ncjohn wrote in post #18096171
This is not your typical "why are my prints too dark" post. For me, if an image has "normal" density (whatever that is) it prints perfectly. I don't even need to soft-proof. But if an image is on the dark side intentionally, the prints are waaay too dark! My monitor is calibrated, but that seems irrelevant since most images print perfectly. It seems to me that if one image prints perfectly, then they all would, regardless of the subject matter.
I can't post the image I'm working on right now because it's NSFW, but it's not just one; it's been going on for a while.
Anybody have any insights on this?
I have a Canon Pixma Pro-1 and consistently experience this same issue. The printer performs beautifully for my bird photos and other images taken during the daytime in more "normal" lighting situations. However, I do a lot of sunrise photography (so high contrast situations), and these prints are always extremely dark/muddy in the shadow areas of the image. I have tried an exhausting number of trouble-shooting methods (including several correspondences with Canon) with no solutions to the issue. I have printed the exact same photos on other printers (HP Z6100 42PS, HP Latex 360) with excellent results. My (Mac) workflow is Adobe RGB—from camera to printer—printing directly out of Photoshop (have tried numerous papers/profiles). I've also experimented using Canon's Print Studio Pro (Pattern Printing, Pro Mode, etc.), tried sRGB, etc... all with the same/similar poor results in the dark areas of the images. In fact, very little changes even when fairly radical adjustments are made to the images.
My conclusion, sadly, is that the Pixma Pro-1 just cannot properly output my sunrise/sunset images. Again, it produces wonderful results for my other photos, but I've found absolutely no solutions for the consistently overly dark/muddy results from my images taken in very high contrast situations.
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