Professional-grade prints from your home studio

Outsourcing your printing for a gallery installation or exhibition opportunity can often be costly and time-consuming, but Epson has put the power back into your hands with the SureColor P5070.

Being able to print professional-quality images from your home studio could add the finishing touch to your working environment, whether you’re looking to print test sheets to compare tone and colour, provide tear sheets to clients, or update the shots in your portfolio. Introducing Epson’s SureColor P5070 large-format printer will cut out those trips to the print shop and will mean that you’re in control of the quality and cost.

The new model is a step up from the semi-professional P800 launched last year, with higher print speeds, lower running costs, and an integrated auto-cutter for improved productivity. It features Epson’s latest PrecisionCore thin film piezo (TFP) printhead and UltraChrome HDX 10-colour pigment ink technology, which delivers stunning images with an increased colour gamut, higher density blacks, and reduced running costs. With a refined design incorporated to improve dust and static control, the printer boasts production and resource efficiency, with reduced nozzle clogging. Setting up the printer is straightforward thanks to the full-colour 2.7-inch LCD control panel that allows easy set-up, control, and maintenance of the printer.

General manager, Business Division, Epson Australia Craig Heckenberg says, “The SureColor P5070 is the latest addition to the Epson SureColor product line, which is bringing Epson’s photographic technology to the next level. Sitting above the popular Epson SureColor SC-P800 in the range, the SureColor P5070 packs all of the SureColor printing technology into a 17-inch desktop model, providing photographers and graphic designers with the best imaging [that] technology has to offer.”

The SureColor P5070 uses 200ml UltraChrome HDX 10-colour ink cartridges, which use newly developed core pigments. These new inks enable enhanced print durability and blacks that are 1.5 times denser than the previous generation. They deliver a wider contrast ratio with improved resin encapsulation technology for higher levels of gloss uniformity, and images that are optically clearer and sharper.

The SureColor P5070 supports two different ink configurations: one which uses ‘Light Light Black’ and one that uses ‘Violet’ ink. Light Light Black delivers smooth and neutral tonal transitions, and supports Epson’s Advanced Black and White Print mode. If you’re working in the photography, fine-art, or graphic-design realm, this configuration is ideal for you. Using the Light Light Black set-up delivers 98-per-cent PANTONE®* coverage. When configured with Violet ink in place of Light Light Black, the SureColor P5070 achieves an expanded colour gamut to deliver 99-per-cent PANTONE® coverage, which is ideal for commercial, graphic, and proofing applications.

The high-capacity power-driven roll media spindle and internal high-speed single-pass rotary cutter make the P5070 ideal for multiple print production and panoramas up to 15m. The high-capacity front paper cassette can hold up to 100 sheets of premium photo paper, and can print on sheets up to A2+. The P5070 also features a front-feed straight path for delicate fine-art sheet media and poster board up to 1.5mm thick. Auto-switching between roll and cassette-sheet feeding allows both sources to be loaded at the same time.

The SureColor P5070 is available through authorized Epson dealers complete with an optional SpectroProofer, and CoverPlus service packs for up to five years. The standalone printer starts at $3295 including GST. For further info, visit epson.co.nz.

*PANTONE® and other Pantone trademarks are the property of Pantone LLC.

New blood in SAE Auckland’s film department

Dawn Hutchesson

Students who have kick-started their year, and their film career journey, by attending SAE Creative Media Institute, will be able to draw on the knowledge and experience that their new film lecturer, Dawn Hutchesson, brings to the table.

Joining the SAE Film Studies Department on a permanent, part-time basis, Hutchesson will be primarily taking care of Bachelor of Film Arts degree students, guiding them towards, and preparing them for jobs within the film industry.

Hutchesson is already a familiar face around SAE, as she spent 2016 teaching at the institute, and students can rest assured that they are in extremely capable hands, as Hutchesson holds a masters degree from Auckland University, a certificate in adult learning and teaching from Wintec, a national diploma in advanced journalism from Massey, as well as certificates in leadership management enhancement and strategic management from AUT.

She was previously the manager of Colab, AUT’s Creative Technologies Research Centre, and prior to that management role, Hutchesson was a programme manager in Unitec’s Performing and Screen Arts Department and a senior lecturer in the Media Arts Department at Wintec.

Dawn has also consulted for various agencies, including Auckland Council and ATEED. She has been a TV director, producer, project manager, and copywriter with agencies in New Zealand, UK, and Ireland. She was also the co-director and producer for the renowned documentary film Sheilas, and producer on the short film Rockpool.

Dr Suzette Major, campus manager at SAE, says, “We are very fortunate to have Dawn bring her wealth of knowledge and experience to the SAE team, but beyond this, she is a fantastic role model to our female film-making students.”

Check out the latest Kids Photo Comp finalists!

Something that really makes the ‘awww’ exclamations resound in the D-Photo office is when we get to see the entries to each round of the Kids Photo Comp. There's always an abundance of adorable photos that really brighten the day. The finalists for the D-Photo Issue No. 77 round of the Kids Photo Comp have been announced! Check them out in the gallery below.

To find out who won this issue's competition, pick up your copy of D-Photo Issue No. 77 in stores from Monday, January 23, or grab a copy from the link below.

White Lynx Photography lessons: capture emotions

Specializing in light, White Lynx Photography is an Auckland-based professional photography studio with an array of lessons available for photographers keen to learn the basics, or fine-tune their existing skills. 

The lessons that White Lynx Photography offer include:

  • Light Workshop: master your light (basic)
  • Getting Started Speedlight Workshop (entry)
  • Speedlight Workshop: take control of your flash (basic)
  • Private Class: master your camera

The tutor, Ida Larsson, draws on her international experience to teach attendees about how lighting is a critical element in emphasising and capturing emotion. She will share knowledge about elements — such as direction, focus, and control — that will allow photographers to create images they can capitalize on. 

To find out more about specific workshops, what dates are available coming up, and how to book  a spot, head to whitelynxphotography.com or call or text 022 494 8569.

Whangarei's camera obscura hits the target!

The Whangarei camera obscura team have done it! Their crowdfunding efforts to raise $25,000 came to fruition on November 23. The trio behind the camera obscura are photographer Diane Stoppard, sculptor Trish Clarke, and architect Felicity Christian, and their concept is an eight-metre interactive steel sculpture reflecting Whangarei's waka history, which will house a camera obscura. The camera obscura will be situated looking towards Whangare's Te Matau ā Pohe Bascule Bridge, and will utilize CCTV technology to connect the camera obscura experience to the worldwide web, so a global audience can also experience the view.

If the Pledge Me fundraiser had not met its target, the team wouldn't have been able to have kept any of the money, but now that the $25,000 is secured, they're pushing for the photographic community to help get them towards $50,000.

 It's not just all about gaining extra funds now, though. Stoppard says there's value in supporter numbers, not just monetary donations.

“What I have realized is that the number of people who pledge has great value to us — when we apply to the big funders we want to be able to say 300-plus members of the community got behind the project,” Stoppard says.

Check out the video that the team have put together about the project, and if you're keen to get involved, head on over to the Pledge Me page, which will only be open to donations until 10pm on December 9, 2016. 

Here's a bit of an indication, using a pure-glass sphere, of how the camera obscura will work when it's constructed.