The technical complexity of photography can be as seducing as the art—there are so many details to get right to shepherd that perfect shot to a final framed print. At some point along the journey the image seems to fade from prominence; lost in the concerns of workflow, pixels, post-production time and client satisfaction.
Canon want to remedy that situation with its line of new PIXMA PRO professional photo inkjet printers, bringing the romance of print-making back into the art of photography with the print as a tangible and well crafted visual masterpiece.
“It’s about leaving your legacy,” says Rochelle Mora, manager of consumer marketing communications at Canon New Zealand. “A hundred years from now we want photographers’ images to be seen and admired.”
She has a point. It’s feasible someone could stumble across a collection of framed art in an attic, dust it off and bring it into the light of day. It’s less likely someone will be fossicking through an old hard drive, especially with the rapid change in formats and media.
The PIXMA PRO-1 features a 12-colour LUCIA pigment ink system for display permanence ratings in excess of 200 years; so as long as you use the right Canon photo or fine art paper, your prints will look good for years to come. Think of it as future-proofing.
Many of us will only consider printing professionally when it comes to competition time or commercial gallery displays, and even then, the temptation to outsource the job is overwhelming. After all, there’s the expectation that photographers can get better print quality from a commercial printer. That may have been the case in the past, but with the A3+ PIXMA PRO-1 you can control every aspect of the process according to your own timeline and ensure the result you had anticipated when you pressed the shutter.
Seeing a print for the first time and realising the colour is slightly off can be tremendously disappointing. In the print dialog of the PIXMA PRO-1 driver you can select the correct ICC profile for each type of Canon paper, with an expanded range of ICC profiles available for fine art papers from well-known manufacturers.
As a visual artist, you want to be able to focus on bringing your final creation out of your imagination and into print, not hassle with machines and code. Canon’s Print Studio Pro plug-in makes this easy. It works seamlessly with Photoshop, Lightroom and Canon’s own Digital Photo Pro software for full colour management workflow. Included in this software is Canon’s Pattern Print which allows easy creative control of your final images.
The 12-ink system has another benefit; it expands the colour gamut in most areas, with its new Chroma Optimiser ensuring dense blacks and uniform glossiness. With a total of five monochrome inks, you can be sure your black-and-white prints will show subtle detailing in the shadow and highlight areas, as well as smooth tonal gradation and suppressed graininess.
“We don’t want photographers’ vision constrained,” says Mora. “The PIXMA PRO-1 supports 1200 pixel-per-inch input resolution so photographers can produce high-resolution, smooth prints, taking advantage of the increasing number of pixels available on professional cameras.”
The PIXMA PRO-1 is also a valuable addition to a busy studio. It can produce a gallery-quality A3 print in under three minutes. It’s also robust, with features normally found on large format professional printers. An ethernet connection means the PIXMA PRO-1 can be easily shared over a network enabling multiple device connection for enhanced efficiency.
Canon offers two further models in the range, the 10-ink PIXMA PRO-10 and the 8-ink PIXMA PRO-100.
See more at: canon.co.nz