Get Back To The Print – Behind The Scenes

December 22, 2015 ·

Kevin Raber
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The Canon and Epson printers arrive with plenty of paper and ink
The Canon and Epson printers arrive with plenty of paper and ink

A while back in one of my Rants, I mentioned that Luminous-Landscape was going to be focusing on Getting Back To The Print.  For me photography is the print and these days—way too often —I see photographers taking really nice images on very expensive cameras and not even printing them but only sharing them on social media and on mobile devices.  While all this is fine and I am just as guilty of doing the same thing, it is the print that still holds the magic for me.

I am all about the print.  It could be a box of 4×6 inch snapshots or 40 x 50 inch wall art.

To kick off the Getting Back To The Print Project I reached out to a number of industry friends and manufacturers.   I picked a date and asked that printers and people would converge on our Indy offices during the week of December 13th, 2015.  I was joined by Mark Segal from Toronto, Jeff Schewe from Chicago, Dan “Dano” Steinhardt from Epson and John Pannozzo from ColorByte Software.  And, of course Chris Sanderson of Luminous-Landscape who served as our videographer.  Michael Reichmann couldn’t join us for this week as he had just returned from his Ethiopia expedition.

Canon and Epson were very kind and sent us their newest 17 inch wide printers: the Canon Pro 1000 and the Epson P800.  Mark Segal was here to do the review on the Pro 100 as well as a follow up review on the P800 using the NEW Epson Legacy Papers.   We had plenty of ink and paper and we put Mark at the the table with the printers, where he worked hard all week printing and analyzing the capabilities of these printers.  We’ll have detailed reports in the near future on both the printers.

Join Kevin as he gives a brief tour of the Indianapolis offices of Luminous-Landscape

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The Unboxing and Set Up

Prior to everyone arriving, along with my wife Debra, I took up the task of unpacking and setting up the printers, as well as running initial tests.  Here are a few images from that process. We’ll cover more about the initial set up in our detailed reviews.

The Epson P800

The Epson P800 still in the box
The Epson P800 still in the box
The famous Epson blue tape in all its glory
The famous Epson blue tape in all its glory
And, the aftermath
And, the aftermath. Make sure you find all the hidden blue tape. Some of it is well hidden.
Ink Installed and ready to go. It took just about an hour to unpack, set up and prime the printer. Installation of the software was easy but tricky. we'll explain what to look for in our review.
Ink Installed and ready to go. It took just about an hour to unpack, set up and prime the printer. Installation of the software was relatively easy but also tricky at turns. We’ll explain what to look for in our review.

The Canon Pro 1000

The Canon Pro 1000 in the box
The Canon Pro 1000 in the box.  Bigger and heavier box than Epson. Canon likes Orange tape and can be just as creative with the orange tape as Epson with its blue.
The Canon Pro 1000 with the ink installed. Notice the different ink color set.
The Canon Pro 1000 with the ink installed. Notice the different ink color set.
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Something different, the Canon print head is installed by the user. Here is what it looks like packaged.
The print head unpacked for the Canon Pro 1000
The print head unpacked for the Canon Pro 1000
Installing the print head into the printer
Installing the print head into the printer.  The set up for this printer also took around an hour and installing the software was also a bit tricky.  Again, more in our review.
Both printers set up and ready to go. Now we just need the cast of players.
Both printers set up and ready to go. Now we just need the cast of players.

Time To Get To Work

The cast - Front row - Kevin Raber, Mark Segal and John Panazzo. Rear row - Chris Sanderson, Dan "Dano" Steinhardt and Jeff Schewe.
The cast – Front row – Kevin Raber, Mark Segal and John Pannozzo. Rear row – Chris Sanderson, Dan “Dano” Steinhardt and Jeff Schewe.
Mark and Jeff discussing the making of a print
Mark and Jeff discussing the making of a print.  It was past 5 PM so it was beer time.
Kevin is doing an intro to an upcoming review on the Sony A7s II. We will also did review intros for a number of other cameras and products. Lots of content being worked on.
Kevin is doing an intro to an upcoming review on the Sony A7s II. We will also did review intros for a number of other cameras and products. Lots of content being worked on.
Now seen from Chris's perspective
Now seen from Chris’s perspective
Chris shown trying to stay organized between takes. Notice the Leica SL in the foreground, oh what a nice camera that is.
Chris shown trying to stay organized between takes. Notice the Leica SL in the foreground, oh what a nice camera that is.
An review intro being made on the Leica SL
A review video intro being made on the Leica SL
Kevin, Jeff and Dano in an extended conversation on papers, printing and other interesting things
Kevin, Jeff and Dano in an extended conversation on papers, printing and other interesting things
Kevin and John have a discussion and run through the features of ImagePrint
Kevin and John have a discussion and run through the features of ImagePrint
Mark Segal doing reading on test prints from the Canon Pro 1000 printer. Look for his review soon.
Mark Segal doing readings on test prints from the Canon Pro 1000 printer. Look for his review soon.

Kumbaya

As a kid I spent my summers at a summer camp and after a fun eight weeks away from home, we would sit around the camp fire and sing Kumbaya and reminisce about all the fun times we had.  That was how ending our time together was for these past few days.  There is nothing like getting a number of very passionate people together discussing photography and printing.  Lots of good conversation and learning by all.  We hope we can share a lot of this with you over the coming weeks and months.

I want to thank everyone who took time out of their busy schedules to spend their time with Luminous-Landscape.  It was true pleasure and honor to spend time with everyone,


Kevin Raber
December 2015

Kevin Raber

Photography is my passion and has been for 45 plus years. My career in photography has allowed me to travel the world, meet some of the most interesting people on the planet and see things I could never have dreamed of. My goal is to share the passion of pictures taking through photographs and teaching with as many people as I can hoping it brings them as much joy and happiness as it has me. I do this through Rockhopper Workshops and other projects as well as teaching at my Gallery in Indianapolis.

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