Pick the perfect printer and paper
There are currently three models in Canon's pro photo printing range, each aimed at slightly different uses. The Canon PIXMA PRO-200 A3+/13-inch printer uses eight dye-based inks that give an unbeatably smooth finish on glossy paper, whereas the 10 pigment inks of the Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-300 work better for fine art and matte media. Stepping up to A2 printing, the Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 has an even larger range of 12 pigment-based inks. Both of these imagePROGRAF printers feature a Chroma Optimizer cartridge, which ensures excellent uniformity when printing on glossy and semi-gloss or luster papers.
Jonas spent years getting his prints made at a local lab, which involved a two-hour drive, several times every week. He'd been put off creating large-format prints at home, thinking it would be time-consuming, complex and costly. "I was honestly shocked. The Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 was easy to set up, after which I phoned a friend for technical advice on print settings. He told me to just press Ctrl-P and that everything was pretty much automatic. I created my first big print of an owl in flight, taken a year before, and felt like I'd been transported back in time. The print was so realistic, with such incredible detail and natural colour rendition, that it was like reliving the moment.
"The speed is pretty amazing too," continues Jonas. "With the Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-1000, I can create an absolutely top-quality A2 print that will last for well over 100 years, in less time than it takes to have a cup of coffee. And speaking of quality, I love making prints on matte paper and fine-art media. The printer delivers an incredible tonal range with the kind of ultra-deep yet detailed blacks that you just can't get with a computer monitor. I also love the way that I can make borderless prints on matte and fine-art media, instead of just on glossy and luster papers. That adds a lot of creative freedom."
Suhaib says that accuracy is a key element of the Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-1000's design. "There's an anti-skew system to avoid any errors from misaligned paper, and a vacuum paper transport section that ensures the paper remains perfectly positioned throughout its transit through the printer."
Ultimately, Jonas strongly believes that every photographer should have their own printer. "Until you create a print, you can't really judge the quality of the image. Making your own prints is also deeply satisfying, and makes your work much more fun and creative. It'll even save you a lot of time and money in the long run."