I am not new to photography but I'm new to color management and ink jet printing. I'm almost through the 2011 Camera to Print and Screen series and I have learned so much! I want a home print setup and I know from the videos that I should calibrate my monitor and my printer. I know there are a lot of options, and I need some customized guidance that fits my needs.
Here is my setup:
Computer: 2011 iMac 27" running Lion, Aperture 4 and Photoshop CS3 (I will upgrade to CS6 and get Lightroom 4 when they come out later this year)
Printer: Epson Stylus Pro 3880 will be ordered this weekend (only $850 after rebate!)
I am looking for a good way to calibrate for good prints. I am a hobbyist and I don't anticipate a heavy volume of printing nor very many paper types, so I don't need any automated stuff, I would rather save some money. I checked the Eye One (i1?) web site and it's pretty complex, and don't really know what product I need. I have also read about some other product with monkey in the name (and it's in C2P&S but I since forgot), but I'm not sure how that differs from the i1 products.
The ideal way for me to do this is to rent a calibration unit, run it once for a couple of different paper types and then forget about it.
Is that even possible?
Thanks for your help!