Getting Lightjet 5000 Prints from CaLypso Inc.

© 2002 Gregory Georges

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© 2002 Gregory Georges

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© 2002 Gregory Georges

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© 2002 Gregory Georges

ABOUT THE IMAGE

Purple & Yellow Iris on Green Canon EOS 1D digital camera on tripod, 300mm f/2.8 IS with 25mm extension tube, ISO 200, RAW image quality setting,f/8.0 @ 1/25, 1648 x 2464 pixels, slightly edited and converted to 8-bits per channel, 12.2MB .tif

If you want the ultimate print made from one of your image files — then you want a Lightjet 5000 print made on Fuji Crystal Archive photographic paper. These continuous tone photographs are known for their rich blacks, print permanence, and excellent color range. Such prints are the preferred prints of many artists and professional photographers all over the world.

While there are over 400 sites worldwide that have Lightjet printers, only some of those sites keep their printers properly color-managed so that you get consistent prints that match the images on your monitor. Calypso Inc. (www.calypsoinc.com), in Santa Clara, California, is one company that I recommend due to the efforts they take to provide you with color-managed prints. Their focus is on nature, landscape, wild life, fine art, and travel markets and they have a list of customers that includes many of the finest photographers in the world.

To get prints made at Calypso, you can either upload image files to their FTP site or you can write the image files to a CD-ROM and send them via mail or a courier service. Calypso also offers two different pricing plans. The preferred pricing plan is for images that have been prepped, color-managed, and profiled directly to the Calypso Lightjet 5000. In this case you take all the responsibility for color management. Or, you can pay more and have them do some of the work for you and they will be responsible for color-management. Please visit the Calypso Web site and read Calypso's Guide to Color Management on the Lightjet 5000.

This technique covers the steps you need to take, to enjoy the preferred pricing plan. In this technique, you take a Canon EOS D30 digital camera photo of an iris and follow steps to size the image and sharpen it so that it can be used to make an 11" x 14" Lightjet 5000 glossy print at Calypso, Inc.

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