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Feb 04 2010

Announcing Mac Holbert and John Paul Caponigro’s New Tutorial DVD: FINE ART DIGITAL WORKFLOW

Fine Art Digital Workflow
with John Paul Caponigro and Mac Holbert.

Master Class Meets R/Evolution

When it come to fine art printing R. Mac Holbert along with Graham Nash started it all. If it was not for them fine art inkjet printing would not be what is today. Simply put Nash Editions is THE name in fine art printing and R. Mac Holbert is the talent behind that name.

And John Paul Caponigro? John Paul’s name is synonymous with fine art photography and the finest fine art prints possible.

Put these two talents together in one room sharing the combined wealth of there knowledge is a level of unimaginable creative amperage. The only thing better to being there is is to watch that meeting of minds recorded on a DVD.

Make sure you get the best quality from your files, every time with an optimal workflow.
A Fine Art Workflow is different than a high productivity workflow. You should be able to choose either one.

A Fine Art Workflow is precise. Process your files for optimum results.

A Fine Art Workflow is fast. Standardization can lead to higher quality.

A Fine Art Workflow is flexible. Know why and when to make exceptions.

A Fine Art Workflow is modifiable / non-destructive. When your vision evolves your files should be able to evolve with you – easily.

Learn all the ins and outs of a Fine Art Workflow in this content packed DVD.

Topics covered include…
The PrintWhat’s Workflow Major Retouching
A logical sequence of steps in production process
Removing distractions
So Different, So Much in Common Global Color Adjustment
Who we are
The big picture
Why The Print Is Still So Important Regional and Local Adjustment
It’s what we make and use
Important details
A Sense of Destination Creative Sharpening & Blurring
Look before you leap
Customizing contour and texture
File Structures Resampling
What a great file looks like
Making files smaller or bigger
Preflight Checklist Output Sharpening
Check your tools
Compensating for dot gain
Frame A Destination Softproofing & Proofing
Identify possibilites and make choices
Proof before you print
Non-Destructive Crop Output
Would you cut film with a pair of scissors ?
Print it
Minor Clean Up Materials Matter
Out spot! Out!
Why what you make prints with matters so much
Foundational Issues
A great base makes future greatness possible
And much more!

Projected shiping date February 25th

Pre order price is $59.95 with free Shipping and Handling!
Regular price is $69.95 once it ships

Click here to purchase

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Jan 23 2010

Paper Won’t Feed

From John Paul Caponigro’s Blog.

The paper won’t feed. It jams or feeds through without printing.

Make sure your paper is seated correctly in the printer.


Setting for Epson Exhibition Fiber Paper on Manual Rear.


Setting for Epson UltraSmooth Fine Art Paper on Manual Rear.

Check your Paper Feed setting and if the problem persists, adjust the Platen Gap.


Thicker papers need to be fed with the Manual Rear option. Make sure you’re using it and you’ve specified this in the printer driver. You may still need to adjust the Platen Gap to a wider setting for thicker media (like Epson Exhibition Fiber Fine Art Paper). Many thicker papers will tend to jam when feeding them in bulk. You may need to feed them one at a time. Sometimes, you even need to give the paper a gentle nudge when the printer first feeds it.

Learn more in my Fine Art Digital Printing Workshops..

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Nov 04 2009

Print Aesthetics

From John Paul Caponigro’s Blog


What do people look for in fine art photographic prints?
One of the most important things we look for is …

What kind of detail?
At least five kinds.
Detail – Focus
Detail – Dynamic Range
Detail – Gradation
Detail – Low Signal to Noise Ratio
Detail – Flawless Surfaces

There’s are many exceptions to this rule of thumb but they are exceptions.
The best exceptions depart from the standards meaningfully.
It helps to know what to look for in fine art photographs.

Find out more in my free downloadable Lessons.
Find out more in my Fine Art Digital Printing Workshops.
Stay tuned for the announcement of my Fine Art Digital Printing DVD.

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Sep 03 2009

Comparing Epson UltraChrome Inksets

By John Paul Caponigro


How do Epson’s three UltraChrome inksets compare?

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Areas Epson UltraChrome HDR exceeds gamut of previous inksets.

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Areas Epson UltraChrome K3 with Vivid Magenta exceeds Epson UltraChrome.

Epson UltraChrome K3 3800 on Epson Exhibition Fiber Paper

Epson UltraChrome K3 Vivid Magenta 3880 on Epson Exhibition Fiber Paper

Epson UltraChrome HDR 7900 on Epson Exhibition Fiber Paper

Find out more about Epson’s ProImaging printers here.

Get my free printing resources here.

Learn more in my The Fine Art Digital Print workshop series.

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Sep 01 2009

Epson Annouces the New 3880 Printer!!!


By Vincent Versace

Epson announced today the up date the the 3800, the new Epson 3880!!! (click the link to read more) This printer updates the inks withe the new K3 Vivid light and Vivid magenta inkset as well as sporting the new head technology that was introduced in the 7900/9900 series printers. I have been running it foar a while and all I can say is when you think something can’t get better…. then it does! This is my go to printer and would highly recomend it!

If you are reading and are a NAPP member be sure to to enter the Vincent Versace Award for Digital Photographic Excellence also know as the “Vinnie”  because this printer is one of the prizes!  It will be awarded Sept 30, 2009 at Photoshop World.

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Jun 19 2009

The Fine Art of Digital Printing Workshop With R. Mac Holbert and John Paul Caponigro

John Paul Caponigro

R. Mac Holbert



2009 Dates!

August 31-September 4

October 26 – October 30
Brooks Institute
Santa Barbara, CA

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Looking for the ultimate digital printmaking workshop?

This premiere workshop is the chance of a lifetime. Learn from two master digital print makers at the same time, fresh off their highly successful tour in the Epson Print Academy, in The Fine Art of Digital Printing. The workshops will be held in the state-of-the-art labs of today’s premier photographic educational institutions.

This workshop will expose you to a world of possibilities

The workshop translates photographic language and practices from traditional to digital and exposes you to a world of new possibilities.. You’ll see, use, and evaluate the latest Epson printers, ink, papers, and profiles. An integrated approach to using Adobe products Photoshop, Camera Raw, Bridge, and Lightroom will all be detailed and practiced. By the end of the week you will have mastered a fine art workflow, understand how it differs from others, and learn a variety of techniques and tools that will help improve and refine both your digital files and prints. You’ll leave with finished prints and the knowledge you need to get the results you’re looking for when you return home. You’ll also leave with a vastly expanded set of possibilities for making images.

Topics include…

  • Color managed workflow from input to output
  • Adobe Bridge, Camera RAW, Lightroom, Photoshop
  • RAW conversions
  • Sophisticated color adjustment strategies
  • Black and white conversions and toning solutions
  • Local correction and masking
  • Sharpening
  • Resampling
  • Noise reduction
  • RIPs and printer drivers
  • Printer maintenance and fine tuning
  • Essential printing tests
  • Substrate surveys
  • Print handling and storage
  • Fine art printing techniques

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how to prepare


You’ll also get reviews of your work from both John Paul and Mac.

Course handouts include the latest version of John Paul’s Workshop CD with hundreds of PDFs, exercises, actions, and test files. There’s a booklet of paper handouts culled from over 15 years of John Paul and Mac’s writings. You’ll find them to be invaluable resources long after the workshop ends.

Nash EditionsMaster Class

Atmospheric FX DVD
Drawing with Light DVD

JP & Mac—Artist’s on Art

Epson Professional Imaging
Santa Barbara Visitor Information

This workshop is right for you if you want to master digital printmaking and take your digital imaging skills to the next level. This workshop has a strong photographic perspective but is applicable to all types of artists who want to reproduce their work in digital media. Intermediate skill levels with Photoshop are required.

Limited to 24.

Valued at $1,995, this workshop will be offered at an exclusive price of $1,495 due to Epson’s generosity.

No Lab Fee–Epson is providing unlimited printing during the workshop with labs open until 11pm Monday through Thursday. Onsite lunch is included to maximize instruction and lab time.

More Information & How to Prepare for Brooks

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Apr 26 2009

Vincent Versace Focus on Nature Interview

Focus on Nature interview with Vincent Versace.
By Einar Erlendsson
Q: Last summer you landed on Iceland for the first time and you are prepared to come again?

A: Better prepared, I think. I know what to expect. I’m also coming with a Nikon D3X

Q: What are you most looking forward to seeing in Iceland?

A: Waterfalls, energy and glaciers

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Photo: Vincent Versace, Iceland 2008
Q: Do you see the light in Iceland as being different in some way?

A: the light appears longer, like at the end of the daylight just before sunset. It also seems to be warmer as well.

Q: What in the landscape inspires you?

A:  3:53 PM the vastness of the expanses

Q: Do you feel that the Icelandic workshop is different or has a character you can explain in few words to participants?

A: No people. It’s all about the landscape. You are forced to see the geometrics of the environment rather than relying on the expressions of people

Q: What’s your teaching style?

A: Immersive. I work with voice as well as technique

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Photo: Vincent Versace, Iceland 2008
Q: During field trips, do you set assignments or how do you influence the workshop participants?

A: I build my classes on a class-by-class basis. I work group assignments and tailor them to the group as well as working one on with the participants.

Q: Do you like to include critic sessions in you workshops?

A: Yes

Q: What are your students mostly likely to learn?

A: To see past the obvious, to explore light, gesture color and time and how to capture them. But most importantly how to be taken by a picture rather simply taking the picture.

Q: When the weather gets challenging what are you most likely to do?

A: Ranger on.

Q: What do you like most about teaching?

A: Watching the epiphany light go off in my students and seeing things in new ways

Q: What characteristic do you feel will be of importance for participants to nurture and develop staying with you out in the country during the Iceland workshop, that should last after they return home?

A: The ability to stop taking pictures but rather to be taken by pictures

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Photo: Vincent Versace, Iceland 2008
Q: How would you describe your photographic approach?

A: I believe that one travels in a circle but does it in a straight line when creating an image. The more you understand about the middle, post processing or what can be done to an image the more informed the decision are at the beginning, when you capture the photograph because you are always in service of the end, the print and the print? It’s inservice of your voice, what you saw at the beginning.

Q: How would you characterize your visual style?

A: I tell the truth and see the pretty.

Q: Do you have a personal concept or future project in mind before you travel to a place like Iceland?

A: There is a short story by Orson Scott Card called “Unaccompanied Sonata” that would best describe my feeling. The bottom line is I show up with no preconceptions and let the place take me were it takes me.

Q: Does it make the difference to have been in Iceland last summer, and if so, what?

A: I’m more excited to return.

Thank you Vincent Versace for taking your time.

Einar Erlendsson,
Project Manager

About Vincent´s workshop:

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Turn ideas into reality

About Vincent Versace:

Computerworld Smithsonian Award Laureate
Innovation: Media Arts and Entertainment

Author: Welcome to Oz: A Cinematic Approach to Digital Still Photography with Photoshop

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Nov 08 2008


NO PURCHASE OR SURVEY COMPLETION NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. See Official Rules, which govern, for complete details, including how to enter without completing the survey, available here. Starts 12:01 AM ET 10/1/08, ends 11:59 PM ET 2/1/09. Open to legal residents of the 50 U.S. & D.C., 18 years of age or older. Void in Puerto Rico or where prohibited. Sponsors: Werner Publishing Corporation and Epson America, Inc.

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Sep 26 2008

Epson Annouces New Epson Print Academy

All-New Program with Tailored Tracks for Advanced Amateur Photographers and Professional Photographers, Provides Tips and Techniques for Using the Latest Products to Create Spectacular Prints

LONG BEACH, Calif. – Sept. 24, 2008 – The Epson Print Academy® will be back on tour featuring an all-new curriculum and instruction from world-renowned photographers, master printmakers and color management experts using the latest digital workflow and printing technology, including new Epson UltraChrome® HDR ink technology, and Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® 2 and Adobe® Photoshop® CS4. The 15-city touring program kicks off on Nov. 8 in Atlanta, GA and continues through May 2009 with stops throughout North America.

“The goal of the Epson Print Academy is to provide both an educational and inspirational venue for photo enthusiasts and working pros alike to interact with some of the most knowledgeable professionals in the field,” said Dan (Dano) Steinhardt, marketing manager, Epson Professional Imaging. “Print Academy attendees receive instruction and insight into how they can get the most out of the latest digital imaging workflow tools to dramatically advance their printmaking skills. Over the years, we’ve had tremendous levels of participation and overwhelmingly positive feedback, due in large part to the participation of experts in the field as well as the integration of the latest digital imaging products and technology from supporting companies. We’re looking forward to another successful tour.”

In each city, the Epson Print Academy offers two simultaneous tracks. Track One is ideal for advanced amateurs and photo enthusiasts interested in learning how professionals create award-winning prints from the latest generation digital SLRs, while Track Two is designed exclusively for working professionals and covers advanced techniques for increasing productivity and optimizing workflows to create the ultimate print. Both tracks will incorporate Epson’s latest printing technology and provide instruction with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 and Adobe Photoshop CS4.

“For a serious photographer, there’s no point in spending time editing your photos if you can’t be assured of showcasing the results with the highest possible quality,” said Kevin Connor, vice president of product management for Professional Digital Imaging at Adobe. “We are happy to be collaborating with Epson and this talented group of photographers on the development of the Epson Print Academy curriculum so that photographers get the most out of the enhanced workflows in Photoshop Lightroom 2 and Photoshop CS4, as well as Epson’s latest technology, to produce incredible prints.”

Hosted by well-known New York City-based photographer and lecturer Jack Reznicki, Track One integrates video interviews, including a special segment on location with nature photographer John Shaw, along with live digital printing workflow tutorials, covering a range of topics, including:

  • Easy-to-understand Photoshop Lightroom 2 techniques for getting the most out of Raw files
  • Improving images and print quality with easy-to-use lighting techniques
  • Basic color management, including creating and using custom color profiles
  • Exciting new ways to create incredible black-and-white prints
  • Printing with Photoshop CS4 and using new Photoshop plug-ins
  • Maximizing print quality with the Epson Stylus® Photo R2880
  • Sneak Peek at new Epson UltraChrome HDR ink technology

Track Two features live presentations and demonstrations by renowned industry experts such as John Paul Caponigro, Greg Gorman, Mac Holbert, Andrew Rodney, and Jeff Schewe and covers a range of advanced topics, including:

  • Working with expanded color spaces and smart objects in a non-destructive 16-bit printing workflow
  • Advanced techniques for working with Lightroom 2 and Photoshop CS4
  • Maximizing image quality and improving productivity using Camera Raw 5 in Photoshop CS4 and the Develop Module in Lightroom 2
  • Digital photography and ink jet folklore, myths and urban legends explored and explained
  • Fine art print handling, mounting and framing and understanding image permanence with Michael Reichmann of The Luminous Landscape and Henry Wilhelm of Wilhelm Imaging Research
  • Advanced techniques for producing black-and-white prints with greater control and quality
  • In-depth expert-level fine art printing techniques for creating exhibition-quality prints
  • Advanced color management and the latest cutting-edge techniques for custom color profiling
  • Updating workflows to take full advantage of Epson’s new UltraChrome HDR ink technology for increased print quality and productivity

In addition, both tracks include admission to an expo area featuring a gallery of images created with new Epson UltraChrome HDR ink technology featured on the Epson Stylus Pro 7900 and 9900. Setting a new standard for professional-level ink jet quality, Epson UltraChrome HDR ink technology is based on Epson’s unique high-density pigment chemistry. It offers all-new orange and green inks, and combined with new screening and printing technologies in Epson’s newest printers, Epson UltraChrome HDR ink technology delivers the industry’s widest color gamut and superior black density. The result is greatly enhanced photographic print quality with exceptionally fine photographic blends and transitions and highly accurate highlight-to-shadow detail.

The Print Academy Expo will also feature a product demo area where experts from Epson and partnering companies will be on-hand to answer questions and demonstrate products. Sponsors include: Adobe Systems Incorporated, Bogen Imaging, Eizo Nanao Corporation, Lexar Media, Inc., Light Impressions, Microsoft Corp., National Association of Photoshop Professionals, Nik Software, onOne Software, Profoto, Solux, Wacom Technology, and X-Rite.

Epson Print Academy Pricing and Registration
Early bird pricing for Track One is $79.95 when participants register at least three days prior to the program and pricing for Track Two is $149.95 after a special $50 professional discount. More information including the Epson Print Academy seminar schedule of locations and how to register is available at

About Epson America Inc.
Epson offers an extensive array of award-winning image capture and image output products for the consumer, business, photography and graphic arts markets. The company is also a leading supplier of value-added point-of-sale (POS) printers and transaction terminals for the retail market. Founded in 1975, Epson America, Inc. is the U.S. affiliate of Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, a global manufacturer and supplier of high-quality technology products that meet customer demands for increased functionality, compactness, systems integration and energy efficiency. Epson America Inc. is headquartered in Long Beach, Calif.

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Jun 23 2008


Published by Vincent Versace under Printers

Professional and Fine Art Photographers Now Have the Ultimate in Creative Control When Producing Black & White and Color Prints with the Epson R2880

LONG BEACH, CA – May 27, 2008 – Epson, the overwhelming brand of choice among professional photographers, today announced the Epson Stylus Photo R2880, a professional printer designed for photographers who seek the highest-quality sellable photographic and fine art prints.   Incorporating the same technology as the Epson Stylus Pro printer line, the 13-inch Epson R2880 features Epson UltraChrome K3 with Vivid Magenta ink technology, and a high-performance print head for professional photographic output. The printer also features Radiance™ Technology, an innovation that smoothes color transitions and optimizes highlight and shadow detail. The Epson R2880 replaces the Epson R2400 as the flagship of Epson’s 13-inch printer lineup.
“Photographers will demand this printer for one primary reason – it will enable them to create the world’s finest exhibition-quality prints,” said Patrick Chen, product manager, Epson America Inc. “After three years of uncompromising development, the 13-inch wide Epson Stylus Photo R2880 will redefine the standards for creative control and print quality photographers expect from Epson.”
Epson UltraChrome K3 with Vivid Magenta
Epson UltraChrome K3 with Vivid Magenta ink technology is the industry standard by which all other professional-level ink technologies are judged. The ink set features a newer, high-density form of magenta pigments that produce a wider color gamut – dramatically improving reds, blues and purples. In addition, three-levels of black – black, light black, and light light black – deliver unsurpassed gray balance and stunning tonal range in black-and-white output.
Radiance Technology
Radiance Technology is a breakthrough mathematical architecture featured exclusively on the Epson R2880 and Epson R1900. Co-developed by color scientists at Epson and the Rochester Institute of Technology (R.I.T.), Radiance Technology optimizes how individual Epson R2880 inks are mixed to dramatically improve color transitions and reduce grain. The technology is built into the printer software, allowing for improved highlight and shadow detail as well as consistent color under different lighting conditions.
Unrivaled Control of Photographic Output
The Epson R2880 affords photographers and fine artists creative control, allowing the user to explore their creative options.  Epson’s advanced black-and-white mode, included within the printer driver, enables precise control for neutral or toned black-and-white prints.  Photographers can choose from one of four preset menus – neutral, warm, cool, or sepia – or further fine-tune images with custom slider bars and the color wheel.
More about the Epson Stylus Photo R2880
∑ Professional Print Head – Features the same award-winning MicroPiezo™ AMC (Advanced Meniscus Control) print head found on the Epson Stylus Pro models for extremely sharp and accurate ink droplet placement
∑ Superior Media Flexibility – Creates professional quality prints from 4”x 6” to 13”x 44” on glossy, luster and matte papers; supports 1.3mm art boards, roll media, including canvas, and fine art media including Epson Exhibition Fiber Paper
∑ Direct CD/DVD Printing – Prints directly onto inkjet printable CDs and DVDs, making it easy to create professional digital portfolios
∑ Archival Print Longevity – Offers print permanence ratings as long as 200 or more years for truly sellable color and black-and-white prints
∑ Enhanced Connectivity – Allows two computers to simultaneously connect to the Epson R2880 via two hi-speed USB 2.0 ports for seamless printing from either computer
∑ Epson PreciseColor™ Manufacturing – Applies colorimetric calibration to the permanent MicroPiezo® print head at the factory through an enhanced manufacturing process, eliminating the need for internal calibration devices or constant calibration
∑ Exceptional Reliability – Features a new ink-repelling coating on the print head prolonging the life of the head and decreasing maintenance time; a built-in sensor also allows for automatic print head alignment and nozzle checking
For more information on the Epson R2880, please visit For information on Epson products and services, visit
Pricing, Support and Availability
The Epson R2880 will be available in June 2008 for an estimated street price of $799.99 through direct market resellers, specialty photo stores, computer superstores, online retailers, and Epson’s retail Web site at  The printer is backed by the one-year EPSON Exchange Limited Warranty and is supported by the Epson ConnectionSM, a customer support technical assistance line.
About Epson America Inc.
Epson offers an extensive array of award-winning image capture and image output products for the consumer, business, photography, and graphic arts markets. The company is also a leading supplier of value-added point-of-sale (POS) printers and transaction terminals for the retail market. Founded in 1975, Epson America Inc. is the U.S. affiliate of Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, a global manufacturer and supplier of high-quality technology products that meet customer demands for increased functionality, compactness, systems integration and energy efficiency. Epson America Inc. is headquartered in Long Beach, Calif.

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