Exhibition

Printing on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag paper with Epson 3800

I don't write many technical blogs and I don"t think I have ever written one on printing technique.  However, it has taken me days to get the best settings for Hahnemuhle fine art paper and I thought it was worth sharing. For those of you that have never used Hahnemuhle Photo Rag 308g paper before it is a matt fine art paper.  It has a smooth but very slightly textured paper and certainly isn"t like the Epson Archival matt paper which is much brighter white and very very smooth.  When printed on correctly it is an amazing paper and the detail and colour saturation are amazing.  Full settings below.

epson3800printing

All images were printed from Lightroom 4.3.

The settings that I used were

Lightroom Print Module

Printer profile: HFA_Eps3800_MK_PhotoRag.icc

Intent: Relative

Print resolution 300ppi

Print sharpening: Standard / Matt

Print Dialog (Mac) / Print settings

Media Type: Velvet Fine Art Paper

Color Settings: Off

Print Quality: Superfine - 1440dpi / High speed - OFF / Finest Detail

Print Dialog (Mac) / Paper configuration

Color Density: 0

Drying Time: 3 (This is critical)

Paper Thickness: 5

Platen Gap: Auto

I found 2 of the settings that did make a big difference were turning on Finest Detail and Drying Time of 3.  I experimented a lot with the drying time and a longer drying time resulted in significantly improved detail.  This maybe my specific printer but these settings created amazing prints.

My D800 photographic exhibition

I have had my Nikon D800 for 1 year now. This anniversary of getting my D800 falls quite nicely with my 1st photographic exhibition that features photos taken with the camera over the last year.  The exhibition will showcase images from the Peak District and surrounding area.  I have printed the photos on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Paper and some are enlarged to 65cm wide showing the true potential of the large megapixel sensor on the Nikon D800.  Most of the photos are taken with two lenses;

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Lens

and

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR Lens

I would say that 70% of the images are using the 24-70mm lens (at the 24mm end).  For the wider shots the 16-35mm Nikkor is awesome.  I really struggled with the decision over that and the 14-24mm Nikkor but decided on the 16-35mm as I wanted to use my Lee filters.  I am really pleased with my decision on this and have never thought I need the extra 2mm or that any of the images are soft.

Winter Sunrise, Nr, RainowWinter Sunrise, Nr Rainow –  Nikon D800 and Nikkor 24-70mm F2.8 VR.  F/9 1/60s ISO 100 (48mm)

Landscape Photographic Exhibition in the Peak District

Details of the Nikon D800 exhibition of photos in the Peak District can be found here >>

Here are some of the stats from the last year.

    • 16,000 images taken
    • 400 GB of storage required (95% of the images were taken at full res in RAW)
    • Average of around 25Mb per image

Storm clouds over hutStorm clouds over hut, Goyt Valley Nikon D800 and Nikkor 70-200mm F2.8 VR.  F/8 1/400s ISO 400 (70mm)

A couple of the tools that I have found really useful with the Nikon D800.

MB-D12 for Nikon D800 - the official Nikon grip and battery holder is really expensive.  This replacement is a 1/3 of the price and does exactly the same job.

Battery Grip Holder Pack Replace MB-D12 for Nikon D800 D800E Camera EL15

Lightroom 4.3 - I have moved from Aperture to Lightroom 4.3 and found that I now on rarely use photoshop.  80% of the images that I edited and printed for my up coming exhibition were created in Lightroom.  I would encourage anybody to use Lightroom as it is a great way of categorising your photos.

Details of the Nikon D800 exhibition of photos in the Peak District can be found here >>