We Are All Photographers Now!

Cell phone Tower, Hexar RF, 50 Hex, Delta 400, Tmax Dev
Cell Phone Tower

Apparently, the times are changing. Emphasis below mine.

Meanwhile telephones become cameras, desktop printers morph into mini-printing labs, and high-definition screens threaten to dislodge the venerable photographic print from gallery walls.

Guess that’s why my printer was so cheap. Is an inkjet print venerable? Or only traditional process prints? Should I have bought a couple of those really nice Mac Cinema Displays instead of a printer? Can you get nice linen bound albums for a Cinema Display? How do I send a Cinema Display to a friend, a relevant question since I can’t trust them to have Cinema Displays of their own. Lots of questions. Not many answers.

So what do I do with all these prints?

I bought a refurbished R2400 last week ($500 shipped from Epson’s online store). I unpacked it Saturday after a late lunch, but by 2:00PM I already had a half dozen great B&W prints. I think Kate’s reaction to this sums up my first impressions of the printer: “Wow, that many prints from the old printer would have taken all day and a hell of lot more cursing.” This is true. The old HP was a pain in the ass. The Epson, so far, is not.

Although I’m sure my printing skills will improve, straight out of the box the prints are better than anything I ever managed in the darkroom. And on comparitively el-cheapo Epson Ultra Premium Luster no less. Now the question becomes, what the hell do I do with all these prints? I owe a couple of people prints – a few of which are embarassingly overdue – but after that, what do I do with the rest. How do people display these things?

A few prints will end up on the walls, but I’d like books or albums of some sort for the majority. And a source for mats and frames. A cursory look around the internet suggests that most of this stuff is aimed at folks that print much larger than I’d ever go for. Six by nine on a 8.5 by 11 sheet already seems huge, but I’m seeing books designed for 13 by 19 prints. Do people really print that big? I guess you can with digital, but whatever happened to 5 by 7? Or even 8 by 10 for that matter? 5 by 7.5 prints on 8 by 10 paper would be a bit more suitable for handling than these super-sizes.

Guidance appreciated if it anyone has it. And let me know if you want to swap a print.

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Note: The difference between looking at these on the white background of google reader and the black background of my site is instructive. Against a white background, I’d say the contrast is too low. Against the black, it’s just about right. Perception is a funny thing.