Sunday, August 15, 2010

Printing Series: Bambi Cantrell – Wedding Photography Legend

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Copyright © Bambi Cantrell – ALL Rights Reserved

Bambi Cantrell is famous for her amazing wedding photography. She’s the first woman to become a member of the prestigious  Microsoft Icons of Imaging and always a big hit at WPPI. You can keep up with Bambi’s latest projects on her blog, which also has links to her social networks.

She was gracious enough to take time out of her busy schedule to share her printing experiences and recommendations. I hope you enjoy reading the Q&A interview that follows.

What printers do you own?

I have an Epson 4880, 7900 & 9800. You can see a video of Bambi talking about her Epson printers here on Epson’s Focal Points series.

What are your favorite papers?

I love the Epson Cold Press White Bright and Epson Ultra Premium Photo Paper Luster.

What volume of printing do you do?

We print a lot – pretty much daily.

What things do you look for in a print before its ready?

Beautiful range of tonality, vivid color, and consistency. We also make sure there is no banding or color shifts.

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Do you have any recommendations on how to get the most out of your Epson printers?

Know your paper profiles and make sure you are using the correct one. Decoding the names can be tricky, but it’s important to take the time as a good profile is a critical step to getting a good print.

Have you tried using any other brand of printers?

I’m very happy with my Epson printers and see no need to consider another brand.

Do you do create your own color profiles?

No, I’m too busy being a photographer to labor over creating paper profiles. I’d rather use the great profiles provided by Epson or those included in ColorByte in it’s ImagePrint product.

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Copyright © Bambi Cantrell – ALL Rights Reserved

Any special tips on getting the most out of the printer driver?

I find that for most of my photos using the Relative Colormetric rendering intent gives me the best results for my work.

Do you use any RIP software?

Yes, the bulk of my printing is done on the Epson 7900 and I only use ColorByte ImagePrint for all the print jobs on it. I use the Epson driver on the other printers, but for our workhorse I really prefer the layout features and color quality (thanks to its great paper profiles) that I get using ImagePrint.

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Copyright © Bambi Cantrell – ALL Rights Reserved


I’d like to thank Bambi for all of her time and support. Her images capture the moment with amazing detail and color, so I encourage you to visit her web site and get some great inspiration. 

As a side note, I’d also like to point out that Bambi is a big fan of ColorByte Imageprint (as previously mentioned) thanks to a great experience learning about it from JVH Tech in Seattle (during a speaking engagement). JVH has been pleasing Washington state print masters for years, and Bambi learned first hand how great they are during her visit to Seattle. I think Bambi would join me in encouraging you to give them a try if you are in the Washington State area (and don’t forget to tell John and Ryan that sent you!).


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