How to print great photos at home

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Want to polish up on your photo printing knowledge? We can help.

We’ve all gotten so used to the ease of posting and sharing our jpegs online that the venerable craft of printing our photos somehow got lost in the shuffle. The good news is that printing is just as easy, and household printers have never been more innovative and affordable. Nothing beats the pleasure of seeing your photography come to life tangibly right before your eyes, and if you’re new to this, we’ve got some helpful pointers to get you started.

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Printing at home: how to choose the right printer for your needs

How long has it been since you printed one or more of your beautiful digital photos? You’ve probably got tons of them stored away on your hard drive and posted on your blog site, but if you miss the sensational rush that accompanies the moment an honest-to-goodness photograph appears on a printer’s tray as if by magic, you’re not alone. And if you’ve never done this before, now’s a good time to give it a whirl. The available selection in home printers has never been better, and the print quality you’ll get with them is truly something to behold. Here are a few things to consider.

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Epson SureColor P400 Printer

This remarkable 8-colour pigment ink set includes Red and Orange inks for vibrant, true-to-life colour. Dedicated channels for both Matte and Photo Black inks provide deep blacks on matte, fine art and photo papers.

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Epson SureColor P700 Printer

The SureColor P700 incorporates the same large-format printing technology used by the world’s leading photographers into a sleek, compact design, allowing for the creation of exhibition quality prints from the convenience of a desktop.

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Epson SureColor P900 Printer

Introducing the SureColor P900 — a breakthrough in professional printing technology. Outstanding image quality and colour with the all-new UltraChrome® PRO10 Ink with Violet produces a wide colour gamut for vibrant and rich colours.

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Canon ImagePROGRAF PRO 300

With stunning photo print quality, outstanding productivity, and efficient workflow, the PRO-300 is feature-full of technologies that makes it easier than ever to produce great prints.

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Canon PIXMA Pro 10 Printer

As a photographer, you take care to capture the best images possible and you want those images to look as good as you remember when you print them. The PIXMA PRO-10 Wireless Professional Inkjet Printer makes that possible with features that ensure incredible output.

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Canon PIXMA Pro 100 Printer

The PIXMA PRO-100 shares technology with the rest of the PIXMA PRO line utilizing the Optimum Image Generating System to ensure what you envision is exactly what you get. 

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Canon PIXMA Pro 200 Printer

 

Canon PIXMA Pro 200 Printer

Focused on vibrant colour photo printing, versatility, and usability, the Canon PIXMA PRO-200 is the ideal choice for photo enthusiasts and aspiring photographers.

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Choose the Right Paper for your Photo Print

The paper you choose to print on will have a direct impact on the look and feel of your photos. Many factors come into play, including the results you hope to achieve and the purpose for which the print is intended. If you are looking to capture fine details in your print, try out premium glossy, lustre or matte paper. For your art pieces, take a look at our great range of fine art papers which are available in a range of textures to suit our creative vision. Not sure what to use? Click here to try a sample pack

All Epson papers are currently 20% off until April 30th!

 

 

Pro Lustre Papers

A professional photo paper with lustre texture for a traditional photo lab look.

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Fine Art Papers

Fine art paper has natural fibres, textures and is not artificially bleached.

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Matte papers

A dull smooth texture, for fine detail, and bold contrast qualities.

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FULL BLOG POST: These are some of the elements to consider when shopping for papers to print your photos.

Choosing the type of printing paper that’s right for your photography is a personal decision that’s influenced by many factors, including the results you hope to achieve and the purpose for which the print is intended. Over time, you’ll probably gravitate toward a particular brand that consistently delivers the quality you want and make it your go-to, but here are some additional elements to take into account when shopping for photo paper.

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Why you should invest in monitor calibration software

So you just finished editing your photographic masterpiece, you’re excited to see the results and can't wait to hit “Print.” After a pat on the back, you step away for a coffee while the printer does its job; it's all good. Until you look at the print, that is, and it’s nothing like what you see on your screen. Before you blame your printer, it may be time to consider calibrating your monitor. Screen-calibration kits all work basically the same: install the software and run it. Simple. Congratulations, you’re now on your way to producing quality prints that look exactly like what you see on your monitor.

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INTERVIEW: Get Ready to Laugh with Marta Musa’s Dog Photography

During this COVID-19 pandemic, we all need a little laughter to ease the stress and perhaps some inspiration of what we can do to photograph our own fur babies at home!  Marta Musa takes delightful photographs of her costumed pups and the results can only bring big smiles.  Find out her tips and tricks for getting the perfect shot!

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Datacolor SpyderX PRO

Advanced-featured monitor calibration for desktops and laptops, designed for serious photographers and designers seeking control within their colour workflow. The fastest, most accurate, easiest-to-use Spyder ever.

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Datacolor SpyderX CAPTURE PRO

The ultimate colour management tool kit, providing all the essentials needed to precisely manage colour in your workflow from capture through editing. It is designed for professional and serious photographers and designers.

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X-Rite i1Display Pro Plus

The i1Display Pro Plus incorporates new technology to meet the needs of filmmakers, editors, colorists and photographers working with today and tomorrow’s constantly evolving super bright, HD and HDR monitors.

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Let’s Learn How to Perfect Color with Lindsay Adler and x-rite

New York fashion photographer Lindsay Adler talks about the importance of color and light in her images and how she uses color control to create her vision.This encompasses all the photo and video products and accessories that we carry in our Prosumer, Professional and Broadcast lines across Canada, including exclusive brand names that we bring in from all parts of the world.
By the end of this video you'll know: the benefits of using custom color profiles for beautiful, saturated color and how a combination of concept, calibration, capture, and post-processing are all essential in getting perfect color. Thanks to Lindsay and x-rite for the great piece!

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BenQ Professional Monitors for Photographers

Exceptional picture quality with excellent linearity and uniformity across the screen. Appropriate for photographic work and highly recommended for professional photographers.

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NEW - Acer ConceptD CP3 4K UHD1 27" Display 

Professional design work requires professional tools, and ConceptD CP3 monitors feature 27” IPS1 displays with 4K UHD1 resolution, backed up by colour technologies that ensure vivid, true-to-life colour.

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Wacom PTH860 Intuos Pro Large

Built with high quality materials and designed to make the most of the amazing Wacom Pro Pen 2, Intuos Pro is Wacom's finest creative pen tablet to date. With built-in Bluetooth connectivity and a sleek new design, it’s easy to set-up and looks great on your desk. Start creating your next stand-out project.

 

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Wacom DTK1660K0A Cintiq 16"  

Wacom Cintiq creative pen display is perfectly equipped to help you begin your journey as an illustrator. Vibrant colour, HD clarity and ergonomic design together with the super-responsive Pro Pen 2, offer a truly natural experience and help take your creative ideas to the next level.

 

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Today’s scanners are extraordinary multi-purpose imaging tools. They can perform multiple functions, and perform them with incredible speed and accuracy, from scanning slides, negatives and film, to making enlargements, and repairing and restoring damaged photos.

Epson V600 Perfection Photo Scanner

6400 x 9600 dpi optical resolution for 17 x 22" enlargements from film; TPU for slides, negatives and medium-format panoramic film up to 6 x 22 cm

 

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Epson FastFoto FF-680W Photo Scanner 

Preserve what’s priceless with the FastFoto FF-680W - the World’s Fastest Personal Photo Scanner. Scan  photos - as fast as 1 photo per second at 300 dpi.

 

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Finding the right photo editing software for you

To start off on your journey to printing at home you are going to want to get a hold of the right photo editing software.
There are a number of reasons why you should take the time to edit your photos (also known as post production work) properly, but the biggest reason, to put it quite simply, is that they will look more professional and appealing to the people viewing them whether it be online or in a printed form. 

In this post, we will try to explain why you should edit your photos before you print, and then outline some of the various photo editing software suites that are currently available.

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Printing At Home: Basic Photo Editing and Retouching Tutorials

Since we all seem to have a lot of time on our hands these days thanks to the self-isolation protocols that are in place around the world, why not use it as a great opportunity to learn some new photo editing and retouching techniques!

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PRINTING WORKFLOW VIDEO - How to prepare film scans for print

In this video,  Kyle McDougall takes us through a nice rundown of how he prepares his film scans for print.

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