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Absolutely agree. Same mold as Andrew Rodney. Expert knowledge, opinionated, acerbic, doesn't suffer fools, and has the gift of being able to impart his knowledge to others.

I have included a link to the second edition. I have both editions and the second is much improved and updated, but still several years old now. My link is to the Canadian Amazon, which will probably forward to your own national Amazon sites.

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All of these books are useless unless the reader knows what they and their new printer can do in the first place.

Regardless of an owners’ background, the proud owner automatically thinks they can print using a Pro printer and an expensive photo editor, and get the very best results, how hard can it be ? but this is where the dog lays and chews on his bone.

You can’t, and no amount of reading is going to help anyone who reckons they can handle a printer with no knowledge whatsoever of how the printer works, there’re biggest mistake is in thinking and that’s the crux of the matter.

To print your photos, you don’t need to start with a calibrated monitor nor any imported or purchased ICC profiles or the very best expensive papers, because all you need is the printer and yourself.

The golden rule here is to remember what you were before you purchased your new printer, you didn’t know the first thing about photo printing, and guess what, you still don’t, now before anyone gets their knickers in a knot, everyone must start out from the same place.

Please remember if you want to learn quickly and at your own pace, all the ins and outs of inkjet photo printing, then let the printer do everything for you first, select the print, let the printer know which paper you intend using (Media setting) and the print quality you wish to use, and finally the paper size and orientation.

You will be surprised just how well the printer will handle everything for you, you can practice changing the Media setting and print quality and over time you’ll learn more than any book could ever teach you, it's hands on experience.

To sum up just use the tools that Canon gave you in their print driver, until you have sufficient confidence to delve further into making better prints, learn how to walk first, and only then buy the shoes...
 

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All of these books are useless unless the reader knows what they and their new printer can do in the first place.

Regardless of an owners’ background, the proud owner automatically thinks they can print using a Pro printer and an expensive photo editor, and get the very best results, how hard can it be ? but this is where the dog lays and chews on his bone.

You can’t, and no amount of reading is going to help anyone who reckons they can handle a printer with no knowledge whatsoever of how the printer works, there’re biggest mistake is in thinking and that’s the crux of the matter.

To print your photos, you don’t need to start with a calibrated monitor nor any imported or purchased ICC profiles or the very best expensive papers, because all you need is the printer and yourself.

The golden rule here is to remember what you were before you purchased your new printer, you didn’t know the first thing about photo printing, and guess what, you still don’t, now before anyone gets their knickers in a knot, everyone must start out from the same place.

Please remember if you want to learn quickly and at your own pace, all the ins and outs of inkjet photo printing, then let the printer do everything for you first, select the print, let the printer know which paper you intend using (Media setting) and the print quality you wish to use, and finally the paper size and orientation.

You will be surprised just how well the printer will handle everything for you, you can practice changing the Media setting and print quality and over time you’ll learn more than any book could ever teach you, it's hands on experience.

To sum up just use the tools that Canon gave you in their print driver, until you have sufficient confidence to delve further into making better prints, learn how to walk first, and only then buy the shoes...
This is a wide ranging and sometimes contradictory post, but I think I get the gist of the Hat's points.

First three para's inferring new users have no clue how to use inkjet printers has not been my experience. All that is required after purchase is to switch it on and follow the instruction manual to the letter. Especially about using OEM inks and the manufacturer's papers. Expensive to operate, yes, but first class results. The notion that all these users desire to become print technicians is not valid.

I have many friends and acquaintances who are outstanding photographers and printmakers who follow this procedure. I wish I could get even close to their printed results. They have ZERO interest in sitting behind a computer or putzing with printer settings, yet produce outstanding award winning prints on a regular basis. They have fun ridiculing my methods - "Still filling your printer over the kitchen sink" they say.

For reasons stated in above paragraph many have no wish beyond the CONTROL P = PRINT. When it malfunctions they take it to Canon or Epson service centre and get fleeced a second time. Some sell their prints for what a cheapskate like me considers outrageous prices. For them this is all part of the cost of doing business.

Printing is a big tent encompassing many variations of the term. Refilling, unfortunately, is a minor niche population within that big tent.

Finally hard to justify that book learning has no value. The global education system would refute this belief. There are alternatives - sure, but the written word is still dominates.

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Isn't that a point @The Hat made - first use the hardware, get to know it, then delve deeper if desired?
Possibly - but that is not what he said.

But don't worry we still love him. He has probably forgotten more about ink jet printers and ink jet printing than we will ever know.

Can't beat practical real world street smarts. Especially when the pressure is on and you need to get the job done. That's where the rubber hits the road and the book smart theorists (Like me) have to step up and produce.

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