New Epson Complete Guide to Digital Printing Paperback – 7 Nov 2011
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About the Author
Rob Sheppard is the former editor of PCPhoto (now Digital Photo) and Outdoor Photographer magazines and the author of numerous Lark Photography books, including The Magic of Digital Landscape Photography and How to Take Great Photos with the Canon D-SLR System. He is a regular contributor to Pixiq.com.
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I bought this because I have an Epson printer and wanted to prepare images in the best way possible for printing on it. This is my final stage after raw capture and editing in Photoshop.
The basic information about the inkjet printing process is very good and applies whatever printer you own. It explains the difference between pixels per inch and dots per inch very well and everyone who prints their own images needs to understand this (some don't). Colour management is also discussed well.
The general chapters are useful and are well covered, with fewer plugs for Epson products, in other books. If you don't have other books, there is lots of solid advice about taking and editing pictures.
The core of the book (for me) is the part on sizing and sharpening for printing. Here, the detailed advice applies to Epson printers (with their multiples of 360 dots per inch) but the principles apply to all inkjet printers. If you don't use an Epson printer, you would have to read this information together with your printer manual.
Sheppard offers one controversial piece of advice, which I summarise as "print early, print often". (He denies that he is trying to boost Epson paper sales.) He has a point. It is very difficult (not impossible) to judge correct print sharpening on screen.
If you use a good quality proofing paper (Permajet's Matt Proofing is just one example) proof prints are not too expensive and could save an expensive mistake on a high price art paper.
The Epson plugging will put some readers off. This is a shame, they should look past the plugs to the sound advice.
The samples of work from four professional photographers are illuminating too.
I agree with most of the points made by previous reviewers, but I will add a few observations of my own.
- I think it is perfectly justified that RS includes what makes a good photo as this is integral to achieving a good print at the end of your workflow.
- I already knew about monitor calibration and many of the suggestions for how to take a good picture. However, RS includes lots of print specific hints to illustrate many of the suggestions which are worth knowing in a print context
- RS really knows his stuff and explains some high end concepts (for me anyway) such as sharpening and masks in a lot of detail. - For those of us brought up on the 'doing' though photo magazines and using the software this is an ideal level of explanation and explains the 'why' of techniques I have been using but not knowing why...
- The book that I bought is the 'New' guide, which follows three previous editions. Therefore it not only includes information that has always been relevant to good prints, but it is also fully up-to-date with DSLR lore and examples for Raw photos and Lightroom 2.Read more ›
I did have to spend much more time working on one photo, but with time I spend less and less, as now I know what I am doing.
Worth the read, but it's going to stay on the bookshelf, rather than on the desk.
Well, that was true until I read this book and finally upgraded to a screen that told me the truth about what I was really looking at.
This book has made my life so much easier in the studio and my images come out every time, first time the way I envisaged.
Soft Proofing on screen did not work for me before, but it does now and I don't waste money on paper or inks which were quiet frankly costing me a fortune. Even my Epson Inks are printing more pages than previously that how good a result I got from reading this book.
More importantly I've made more sales of Prints than previously as well. So my advise is get out there, purchase, read and become a wiser & wealthier photographer.
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I have started to read the book, it is very informative and there are lots of tips to help you get the best out of your printer, not just about the printing stage but getting the... Read morePublished on 22 April 2014 by Gwladys
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