Prints That Win: Hare Apparent

It’s not hard to tell where master photographer Kelly Schulze’s heart resides … she signs off email correspondence with a “Peace, Purrs, and Tail Wags,” and she owns Mountain Dog Photography in Monkton, Vermont. Yes, she loves all things furry or scaly, and has dedicated her business to capturing their personalities in portraits.

Case in point: Ivory, the albino rabbit she photographed at the Humane Society of Chittenden County, where she has volunteered her photography skills for several years. Ivory’s red eyes and bright pink skin were shot against a blue background, which Schulze says may have seemed “creepy” to some viewers. At a friend’s suggestion, she changed the image to black-and-white and suddenly had an award winner on her hands. She won the Sunset Print Award at the Vermont Professional Photographers competition for this image, titled Hare Apparent.

“I’ve always been into animals, and I started photography as a kid,” she says. “After college, I figured out how to put the two together.”

Schulze started her business and got involved with the professional photographers’ organization in 2009. She specializes in both portrait and commercial photography work, which she says there’s quite a bit of demand for.

“People often can’t get good photos of their animals — they’re typically blurry,” she explains. “They say: ‘Whenever I try to take a picture, they move away.’ You have to be intuitive about animal behavior.”

Schulze says the clients she enjoys most are those who have a good connection with their animal. “It really shows in the images — I’m able to create really compelling, emotional images.” She currently prints her work on an Epson printer, using Sunset Fibre Rag 335g and Sunset Cotton Etching Paper 285g.

All-Systems-Go-Schulze-KellyReaders may recall her winning work in 2014, when she won the Sunset Print Award for “All Systems Go,” pictured at left.

“I like doing print competitions because it gets you out of your creative ruts,” she says. “Plus, it helps to call you out on mistakes you continue to make, and you’ll learn that there’s a better way to do it, and you’ll have a better image in the end.”

Save Up to $4,000 When You Upgrade to HP Latex

This is the last week to take advantage of August’s rebates on HP latex printers. Upgrade now to an HP Latex 360 or the new HP Latex 370 with a qualified trade-in and you’ll receive a $2,000 mail-in rebate on the Latex 360 or a $3,000 mail-in rebate for the Latex 370.

You can add more to your savings if you’ve signed a letter of intent (LOI) during an HP event. That LOI adds an additional savings of $1,000 to either printer, taking your rebate to $3,000 or $4,000, respectively.

The All New Epson P800 Photo Printer: On Sale Now

Earlier this summer, Epson announced the newest generation of photo printers, the Epson SureColor P800, which prints 17-inches wide and up to 10-feet long. This machine has been loaded with state-of-the-art technology from Epson, and it replaces the popular Stylus Pro38xx Series.

The P800 is outfitted with Epson MicroPiezo AMC print heads and the very latest UltraChrome HD eight-color pigment ink set, both of which make it the go-to printer for artists and photographers looking for true-to-life image reproduction with improved lightfastness.

Get Up to $1,200 in Mail-In Rebates on Canon Printers

Among our many printer rebates this month are four mail-in offers for Canon imagePROGRAF printers that have been extended through Sept. 30.

Check out the video above to learn more about the print and layout plug-ins offered by Canon, as well as how to achieve up to a 115% return on your initial investment on an imagePROGRAF printer.

Tech Talk: HP Latex Mobile App Review

You’ve probably heard the saying “there’s an app for that.” With just a quick download from the app store onto your smartphone, nearly any need can be fulfilled.

HP Latex Mobile app ink level details.
HP Latex Mobile app ink level details.

Enter: The HP Latex Mobile App, geared to streamline print production. We asked Michael Clementi, head of the LexJet Experience Center, to download and review the app so we could learn exactly how it works, and if it really does simplify the printing process.

Q: What’s the purpose of the HP Latex Mobile App? Who are the primary users?

A: The purpose is to be able to monitor your HP Latex printer from anywhere on the planet (that has cell coverage, of course). The primary users should be anyone who owns a Latex 300 series printer. Setting it up on your phone takes very little effort, and you’ll be glad you did!

Q: Which printers are the app compatible with?

A: All Latex 300 Series Printers (310, 330, 360, 370) – please link each of these and tag, too.