Photography conferences like WPPI are a great place to check out some of the latest and greatest in the photography world — including with the tech you use to evolve your business. Several newer companies showcased their products at this year's expo, and there were three that really drew me in: Joy: Photo Albums for the Modern Age Imagine combining a tablet with a photo album, and you have Joy. Instead of printing albums, Joy offers a well-designed custom photo album solution for your clients. Perfect for wedding photography clients, I was … [Read more...] about From the WPPI Floor: Fresh Tech Ideas for Photographers
Nicole recently wrote a nice post explaining the megapixel madness were experiencing right now, and why in some cases it makes sense. I want to add to her article by sharing my perspective. I understand the argument for more megapixels when you want to print big. Its a valid argument. I know a lot and I mean a lot of photographers. I don't know very many at all who print big. In fact the majority of the photographers I know don't print much at all. So its unlikely they would need more megapixels for that purpose. But for those who do want … [Read more...] about One Argument Against The Quest For More Megapixels
Why are prints are so important? Printing is a part of many photographers business or workflow that can be improved. Most of us don't know how to print or even understand the basics of printing. Sure, the ease of going from one screen to another is often easy, while figuring out how to print at the right size and the right output can be daunting. Why Print? Printing can bring another level to your photography and client base. Prints obviously do not require hard drives, cloud storage, or a powered on device to view. A print is a tangible … [Read more...] about Printing is the Lost Art of Photography
Way back in the day, I ran a portrait and wedding studio. My bread and butter was 5x7, 8x10 and 11x14 prints. I sold thousands each year. And my lab made every one. You see Photoshop was version 1.0, there were $100,000 Iris printers but that wasn't practical so we paid the lab. If I could have had access to the Epson Stylus Photo R2000 Wireless Wide-Format Color Inkjet Printer back then it would have left me no choice. I would have fired my lab. And if you predominantly print 11x14 prints or smaller you might as well fire your lab too, … [Read more...] about Epson Stylus Photo R2000 Wireless Wide-Format Color Inkjet Printer – Mini Review
Make sure you don't miss a single Photofocus post - point your feed reader to the free Photofocus RSS Feed here and subscribe. Over the last week, using several social media sites, I conducted an informal poll. I asked photographers which is their favorite 13x19 inkjet photo printer. The results were surprising. Discounting the non-responsive or obviously off-topic results from people who didn't actually answer the question, it came down about 50/50 Canon 9000 series (and variants thereof) and Epson (1400/1900.) What's surprising to me is … [Read more...] about My Unscientific Informal What’s Your Favorite 13×19 Printer Poll Results
The answer is - much as it often is in the field of photography - it depends. BUY A PRINTER IF: 1. You have time to learn color management, printer profiling etc. 2. You are an artist and want complete control over the final product from capture to post to print. 3. You aren't in a high-volume situation where you need to make hundreds of prints a month. 4. You can financially justify the cost of the printer, ink and paper against what it would cost you to use a lab. USE A LAB IF: 1. You don't have time or interest in learning color … [Read more...] about Should You Buy A Printer Or Use A Lab For Photographic Prints?
Review by Conrad J. Obregon I've used Epson printers for printing photos for several years and have been extremely pleased with the quality of color prints that come from the Epson machines. The main question I had in using the 2880 was whether the machine would be better than my Epson 2400 photo printer. I use the current versions of Lightroom or Photoshop for my printing, and I've found that if your monitor is of good quality and properly calibrated, the photos that the Epson printers produce are almost indistinguishable from what you see on … [Read more...] about Epson R2880 Large Format Printer Review