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October 6, 2004

Veracity and Inkjets

Taking a course in understanding photographs, one of the points hammered into your head over and over is that of veracity -- the truthfulness of the photograph. Given I am a photographer, and I've exposed every single one of my images myself, I'd long assumed I knew the veracity of my photographs. I assumed they were, in fact, a true representation of the world.

Then I went digital.

But I didn't realize until yesterday -- when I bought a new printer -- that I was perpetuating lies in my prints.

It's then I realized that printing the truth was about the only thing the Epson Stylus Photo 925 wasn't doing. The first print out of the new printer (a Canon) disappointed me. It was blown out in an area the Epson had detail and the Epson had a beautiful purple in the background that the Canon printed as blue. Needless to say I wasn't happy with the results, especially for a brand-new printer.

That's when I looked up at the screen. The newly-printed image in my hand, from the Canon, was the spitting image of what was on screen. The rocks were blown out. The background was blue. Curious how the hell the Epson came up with details that simply didn't exist, I fired up Photoshop and made numerous futile attempts at achieving the same results. It simply wasn't possible -- there was no detail in the blown-out area to bring out, and that purple just wasn't there.

So what's the Epson doing? Beats the hell out of me. But now I can appreciate the new printer, knowing I'm not going completely insane and it's not, in fact, far worse than the one I've been using.

Posted by Colin at October 6, 2004 8:46 AM

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