I will be sharing with you about my Fine Art printing experience with Epson Singapore – South East Asia for my latest photography exhibition ” Longevity Okinawa ”. I was using the Epson SureColor SC-P10070 and Epson SureColor SC-P20070 printers for making my prints. It was my second photography exhibition at The Fullerton Hotel Singapore. My first exhibition was almost two years ago with the series of the ” Haenyeo ”, women divers of Jeju Island in South Korea.
For this first exhibition, I was already collaborating with Epson Singapore and the experience was outstanding.
Epson Singapore and South East Asia:
Epson is a company specialised in various sectors. They are one of the leading companies dominating the printing world. It’s such a great honour to be sponsored for the exhibition by Epson Singapore / South East Asia for the second time. On the 24th Nov 2018, I conducted a Masterclass Photography Workshop in Singapore for Asian Geographic. In this workshop, I demonstrated and shared information about the printing process with Epson. The attendees were fascinated by it. I also did a small solo exhibition at FUJIFILM studio about the Tibetan Autonomous Region last February where the photographs were printed using Epson printer, ink and media.. The details were so beautiful.
My experience in Photography printing:
It’s been a few years since I started printing. Now, I am able to understand more about the process and various options for making prints. Thank you to Epson to have teaching me the process of making prints and the various options . For my Longevity Okinawa Exhibition, 15 images were printed with Epson. It took me two days to complete the entire printing for the exhibition. Thankfully, the testing of printing was done with the assistance of Epson’s team member.
Selecting the photographs to print and the display layout
I worked on the layout plan a few weeks before the exhibition and it was not easy to decide which photos to exhibit. Having photographed 42 elderly Okinawans, all the photos were very special to me. Therefore, selecting 20 images was a tough feat. Initially I wanted to display my captures of the elderly Okinawans hands. However, instead of making multiple small images, I preferred to go for large format printing. Since I photographed using a medium format camera, the best is to print the images as large as possible using Epson technology.
Epson SureColor SC-P10070 and Epson SureColor SC-P20070
For producing the fine art photography prints for the photography exhibition I did used the printers Epson SureColor SC-P10070 and the Epson SureColor SC-P20070. These printers are Epson’s next generation, high performance, 44 and 64 high speed production printer. Equipped with PrecisionCoreTM MicroTFP printhead and UltraChromeTM PRO ink, experience stunning print quality at affordable running costs.
Test Print on the Epson SureColor SC-P10070 printer
After the test printing, I was happy that I did not have to make much changes except for one image. The rest of the images were all good. The prints were of different sizes and media. Please see below for details about the print sizes and media used.
The Various Size Fine Art Prints Exhibited:
- 100 cm x 75 cm
- 90 cm x 120 cm
- 45 cm x 60 cm
- 182 cm x 136.5 cm
Two types of Fine Art media used:
- Exhibition Canvas Matte in 60″ x 40′ Roll
- Hot Press Bright in 44″ x 50′ Roll
I was using the Epson SureColor SC-P10070 for printing on the Hot Press Bright media in 44″ x 50′ Roll and I even did manage most of it on my own. To print on the Exhibition Canvas Matte media in 60″ x 40′ Roll which is a larger media, we used the Epson SureColor SC-P20070, on the printer it did not processed the printing myself but I did check the prints.
What could have been the challenge in the printing process?
This time round, my photography series was with black backdrop. Although I was a little unsure with how the turn out was going to be on the print, I was very pleased to see that the black background in all the prints were very consistent and deep in colour. As a photographer, it was definitely a joy to see my print coming out from the printer. The moment I saw the first print, I was very contented with the details and sharpness that was visible on the print. It was so amazing that the quality and colour in the prints matched my captures so accurately.
Mounting my Epson Fine Art Prints
The paper prints were mounted on archival foamboard with a bracket at the back to hang with ease and canvas were stretched on a wooden frame. The mounting and installation of the prints took an entire day as we cautiously displayed the photos to make sure they synced well together.
Final words of the prints by Epson
To conclude, I was definitely mind blown with the printing result of each print. I’ve seen the pictures of the elderly Okinawans many times on the camera and monitor, but to see them being displayed harmoniously, was a very powerful feeling. It is a big jump using a medium format camera with 51 megapixels. Epson develop their printers and inks by using Epson media so you get the best result in your print by also using Epson media because it is perfectly customised for it. Once again, I would like to thank Epson Singapore and Epson South East Asia for collaborating with me. Looking forward to produce more prints.