I have an epson 3880, iMac 27" 2010 vintage, and I shoot mostly B&W, I have experimented and got to an acceptable position with three chosen papers for B&W.
I am now starting to tackle colour. My needs are printing what I see on screen, absolute accuracy is not my goal as I often adjust to give a more Willam Eggleston look, or more Fuji velvia. My 'digital chain' is Leica M9 DNG, I set the menu for adobeRGB, not sure if this affects DNG to be honest, but I do this anyway. Then into LR4.3 on my iMac, then to my epson 3880. I have an okay environment as the room is painted a dark, grey green and my one window has a thick blind, my desk is dark too. I have just bought a couple of 4700K solux spots and my screen is calibrated by a color Munki display.
My IMAC is set to photo RGB and I have used softproofing, I have a few questions after watching the LuLa videos on camera to print and Lightroom ( great vids, invaluable help )
1. Given from what I understand my iMac is somewhere between sRGB and adobe, what I see may not be what I get ( some I can't potentially see ), is this less of an issue than seeing what you wont get ?
2. I can see low but not super low IRE ( I can see 5-6, when calibrated) would I see more with something like a Eizo or top end NEC ? I say this as I will use mostly for B&W in any case.
3. With softproofing in LR4, I find using matt papers I find they look to washed out on screen, I see more contrast and punch on paper, can i use the softproofing for colour gamut only and will the colour on screen then be accurate ?
4. As at present I am only using matt papers as I have yet to bond with gloss or semigloss, are these papers showing colours below sRGB in any case and would I be better to stick to consider more carefully my digital chain and choices ? Effectively stop worrying about gamut above sRGB
5. Regarding B&W, would I find any difference when printing on matt paper shooting in adobe RGB or sRGB ?