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Epson Adds “Focal Points,” a New Addition to their Pro Imaging Site

I just had a chance to look over this new addition to Epson’s site, and found it very impressive. The new addition showcases how Epson’s Pro Imaging products are being used by some of the most respected and well-known photographers in the world to make fine art prints. The stories, photographs and videos on the new site are very inspiring, and I highly recommend taking a look.

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Just a few of the people and stories are listed below, and all can be found by browsing the stories at www.epson.com/focalpoints.

– Photographer Jerry Uelsmann and artist Maggie Taylor’s “Just Suppose” exhibition at the University Gallery, University of Florida (UF), Gainesville, Fla.
– Lynn Goldsmith’s exhibition at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
– Story about American Photo’s Images of the Year exhibition. All prints were made on Epson’s Signature Worthy™ Exhibition Fiber Paper and were shown at Splashlight Studio in New York.
– An article and video featuring Pete Turner and his recent retrospective, Pete Turner: Empowered by Color at the George Eastman House. The article and video include information about his work, as well as the way he sees the world in color. He also speaks about the SoLux bulbs used in the exhibition as well as the 16-by-20-inch exhibition prints he made using the 17-inch wide Epson Stylus Pro 3800 on Epson Premium Luster Photo Paper.

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inkAID tutorial PDF available on inkAID’s website

A four page PDF by Artist, educator and author Karin Schminke entitled: “Printing on Uncoated Papers Using inkAID Coatings” was just posted on inkAID’s website. I’m very happy to have the technique as a part of the 301 Inkjet Tips book, and appreciate the work of all of the guest artists whose tips and techniques appear in the book.

The 4 page PDF with additional information about inkAID and the bookis available here for download: http://www.inkaid1.com

or you can download the PDF directly here.

The “InkjetSelector” PDF from “301 Inkjet Tips” available free for download

One of the questions I am often asked is “Which printer should I buy?” and my usual reply is “The printer that’s right for you.” I then ask a series of questions and within a few minutes I can generally give them some appropriate options.

Chapter 3 of “301 Inkjet Tips and Techniques” is entitled, “Choosing an Inkjet Printer,” and to help others make this important decision, I created the “InkjetSelector” checklist. This checklist contains the questions I generally ask, plus many more. You may find it useful just to get a sense of the many features that are available today on modern inkjet printers.

This is the introductory text for the InkjetSelector checklist as it is listed in the book, followed by a link to download the three page, 70 point checklist.

TIP 40 Fill out the InkjetSelector checklist.

Choosing an inkjet printer (or printers) is kind of like choosing a car. Many models will do the job, but only a select few will meet most of your requirements. To get started, on the following pages is the super-powerful InkjetSelector, a form I created with 70 parameters to help you choose your ideal printer. Feel free to copy the form (for your own use only of course), then fill it out, bring it to a store that sells inkjet printers, or send it to a reseller or consultant who knows a lot about inkjet printers and who can give you advice. Now sharpen your pencils and happy searching!

From the book, “301 Inkjet Tips and Techniques: An Essential Printing Resource for Photographers” by Andrew Darlow (Course Technology, PTR)

Download the InkjetSelector Checklist (shown below – 136kb PDF)

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Related Links:
Download the Intro and Table of Contents for “301 Inkjet Tips” – 600kb PDF
Download Chapter 2: File Preparation – 2mb PDF
Check pricing and read reviews on Amazon.com for “301 Inkjet Tips”

Legion Paper Conducting Print Auction to Raise Money Following California Forest Fires

I just received this announcement for a very worthwhile cause, and wanted to share this news:

Legion Paper prides itself on developing papers that meet the industry’s highest standards of quality and is equally committed to establishing and maintaining relationships with esteemed artists. The company’s latest charitable initiative is a testament to both these missions and of personal meaning to its Southern California office.

In the wake of last year’s September 2007 wildfires in San Diego, Legion approached a handful of its most devoted users and friends asking them to share their favorite California-themed landscape images.

After receiving great response, Legion sent paper to participating artists and compiled assortments of six California-themed prints in limited edition Moab Chinle Economy Folios. The books are now being auctioned online through Ebay’s “Giving Works” with 100% of the proceeds donated to raise money for the Glendale, California Red Cross.

Participating artists include Barbara Bordnick, Chris Conrad, Jim Graham, Douglas Kirkland, Judith Monteferrante and Michael Zide.

Legion Paper invites you to visit this page to bid on the prints. Bidding starts at $250.

A Recycling Tip from “301 Tips” Chosen by Photojojo.com for Earth Day

One of my favorite photo sites on the web is Photojojo.com. They have a great collection of tips, techniques and interesting photo-related products. The best way to keep them coming is to sign up for their twice monthly newsletter at photojojo.com.

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I recently contributed a tip from my book, 301 Inkjet Tips and Techniques for their Earth Day article entitled: 10 Tips for Being a Greener Photographer. There is a lot of helpful advice there. The tip I contributed from the book covers recycling inkjet printers and cartridges.

Related Stories: NBC Universal, HP and Staples Make it Easy to Recycle Outdated Technology During Earth Week in New York City
Great podcast by the folks at DL.TV with many suggestions for conserving energy and recycling Compact Fluorescent Bulbs.

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