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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Canon Pro-1 Question
« on: February 24, 2015, 05:41:05 PM »
I had a few questions. Firstly the prints I make look nothing like those taken on my camera. The colours are far too dark and I have to manually change brightness and saturations on every image prior to printing. This is taking a lot of trial and error and will be costly inks wise. Any ideas or recommendations to fix this?

Printing is a process exactly like capturing an image. You can't just press the button :)

Basically you'll need:

  • Calibrate the monitor - and set brightness to a level good to evaluate prints. Anyway, most monitor gamut could be smaller than printers like the PRO-1
  • Calibrate the printer for the given paper - many papers now come with good starting ICC profiles. To calibrate the printer, you need a spectrophotometer, the Canon utility AFAIK supports only some X-Rite models
  • ICC profiles alone are not enough to "translate" automatically a screen image to a printed one, there are other variables which needs to be handle manually
  • Select the "proper" paper for a given image. Not all images look good on every paper
  • Good printing applications (what do you use to print?)  will let you proof (preview) how the final image will look, taking into account several parameters like inks and paper white poin. Some can also save them for later use.
  • Create/display a proof (print preview) (depends on what application you use to print), and then change parameters as you need to get close the image you want. Brightness and saturation are only two, you may want to change rendering intent, adjust contrast, sharpening, white balance, etc. etc., for example matter paper will have  far less contrast than glossy ones
  • Print from this proof, and assess it after it dried under a proper light source, or the light source it will be displayed in

Hahnemühle, Canson, Innova, Moab, Awagami  makes excellent papers, even Canon ones are good enough, the PM-101, for example. You should look for the sample packs, and then select the one that fits your taste (and budget)

For drawings you may also consider using "canvas" ones, that look more like those used by artists - your printer can use this kind of support as well.
+1...I use Canson paper,I use a Colormunki to calibrate my monitor and profile each paper as well,my prints turn out an almost perfect monitor/print match.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Kirk BH-1 or RRS BH-55 Ballhead?
« on: February 12, 2015, 02:12:41 AM »
I live in Australia,had some trouble fine tuning my BH-40,it remained stiff and sticky,I stayed up late in the morning till RSS opened in CA,2.00 am our time,and gave them a ring, They gave a return number to qoute and I sent it back,it was returned within 9 days and works perfectly.Fully satisfied,the guys there will bend over backwards to be ensure you are happy,contact them.

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"..what are we shooting..?"

Unfortunately not Australians....
Up Yours JonoRees...from an Aussie

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EOS Bodies / Re: High Megapixel Camera Coming in 2015 [CR3]
« on: January 22, 2015, 12:11:20 AM »
As much as I enjoy exploring the latest from Neuro[resepct] and others on this site, I feel you guys need to take some chill pills ;D,it is after all only photography and not life saving surgery,just out of intensive care which gives a different perspective on things,keep on with entertaining us with your posts but possibly a little less rancour 8)

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Software & Accessories / Mr Adobe and CC
« on: January 21, 2015, 06:16:30 AM »
I have been told that Mr Adobe has broken what many here in Australia considered a cast -iron g'tee,you can no longer sign up for lightroom and 2014 CC for Aus$9.99 p/m,I am told it is up to around $40p/m.If true it is just another example of the world domination and lack of respect for Aussie photogs,please tell me it is not true[small hope I know]

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I have a less than $100 [AUS] phone with a 2.5 in screen and a 6D and 7D,you guess which is used for photography and which for talking on,also I print my work[large],as you can see I am not from the Right Now generation.

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Canon General / Re: RTFM. Do you?
« on: December 26, 2014, 03:33:55 AM »
Then there is always You Tube...

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Technical Support / Re: What kind of photo printer do you use?
« on: December 10, 2014, 01:31:47 AM »
I have always printed photographs[in my sixties]so when I went digital I began the whole story again from wet deck to ink jet. I have kept the canon workflow/DNA intact by using Canon printers,I currently have a Pro1 and before that   a 9000 mkII, wish I had kept the 9000.I am currently on my second Pro 1,the first was replaced by Canon under warranty,head probs and tracking marks thru print,unfortunately I would not be able to recommend the Pro 1 as my replacement copy suffers the same probs[haven't even used the initial ink tanks completely yet]most unimpressed,am trying to find money for a large format/roll feed Epson as I print a lot of B/W and at least you can change the head for a full mono one.

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Lenses / Re: In praise of the 40mm f/2.8 STM
« on: November 22, 2014, 02:24:13 AM »
Nifty Fifty stays at home  and Shorty with me always,this lens is so sharp,on my 6D it is so suited to discreet street work,love the little fella..

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Need Best Monitor for Photo Edits
« on: November 07, 2014, 11:26:54 PM »
Anything Eizo...

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II Owners first thoughts
« on: November 04, 2014, 11:13:02 PM »
Still waiting for them to reach Australia,you guys in Northern Hemisphere seem to have snaffled them all up leaving us Downunder to look longingly forums and such

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 7d mk2 seems very soft?
« on: November 04, 2014, 11:01:51 PM »
your flicker site is impressive

+1
great shots!Not just great, awesome eyecandy :)

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Woe and Pathos in the Sigma 50 Art?
« on: October 30, 2014, 06:23:37 AM »
Thanks Eldar for your work.I have just finished watching DPR interview with US Sigma Rep, he claims all lenses ,that is All lenses are checked for sharpness before despatch,from reading prev posts it would seem the testers need their eyes tested  8) 8)

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Lenses / Re: Selling 200-400
« on: October 25, 2014, 07:08:49 AM »
Some people come to this forum and argue just to argue....  It's really sad... +1

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7D Mark 2 Preorders "sound off"
« on: October 24, 2014, 04:00:49 AM »
Ah you lucky Nth Americans,so many places to buy from,cheap prices,[7DII will be AUS$2300-2500]no firm date for distribution,Victoria will get it first followed by New South Wales[that's Melbourne and Sydney to you Northeners]with poor old Queensland after the others are supplied,this is if other releases are anything to go by,oh for parity with US $.

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