Mark McCormick

Lives in United States MA, United States
Works as a Imaging Scientist
Has a website at www.aardenburg-imaging.com
Joined on Aug 19, 2004
About me:

Photography has been my lifelong interest. Digital color management, fine art
printmaking, photographic conservation, and personal family archives are my chosen
areas of expertise.

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  • Typically a new photo printer will come with a few sheets of the OEM's RC photo paper. If not, did you consider purchasing a small pack of Epson Premium Luster or glossy? That would quickly sort ...
  • Sorry if I opened a can of worms by saying I know how to adapt the color balance of my images for the base media white point. First, let me say that I never try to print any ink into a pure paper ...
  • I personally like to stock both a smooth fine art matte media and a slightly textured matte paper in my studio. My reason for stocking both a smooth and a textured matte finish, is that some images ...
  • Canson Platine Fiber Rag and other Platine "dead ringers" like Epson Legacy Platine and Red River Palo Duro Soft Gloss are as neutral white as one can go without resorting to Optical Brighteners. ...
  • The phenolic yellowing I was referring to takes a list of ingredients to initiate. The phenol compound is one component. An alkaline environment (i.e., the microporous ink receptor layer(s) is ...
  • Yup, dry mounting works great with traditional wet process silver gelatin prints. I cannot recommend dry mounting for microporous inkjet media.  Dry mount tissues seem to contain phenolic compounds ...
  • There are other ways to keep large prints flat such as choosing media with more symmetrical anti-curl coatings (Moab Entrada double-side coated, for example). The methods also involve microclimate ...
  • I have both the original version 1 and the new version II in my studio. Surface gloss and texture similar but not exact, newer version looking perhaps a little less glossy, but that's not the big ...
  • Does seem to be dependent on which Epson model one is talking about. My 10 year old 3880 can be resurrected successfully after months and months of neglect. Not without some effort, but I always ...
  • Philip, thank you for sharing our findings with the dPReview Printers and printing forum members. The original formatted post can be found here . It was also sent to our email subscriber list which ...
  • There's three year dark storage data in the report (ID#321 in the Aardenburg Database). No yellowing. That said, what can cause premature yellowing of inkjet media are certain combinations of gas ...
  • Are you referring to Epson Proofing Paper White Semimatte (EPPWSM), or another one of Epson's proofing papers? EPPSWM is the most stable RC photo paper I have tested to date, not totally free of ...
  • I have had a dual roll Z9 unit in my studio since early December. Hp donated it to Aardenburg Imaging & Archives to help expedite some light fastness studies of the new Photo Vivid ink set. No ...
  • Innova Exhibition Cotton Gloss 335gsm, also numbered (IFA 45), is very similar to Moab Juniper Baryta. Museo Silver Rag is another one, but hard to come by these days...appears to be only available ...
  • Uh, not exactly. Digitization works great for widespread sharing and access on a contemporary timeline. It's much more complicated for meaningful archiving purposes. Conceptually it's easy, but in ...
  • 200 year claims or any claims predicting lifetimes of prints are all marketing speak. The reality is that print "lifetimes" are overwhelmingly dictated by the choices the print owners make over ...
  • Hello Gesture, I know Paul Messier personally from our time spent together as colleagues at the Conservation Analytical Laboratory (now called the Museum Conservation Institute) at the Smithsonian ...
  • Richard, very nice illustrations of real world indoor illumination levels, and a great post. Thanks for that. I have more than one room in my old historic house with natural light available from ...
  • Yes, an image with a large area of black will indeed use a lot of black ink. However, most inkjet printers use gray component replacement (GCR), meaning as you get into those maximum black image ...
  • For sensitive works of art, 50 lux is commonly cited. For the work to appear visually appealing at this low illumination level, care must be taken to adapt the viewer's eyes to average surround ...
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