Having the flu has given me too much time to ponder… Thank goodness I’m just about back to normal!
I’ve been working with other piezographers to find out if I’d see any great personal benefit to printing piezography. That is still in the works.
At the same time I also have to consider costs. Of course I’ll need a printer, inks, and carts. This will run me above $500 easily (Thanks to the US and your strong dollar, I’m from Canada eh?). If I don’t want to profile papers, I’ll probably have to stick with the profiles papers that IJM uses. Not a biggie, but considering a box of 25 13x19 Epson, Hahnemuhle, Canson etc gets pretty pricey. If I go with cheaper papers such as Red River, I’ll need to profile them. Now I have a choice of using Spyderprint, Colormunki, or i1. I’d rule out i1 for myself. Spyderprint would save me a couple hundred dollars over Colormunki.
I’ve read all over the Internet about SpyderPrint vs Colormunki, so I’m aware that Colormunki Photo is better. The trouble is that will I, as an amature, likely to regret not getting the Colormunki? I’ve already played the game of why the colours in real life are not what I’m getting on my computer screen, which don’t necessarily get on my printer. I had to let go of some of that, and I’m more concerned about shadow details and highlights. If I cannot see the texture of someone’s flowing hair, I’m definitely concernred about that.
I know I should go with the more expensive route, but I still have to consider costs. I’m still dithering about an Epson refurbished 1430 vs refurbished R2880. The 1430 would limit me to matte only. I could get used to that, but would my family and friends rather have glossy? Would spraying the odd matte print be enough? [deleted]
If I choose to get into piezography, it won’t be until summer or fall at the very earliest. But if I see a really good deal on something in the meantime (like Epson offers a rebate on a refurbished 1430, or something like that), I want to know what kind of direction I’d like to go.