New Digital Paper Review, Canson and Hahnemuhle

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As promised here are my paper tests/ review for the new offerings by Canson and Hahnemuhle. This audio review covers the following papers:

  • Canson: Arches Platine, BFK Rives, Arches Aquarelle Rag
  • Hahnemuhle: Bamboo 290 GSM.

Give a listen and then try some of these papers and determine what you like.

Viva la Revolution-

Note: More tests to follow in the coming weeks…stay tuned!

Poll question: What is your favorite paper? Please note I have left out the Arches Platine as it is not currently available for purchase and the poll below is for Matt surface papers only. If your favorite paper is not listed please just click other and then type it in! I have listed what I feel is a good sample of true fine art papers…your vote counts! (You can vote for more than one.)

Scott Bridge, The Hexomniscope and Diafine Developer

Scott Bridge from the Vanishing Vermont Series.
Scott Bridge from the Vanishing Vermont Series.

I’ve written extensively on this web site about the qualities of Diafine Developer and different Black and White films for the purposes of scanning. Here is an example of Fuji Acros 100 (EI 160, 120MM) shot with my Hexomniscope Pinhole Camera by Abelson Scope Works and processed in Diafine Developer….did I mention that the exposure was F205 at 37 Minutes?! The final print size is 28″ x 90″ and is printing as I type!

Viva la Revolution

Sometimes Change is Good!

I’ve mentioned here and also in the Figital Revolution Manifesto (book) about the evils of re-branded photographic supplies (film/ paper/ etc…) but maybe things are about to change… and change can be good! Crane Museo Paper (Max and Portfolio Rag) have been acquired by Intelicoat (who by the way did the coating on these papers anyways) so what does this mean? First these great papers will still be made (and yes I did say great) and sold but now under Intelicoat (Crane will still supply the base paper of course). IMHO our industry needs more of this transparency as to who really makes or at least who is involved in the production of the products we all use. I would be very upset (pissed) to find out that several papers I just bought were all the same paper just with different names…this is not as far fetched as it seems. For now I will just be happy that one of my favorite papers will continue to be made…now if I could just figure out how to make some of my favorite films survive the coming decades that would be truly amazing. For more information on this Intelicoat deal click on the link:

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Great Expectations- Thoughts on Selecting The Perfect Paper for Your Prints

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This in-depth audioblog (almost 20 minutes) provides a great foundation on the four basic types of output material (gloss, matt, canvas and alternative media) as well as examples on organizing your paper (media) and workflow considerations for selecting a specific media for a particular artwork.  By Stephen M. Schaub Hybrid Artists and master printer.

What Makes A Good Printer Profile

AudioBlog Logo What is a printer profile? What is a good profile? Why do you care? This dynamic audioblog by Hybrid Artist Stephen Schaub gives a good foundation for the understanding of digital printing technology. Discussion includes gamut compression, profile neutrality, tonality and a description of different types of profiles and PSR (Print Surface Resolution).

Print Surface Resolution…A Proposal by Stephen Schaub

AudioBlog LogoEver wonder how much resolution (dpi) is possible on a print? Not printer resolution, but rather Paper or Print Surface Resolution. This audio blog lays out a proposal by Hybrid Artist Stephen Schaub on a new approach for determining just how good your prints can be on a specific paper.