New addictions

by Helen Hooker October. 05, 2017 1219 views

Since I bought my first photo printer at the start of this year I've learnt about the joys and frustrations of printing your own pictures. It's been a bit of a learning curve, figuring how to find the right ICC profiles for the paper you're using. This isn't helped by suppliers who just don't provide the necessary information about their paper, even on their website - Kodak, I'm talking about you! I've also learnt about the anticipation of watching a new print appear slowing from the printer, keeping my fingers crossed that it's not too dark or light. The best bit though, is the tactile pleasure of holding a print you've made from a photo you created yourself - now that's truly addictive! One thing you quickly learn when printing is not to make a huge print straight out of the box. I made that mistake earlier this week before noticing a trailing thread from the subject's coat, which I knew the camera club judge would spot in an instant. A few clicks of the clone tool in Lightroom and the offending thread was gone and I then reprinted, cursing myself for wasting all that ink. Of course, the best thing is to make small test prints first and I've done a few of those this week too. Some are my competition entries for our camera club while the rest are just a selection of my favourite pictures from the last month or two. Some of them are destined to be printed larger but in the meantime these postcard sized prints are still very satisfying.

5 October 2017

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Russell Smith 3 years, 3 months ago

While I do not have a decent printer you inspired me to get off my " I need to print this stool" and get a couple of prints done.  So thank you for the inspiration there. 2 of my favorite pictures have become real photos .  I have a question. Did you color calibrate your monitor prior to starting the printing process ? Also did you notice the difference between the luminosity (for lack of better words) from the back lite screen to the print?

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Ugyen Norbu 3 years, 3 months ago

I can tell your test prints didn't go waste this time; they have made a pretty montage.

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Helen Hooker Replied to Ugyen Norbu 3 years, 3 months ago

Thank you very much!

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Daanish Farhan 3 years, 3 months ago

The satisfaction of seeing the end of the paper peeking out of the printer and slowly being printed 😂🤣

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Helen Hooker Replied to Daanish Farhan 3 years, 3 months ago

You can’t beat it!

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David Allen 3 years, 3 months ago

I know the frustration of printing big and realising that there is something wrong!

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Helen Hooker Replied to David Allen 3 years, 3 months ago

Not to mention the expense! 😉

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Berckmans Peter 3 years, 3 months ago

Most of the time I let print in the shop. Still looking for one that is more flexible in his printing

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Helen Hooker Replied to Berckmans Peter 3 years, 3 months ago

I always had mine printed by shops before but I’m really enjoying this experience.

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 3 years, 3 months ago

THAT is the job of my husband. I'm merciless about it and now I will rub his nose in this picture of your success! smile

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Helen Hooker Replied to Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 3 years, 3 months ago

😀

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