Top 5 Digital Papers for 2008

AudioBlog LogoThis audiobog features my thoughts on the best digital printing papers for 2008. Some of these papers have been around for a while but this list gives reasons for why I selected them, thoughts on paper technologies and where should the paper industry go from here. Give a listen!

Canson/ Arches Platine Fiber Rag vs ?

I’m almost finished testing this material but I could not help but post a bit of a preview! The inner projection is an icc. made for an Epson 7880/ 9880 on a premium quality photo white gloss digital art paper…the outer wire frame projection is the new Canson/ Arches Platine Fiber Rag icc. made on our d’Vinci Printer. The difference is HUGE. On new machines from Epson, Canon and HP this paper will rock!

Oh yeah…did I forget to mention that the surface is beautiful as well?! Stay tuned!

Viva la Revolution- Stephen

Testing New Canson Papers

Burning the midnight oil at Indian Hill Imageworks!!! Just how many patches are in the icc. test target?…over 2,200!!

Stay tuned for my thoughts/ review on my first tests: Rives BFK and Arches Platine!

Now back to printing!

Viva la Revolution!

Stephen

Photo Expo Plus 2008 Part 1

Yesterday was a VERY long day back and forth from Vermont to NYC for Photo Expo Plus… but it was well worth it. In the coming days I will be reviewing some of the products that intrigued and impressed me, as well as additional articles on those that DID NOT!

Upcoming articles will include:

Canson Papers….Canson has just released many beautiful fine art paper (18 I think) for the purposes of Inkjet printing. Two that really look amazing are Rives BFK and Arches Platine- both coated for inkjet!!…I will be testing both of these and more in the coming weeks so stay tuned.

Hahnemule Papers….Several new papers and upgrades are in the works for this paper maker (hush hush) so I will post articles and results in the coming weeks.

Kodak….I FINALLY got my hands on some of the new Kodak Ektar film and had a great conversation with Scott DiSabato (Marketing Manger Kodak Professional Films). Based on this conversation and sample prints which were available I feel that this film is definitely worth looking at! I will start my testing TODAY so again stay tuned!

I also had a chance to look at many new camera systems and lens options as well as other photographic accessories…it is going to be a busy month! Stay tuned!

It was also great meeting FR readers yesterday and having the opportunity to talk with and in some cases look at your works!

Viva la Revolution!

On a final note: when in NYC try dinner at Artisanal (www.artisanalbistro.com)…the Parmesan Gnocchi slow-cooked in Pork Belly and root Vegetables was, how you say… AMAZING!!!

Unplugging Your Paper

I spend a lot of time testing and re-testing my materials so that when I need to make a print I can make it perfect the first time. One of the biggest difficulties with printing on uncoated papers is the paper getting plugged up (this a huge problem with the introduction in many new printers of 9+ inks…that’s a whole lot of fluid!) The solution can be simple (note: its not Pepto Bismol) so give this audioblog a listen!

Below: Hariku Example and Link to Test Target!!