EpsonP800

“Epson recently announced the highly anticipated SureColor® P800 printer, representing a new benchmark in photographic print quality. Designed for professional use, the SureColor P800 is a full 17” wide borderless printer with unique Epson® MicroPiezo® AMCTM printhead technology. Leveraging an all-new Epson UltraChrome® HD eight-color pigment ink set, the SureColor P800 is capable of producing the next generation of color and black-and-white prints that will inspire us all.”

An optional Roll Paper Adapter, for panoramic prints up to 10’ long, will be available for the P800.

Read more about the P800 here.

This news brings two milestones; black density and longevity.

Initial color tests suggest that the new printer / ink technology is capable of delivering a maximum black (dmax) exceeding 2.8 (previously 2.5). By comparison selenium toned silver gelatin is close to 2.4.

And …

Initial longevity test suggest that longevity is improved – dramatically.

“WIR Display Permanence Ratings for black and white prints made with UltraChrome HD inks using Epson’s “Advanced Black and White Print Mode” will likely exceed 400 years.” “The new UltraChrome HD pigment inks are also expected to have WIR Album and Dark Storage Permanence Ratings well in excess of 200 years.”

“With the increased Dmax, wider color gamut, and reduced metamerism provided by the new Epson UltraChrome HD pigment inks – which taken together serve to significantly enhance the visual brilliance of both color and black and white images – the increased overall permanence of the prints represents a significant contribution to photography,” said Henry Wilhelm, founder and director of research at Wilhelm Imaging Research.

Read more about the P800 permanence ratings here.

Yes! You can test the P800 in my digital printing workshops.

Learn more in my digital printing workshops.

Kim Weston shares insights from his life in the arts steeped in the history of black and white photography.

Read more in my black and white resources.

Learn more in my Black & White Mastery digital printing workshop.

John Sexton shares insights from his distinguished career in black and white photography.

View more in my conversation with John Sexton.

Read more in my black and white resources.

Learn more in my Black & White Mastery digital printing workshop.

Dan Steinhardt and Tony Corbell discuss their black and white workflows from input to output.

Read more in my black and white resources.

Learn more in my Black & White Mastery digital printing workshop.

Tonight & Tomorrow – 2 Seminars In Atlanta

October 4, 2012 | Comments Off |

During the Atlanta Celebrates Photography Festival I’m presenting two seminars.

Thursday Oct 4 at 6:30-9 pm at ASMP I’m presenting a new seminar Process. I reveal many aspects of my creative process in ways designed to help others. This Canon sponsored event is free and open to the public. So far the response to my new exhibit/book Process has been very enthusiastic. Find out more here.

Friday Oct 5 at 7-9 pm at Showcase Photo Video I’m presenting a new seminar Game Changers.See it and you’ll think about making photographs in many new ways.Find out more here.

Find more of my upcoming  events here. 

Learn more with my free enews Insights.


I’m having a great time printing this series of images!

At first glance, they look like classic black and white images. In reality, they’re full color captures of a near neutral subject, processed and printed as color images. The trace amounts of color from the original subject make a very subtle but meaningful addition to the final image and print.

The trace amounts of color in the image are so subtle, I wasn’t sure which color management options would yield the best printed results; shadow detail, gradation, neutrality and graybalance all play major roles.

To get the final prints today, I tested multiple printer color management routes (Photoshop, Printer, Printer Adv B&W)(my ImagePrint tests are pending). Using Printer color management  for color offered the results I was looking for – not Photoshop, which clipped deep shadow detail and not Printer Adv B&W which rendered warm grays by default and cool toning solutions added more cool toning to the highlights than the shadows making the prints look like they carried a faint color cross).

They’re really touchy images. I found out how touchy when I went from 4×6 proofs to 11×14 prints, which when enlarged looked slightly lighter and lower contrast. A contrast curve for enlargement solved this.

At larger scale the noise became an issue, which I’m sleeping on. On the one hand, the subject is made of particles of water, which you can see when you are there. On the other hand it looks distracting to people who don’t know this. Water blurs with motion but the motion is frozen in these very fast exposures. I polled other people around me (including my father). Then I settled on an unexpected solution. I let some of the noise come through only in the areas of greatest focus, drawing slightly more attention to them. (Some noise can makes images appear sharper.)

There was a another surprise. I tested the images on glossy paper (Epson Exhibition Fine Art Paper). The extra depth in the blacks made another improvement in the image, so much so that it was worth the trade off for the soft surface of the matte paper. I made a similar test with a related series, Fumo, and didn’t make this choice. But here it was clear. This is the first time I’ve made my final prints on glossy paper.

I made these images while scouting my 2011 Focus On Nature workshop with Ragnar Th Sigurdsson and Arthur Meyerson. Arthur and I, two colorists who love the colors black gray and white and talk about them as colors.

I’m looking forward to returning to Iceland (and this waterfall) this August to lead a workshops again for Focus On Nature with +Einar Erlendsson , +Ragnar Th. Sigurdsson and +seth resnick .  +Arthur Meyerson Arthur Meyerson will join us at the end of our Iceland workshop for our Arctic Voyage workshop/cruise from Longyearben to Greenland and finally back to Iceland.

We have a few more spaces left our Iceland workshop.

There’s one space left in our Greenland workshop.

There are a two more spaces in my Fine Digital Print Advanced workshop.

Learn more in my digital photography and digital printing workshops.

“Ron Martinsen is an internationally renowned commercial photographer who has educated over 800,000 visitors on his popular Photography and Photoshop blog. His printing series last year was a huge hit, but there was so much great information to share that his loyal readers asked for a book. Printing 101 Notebook: An Introduction to Fine Art Photography Printing is an eBook that is designed to help frustrated ink jet printer users get the most out of their investment by educating them on everything they will need to make great prints.”

Ron Martinsen’s ebook Printing 101 is packed with digital printing tips and tricks, peppered with links to more resources. In a casual personal tone he offers advice based on his real world experience. While the book is applicable to photographers using any inkjet printer, it offers more information on Canon printers than any other source I’ve encountered. The supporting interviews with industry leaders in printing offer even more information from a diverse group of individuals.

Find out more about Ron Martinsen here.

Get your copy of the Printing 101 Notebook at Flatbooks.

Learn more with my free digital printing ebooks.

Learn more in my digital printing workshops.

Bambi Cantrell, Douglas Dubler, Greg Gorman, Jay Maisel, Steve McCurry, and Jeff Schewe share their thoughts and feelings on their work and how they relate to it when it’s printed.

View my Epson video interview here.

Find out more about Epson Focal Points here.

In this video, I share my thoughts and feelings on photography and printing.

Find out more about printing here.

Read other interviews here.

Read my artists statements here.

This one day seminar is one of the best values in the industry!

Thousands of dollars of free giveaways are provided by Adobe, X-Rite, NIK, OnOne, HDRSoft, Imagenomic, Chromix and more!

Find out about the latest advances in digital printing. You’ll learn to evaluate printers, inks, media, RIPs, and profiles. See the latest Epson printers and media in action. Take the results home!

Discover what’s unique about a fine art workflow designed to maximize quality. See it in action. See it detailed step-by-step. See the results. John Paul and Mac will build a file from the ground up and show you the final results in print.

You’ll learn to seamlessly integrate Adobe software Lightroom, Bridge, Camera Raw, and Photoshop. You’ll learn a variety of tools and techniques that will help improve and refine both your digital files and prints. We’ve heard time and time again, “That one tip was worth the price of admission.” And there are dozens of these!

You’ll leave with the knowledge you need to get the results you’re looking for and the confidence that it’s the very best.

Topics include:

  • Evaluating printers
  • Comparing media
  • Quick color management
  • How to analyze images to determine an optimum strategy
  • Raw conversion
  • Sophisticated color adjustment strategies
  • Selections and masking
  • Upsampling
  • Noise reduction
  • Sharpening — input, creative, and output
  • Softproofing and proofing
  • Equipment maintenance and fine-tuning
  • Print finishing and handling
  • Fine art market practices

Preview our DVDs Fine Art Digital Printing and Fine Art Digital Workflow.

Learn more in our Fine Art of Digital Printing Workshop.

 


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