The cool thing about the Internet and blogging in general is that there are always voices out there that will challenge you. Here, thankfully, is no different. In my post yesterday about the P510 and printing above a certain size, I made an assertion that one would get crappy output above 8 x 10, perhaps; however, that was a faulty assertion, I have found out.
After reading comments I thought: Certainly, this could be pilot error; after all, I would say that as far as printing is concerned, I’m a neophyte, or newbie to be sure! So, off to experiment some more I went. I went back into the archives to gather some different photos, some that have less challenging dynamic ranges, details, etc. Some normal, everyday shots. The ones included in this gallery are those that I chose. I decided to dedicate this batch of paper and ink to learning. I’m sure that I’ll get some good prints out of it, but that’s not even the point now. The point is to learn how to deal with difficult prints.
Admittedly, I was very surprised. They printed in 12 x 18, flawlessly, without hitch, save for another small head clog which was easily remedied. I just printed them, as is with little adjustment save for a tiny bit of saturation as well as some contrast. I was pleased.
Following a playbook from Earl, I downloaded the software that he said that used to print some photos from the S90, Perfect Resize 7.5. I have a 30 free trial. However, after only using it on a few images, I must say that I will purchase a copy – here’s why.
After running the photo of the Grand Canyon that I struggled with so much and having PR increase it to 16 x 24 @ 300 dpi, I printed it again and there it was, in all of its glory, the “missing” detail. Now, I have a print suitable for framing, and I will. Very impressive. I’m glad that Earl mentioned it, but I’m not surprised, he has lots technical knowledge to be sure! I’m glad that I met him!
Craig Tanner once said in one of his workshops: When people call me talented, I tell them that I just survived being untalented. I like that. I’m taking my baby steps and my lumps on learning about printing … just like I had to do in the darkroom!
Thanks to all of you who commented for giving me something to think about and question my findings.