I just finished printing out 50 of my disability-protest photographs for a small show that I'm opening at the main Yale library. More on the show later. I used my Epson Stylus Pro 1280 printer. It's an older model -- but still on the Epson books, as it's very popular among photographers for its
I usually print on Matte Paper Heavyweight. I've tried a variety of different papers types and styles and have always returned to the matte paper. It reminds me of the old fiber papers when I used to use the darkroom. The blacks are deep and luscious and it especially gives my film-based photography the softer look that I like.
While waiting for my printer to print, I was struck by two sentiments. One is the ease of color photography now that we have digital printers. I had always worked in a darkroom, but never with color because of the steep learning curve and expensive equipment necessary. Photography has also become much more affordable. The cost of printing out 50 photographs came out to around $75 -- the new ink cartridges just barely made it through the batch -- or around $1.50 per 8x10 photograph.
Epson has some of the highest per-photograph running costs of the industry -- especially its consumer and semi-pro models with their smaller ink tanks. I recently bought a Canon for my in-laws and was struck by how much the color gamut (and claimed longevity) has improved on those units. My next wide-body might be a Canon as I'm a bit sick of the games that Epson plays with its "Intelligent" ink cartridges.
In other news, I don't have internet service in my house as Comcast is backed up and can't get a tech out until next week to reinstall things (please, Verizon, bring FIOS to southern CT). So postings will be limited until the end of the month.