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Black and White Photography, New York: Friday, April 09, 2004

The heaviest Red River Paper 73 lb. won't go through the printer, that's for sure (yes the heavy print lever is up).  Which doesn't matter much anyway as that stuff is just too thick for my taste anyway.  There are two glossy stocks that I like very much... will decide which... and that leaves me with lots of mat card samples that I'm not going to use (they really give you a lot of stock in the sample kit). I don't like b&w on mat very much - the blacks are not as rich as on glossy or semi-glossy.

The prints were so neutral looking that I was wondering whether the color cartridge was even being used, until it went empty and stuff began coming out purple.  I went through one color cartridge in two days!  Lots of test prints, and test strips.

One other benefit of all this is that I can switch from color to b&w.  I am going to have to make some decisions about "archival" type setup (quasi-archival colorlife) vs. just using the paper that I like the best (this is for prints).  I don't care that much for the pigment-based blacks that much.

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9:09:59 AM    

"Wow,  That does sound too good to be true.  Are you using your same
duotone curves for the card paper?"

Not using Duotone curves at all anymore (unless I want them for some effect).  Mode is Grayscale (ink setting is Color et.)

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"On another topic, are you at all worried that if you go to inkjet, part of your appeal will be lost?  Maybe appeal is the wrong word, but I am curious as to what amount of your sales you feel is due to being a "traditional" printer?"

Now that is a question.  My plan is to continue using "traditional" darkroom for larger prints and eventually to increase the price for them by about 25%.  I won't do this at first because I will still be curious to see the mix of sales of Inkjet vs. Traditional.

But I am going to do more "digital" prints for sizes of 8 x 12 and smaller for new images and for all the prints that I sell "on the street."  It simply allows me to offer more images than I can do with traditional printing.

I suspect that most people won't care one way or the other so long as the prints are "stunning" -- "most" being the operative word.  And, I am going to keep the "limited edition" part of it going for the larger inkjet prints as well.  It doesn't seem to me that how a print is produced has anything to do with how many you say you will make, or not make. In fact, I have a coffee cup on my table that if you like I'll sign and number 1 of 1 and sell.

3:51:20 AM    


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