Mark D Segal

Mark D Segal

Toronto, ON

Mark has been making photographs for the past six decades and started adopting a digital workflow in 1999 first with scanning film, then going fully digital in 2004. He has worked with a considerable range of software, equipment, materials and techni...
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Hahnemuehle Torchon Paper Review

Hahnemuehle Torchon Paper Review

Shortly before last Christmas, I received a greeting card saying that it was printed on Hahnemuehle Torchon paper. I really liked the texture and feel of the paper, as well as the photo printed on it, and I realized that though I...

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Digitizing Negatives with a Camera – Revisited

Digitizing Negatives with a Camera – Revisited

Digitizing Negatives with a Camera: Revisited Introduction: My previous article about this subject co-authored with Todd Shaner and published on Luminous-Landscape.com, explored alternative techniques for processing colour negatives photographed with a camera (mirrorless or DSLR). This article delves more into the technical...

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    iPhone and Lightroom Classic
    on: June 29, 2022 at 10:01 am

    Well then both you and I would be missing something. :-).

    As far as I know, which is not very far in the iOS environment, if you’ve backed-up your iPhone photos to iCloud, you should be able to download them from iCloud to an iPad depending on the version of iPad (storage capacity), but something to just try and see. Oh – and then backing up with an SSD  maybe – again depends on iPad version and what you can plug into it.

    Mark D Segal Author: "Scanning Workflows with SilverFast 8, SilverFast HDR, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop". Please check the PhotoPXL Store for availability.

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    Re: iPhone and Lightroom Classic
    Reply #1 on: June 29, 2022 at 1:14 am

    I don’t know of a work-around, so I suppose I would download them to the Pictures folder, export/copy them from there to the external drive, and then delete them from the Pictures folder?

    Mark D Segal Author: "Scanning Workflows with SilverFast 8, SilverFast HDR, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop". Please check the PhotoPXL Store for availability.

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    Re: Need new printer
    Reply #2 on: June 20, 2022 at 6:43 am

    If you have the tools yes, you want to build your own profiles. For RGB profiles, any of the X-rite packages you mention will do that job.

    What do you have that wouldn’t work on a modern OS and would you consider an old computer to run the older product if that were your only option? You have an i1 what?

    I have a GretagMacbeth’s Eye-One Photo that I bought som time in 2006, have served me well, but I think it’s time to buy a new instrument if I need to make more profiles again. I kept it going until a few years ago by running it on an old OS in a virtual machine, but it need recalibration at this point so I gave up as the cost would have been too much to justify.

    Ronny, I see I didn’t specifically address one of your questions on the differences between the X-Rite profiling options that are now on the market. This PDF from the X-Rite website should help with that: https://www.xrite.com/-/media/xrite/files/literature/l7/l7-700_l7-799/l7-713-i1pro3pro3pluspro2-comparison/l7-713_i1pro3plusi1pro3i1pro2-comparison_en.pdf. To boil it down, the i1Pro 2 is obsolete and not in production. The i1Basic Pro3 does not allow for profiling printers. The most important difference in respect of printer profiling between the i1Publish Pro3 and Pro3+ is that the latter allows for making profiles using the M3 measurement condition (polarized light). This can be useful in some respects and counter-productive in others. I have written about this in a couple of previous paper review articles. This package produces profiling targets with large patches which require printing and reading much more paper than the regular non+ version. For usual photographic purposes I would not recommend the added cost and nuisance of the “+” option.

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    Re: Ditching Your Laptop for an iPad Before Hitting the Road
    Reply #3 on: June 19, 2022 at 4:26 pm

    The one option not mentioned in this article is to not use an iPad at all, but rather one of Apple’s new sleek lightweight laptops. Their form factor approaches that of a laptop and you can do everything with them, easily. I do have an iPad Pro which I used on photo shoot in France and Germany in 2019 and it was fine. I downloaded the files using an SD card, and transferred them to my desktop computer when I returned home. I was not interested in any image editing on an iPad as I only edit photos in a fully colour-managed workflow, which excludes both pads and laptops. Since then I bought a new MacBook Pro Silicon (M1). It’s not my imagination, but a photo colleague who came to my house and saw it remarked that from a travel perspective there’s no point using an iPad when one has this available, which is so thin and light has far superior photo handling capability in every which way. I hope to be able to travel overseas again later this year, depending on the situation with diseases and airports, and if I do, all the photography will be handled with the MacBook Pro.

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    Re: Need new printer
    Reply #4 on: June 19, 2022 at 4:09 pm

    Paper profiles can be very good these days whether they come from Epson or the better paper suppliers, but that doesn’t answer your question, because only you can judge the adequacy of any particular profiling option once you see the results for your own photos printed on the papers of your choosing in your computing environment. You essentially have three choices:

    (1) Epson’s profiles for Epson’s papers that come bundled with the P900 once you also load the Media Installer.

    (2) If you think you need Mirage and you buy it, it comes equipped with its own profiles for numerous papers.

    (3) Custom profiling.

    There was a time when (3) was always preferable to (1), but the printer and paper manufacturers have significantly improved their game over the years to the point that using their generic profiles can be satisfactory depending on your set-up, the papers you use and your judgment.

    I have done a substantial amount of comparative work between generic profiles and custom profiles for the printers and papers I have reviewed, which you will find in priority on this website, but also for the stuff predating 2019 on Luminous-Landscape.com. You may wish to review some of that material if looking at things by the numbers “speaks” to you. [For some people this is meaningful, for others not so much.]

    All that said, the most practical advice I can give you is to go at this incrementally and experimentally. Once you buy your 900, which I highly recommend as a replacement for the 3880 (see my review on this website), make prints using the Epson driver, Epson papers and the profiles Epson supplies. I highly recommend that you work with Epson Legacy papers if you live in North America and have access to them (they are not available elsewhere). Otherwise use other of the better Epson papers for which their profiles are available in the Media library that you would have loaded when you set-up the printer with the Media Installer software they provide. If you are happy with what you are getting, and you may well be, you won’t need to spend money on Mirage or custom profiling.

    If you are not happy, then do a trial with Mirage and see whether their profiles make you happier. But once we are talking about using RIPs, you would owe it to yourself to also try ImagePrint, because they put a huge effort into profiling just about everything under the sun and I understand from what people I trust say that their profiles are fine, but again, they are also generic profiles. I have not tried or reviewed ImagePrint so the only guidance I can provide here is that based on all I’ve heard, it is worth your while to try it if you think you need a different kind of printing solution from what the Epson driver can do for you.

    Finally, for custom profiling, if in the final analysis you think you will need some, you have two choices: (1) Buy a high quality profiling package and make them in-house, or select the two or three papers you will use most often and have them made by a serious professional profiler maker, usually for less than $100 each at my latest understanding (could have changed with inflation); Andrew Rodney provides such a service (Digitaldog.net).

    It is worth investing in a high-end profiling solution if you think you will be using many different papers, or getting into print making situations that will result in the need to reprofile your papers frequently enough to make the investment worthwhile. X-Rite discontinued the i1Photo Pro purchase option, so for highest quality printer/paper profiling you would need their i1Pro 3 Publish version which costs close to US3000, or the current version of the Konica-Minolta MYIRO-1 & MYIROTools package which does basic printer profiling; the pricing is not on their website – you need to contact one of their resellers; but beware you need both the hardware and the software and they are sold separately. Be careful about buying much lower cost entry level profiling materials, because while “good enough” for many people, once you think your requirements move well beyond the quality offered by the generic profiles discussed abnove, you may well be a candidate for a higher-end solution.

    Mark D Segal Author: "Scanning Workflows with SilverFast 8, SilverFast HDR, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop". Please check the PhotoPXL Store for availability.