Not so pic­ture per­fect

Amateur Photographer - - 7days -

I pur­chased AP’s 26 Au­gust is­sue to learn ‘How to make sure that what you see is what you print’ as per the mag­a­zine’s cover, but was dis­ap­pointed to find the ar­ti­cle ef­fec­tively an ad­ver­to­rial for a prod­uct cost­ing up­wards of £80, and some gen­eral colour com­men­tary from pros. I was hop­ing to be en­light­ened as to why when I print a pic­ture – us­ing an unedited JPEG file on the same Canon printer, the same paper, but load­ing the pic­ture file from vary­ing sources, di­rect from SD card into printer, via Canon printer soft­ware or via Pho­to­shop, all unedited – the end colour ren­di­tion is dif­fer­ent on each print. My cam­era is an Olym­pus OM- D E- M10. Per­haps a more grass­roots tech­ni­cal ar­ti­cle would be pos­si­ble, based on whether I need to spend what would oth­er­wise be a con­tri­bu­tion to­wards a new lap­top on the prod­uct you re­viewed. I as­sume other cal­i­bra­tion tools are avail­able al­beit you did not men­tion them. Kevin Gard­ner, Bris­tol Home print­ing can be tricky, Kevin, and there are lim­its as to how much we can cover in one is­sue, which is why we ran a six-page fea­ture on solv­ing print­ing prob­lems the pre­vi­ous week (AP 19 Au­gust). Rest as­sured, it’s a sub­ject that we in­tend to cover more of in the fu­ture. Nat­u­rally the Spy­der5 is just one of many tools you can use for ac­cu­rate colour man­age­ment; I have also heard good re­ports of the X- Rite ColorMunki Photo (xritephoto. com/colormunki-photo) – Tracy Calder, tech­nique editor

Kevin Gard­ner was hop­ing to get more from AP’s 26 Au­gust is­sue

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