Traditionally the medium of choice for photographers that wanted the best printed reproduction of their work. Originally, printing an image was a chemical process but today’s ink-jet printing technology has largely replaced chemical printing. It provides the same or better quality on a much larger selection of papers.
We offer two grades of Paper, Premium and Exhibition. Exhibition quality is highest quality paper available. We source these papers from Hahnemuhle in Germany and Canson in France. Both these companies have been in business for around 500 years. They have no Optical Brighteners (OBA’s) with 100+ years of life expectancy when used with pigment inks, which of course we use. The Premium Papers are of excellent quality, but the Luster and Gloss papers do use OBA’s for maximum dynamic range and are less expensive.
Our printers are the finest professional Canon ink-jet printers available. We have 24”, 44” and 60” printers using the latest Canon Print heads and Pigment Inks. We chose Canon over Epson because we wanted 12-Ink printers, the largest number of Inks available, and they are only made by Canon. Of course we use only genuine Canon Inks.
While the ICC Profiles supplied by the Paper Manufactures for the specified printer are generally OK, they are not created on the printer actually being used. Printers are very complicated mechanical devices with varying manufacturing and ware tolerances. The only way to be sure you are maximizing print quality is to generate your own ICC Profiles on the printer and paper being used. We use the professional X-Rite i1Pro2 Spectrometer to create our own custom ICC Profiles. These profiles are available to our customers who want to “soft proof” their images before sending them to us for printing.
All prints, from 5×7 inches to 6×10 feet, get individual attention. They are all color corrected and optimized for the size they will be printed. None of them are automatically processed and printed. We look at each one and provide the corrections necessary to optimize the print. If we have questions or concerns we will contact you before we print. If necessary we will print a sample for your approval at no cost to you.
Though custom mounting and framing is available we typically offer our Fine Art Paper Prints as:
- Loose Prints: Printed on specified paper with no mounting.
- Matted Prints: Mounted to backing board with specified pre-cut mat. We only carry a limited stock of pre-cut mats. Quantity orders can be special ordered.
- Mounted Prints: Mounted to Gator Foam or Sintra Board and can be any size, usually not larger then 24×36.
Sample Sizing and Prices
Custom sizes are available for Loose Prints and Mounted Prints. Matted prints are currently only available in Black and at the size quoted. We currently accept payment by Check or Cash for local delivery (SF Bay Area) or by Credit Card if we mail them.
Currently we support orders by phone, email or at San Jose Camera & Video – 1600 S. Winchester Blvd Campbell, CA 95008