Extrapolation: is the printer driver the same or better at enlargements?

I’ve seen this all over the web: “Don’t bother with fancy and expensive extrapolation software. Just let the printer driver do the enlargement. It’s just as good, if not better.” Overly optimistic, I’d say… but you tell me. Below is the same image extrapolated to 300% of the original size. On the left is the work of PhotoZoom Pro v6, and on the right is the Epson 9890 driver. The.. Read More

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borderless printing on an Epson 9890 – solved

I’ve had trouble getting a 24” borderless print on my Epson 9890. No matter what I did, it was off by at least an eighth of an inch, (and often more) cause me to lose details on the edge, not to mention ending up with a print that was less than 24” wide.    In many cases, this would not be much of an issue, but my work is art.. Read More

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“Up-Rez” – “Extrapolation” or just “enlarge”…

  … regardless of what you call it, it’s making a digital image larger, so you can print a bigger version than your camera’s native resolution allows. Epson printers want 360 dpi, and others want 300 dpi for the best results. (If you’re printing on canvas, you can go down to 240 dpi.) But what if you want to print a 44” wide photo? You have to enlarge it, and.. Read More

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Minutiae: it’s all in the details

Minutiae “…the shapes nearest shapelessness awe us most, suggest the god.” (A. R. Ammons) “Beauty is the Universal seen.” (Alfred Stieglitz)* I’ve been working on this for several months now, and as far as I know, it’s an original idea: make extremely tiny works which are designed to become “art” only after they are massively enlarged. In doing the art small, the intent shows thru, but the final image comes.. Read More

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How to release the head on an Epson 7890 – 9890

The old “turn it on, and yank the power cord” is hardly the safest way to release the print head on an extremely expensive printer. Here’s the correct way to do it (no dangerous moves required) :   Start in service mode*   select self-testing -> met Adjustment -> PG Adj   Press OK while Un Cap is displayed.   That releases the head.   When you are done, press.. Read More

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Printing a printer profile target on OS X.

Most of you know that it’s not any longer conveniently possible to print a file with absolutely NO color management tweaking the colors. Between Apple, Adobe and Epson, there just isn’t a simple and obvious way to print out a sample target for reading with your ColorMunki or i1 Photo Pro. There are three, in fact. One is well-known: get Adobe’s Color Printer Utility, which is free from them at:.. Read More

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How to prepare an image for a photo contest

Entering photography contests is fun, but the first few times it can be a bit daunting. The contest always specifies what format an image file must be, in order to be accepted. And besides that, it limits the size… and besides -that- you want them to see it with the same colors as you see on your own monitor. Well, here’s the step-by-step to doing just that. http://www.valleau.gallery/how2/enter-a-contest/

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Photography changes: the cellphone and photography as art

There are 7.2 billion people in the world, and 7 billion cell phone accounts. Cellphones now reach over 96% of the people, and over half of them are in the Asia-Pacific region. The penetration is 90% in developing countries.   40% of the world’s population is on the internet.   Every day over a billion photographs are uploaded to some place on the internet. That’s 12,000 photos every second.  .. Read More

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Your rights as a photographer

A couple of days ago, I was in a face-off with the postmaster in my community. I was in the post office, taking shots that appealed to me. He stepped in front of the camera, and told me I could not photograph there. Thing ended amicably, and I continued shooting, but that did inspire this blog post about photographer’s rights.   First, the specific federal law, as it applied to.. Read More

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I’m interviewed

Screenwriter and author Christina Hamlett interviewed me recently, asking basic questions about the world of photography. It’s here: https://thefaceofbusiness.wordpress.com/2015/06/18/tracy-valleau-fine-art-photography/

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