I’ve finally delivered all the prints that sold during the CPA In Motion show. It’s taken me longer than I expected because of two large(ish — the definition of a large photographic print has been changing over the last ten years) prints. I normally print the Staccato images on C-size — 17×22 — Exhibition Fiber paper using an Epson 4900. For larger prints, I’ve been using 44 inch Exhibition Fiber roll paper on a 9800.
What a hassle.
- Exhibition Fiber has a delicate surface, and is easily creased. I have to make sure the printer doesn’t cut the paper or make sure I’m there at the end of the print job to catch the print as it falls off the printer.
- I find it very difficult to flatten the work while I sign the back.
- It’s hard for me to transport 44 inch rolls safely.
- When mounted with photo corners, sometimes you can see undulations in the paper in the matted print, especially towards the end of the roll. This doesn’t occur with matte papers, but glossy surfaces, with their specular highlights, are sensitive to flatness.
- The roll-printed prints are hard to deal with during the mounting process, and it’s easy to end up with a slight crease, which means reprinting.
I’ve looked through my records, and most of the prints I’ve been printing on 44-inch roll paper could have been printed on 24×36 inch sheets. I’ve ordered some.