Mar 29th

2012

Learn to Print. Get Free Stuff.

I’ve been at this over 25 years now. I love it. But as I’ve not let light through an open darkroom door in 15 years, it’s time to learn to print again. One of my goals for my eventual (and premature) return to Vancouver was to dig into printing, so moving into and setting up my new loft and office seemed as good a time to do that as any.

I still have an aging Epson R2400 kicking around, and the prints that come off that beast are lovely, but as technology changes, and 13×19 is a little small, I felt it was time to get something a step up. After reading some reviews and deciding on a budget, I went with the Epson Stylus Pro 3880. Where the 2400 would do prints up to 13″ wide, the 3880 will do 17″, and there’s about 4 years of technological improvements in between the two. Nothing about this craft is cheap, and that applies as much to printing as anything else. The 3880 cost CAD$1329.99 at a London Drugs in Vancouver (special order item). It’s a 9-ink printer and replacement ink will cost about $60/ea – that’s, God help me, $540 if my ink all runs out at once.

I found the perfect printer station for it at IKEA, where the Swedish Mafia gave me a FLYTTA kitchen cart in exchange for $229 and an hour’s worth of assembly aggravation. The printer fits perfectly, and rolls nicely, on large wheels, when I want it over by my desk. And there’s ample space on the shelves below for papers.

I asked a bunch of people about display calibrators and got some great recommendations for the Color Munki and the Datacolor Spyder3 Elite, or Pro. Prepared to go with either, I got the Spyder3 Elite on sale for CAD$70, and calibrated my primary displays – a 27″ iMac and a 27″ LED Cinema Display.

And then I sat down and worked my way through it all with Martin Bailey’s excellent (hey, I published it, I can toot his horn a little!) eBook, Making The Print, which you can find on the Craft&Vision site for $5. It’s a solid introduction to getting through the frustrations of printer setups. The one thing that made the biggest difference? Turning the display brightness way, way down. No more too-dark prints. I skipped the DIY process of profiling the printer itself, but otherwise found Martin’s teaching really clear and helpful.

I also took Martin Bailey’s recommendation on papers and bought a bunch of Optica One and Vibrance Gloss from Breathing Color, saving $20 thanks to a discount code in the appendix of the eBook. Then I asked some folks on twitter and Hahnemuhle Photo Rag kept coming out on top as the favourite, and as I’m a sucker for the texture of good matte paper, I’ll try that one too. While I waited for the papers to come, I downloaded and installed the ICC profiles. The papers arrived the next day, an hour after my printer arrived. Perfect timing. The first test prints off the printer, even without paper profiles being used, were stunning. STUNNING.

So what does this have to do with you? Well, I’m hoping some of the above is helpful, if only to see how relatively easy this is. Easier than setting up a darkroom and mixing chemicals, that’s for sure. I know people get intimidated by printing, but Martin’s book makes it much closer to painless, and with the discount codes in the back of the book, you can save way more than the price of the book. I think it’s also helpful to see how expensive larger-format printing can be – truthfully, for most people at home who won’t be doing print sales or have a need to learn this part of the craft, it’s much cheaper to pay someone else, who knows his craft, to print your work, and let them absorb the cost of the technology, which as you know, is a losing game. Knowing that before you get your feet wet might help save you from, well, really wet feet. Of course there are much cheaper ways to get into printing, among them much smaller printers. Or if someone gives one to you.

GET A FREE EPSON R2400
Speaking of giving away printers: if you’re in Vancouver and want to take my old R2400 off my hands, and will come pick it up, then it’s yours for free and I might make you a cup of tea when you come. If you want it, please leave a comment here (specifically letting me know you want it), with your name and email address and I’ll touch base. I’ll give it to the first person I can get a hold of. Last time I used it (2 years ago), it worked great. You’ll have to get new inks, and download current drivers, but it’s got a nice cover and it’s all there. I just want it to go to a good home and not to landfill site. *UPDATE – The printer’s now gone to a good home.

WIN A SIGNED PRINT
In addition to that I’ve decided to give away the best of the test prints I am doing. So for the next 5 days I am giving away the first 5 prints off the printer. Signed as an artist’s print, these are one of a kind (because each image will be different) and I want you to have them. They’ll only be 8×10, so don’t expect something massive, but it’ll give me something to do with these prints instead of throwing them out or into the recycle bin. Win/Win. What do you have to do? Just put your name and email into the comments (the form is fine, no need to put it in the actual comment) so I can email you if we draw your name, and I’ll randomly choose one every day for the next 5 days, and I’ll send them to you as a gift and a thanks for being among the readers here at the best photography community on the planet. *Update: Comments are now closed, and all 5 winners have been notified. I’ll put the prints into the post today!

Comments (392)
  1. David

    March 29, 2012 at 8:16 am

    I’m OK with that Justin. I think we can still be friends. :-)

  2. Pamela P

    March 29, 2012 at 8:16 am

    Would love to win a print,David! Parton1004@yahoo.com :-)

  3. March 29, 2012 at 8:16 am

    I would love the printer, but I don’t live in Vancouver. Anyways, I would like one of your new prints, though.

  4. Michel Guindon

    March 29, 2012 at 8:17 am

    Hi David,

    Great blog entry I have been tempted to purchase an epson printer and start doing my own prints and I found it costly. But I am seriously considering it. Inks, paper, the cost of the printer it all adds up.

    Michel

  5. March 29, 2012 at 8:17 am

    Nice primer on printing in 2012. It seems less and less people are printing. Like a catch 22. More and more digital photos and less prints. I can’t afford such a printer and would look to some local printer that could hopefully accomplish a decent result, but it’s nicer to control the process. When I sold printers to our clients (about 7 years ago) we also sold the Epson large formats and our clients made nice prints with them!

  6. Sterling

    March 29, 2012 at 8:18 am

    I’d love one of the test prints and can pick it up if need be.

  7. March 29, 2012 at 8:18 am

    It feels good to hold your images doesn’t it?

  8. March 29, 2012 at 8:18 am

    I’d love a free print if I could get one. (and I’d love the printer, and I’m even tempted to drive up there for it from silicon valley, but that’s a bit insane, even for me). I’m actually headed down a similar path again; I realized when I retired by B9180, I lost something in my photos where I got satisfied with “good enough” when I saw it on screen. It’s time to get back to what’s good enough on my wall, so I’m shopping for a printer. (and fwiw, when I did have the 9180, I had a “free, have fun” box in my office at work where my tests and etc went, and it was a popular stop on the tour at that place. A much better option for non-spoiled prints than the landfill… )

  9. March 29, 2012 at 8:19 am

    oh my goodness, that’s a sweet new printer you have there. Congrats!
    Would love to win one of your prints. Your work is inspiring

  10. March 29, 2012 at 8:19 am

    I’d love to win one of your prints! :D

    laurie.crofoot@gmail.com

  11. March 29, 2012 at 8:19 am

    Aloha from the island.
    As requested for the prints draw…

    Scott Fraser
    scott@scottfraserphotography.com

  12. Ann Adair

    March 29, 2012 at 8:19 am

    I’ve been following you for quite some time and admire your photography! Your tips have helped me improve my own photography skills and given me some great ideas over the years. We’d love a print to spruce up our new startup office/living space and know it would inspire us in our creativity! Keep up the great work!

  13. March 29, 2012 at 8:19 am

    You can put me in the drawing. Also, I’m with you on printing my work. I’d love to step away from Miller’s for my personal work. For my professional stuff, they handle everything beautifully. I’m just disappointed sometimes with my work as it needs a special touch sometimes. Good to see you are working away.

  14. March 29, 2012 at 8:19 am

    Printing your own work – there’s nothing better!!

  15. March 29, 2012 at 8:19 am

    If I lived in Vancouver, I’d take the printer off your hands, but winning a print would be great. ian.mckenzie@gmail.com

  16. March 29, 2012 at 8:20 am

    Having spent lots of time in cold places, and also having admired your work and philosophy for a long time, I’d love an artists proof.

  17. March 29, 2012 at 8:20 am

    It would be an honor to hang a print of yours in my home. Thanks for offering this giveaway.

  18. Ben

    March 29, 2012 at 8:20 am

    I would love to have the printer but reaching Vancouver from Montreal will take too long.
    However I’ll love to win a print!
    Cheers

    Ben

  19. Ken Chua

    March 29, 2012 at 8:20 am

    will love to get my hands on a signed print of yours! Ken musicparachutes@hotmail.com

  20. Joann Lavrich

    March 29, 2012 at 8:21 am

    I have the Epson 4800 and I absolutely love it. I am looking to save up for the bigger one so I can experiment more with the canvas prints as well. Great blog and glad to see your recovery. Stay well and safe!

  21. March 29, 2012 at 8:22 am

    Thanks for the info David – I always need a nudge (shove) as a reminder that I need to print more often. We get stuck looking at computer screens way too much and forget how photographs were meant to be seen. And there’s a real art to printing – please enter me into the drawing!
    Dave Dillon
    dave@davedillonphotography.com

  22. March 29, 2012 at 8:22 am

    I’ve just recently discovered the joy of printing my own work at home. I get excited every time I pull a print from thè printer! Even in this digital online world I think we all need to see our work as a tangible finished print – its special.

  23. Patrick Magee

    March 29, 2012 at 8:22 am

    I would like to be put in the drawing for a print. I replaced my R2400 with an R3000 last fall. What an amazing step up in quality.

  24. March 29, 2012 at 8:23 am

    I’d love to get one of the signed prints.

  25. March 29, 2012 at 8:23 am

    Would really like to win one of your signed prints David.

  26. Michel Guindon

    March 29, 2012 at 8:23 am

    David,

    Did you notice that Epson has a rebate on for the month of March? I hope you cash in on it.

    Michel

  27. March 29, 2012 at 8:24 am

    Great timing David as I hardly ever print my own photographs and I’m determined to change it so your post has given me the push to pursue this.

    It would be great to win one of your prints.

    Ps. The new HQ looks great!

  28. Steve

    March 29, 2012 at 8:24 am

    The office is looking like a lot of fun.
    stephenfloodphotography@gmail.com

  29. March 29, 2012 at 8:24 am

    I’d love to have a signed print. Thanks.

  30. Max

    March 29, 2012 at 8:24 am

    I’d really love to win one of your prints! :-)

  31. Michael Dennin

    March 29, 2012 at 8:24 am

    Thank you for your generosity, David!
    -Mike

  32. Azita Kiai

    March 29, 2012 at 8:25 am

    I hope to win something this week..either the 1/2 billion dollars super lotto or one of your prints. If I am lucky enough to win your print, I promise not to give parts of it to charity:))

    Thanks

  33. March 29, 2012 at 8:25 am

    Hi David,

    Welcome back to Vancouver! I would love have one of your test prints. The printer would be awesome too but with a new addition to the family coming I wouldn’t have the space for it.

    Cheers,
    Bernard

  34. Jessica Hegion

    March 29, 2012 at 8:25 am

    love the website but love your e-books more, thanks for all the great advice
    Jessica
    (Kelowna, BC)

  35. March 29, 2012 at 8:25 am

    I would be honored to win one of your prints :)

    mcdeegan@comcast.net

  36. March 29, 2012 at 8:26 am

    I would totally drive to Vancouver for your printer and a cup of tea. Your Jeep and my Jeep could become friends. It’s really far though, so I’ll be happy with a test print :) and to look you up if we are ever in the same area at the same time.

    kjager@live.com

  37. Adair Dammann

    March 29, 2012 at 8:26 am

    oh yes, i would love a prin!
    Adair Dammann adaird@gmail.com

    I read Bailey’s book, and dialing down the monitor made a huge difference! But I have decided for now that i want to focus on getting better control of my shooting, and secondarily, of my processing. First things first. the time cost and frustration of printing i will contract out ~ mail order for nice prints is at this point cheaper and easier on my frustration levels.
    Thanks!

  38. Angela Riggs

    March 29, 2012 at 8:26 am

    Crossing my fingers to win a print! :)

  39. March 29, 2012 at 8:26 am

    Can’t afford the set up but would love to learn someday. For now, the labs do a great job for me and I’ll stick with them! On the other hand, any one of your prints would be awesome to have hanging on the wall!

  40. March 29, 2012 at 8:27 am

    Would love to have a print of yours on my wall :)

  41. Michael Dennin

    March 29, 2012 at 8:27 am

    Whoops…forgot to include my email!
    mdennin@mac.com

  42. Grzegorz Olichwer

    March 29, 2012 at 8:27 am

    Grzegorz Olichwer
    email: golichwer@gmail.com

  43. Min

    March 29, 2012 at 8:28 am

    I love to win your signed prints!!!

  44. March 29, 2012 at 8:29 am

    I’m still in the ‘let someone else do it’ camp and likely will be for some time. I’m ok with that too…like you said it’s good to let someone else get their feet wet in ink and tech costs.

    I’d love a print if you happen to pick me!

  45. March 29, 2012 at 8:29 am

    Doing my own printing is on my list of things to do one day. Thanks for all you do for the community. Seeing that you print with borders actually helped me today.

    weiher@gmail.com

  46. Laurent

    March 29, 2012 at 8:30 am

    Would definitely love to have a print of yours :)

  47. Jason Groepper

    March 29, 2012 at 8:31 am

    Man, I would love a print. I’ll keep my fingers crossed.

  48. Elizabeth Matney

    March 29, 2012 at 8:31 am

    A print of yours would inspire me daily. Thx for the opportunity.

  49. Jeff

    March 29, 2012 at 8:31 am

    God I wish I lived in Vancouver!!! How many times have you heard that, eh?

    Anyway, I’d love a print. Cheers.

  50. March 29, 2012 at 8:31 am

    Thanks for the article, I’m fairly new to printing. And I would like for sure to win one of your prints. :)

  51. March 29, 2012 at 8:32 am

    It’s tempting but I’m not sure that I’d actually use your old printer. Nobody would actually buy my prints to offset the high ink costs. Plus, I’d then have my current printer to deal with.

    However, I would love to get a hold of one your prints. Email: snapcutter@gmail.com

  52. Amy Gray

    March 29, 2012 at 8:32 am

    Would love to win one of your prints! You’ve inspired me to pick up my camera again!

    aubergine71@gmail.com

  53. March 29, 2012 at 8:33 am

    I am considering printing my own but also looking at “Image Works” as an option. They only charge $20 per 12″x60″ on which you can fit many prints. But the flexibility of one right at hand is tempting. Add me to your free print draw. dickanollie@yahoo.ca
    Dick K.

  54. Robert

    March 29, 2012 at 8:34 am

    I have one old R2400 and the 3880 has been on my wishlist for a while. Would love to see its print though! Nothing wrong with the R2400, as you said, it makes beautiful prints, and, for the time being, and for me, its replacement seems silly. In my case, of course… Cheers!

  55. March 29, 2012 at 8:34 am

    I’d LOVE to have one of your prints. rlongwell@mac.com

  56. A.C. Merritt

    March 29, 2012 at 8:34 am

    Put me down to win a print! ac_merritt@yahoo.com

    Would love to get that printer too, but live on the east coast, so too far. Great post, btw.

  57. March 29, 2012 at 8:35 am

    Looks like the new home base is coming along nicely mate. I’d be keen on a print.

    Cheers David, hope you are doing well.

  58. Robert

    March 29, 2012 at 8:35 am

    For some reason I thought that the name in the headers would link to my e-mail address. Guess not – here it is: rtoborek@gmail.com

  59. David

    March 29, 2012 at 8:36 am

    I would love a print
    djabch14@gmail.com

  60. March 29, 2012 at 8:36 am

    Would love a free print given that I’ve been mainlining your books now for the past six weeks. and thanks for the printer stories as well, as I’m venturing down that road myself at the moment.

    Dave at FourCrowsPhotography Dot Com

  61. March 29, 2012 at 8:36 am

    Put me in for the draw of one of your prints. Thanks

  62. soo

    March 29, 2012 at 8:36 am

    I hope your printer is still available. if so I will take your old printer from you :)
    soohwan81@hotmail.com

  63. March 29, 2012 at 8:36 am

    Seriously, I am always inspired by your generosity and continue to enjoy your posts (even when they get a little too technical for someone with just a Nikon D90, a kit lens, and one intro to photography course). Love your passion! And set some time to visit Winnipeg, some day, k? The flatlands are beautiful too – especially on our acreage! Have a great day! {I’d love to have a print too BTW} :D

  64. Ed Weatherly

    March 29, 2012 at 8:38 am

    David, I would love to win one of your prints and would display it proudly.

  65. March 29, 2012 at 8:38 am

    I would adore a print from your test pages! It will be framed and adored and serve as inspiration for an up-and-coming, fellow photog! <3 Thanks for being such an inspiration to all of us. Your blog is my fave! sherragray@gmail.com

  66. March 29, 2012 at 8:39 am

    I’m down for a test print :) Appreciate the offer David.
    Take care.

  67. March 29, 2012 at 8:42 am

    The odds are getting slimmer by the minute, but I’d love to own and display one of your prints, David. doug@rds.com

  68. João Gomes

    March 29, 2012 at 8:43 am

    Nice nice nice nice picture! :) jg@netvisao.pt

  69. Per Pedersen

    March 29, 2012 at 8:43 am

    Count me in for the draw. I have a spot on the wall reserved for you :-)

    Thanks, Per.

  70. March 29, 2012 at 8:45 am

    I’m still printing on an Epson 1280 … 11 yrs old! Would love that R2400 … but I’m in LA …

    Wait! I have a sister in Vancouver!
    Oh, forgot … she doesn’t drive …

    I swear … the whole world is against me.

  71. March 29, 2012 at 8:45 am

    Wish I was closer to Vancouver than San Diego I would love to give your old printer a home. I recently broke my printer trying to clean it, or it could have been the paper jam that did it. Anyway, I can’t afford to replace it right now but I would love a print of yours.

  72. March 29, 2012 at 8:47 am

    Oh oh! I would love a print *fingers crossed*

  73. March 29, 2012 at 8:48 am

    Your comments almost make me want to start printing again! But I would be happier having one of your “tests”…

  74. March 29, 2012 at 8:48 am

    Great article, I was just wondering what color calibration tool I should buy :D
    Any particular reason why to buy Datacolor Spyder3 Elite? I believe I’ve already seen Spyder4.

  75. March 29, 2012 at 8:49 am

    Thanks, David, This is great !

  76. Josh

    March 29, 2012 at 8:53 am

    I really enjoy reading all of the things you write. The Craft & Vision ebooks are fantastic as well. I would love one of the prints! Thanks.

  77. Kyle Reynolds

    March 29, 2012 at 8:53 am

    It was interesting to read your process for diving back into printing. I like hearing how photographers gather information from others about what products to use such as for calibration and paper choices. It would also be cool to win a signed print from you. Good luck on your printing endevors.

  78. Tanis

    March 29, 2012 at 8:57 am

    Great post. I have been wondering about printing, I miss the days when I was in the dark room so much, and I find some of this digital printing overwhelming!So thanks! It’s a good place to start. I am still working with my images and through the e-books of yours I’ve previously purchased. One day, I’ll get printing too! I am a big fan, and would love one of your test prints! :)

  79. Jill

    March 29, 2012 at 8:57 am

    I have the 3880 and love it! So far my favorite paper is the Epson Hot Press series.
    Would love to have one of your prints.
    bigbeanphotos@gmail.com

  80. March 29, 2012 at 8:57 am

    Of course I’d love to win a print! :)

    Btw, do we all need to be showing our email addresses in the actual comment, seeing as how it is required (but never shown) in order to comment? Can you get our email address that way? Just curious…

    sixergixer@gmail.com

    Cheers on your new exploration of printing. It’s something that is definitely on my task list of ‘To Learn’ items, but with the cost, my printing will have to be handled by outside sources for a while.

  81. DionV

    March 29, 2012 at 8:58 am

    Does entering our email in the comments form count? If so, use that one if you pick me for a print, please. Otherwise: diovan at gmail dot com

    While I’d love to swing by to get the printer and maybe have a cup of tea, I’ll have to settle for inviting you to meetup if you ever happen to be passing through London, Ontario.

    I received the entire C&V library as a Christmas gift this year. Still working my way through everything. Thanks for all the things you do for us, David!

    btw, Good to see you on G+, too!

  82. March 29, 2012 at 9:00 am

    Glad you’ve entered the world of large format David! Although the ink carts are expensive they last MUCH longer than the cartridges on “home” printers and work out way more economical per page. From experience you hardly ever change the yellow, magenta and cyan but the black, vivid light magenta and light cyan go through really quickly in comparison (3-4 months each compared to 12-18 months for yellow – we are a high school and print a lot!). In fact I found myself designing differently when we got our 4880 as I wasn’t so concerned with printing full colour pages with dark backgrounds – previously I’d try to design using as much white as possible to keep costs down. PS We’ve just upgraded to a 7890 (24″) where the high capacity cartridges are nearly £200 each!!

  83. Wes

    March 29, 2012 at 9:00 am

    Awesome post with great information. I have had others do my printing and may stay that way based on your advice but now I have enough information to decide. Thanks!

    Would love a signed print rather than putting it in the trash. wesley.webb0 at gmail.com

  84. March 29, 2012 at 9:02 am

    I’d love a chance to get a print. I wish I lived closer cause I’d love to take that printer off of your hands and enjoy a cup of tea!

  85. March 29, 2012 at 9:02 am

    David Sir,
    Nice to read your post.I am very happy if I win a your SIGNED PRINT. my maili id: xhobdoo@gmail.com
    Take care.

  86. John Lemen

    March 29, 2012 at 9:07 am

    I decided long ago that as I will not likely sell prints, I didn’t want a quality printer. I fight that decision every day. Sigh! However, I’d be honored to frame one of your ‘test’ prints.

  87. Lyric Murphy

    March 29, 2012 at 9:09 am

    Anything from you is a treasure! Count me in…

  88. March 29, 2012 at 9:09 am

    Sure I would like a print. It would def make it on my wall and make me feel arty LOL. Enjoy your work keep it up !

  89. March 29, 2012 at 9:09 am

    One more that would be happy with the print

  90. Bruce

    March 29, 2012 at 9:10 am

    I would very much enjoy one of your prints!

  91. Nicole

    March 29, 2012 at 9:11 am

    Alas, I don’t live in Vancouver so no printer for me, but I would love a print! nikilo@telus.net

  92. ditto

    March 29, 2012 at 9:13 am

    Would love to win one of your prints!

  93. March 29, 2012 at 9:18 am

    There’s something about a great print that digital doesn’t quite compare too. It truly is an experience when done right.

  94. Alan Wicks

    March 29, 2012 at 9:19 am

    Count me in for a print drawing. aswicks@gmail.com

    I do my own print preliminary work on an Epson and then when they look right send them off to be printed in whatever larger size I am happy with. I have the Spyder 3 print calibration stuff and the Spyder 4 monitor calibration equipment. Works great and easy to use.

    Your hint about turning the screen brightness way down is a good one. My brightness on my screen is as low as it will go. Prints come out just right.

    Also, the Red River papers are really good papers at a reasonable price. I have the comparable paper (330 gram 100% cotton mat) from Hahnemuhle and they print the same.

  95. March 29, 2012 at 9:20 am

    Thanks David! Enjoy the madness that is printing!

  96. March 29, 2012 at 9:20 am

    Count me in on the draw! brian@bdouglasphotography.com

    And where did you find Spyder that price? I’m hunting my online sources but not finding it for that price!

  97. March 29, 2012 at 9:21 am

    Love the post and our work. I have always loved printer, but the cost gets prohibitive sometimes.

    dbeery@3oaktretreat.com Love to have a print of yours.

  98. March 29, 2012 at 9:23 am

    I hope you share more of this. I’ve always used labs but decided they couldn’t offer what I was looking for and am lucky enough to have friends at a local fine art studio who generously offered the use of their printers. Now I get to review the C&V book and put it to actual use.

    Like you, I wanted heavy textured fine art paper with a slight water color feel. The labs charge per print what I can buy an entire box of paper for.

    I had several recommendations for Harman by Hahnemuhle Baryta and IIford Galerie Gold FIbre but I started with a box of Epson Exhibition Fiber Paper. I’ll be running my first tests through this weekend. I’m entering a new world.

    I would absolutely love to receive one of your test prints.

  99. David

    March 29, 2012 at 9:27 am

    Brian, I found it at a London Drugs store, likely just a one-off sale.

  100. March 29, 2012 at 9:29 am

    My wife and I are new to photography as a real business. We’re making our transition into full-time work over this next year. As cliche as it sounds, your books have been an incredible inspiration for us. Visionmongers was our first book we read and what exactly what we needed when we needed it. We’d love to have a print to keep the inspiration flowing. Hope we win. Thanks for your continued encouragement and teaching. eric.rn629@yahoo.com

  101. kw

    March 29, 2012 at 9:29 am

    I would love a print!

  102. Michael Knowlton

    March 29, 2012 at 9:33 am

    Might as well! Thanks for all you do!

  103. March 29, 2012 at 9:34 am

    I would love to have one of these prints, David. Thank you for the chance!

  104. Greg

    March 29, 2012 at 9:34 am

    Hi David,

    I’d love to have a chance to win a print!

  105. March 29, 2012 at 9:35 am

    Love the Hahnemuhle Photo Rag. Happy printing!

  106. chris stern

    March 29, 2012 at 9:35 am

    Hello David,

    I think it is important to print your photos as it gives you something tangible to look at and see how far you have grown. I recently got (15) 4×4 prints of my iPhone photos from MoPho App and proudly displayed them in my office at work so I can keep inspired with iPhoneography.

    Thanks for offering free prints…very kind of you.

    Chris Stern
    nolanstern@gmail.com

  107. Clive Camm

    March 29, 2012 at 9:36 am

    I would love to have one of you test prints hanging on my wall. And I can pick it up if I’m so lucky. Thanks!

  108. Rick Glass

    March 29, 2012 at 9:37 am

    Thanks for the post…

  109. March 29, 2012 at 9:39 am

    Really great idea, to give away some test prints!
    dropdcreighton@gmail.com

  110. Di

    March 29, 2012 at 9:39 am

    This seems like a rather inspirational thing for me to have on my wall. I’d like to put my name in the hat, thank you :-)

  111. Joe Hejl

    March 29, 2012 at 9:41 am

    Excellent. Thanks David.

  112. March 29, 2012 at 9:43 am

    I’ve not got Martin Bailey’s book so perhaps he explains it. But surely, once you’ve calibrated your monitor, you don’t touch the brightness of your monitor. Using my eye1pro calibrator and Xright software, the first thing it does is to get you to select the desired luminance level. Then it creates a monitor profile. 99% of my prints come out first time (using proper paper profiles) The other 1% is user error. I really think that adjusting your monitor brightness after calibration is bad advice.
    And if you’re willing to mail a print to the UK, I’d love one! I’ll even pay the P&P back to you!

  113. HeatherL

    March 29, 2012 at 9:44 am

    Printing has always been my weakest link. Thanks for the info. I would love to have a David duChemin print on my wall. Thanks for the offering.

    garden_digs@yahoo.ca

  114. March 29, 2012 at 9:47 am

    Don’t need the printer but if I was in Vancouver I’d pop in for a cup of tea! A print would be a lovely alternative though :)

  115. March 29, 2012 at 9:48 am

    David thanks for the insight and generosity for sharing your experiences and advice freely on the web. Hope you pick my name for the prints!

  116. Basim

    March 29, 2012 at 9:50 am

    I appreciate how you always give back to the community.

    Thanks!!!

  117. March 29, 2012 at 9:50 am

    Excellent post David. Would love to have one of your prints. Thanks!

    aaronalfano [at] shortmail [dot] com

  118. March 29, 2012 at 9:51 am

    I would love a print (and wish that I lived in Vancouver). tmmeyer@me.com

  119. Ambrose Chan

    March 29, 2012 at 9:53 am

    Thank you for your generosity with your work, David!!

  120. March 29, 2012 at 9:56 am

    Don’t I owe you a print?

  121. Bob King

    March 29, 2012 at 9:56 am

    Would love one of your prints, David.

  122. Colm Costelloe

    March 29, 2012 at 9:57 am

    I would also like to be in the running to win a print.

    – Colm.

  123. Ken Gray

    March 29, 2012 at 9:59 am

    Love a print!

  124. Tod

    March 29, 2012 at 10:00 am

    Count me in for the print!
    Thanks!

  125. March 29, 2012 at 10:00 am

    I gave up on printers when they started putting artificial expiration dates on inks and made them so that you can’t print B&W if a single color is out.

  126. March 29, 2012 at 10:01 am

    David,

    Hey Man I can’t say it enough, thanks for being such an inspirational creative and such a wonderful teacher! Im slowly but surely making my way through your books and am constantly finding new ideas that are easily implemented into my own creative thinking.

    These giveaways are awesome!! Says a lot about you, I feel most would just toss the prints into the bin and call it good. It’s refreshing to see someone like yourself who is constantly thinking of ways to give back.

    Thanks again!

  127. March 29, 2012 at 10:02 am

    Keep us posted on the printing journey. I liked Martin’s ebook, but can’t justify the lab expenses yet. Maybe a sparkly test print will help push me over the edge :)

  128. David

    March 29, 2012 at 10:05 am

    Simon, I’m not suggesting you dial the brightness down after calibration. But not everyone will calibrate, and for them, dialing it down is necessary. For those who calibrate, that process should include dimming the display – so whether you calibrate or not (and I suggest you do, but not everyone does), you need to dim the display.

  129. March 29, 2012 at 10:07 am

    David – thanks for the clarification!
    BTW, if you could email me at simongrosset(AT)gmail.com I’ve got a pdf you might like to read before your US tour!

  130. Phil

    March 29, 2012 at 10:12 am

    I would love one of your prints! Definitely recommend Hahnemuhle Photo Rag – prints seem to take on a whole new dimension. In fact it’s almost a shame when you have to frame them and sit them behind a piece of glass!

  131. Kirsten

    March 29, 2012 at 10:16 am

    Thanks for braving the printer set up David. Seems pretty manageable although my wallet may disagree.
    Also, would love to win a print! KirstenHrobsky-at-hotmail.com

  132. March 29, 2012 at 10:19 am

    Would LOVE to have one of your prints. scott@scottbeanphoto.com

    Love printing by the way, viewing a print on screen just isn’t the same as holding one in your hands. Hahnemuhle Photo Rag paper is incredible, so is their ultrasmooth Rag.

  133. Kai-Wei Jeng

    March 29, 2012 at 10:19 am

    I’d love to win your print. Thanks David!
    kaiweijeng@gmail.com

  134. March 29, 2012 at 10:21 am

    Love your work and would absolutely cherish a print.

  135. Greg

    March 29, 2012 at 10:24 am

    Yup – me too! Would love ona yours prints…

  136. March 29, 2012 at 10:25 am

    Add me to the list for a print! I use the Epson R2880 and I’d love to compare the output with yours :)
    patrick@laroquephoto.com

  137. Eric A Walradth

    March 29, 2012 at 10:30 am

    crossing my fingers

  138. March 29, 2012 at 10:31 am

    Your work is inspiring! I’d love a chance to win.

  139. David Street

    March 29, 2012 at 10:35 am

    I would love to hang a print of yours on my wall, so beautiful.

    squidz@hotmail.com

  140. March 29, 2012 at 10:35 am

    How sweet of you to make this offer.

  141. March 29, 2012 at 10:40 am

    Printing is not for the faint of heart. I’ve had a 3800 for a while. The two things that made the biggest difference were custom viewing lights and custom profiles. Eric Chan does great profiles and is a super source of info for Epson 38×0 printers.

  142. Rob

    March 29, 2012 at 10:42 am

    How is it that you make printing sound so easy? For me it’s a constant struggle to make the print match what’s on my monitor, but worth it in the end. Thanks for the print giveaway. I’d love to have one of your prints hanging on my wall.

  143. Sharon Thomas

    March 29, 2012 at 10:43 am

    Would love a print!

  144. Victor Yung

    March 29, 2012 at 10:43 am

    Love your work and appreciate the knowledge you share.

  145. Bob Dein

    March 29, 2012 at 10:43 am

    Hope for a print! Bob

  146. Mike Pouliot

    March 29, 2012 at 10:44 am

    I’d love to have one of your photographs to bring some life to the barren walls of my home.

  147. Eric

    March 29, 2012 at 10:48 am

    Hope I win one of the amazing prints!!

  148. March 29, 2012 at 10:48 am

    I’d love to win a print, David. Thanks for your post!

  149. March 29, 2012 at 10:49 am

    I’d hate to be a voulture, but if your printer is still available I’d take it off your hands. :)

    info@jordannielsen.com

    Jordan

  150. March 29, 2012 at 10:52 am

    Would love to be able to hang one of your prints in my home!

  151. March 29, 2012 at 10:54 am

    I would love to win one of your prints, even if it IS only an 8×10. :)

  152. David

    March 29, 2012 at 10:58 am

    Very nice choice of printer, I luv the prints from my 2880, the bigger sized prints on 3880 must be even better.

  153. Myles

    March 29, 2012 at 10:58 am

    Wow, winning onwe of your prints would be waaay super cool! I hope I win!

  154. Maarten Mennes

    March 29, 2012 at 10:59 am

    I’m in for a print! Thank you for your inspiring posts!

  155. March 29, 2012 at 11:03 am

    David, I’ve never really gotten along well with inkjet printers. I think maybe the dry climate around Calgary may have something to do with it, and Vancouver might be better suited for not clogging print heads. After your post I may have to reconsider, especially if I had one of your prints to examine!

  156. March 29, 2012 at 11:04 am

    What a honor it would be to hang one of your prints in my home!

  157. Hans Sprecher

    March 29, 2012 at 11:05 am

    I’d love one of the test prints…btw I’v got the same printer and i love it :)

  158. Kim

    March 29, 2012 at 11:10 am

    It would be so wonderful to have one of your prints!!! …for inspiration and to dream of travelling… as I am on prolonged sick leave and cannot wait to get better and explore the world again!!! Merci à l’avance!

  159. Jon

    March 29, 2012 at 11:13 am

    Would be wonderful to have a print of yours

  160. Carl Siersma

    March 29, 2012 at 11:19 am

    I’d love a test print

  161. Joolz

    March 29, 2012 at 11:24 am

    Hi David,

    Thanks for walking us through the process. I have been intimidated but since you survived maybe I will too someday when I can get a good printer.

    So I would LOVE one of your prints. How sweet of you to offer them to the community. I’m not local so the printer can go to someone else.

    Hope you’re all healed from the gallstone attack and hope that you get a break on health stuff for a while!
    <3

  162. March 29, 2012 at 11:26 am

    Reading this later in the day with 166 comments, but if you stumble across this, I’d love a signed, one of a kind, print! You’re site is a daily stop and your ebooks fill up my ipod/ipads . . . keep up the great work!

  163. March 29, 2012 at 11:28 am

    David, would love one of the test prints … I have the 2880 (and so would defer on the 2400) and would highly recommend visiting Jon Cone’s Inkjetmall.com and looking at his 3rd party refillable ink cartidges, they are a fraction of the OEM cartridges and the quality/gamut is almost identical. For paper, I really like the Museo Silver Rag but if you call on Opus, they have some Canson rag papers that are also very nice. Good luck with printing, it is the one aspect of photography that really provides me satisfaction, as I never got to experience pulling prints in a darkroom.

  164. Valerie

    March 29, 2012 at 11:28 am

    I’d love to wind one of the test prints :)

  165. Dennis

    March 29, 2012 at 11:45 am

    You learn patience assembling IKEA things, even in Sweden… :-)

  166. March 29, 2012 at 11:48 am

    I love my photo printer. It isn’t large format, so I can’t get huge prints, but printing my own work is so rewarding. I’m starting to mess around with more after-print processes (encaustics, transfers, etc…) and all of that is just fun.

    I would love a print of yours.

  167. Pete Morey

    March 29, 2012 at 11:51 am

    I never win!

  168. Dene wessling

    March 29, 2012 at 11:55 am

    I like the trolley very cool espcially. From ikea and regarding giving away a print that awesome but you have always look at ways at giving back to people fingers cross i might make the list all the way drom down under :)

  169. Mike Burton

    March 29, 2012 at 11:55 am

    Put me in for the print too, even tho I got RSI from scrolling down to the bottom of the page!!!!

  170. March 29, 2012 at 11:58 am

    Don’t print my own but would love to see one of yours!

  171. March 29, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    David: I am in the process of having the prints made for my first show. I’m currently using a local lab that produces excellent quality. There is nothing like coming home, finding the package, and holding the print in my hands. Printing at home is in the long-term plan. Thanks for sharing !!

    Please include me in the drawing of the print. I would be honors to display it in my home.

  172. Stefan

    March 29, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    Hi David,
    Won’t need your print but, but would like the offered cup of tea and a good chat :-)

    Gr. Stefan

  173. Joan

    March 29, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    PRINTING! Thanks for practical information on this overlooked topic, David.

    If anybody knows of a workshop(s) – either online or in Toronto – that focuses on printing I’d love to hear about it.

    And needless to say, I’d love to win your test print lottery!!

  174. March 29, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    There is nothing quite like have an actual print of an awesome photograph. Thanks for the opportunity.

  175. March 29, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    I’d love to be entered to get one of the prints! Thanks for the chance!

  176. Allison M

    March 29, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    would feel honored to have one of your prints!

  177. Howard Hoffman

    March 29, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    I’d love to win test print, thanks in advance.

  178. Nikki

    March 29, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    I found Martin’s book very helpful as well. It’s nice to be able to do your own printing.

  179. An

    March 29, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    Would be so cool to win one of your prints! :)

  180. Jason Davidson

    March 29, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    Would love to win!

  181. March 29, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    I’ve been enjoying printing since getting my R2000. 13 x 19 is max for me, but it fit my budget and I’m looking forward to making more prints. Have used Red River Paper, but will give some of those other brands a try. Martin’s book was very helpful in getting started.

    I’m in for one of your prints!

  182. March 29, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    Would be great to have a signed print of you! If it is not too much hassle to sent it to the Netherlands :)

  183. Janelle Robinson

    March 29, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    Hi David,

    Lucky you! More new photography toys…have lots of fun.

    As an avid follower of you and your work I would be thrilled to have one one your originals to hang on my wall. So, please add my name to the bucket.

  184. March 29, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    I’d love to win a print!
    I keep thinking “I should start printing at home” , then, “but it costs a few grand to get started”, and I back away.

  185. Matt Gibson

    March 29, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    would love a print, esp. the one in the image above – love that image! or any test print. thank you for continuing to teach via the blog. the last post was one of the best.

    have a great week,
    matt

  186. Gilly

    March 29, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    Thanks for the chance to win one of your prints David

  187. March 29, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    Hoping for a print!!

  188. Hope Rogers

    March 29, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    I have the same printer and love it. Thanks for the info, the Ikea cart looks perfect – I wonder if sales will go through the roof at Ikea now.
    Love your work and all your posts. Thank You

  189. LauraM

    March 29, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    Hopefully, your 2400 has found a good and loving home as it must have served you well. The 3880 is a phenomenal printer, and I hope readers are figuring out that the cost includes a full set of ink. It can do things my now lonely 2880 cannot (not talking about size on this, but quality of print and subtle changes in colors/tones). Epson often runs rebates on the printer as well, making this incredible printer a great bargain. I have read your post three times now, trying to figure out if your message encourages or discourages printing one’s work. For me, printing changed everything about my photography–taught me to see in ways I hadn’t–from capturing and creating, through the final image. It taught me to understand how finessing in editing brings an image in print to its full voice, and how to listen as well to what the image wants to be. I hope you will continue this dialogue and perhaps show the results of some of the stages in your edits as you produce the artist prints…why you chose to interpret the image a bit differently as you moved forward. I think this is one of the greatest gifts of printing, seeing the possibilities and implementing that which best expresses the vision–the heart and soul of the image and the image creator. Best wishes, as always…I know you will enjoy your US adventure. Perhaps you will make to Colorado.

  190. Sean L

    March 29, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    Crossing my fingers I’m one of the lucky 5.

  191. Jeffrey Bombardier

    March 29, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    So excited, I would love a print

  192. Richard

    March 29, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    Love to get one of your prints David!

  193. March 29, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    Would love a print, teacher! Expensive to ship to Europe, I know, but just save your weekly allowance and you’ll manage soon. :-)

  194. john dufton

    March 29, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    prints

  195. David D.

    March 29, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    Sign me up for the chance to win one of your prints!! Promise to give it a good home, if I should win :)

  196. Per-Chr Nilssen

    March 29, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    I want to learn how to make better prints – looking forward to more posts on this topic. And if both Eli R and I win, you can ship both prints to Norway in the same envelope… saving money. OK Eli?

  197. Jess Langley

    March 29, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    I love your work! I would like to win a test print!! My email is jesslangleyart@gmail.com

    Thank you!!

  198. March 29, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    David, I’ve been using the precursor to the Epson 3880, the 3800, for about 3 1/2 years and love the results. You should also try printing on canvas. Breathing Color also makes canvas that works well (at least on my 3800), and mounting is super easy with their easy-wrap system. Meanwhile, if you want to send one of those prints down to Tacoma, I’ll give it a good home.

  199. Morgana

    March 29, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    I would love a test print, please put me in the draw. :)

  200. Mike Zimmer

    March 29, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    Great piece today. Please enter me in the drawing for a signed print.

  201. Terry McMillan

    March 29, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    I already have a spot on my wall picked out for one of your prints.

  202. Sue Blundell

    March 29, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    Hopefully this will be my lucky entry:

    sblundel@mendocino.edu

  203. Dan Hassler

    March 29, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    I would love a print!

  204. peter berg

    March 29, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    I’m in!

  205. beth mettle

    March 29, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    Would love one your prints!

  206. March 29, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    Would love to have a signed print of yours David – test or otherwise! And yes great information as always.

  207. March 29, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    Sure, would love one of your test prints.

    Thanks for the give away…..

  208. March 29, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    I’d love a print!

  209. March 29, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    An image photographed by you and printed by you. Yes please. Pick me, pick me :)

  210. March 29, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    Thank you for this! A world I’m just exploring now, too.

    And, yes, I’d love a print!! I’ve got a folder of your wallpapers downloaded and on rotation on my iMac. But the real thing hanging on my wall would be heavenly!

  211. bcmunder

    March 29, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    Hello. A signed print would be really great.
    Thank you for all you do for us.
    bill

  212. March 29, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    I too bought the Flytta a couple of years ago for my Canon iPf5000. It just fits on top but was too wobbly because of the weight. A local workshop wrapped the sides and back with brushed stainless steel and it’s perfect! Rolls around my studio wherever i want it. Good choice David.

  213. March 29, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    I’m definitely down for a print, but whether I get one or not, do me a favor and keep C&V churning out great work.

  214. March 29, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    Gosh! Morning here in Australia, and already over 100 requests! Still, please include me in the draw; we’ll be in Van in July.
    While living in Bangkok, I was part of a small exhibition of international photos. That was my first experience with PROPER printing, rater than just going to Kodak… Learned a LOT. :-)

  215. Alan

    March 29, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    Very generous David, giving away your old printer and the prints. I also use a 3880, it’s phenomenal.

  216. March 29, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    Ha. A gzillion comments when you offer your prints. I’ve sent you some of mine, but since no one but you cares about that, I can’t really say it would be only right and proper for me to have one of yours. Besides, I think I’d rather hang with you in person anyway…

  217. Jean D.

    March 29, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    Wow, ça fait beaucoup de monde! Merci d’offrir vos oeuvres imprimées, c’est vraiment généreux de votre part. J’aimerais beaucoup participer au tirage, même si j’ai l’impression que les chances de gagner diminuent de minute en minute!

  218. March 29, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    hey i’d love to see one of your prints…

  219. James

    March 29, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    I live in Calgary so I can’t get the printer but a print would be nice.

  220. March 29, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    I too would love a print. Thank you for being so generous :)
    augustine.mathews@gmail.com

  221. Paul Goedeke

    March 29, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    It would be great to be entered into the print drawing. Great blog and inspirational words. You’ve truly helped me improve my craft.
    photog40d@gmail.com

  222. Keith Mitchell

    March 29, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    Would you send a print to Oz? Hopefully!!

  223. March 29, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    Would love to win one of those prints! Your work and all that you share on this blog are truly inspiring.

  224. March 29, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    Me!Me!Me! I want a print….hahaha….

  225. Eric Potter

    March 29, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    Please add me to the growing drawing list.
    You sure pump out some great primers and guides when you aren’t traipsing around the world, or physically recuperating. Not that the posts during these times are any less inspiring, just a different flavor. Thanks for all of them.

  226. March 29, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    Add me to the list of people that would like a print. Thanks!

  227. Peter Williamson

    March 29, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    It would be great to receive a print.

  228. Marc Flemington

    March 29, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    Hi David

    I also have the Epson 3880 and love it too. The Hahnemuhle Photo Rag is a wonderful paper so great choice there. Look forward to the chance of maybe owning one of your print. Thanks

  229. Darrin Gagnon

    March 29, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    would be great to win a print

  230. Jean-François

    March 29, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    I would love a print…hanging on my wall :)

  231. Chris Smith

    March 29, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    While the thought of printing can cause convulsions, I am down with free prints!

    Generous offer. Thank you.

  232. Jim

    March 29, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    Never printed any of my work until a friend upgraded to the 3880 last year and gave me their old R2400. I’ve had good results so far.

  233. March 29, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    A print would be awesome. *crosses fingers*

  234. March 29, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    It looks like I should be checking your blog a little more regularly now that you’re back in Vancouver. I missed out on a sweet new printer. I guess I’ll just have to wait another 5 years when you grow tired of the 3880. ;)

    I’d love to be entered in to the draw for one of your prints.

  235. Robin

    March 29, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    I’d love on of your prints!
    robinmunshaw@gmail.com

  236. Natalie nadozirny

    March 29, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    Love your work!
    Would love a print!

  237. Brian Snyder

    March 29, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    A free print would be awesome.

  238. Bob Geist

    March 29, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    Thank you for the opportunity

  239. John Nutzman

    March 29, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    I’m glad you’re having fun!

  240. Jack

    March 29, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    I’ll take a print David! I have the Epson R3000. Very happy with it.

  241. Damien

    March 29, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    Hi David,

    Would love one of your test prints!! Though technically I already have lot of them in your books haha :) but I have to tell you I live in Japan, maybe you don’t want to have to ship it that far :(

  242. Al

    March 29, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    Your work, both in photography and as a humanitarian, has inspired me more than you will ever know. A signed print would be treasured and displayed in a place of honor in my home. Thanks for all you do.
    clev241@gmail.com

  243. David

    March 29, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    Damien, if we draw your name, then we ship to Japan. A deal’s a deal. :-)

  244. Patty Lee

    March 29, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    Would love to see one of your prints show up in my mail box – Thanks David!

  245. Matthew Musgrove

    March 29, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    I would have loved that old printer but a) I don’t live anywhere near Vancouver and b) even if I did, I read this too late anyway. I hope I’m lucky enough to win a print. :)

  246. March 29, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    Free print? Yes please!

  247. March 29, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    Love your blog and would love a print.

  248. March 29, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    Printing has always been intimidating. Maybe I’ll have to look into that ebook.

  249. wei chong

    March 29, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    Hope to be one of the lucky 5.

  250. Sivaram P

    March 29, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    Would love to get one of your prints.

  251. Lynn

    March 29, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    David – I love printing! I don’t miss the old wet darkroom a bit (well, maybe sometimes) – and yes, it probably does end up costing me more doing it myself – but it is a simple joy and completes the process, from a click of the shutter to the finished print. You might want to take a look at Red River Paper – they offer a sample box of papers for a very reasonable price – their Metallic Pearl finish produces amazing results! Glad you’ve gotten back into it!

  252. March 29, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    Thanks for your generosity David.

  253. Jorge in Vancouver

    March 29, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    Hi David, have fun with your new printer!
    I would love a print just as much as any other of the other 263 respondents, but even without one I will continue enjoying your work, keep it up! I loved “vision mongers”!
    Congratulations!

  254. Ron

    March 29, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    David, Awesome article. I hope who ever wins the print truly enjoys it. Very kind of you!

  255. Kim B

    March 29, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    Yes Please!!!!!!!

  256. Kim B

    March 29, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    If you still want to find someone for the printer, I can get there easily (Burnaby).
    Thanks
    hi_there@shaw.ca

  257. Lori Nicoli

    March 29, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    Would love to have a print!

  258. March 29, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    Put me on the list for a signed print. I could give one a real good home in East Tennessee. I have just the place for it.

  259. Bryan Nelson

    March 29, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    I would to have a print.

  260. March 29, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    Oh man, I’d love a signed print!

  261. dave clendenan

    March 29, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    Would love to win a print, and thanks for sharing your travels with those of us stuck in rainy vancouver most of the year :)

  262. chris

    March 29, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    Hi David
    great post thankyou,
    looking forward to printing one day soon…..
    Same printer is $1808 AUD ( !874 CAD) in Oz, so looks like you got a great deal! Enjoy, and would love a print! Great idea for sharing……..

  263. Jennifer

    March 29, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    Thanks for the generosity and chance to win David!

  264. Gordon

    March 29, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    I’d be delighted to own one of your prints.

  265. Keith M

    March 29, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    David, I would love to take the Espon off of your hands (not to mention a chance to meet). If it’s still available just let me know when and where ( and I’ll grab a coffee on the way…) Thanks!

  266. Mike Marion

    March 29, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    I would love a signed print, any chance you will be doing a workshop in the Toronto area?

  267. Shamus Cromarty

    March 29, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    I would love to take one of those prints off your hands!

  268. March 29, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    I’d love to win a print! Enjoy the new printer!

  269. Keith M

    March 29, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    Forgot email address in the excitement…
    googoogoojoob@gmail.com

  270. Jeanne Maxon

    March 29, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    Good luck to me for one of your prints :-)

  271. Luka

    March 29, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    Mmmmm, that would be awesome to have one of your signed prints. Greetings from Poland.

  272. March 29, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    Oh man, I could use something that I did not make myself for my photo wall. I hope it’s enough that my email is entered in the submission form for this comment.

  273. March 29, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    How lucky can we get – well a lot luckier if we actually win one of said prints. :)
    I used to love the magic of opening up the canister of my B/W slides to find what wonder I had captured. Now I just leave it to the labs. :) )

  274. Debbie Carlton

    March 29, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    David it would be an honour to have one of your prints. You continue to be a mentor and inspiration to me as I begin my photography business.

  275. dh

    March 29, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    Big fan of your photos and your books, David. Would love a print!!

  276. Fabrice

    March 29, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    Hi David,
    Of course I register for one of these fantastic printouts !
    fabrice.vericel@gmail.com
    Let’s hope luck is on my side today !
    Fabrice

  277. March 29, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    I’d love a signed print. Toss my name into the hat!

    -Mike

  278. Kim Griffin

    March 29, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    I would love to have one of your prints. I just received my new Epson and am waiting on paper to arrive. I can’t wait to start printing myself.

  279. Joseph Lam

    March 29, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    8 x 10 is my favourite size! I got thick Ikea frames in that size for my own prints too =]

  280. Catherine

    March 29, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    A signed artist print from you will be inspirational!
    cpbalao@yahoo.com

    If I win, I can pick it up and drink’s on me in Yaletown. Cheers!

  281. March 29, 2012 at 11:48 pm

    I will trade you dinner and conversation (and a Lake Michigan sunset) for a print… when you get out this way.

  282. Martin McKenna

    March 30, 2012 at 12:12 am

    David,
    would love to get a signed print. Here’s hoping.
    Martin
    martinbmckenna@gmail.com

  283. Hons Yung

    March 30, 2012 at 12:23 am

    Would love a print!

  284. March 30, 2012 at 12:23 am

    I think your prints should be distributed as far and wide as possible ;) How about sending one over to the UK!

  285. kyle baker

    March 30, 2012 at 12:43 am

    yes please!although im all the way in south africa!would LOVE a print!just finished visionmongers-awesome!

  286. Maciej Wrzalik

    March 30, 2012 at 1:08 am

    Thnaks for all the advice you give to us! I have recently got two your books and they are really inspiring.
    It would be awesome if i can also get one of your prints. Thnaks again!

  287. Noel Hillis

    March 30, 2012 at 1:27 am

    Just one of your many fans here in Ireland!

  288. March 30, 2012 at 1:39 am

    Love the 3880. Got one for a very good price, second hand. And the ink costs a fair bit less than it does with smaller printers. As for image quality… Enough has been said about it already, but I can confirm it made me a happy camper :)

  289. Julie Goulding

    March 30, 2012 at 2:06 am

    Just came across your latest book and aim to buy it! Just what I’ve been looking for, as really get what you mean about post-processing!

  290. Jennifer

    March 30, 2012 at 3:23 am

    Thank you for so generously sharing your knowledge, positive outlook and humor. I’ve learned a bunch from you. Having a signed print would be a thrill!

  291. Finbar

    March 30, 2012 at 3:31 am

    Love your blog.

  292. March 30, 2012 at 4:30 am

    Thanks David, now I want to start printing again…. this is going to be expensive.

  293. March 30, 2012 at 4:42 am

    The print is still the ultimate expression of our vision. Count me in!

  294. Vince

    March 30, 2012 at 4:51 am

    Thanks for sharing your knowledge

  295. March 30, 2012 at 5:02 am

    Hope I get to be on of the lucky five. I have just moved to Maine so think I’ll take a rain check on the tea..;) Thanks for the advise on the printer set-up… I’ll go download the book.
    Everyone talks about the miracle of seeing the print appear in the developed…. I’m more amazed when it comes chugging out of the printer.. and in full color… WOO HOO!!!!!

  296. Carla

    March 30, 2012 at 5:10 am

    Good Day David. I would love to have one of your sign photo.

  297. Martin

    March 30, 2012 at 5:20 am

    thanks for this motivating article, I need to start printing larger formats as well…
    Would be great to win one of your prints!
    Take care!

  298. John

    March 30, 2012 at 5:25 am

    I downloaded Martin’s book and am reading it a second time. I need to get a new printer my Epson 1280 is about 8 years old by now. Still works and gets reasonable results but they could be better.
    I would love to get a copy of one of your prints.
    Thanks!

  299. March 30, 2012 at 5:52 am

    Hi David,

    it is a real pleasure to follow your adventures and artistic progression through your Blog! Your Life is a kind of work of Art on itself. Thank you very much indeed!

    I would be also glad to have one of your “waste prints”.

    many greetings in Vancouver from North Europe
    Theodor

  300. Cory Monroe

    March 30, 2012 at 5:53 am

    Love your photography and the books!

  301. Saso

    March 30, 2012 at 6:13 am

    I’d go with one of the prints, if there is any luck for me :)

  302. Pete Thornton

    March 30, 2012 at 6:17 am

    Great post! I am totally going to win one of those prints – I can feel it!
    Best,
    Pete

  303. Gianluca

    March 30, 2012 at 6:18 am

    What about to send one to Asia. I’d really love to get one of your printers. Keep on leaving your dream.
    gianlucapaolazzi@hotmail.com

  304. March 30, 2012 at 6:18 am

    Hey- I’m here for a test print if there are any to be had! :-)

  305. March 30, 2012 at 6:29 am

    I would love a signed print from you! I love your photography and have learned so much both here at your blog and at Craft & Vision. Thanks so much!
    Blessings, Catherine Martin

  306. Art

    March 30, 2012 at 6:30 am

    David, cool post. Have to confess that I have succumbed to the digital malais of the electronic print. I almost never print any of my work anymore. I do intend to purchase Martin’s book to perhaps tempt myself to try again.

    It would be great to win a copy of one of your prints (fingers crossed).

  307. March 30, 2012 at 6:36 am

    Your photos are awesome!

  308. Tyler Rogers

    March 30, 2012 at 6:41 am

    even a small image of yours would be great to have :)

  309. Al Rowell

    March 30, 2012 at 6:55 am

    Thanks for this opportunity to win a class print from a world class photographer!

  310. Sam

    March 30, 2012 at 7:10 am

    Love your work and would love to win a print.

  311. jforest

    March 30, 2012 at 7:52 am

    OOH YES I WOULD LIKE A PRINT!

  312. March 30, 2012 at 7:54 am

    Oooo! I’d love a signed print!

  313. Dorothy Brown

    March 30, 2012 at 7:59 am

    Yes, please! I would love a signed print!!

  314. March 30, 2012 at 8:09 am

    I would love to have a print! :D

  315. Gwenn

    March 30, 2012 at 8:18 am

    I would be THRILLED and honored to have one of your inaugural prints!
    Thank you David!

  316. Kim Nelson

    March 30, 2012 at 8:30 am

    It would be wonderful to have one your prints! You were the topic of today’s classes here at TASIS.

  317. Ken Gray

    March 30, 2012 at 8:43 am

    Count me in for a print!

  318. Leo

    March 30, 2012 at 9:11 am

    Patagonia is too far away?
    Count me in, please!

  319. phillip moffat

    March 30, 2012 at 9:38 am

    I would so LOVE to have one of your prints on my wall! Thanks for the inspiration and all the educational material you publish :)

  320. JereK

    March 30, 2012 at 9:47 am

    Would love to hang one of your pics into my living room wall. Something to aspire towards. etc.

    Thanks for being and inspiration.

  321. March 30, 2012 at 9:57 am

    A print would be great! Thanks for sharing!

  322. Irena Klayko

    March 30, 2012 at 10:03 am

    David, I would love a print…

  323. Norm

    March 30, 2012 at 10:04 am

    I thoroughly enjoy your work and appreciate
    your generosity. I would love to have a print
    of yours in my space. May I be included in
    drawing as well?
    Much Peace!

  324. Mark

    March 30, 2012 at 10:29 am

    Big fan! Love your work David!

  325. Tim

    March 30, 2012 at 11:31 am

    I would love a print!
    Could you send me a cup of tea too? ;)

  326. Gene Grochowski

    March 30, 2012 at 11:45 am

    Hi David:
    I would love one of your signed prints.
    Thanks.
    Gene

  327. Sandra Shook

    March 30, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    Would love one of your signed prints. I need to read the ebook Making the Print. I struggle with prints that are too dark compared to my monitor.

  328. March 30, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    I would love one of those prints! I am a big fan of your work and a print would just make my day (maybe week, no…year)!

  329. Brian

    March 30, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    Hi David:
    I’d be honored to display one of your prints in my home, if I’d be the lucky winner.
    As well, if you haven’t tried paper from Red River Paper, you should, it’s wonderful stuff and the service is outstanding.
    Take care, be safe.

    brian

  330. Katja

    March 30, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    Hi there, I admire your work and books. Right now, I’m sitting here withe your “Vision and Voice”, taking a peek at the great tips inside, while playing around with some picks from bhutan in Lightroom. I’d love to have one of your prints for my home – I’m sure it would be a great inspiration and a reminder, to play around, try out new things and never give up.
    Keep up the great work!
    Cheers from Switzerland,
    Katja

  331. March 30, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    Thanks for posting this. Maybe someday when I’m rich and famous, I’ll get my own printing set up. =) I’d love a print.

  332. March 30, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    Would LOVE a print David!

    “It’s a great day to have a great day!”

  333. March 30, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    Love to have one of your prints David. I’m saving my pennies for a 3880, but the fund keeps getting hit for other needs. Cheers, Keith

  334. March 30, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    Please through me in with the others for the print drawings…

  335. Tex Schneider

    March 30, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    I would love a print !

  336. March 30, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    David –

    One day we will hang out and print gorgeous Platinum Palladium prints…the Pictorico is on me! :)

  337. March 30, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    Congratulations on your new printer!

    And yes, I would love a print, of course!

  338. Stephanie

    March 30, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    Yay for contests and beautiful prints!

  339. Katherine

    March 30, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    I’d love to have one of you fab prints David. Thanks for the chance!

  340. Sarah Pogorzelski

    March 30, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    Fantastic giveaway, David!

  341. March 30, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    wowsers… quite a lot of comments here… I’ll throw my 2 cents worth in… while we still have cents….

    I’d also love one of those freebies… and agreed… need to print a little more than I do…

  342. Fabian Ngo

    March 30, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    Would love to be in on the raffle! Thanks David!

  343. March 30, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    Put me in he hopper for one of your fabulous prints. Enjoy your stay in Vancouver, but I’m looking forward to hopefully meeting you somewhere in California.

    Nancy

  344. Carl Stammerjohn

    March 30, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    Would love to own on of your prints!

  345. Arwyn

    March 30, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    Hi David, I’m very tempted to go straight out and get a printer.

    Would love one of your prints.
    arwynbryant@gmail.com

  346. March 30, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    Wish I was local to have dibs at the printer, but I’d settle for winning a print instead :)

  347. Geoff Powell

    March 31, 2012 at 2:10 am

    Hi David,
    Obviously I’d love one of your prints, but I’d also love to know where you get a Spyder 3 Elite for $70!! In Australia they seem to start at about $240… Why do we always have to pay too much for stuff down here…

  348. David Matson

    March 31, 2012 at 8:32 am

    Nice gesture to your troops and a great way to “recycle” test prints.

  349. JacquelineY

    March 31, 2012 at 8:33 am

    I would love to have one of your prints hanging up in my apartment. It would be a great inspiration every day.

  350. Mark Yager

    March 31, 2012 at 8:48 am

    Looks like I would have had better odds willing the big lotto in the US yesterday, but I’d love one of your prints. I could even pick it up – I’m in vanvouver this coming week. I’ll trade you for a dram o’ your favourite scotch!

    Cheers

  351. Ted

    March 31, 2012 at 9:26 am

    I have been trying both using my Epson and professional printers and agree that actual prints give you a completely different experience.

  352. March 31, 2012 at 9:30 am

    Would love, love, love a print….

    Also, if you were so inclined, I have a very special, fundraising project coming up in August. I will be headed back to Tanzania, shooting for a book, to help raise funds for the water projects my company is performing there. Would really appreciate chatting with you about book concepts. Really need help on this as this is a very special project. There is a brief write up on this after last year’s trip – Travel/Tanzania: A World Apart From Here.

  353. March 31, 2012 at 9:36 am

    So enjoy your work and the ideas you share.

  354. Carsten

    March 31, 2012 at 10:20 am

    Brillant idea. I want win a print too. I am Big Fan of David.

  355. March 31, 2012 at 10:46 am

    :) I’d love a print David!
    You can find me at ellie@ellieericson.com

    Cheers, E :)

  356. Tami

    March 31, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    David
    would love to win a print! Love the blog and I think I have listened to every podcast interview of you ever. Love your ideas!

  357. GeekAndProud

    March 31, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    Is this open to international residents?

  358. Robert W Howard

    March 31, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    To quote a movie, “Pick me, pick me.”

    And thank you for your blog.

  359. March 31, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    I’d love a test print!

  360. David

    March 31, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    Love your work and the blog! Throwing my name into the pool for a print.

  361. March 31, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    A test print of yours is like a gallery print to me. Would love to adorn my wall.

  362. Mike Mahaffey

    March 31, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    A test print of yours is like a gallery print to me. Would love to adorn my wall with your work!

  363. michelle avant

    March 31, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    “Pick Me”

  364. March 31, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    the printer stand/cart from IKEA sounds good. if there’s still a test print lottery, please consider this as my entry.
    got an R3000 last month, and you’re right. let me know if you want a test print. cheers.

  365. Rob Charron

    March 31, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    Thanks for the generous offer

  366. Emily

    March 31, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    Thank you for such great inspiration.

  367. April 1, 2012 at 5:18 am

    what a great offer. Hoping to be one of the
    names you draw!
    Debbie

  368. Tracey Sheehan

    April 1, 2012 at 8:22 am

    Reading your blog for the first time.
    Great so far and the offer of a free print is even better. Pick me!
    Thanks

  369. Stephanie Bishop

    April 1, 2012 at 8:58 am

    Love your work/books! Would love a free print!

  370. Diane

    April 1, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    Your book Within the Frame was given to me for my last birthday and I became an instant fan. Would love one of your prints!

  371. Kellie Graham

    April 1, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    I would love to win one of your prints David!

  372. April 1, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    I’d be honoured to hang one of your prints!

  373. April 1, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    One day I hope I can afford printing my pictures myself. For now, I’ll keep relying on photo labs and Costco. I hope I get one of your prints. :)

  374. Jerome Lavigne

    April 1, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    Still not convinced to do my own printing, but thanks for trying!

  375. Genod55

    April 1, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    Some great insight into an often overlooked, but important, process. Keep up the great posts!

  376. w98abee

    April 2, 2012 at 7:20 am

    Fingers are crossed.

  377. lewaletzko

    April 2, 2012 at 7:48 am

    Print print print print…I’d love to hang one of your photos in my office.

  378. Margaret Cheng

    April 2, 2012 at 8:09 am

    A bit late to the game, but would love a print if I were to get so lucky…
    Mscheng94024@yahoo.com