Dust Cover for the Epson 9900 Printer

9900PrinterCoverIt drives me nuts that on a fantastic printer like the Epson 9900- which I recently purchased for Indian Hill Imageworks – that it does not come with a dust cover… the 7880 does, so why not the 9900. On my d’Vinci Fine Art Printer this is not an issue due to the horizontal paper feed but on the Epson printers the paper feed on the top is just asking for dust and dirt to make its way to your print heads. I run a very clean studio but dust, as any knows, is always a problem, especially in the winter months when the air has less moisture.

Solution…  Epson makes and starts to offer a cover for the 9900 (better yet would be to include it with the printer!) or I found on the web Digital Deck Covers who made a custom cover for my 9900 out of silver nylon for $179… not cheap, but if it keeps the printer clean than it is a sound investment in my book. Yes, I could have just put a nylon blanket over the printer at night or a large sheet of butcher block paper as I had been doing, but for $5,300 bucks plus ink, I think my investment in this cover make sense, and it looks nice when clients are in my studio.

Canson Baryta Photographique Review and Additional Thoughts


Here is a quick informal review of a new offering by Canson, Baryta Photographique 310 gsm… this paper exhibits many of the qualities of a air dried darkroom print but how does it compare to other Baryta papers tested here at Indian Hill Imageworks. Give a listen…

canson logoLink to information on Canson Baryta Photographique.

Print Surface Expectations

Retouching Hand
Kodak Retouching Dyes

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A quick audio blog on how our expectations of a perfect print surface has changed from traditional wet darkroom spotted prints to todays digital prints. Click on the audioblog logo to listen…

Note on image: I use my hand to adjust the brush tip on my spotting brush to a perfect point and to make sure that the flow of dye is perfect.

TIP: If you want to try to spot a digital print, one suggestion is to save the left over ink in your catridges and use them for spotting instead of traditional spotting dyes.

A Creative Day- Day 2

Today I did finish my client work first and still had time to scan and complete 2 more images from my roll from yesterday…

In The Willow, Vermont. 2009
Dark Sky, Spring, Vermont. 2009

Viva la Revolution- Stephen

Tech Stuff:

  • Both images were shot with a Leica M7 with a 28mm F32 Zone Plate on Ilford XP2 Super at an EI of 800- in camera overlapping frame panoramic technique, 3X.
  • Scanned on an Imacon Scanner
  • Printed on the d’Vinci Printer as a d’Vinci Noir Print.
  • Edition size: One
  • Copyright Stephen Schaub 2009

New Articles on Figital Revolution

I am currently working on three new articles:

  1. Getting the most from scanning film.
  2. Off center focus on rangefinder cameras. 
  3. Infinity focus- is it the best?

These and of course a Rant or two will be released in the coming days.

Viva la Revolution- Stephen

New Artwork:


Old and New, Spring, Vermont. 2009
Capture: Leica M7 with a 90mm Elmarit Lens
Overlapping Panoramic Frame Technique (3x)
Film: Kodak Ektar 
Printed on Fabriano 640 GSM Rough, d’Vinci Print
Posted image is a quick digital capture of the actual print on Fabriano Rough.
Edition Size: One
Copyright Stephen Schaub 2009