be properly translated to the paper, check if you have chosen the right paper. All these steps where impossible before and were making the process like blindly driving a car.

The Epson Stylus Pro R3880 can print on glossy and matt paper, the ink for these two different paper typologies will be chosen automatically by the printer driver bringing the best possible result.

In the next weeks I will try to review some of the printing processes and any problem I would encounter.

Stay tuned!