Join me for a free webinar with X-Rite on thursday dec 13th 2012.

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1. How to calibrate your monitor for a monitor to print match, with the i1Profiler software
2. What inkjet printer to select for your specific needs and how to get the most out of it
3. Papertypes, when to choose what kind and why
4. Creating custom ICC profiles with the i1Publish Pro 2, beyond basic mode.

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Profoto Softgrids…

Their called softgrids, but should really be called AWESOME LIGHT CONTROL UNITS…

A while back I lost my profoto softmasks for my 1×4 stips and haven’t really taken the time to buy new ones, until now. The last major beauty shoot I did for a large client, made me realize how much I missed and needed them. Whats cool is that not long ago Profoto announced their new RFi series of softboxes, and with that also reduced the MSRP(suggested retail price)– A LOT!  Profoto also introduced a collection set of new softgrids, which is what this blogpost is all about.

For those of you who doesn’t know what a softgrid is, here’s a simple explanation; its a grid and its soft. Yeah yeah, there’s of course more to it. The softgris is mounted on your softboxes like this:

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And since Profoto have been so kind to reduce their prices, I got myself a softgrid for my 5′ Octa as well:

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 So, why would you want a softgrid? Basically a softgrid does the same thing as a metal grid would for your reflector; it concenrates the light. In the case of these new Profoto softgrids, with 40 degrees. Concentrating the light translates into control.

If you never seen the effect of a softgrid here’s one mounted on a 5′ Octa:

Without softgrid, at f/16:

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And with a softgrid, same settings at on the image above:

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As you can see, with the softgrid the lights doesn’t spread and bounce around in the room.  Its concentrated, BUT with the same nice and soft shadows you would expect from a 5′ octa.

Softgrids are a must have, don’t you think?

(sorry for not lighting a model or anything interesting, I was just too excited to not post this)

 

-jr-


 

Print, paper and shoot!

Two awesome days! These past two days have been really awesome. Yesterday, I was invited by Canon to check out the new flatbed printer, Arizona 480GT by Canon owned Océ.

The Arizona 480GT was first show in Las Vegas at the 2012 SGIA show, and belongs to the worlds most (by far) sold flatbed printer series. 

I can’t wait to have my next project printed on this bad boy:

Today started off in my studio with a visit from the Norwegian Canson representative. 

Canson is one of the most respected high-end paper manufacturers in the world and has made paper for over 450 years!

I’ve only tested their Baryta paper, and was really happy when Christian Moen brought me a “few” test rolls:

I’m especially looking forward to test this one:

I ended the day with a beauty shoot for SO-B by Bōre Olsen.

We did a few sets for an upcoming campaign and had a blast! (Yes I know, I’m smiling. Can you blame me??)

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Have a great weekend, and see you soon!

 

-jr-

The new Canon IPF 8400 large format printer!!

Behold, it has arrived!!

Today I (finally) received the IPF 8400, Canon’s newest large format printer! 

Its the most awesome printer on the marked, and Im really psyked to start testing it. 

It is huge!

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Installing the ink tanks is easy:

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Pull up the handle  bars,

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and insert the tank (all of them)… (on both sides!)

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Next we got ready to install the print heads. This is done by the user unlike other brands…

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Me pointing at where Im going it insert the print heads!

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Insert test media. Canon runs a sort of hardware calibration the automatically the first time you start the printer up.

After this is done you should also do a manual (its really automatic, but you have to start it) calibration.

This way, when you make a customized ICC profile for one paper type, it should work very well with any other x400 series, such as the

6400, 6450 or another 8400.

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Its Canon!

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I (of course) had to do a large test print. Waiting until tomorrow was not an option!

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After setting it up, I drove up to Canons Norwegian headquarter and went through, the different media types they have.

We placed an order of 6 different media types thats should arrive from Canons main storage facility in a few days:

  • premium semi-glossy paper 2, 280 gsm
  • satin photographic paper, 240 gsm/10 mil
  • premium rc photo luster, 255 gsm/ 10 mil
  • glossy photographic paper, 240 gsm/10 mil
  • durable matte polypropylene banner, 130 gsm/7 mil
  • polished rag, 300 gsm
Ok, so this post was really just about me bragging about my new best friend, sorry(!).
I’ll write a more thorough report about user friendliness, image quality and everything else
one would like to know as soon as I’ve had the chance to do some more testing.

 

On Friday a representative from Canson Infinity is coming to visit my 

studio with lots of high-end media. O’boy am I looking forward to this weekend:D

My i1Publish Pro2 unit is going to be running hot!

 

-jr-