Photography News Issue 52

Photography News | Issue 52 |

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Prints charming There’s a real joy to be found in home printing: a satisfying, hands-on feeling of control combined with a sense of achievement in holding finished work in your hands, rather than seeing it scaled down and lifeless on a computer monitor. Here are some top papers, printers and gadgets to get you going Buyers’ guide

Da Vinci Archival White 315

Hahnemühle Cézanne Canvas Inkjet printing enthusiasts are in for a real treat with the latest in Hahnemühle’s range of high-quality canvas papers. Cézanne Canvas contains no optical brighteners (OBAs) and features a finely woven, 100% cotton, natural white surface. The paper’s matt coating provides a first-class printing result with a wide colour gamut and deep, rich blacks, and it dries instantly. Cézanne Canvas has a formidable weight of 430gsmand provides extraordinary elasticity, making it ideal for stretcher frames. It can be ordered in rolls of 24in, 44inand60in, with a lengthof 12mor 5m(for 24in rolls). To aid results, like allHahnemühle papers you can download a specific ICC profile for Cézanne Canvas from theHahnemühle site. From£43

Da Vinci Archival White is a fine-art watercolour stock, that combines a special inkjet coating with a velvety smooth matte finish, and this popular inkjet paper has famously been used by the likes of BobCarlos Clarke, Mike Figgis and Tony McGee. Made from 100% cotton, the paper has a natural white base, making it equally suited for colour or black & white work, and it’s available in sheets from A4 to A2 in size, starting at £28.20 for 25 sheets. Rolls of 15m are also available from 17in to 60in, starting at £92.40. From£28.20

PermaJet FBMono Gloss Baryta FB Mono Gloss Baryta is a paper for the serious monochrome enthusiast. Specially developed for black & white work, it’s a true baryta paper with a pleasing gloss surface and a heavyweight base of 320gsm, giving it an immediate fine-art feel. The paper’s base has a natural white tint, which gives it a similar finish, texture and coating to traditional darkroom baryta/fibre based papers, and the high-gloss coating complements this. The coating, which is applied directly to the true baryta layer and fibre base leads to intense, rich blacks and creamy whites. What’s more the paper boasts excellent detail and tonal range, and superb archival properties to prevent fading and discolouration over time. It’s available up toA2 in size and up to 44in rolls. From£14.95

Epson Traditional Photo Paper 330gsm Designed exclusively for use with Epson’s new UltraChrome K3 ink and in collaboration with professional photographers, Epson’s Traditional Photo Paper is said to compare closely to classic silver halide papers; it provides great control of tonal transitions and dynamic range in black & white, as well as extraordinary colours. So, you can expect continous tone, subtle gradations, deep blacks and perfectly neutral results. It’s a fibre-based paper with a 330gsm base and a soft gloss finish. Acid and lignin free, with aMicro Porous SmoothGloss Surface there’s alsominimumgloss differential and instant drying time. Epson Traditional Photo Paper comes in 15m rolls up to 64in wide and sheets up toA2 in size. Prices start at £27.60 for a 25 sheet A4 pack. From£27.60

Canon Pixma TS8150 The Pixma TS8150 is a thoroughly modern all-in-one home inkjet printer, producing excellent printsup toborderlessA4 insize.At theheart of theTS8150’sdesign is seamless connectivity, so you can connect andprint viawhatevermeans suit youbest; using anSDmemory card, direct from the camera, over Wi-fi, or Bluetooth from smart devices with the Canon Print app to name a few. On-printer control is via a 10.8cm touchscreen, and the TS8150 can produce a borderless 4x6in photo in 17 seconds. The printer uses six single inks, including a newPhoto Blue for finer detail and it takes regular and fine-art papers via a dual paper feeder. It’s also a scanner and copier, perfect for creative or office use. £149.99

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