Earlier this year I was offered the unprecedented opportunity to show work that I’d been doing for a decade at the Bay Model Visitor Center in Sausalito, California. The Bay Model is a spectacular 1.5-acre indoor hydraulic model of San Francisco Bay. Opened in 1957, this giant model of the Bay was used to evaluate plans to dam or otherwise alter the Bay until digital computers took over this task around the year 2000. Today it is an educational attraction. It also has a wonderful, high ceiling exhibit hall that has become the major public art gallery for Marin County, the county just north of San Francisco across the Golden Gate Bridge.
In evaluating print quality, these are the factors I take a hard look at:
• Colour Printing and Paper Profiles
• Tone Transitions
• Colour Shifts Under Different Lighting
• Surface Sheen on Luster and Glossy paper
• Black and White Qualities
• Paper Handling and Printing Speed
When I picked up my Pro-1 from The Camera Store it was almost a ceremony. I welcomed some help to slide the big box into the back of my SUV. While I managed to get the sixty pound printer into the house and installed by myself, I’m reasonably big and strong. Moving and placing the printer is chancy for one person but is a snap for two, so I recommend having someone along to lend a hand.
Selecting a printer is both a technical decision and a very personal,even artistic decision. On the artistic side, will the printer you
choose give your work wings or will stand in your way? Now – only you
can say that for sure but it might help you to reflect on both my
technical analysis and my feelings as I selected a printer.