How bout printing our great pics?

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danelmix
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Mar 19, 2013

All this talk about lenses and all. What do you guys use to print your pics?

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In reply to danelmix, Mar 19, 2013

After years of home printing, I just got tired of the nerdiness factor, the stupid ink thing and trying to afford a decent printer in the first place. Snapshots at home are fine, but anything I think is good I now send out. I have been using Aperture printing services because it is convenient and they have been good. Of course there are other good services as well.

The commercial printing services use printers that cost as much as a house, have every size and type of paper and foil, etc in stock and they can print up various kinds of albums as well, a good way to save your work or to present it.

All for a few bucks, in a few days. No way to beat that unless you really are a printer and will invest in high-end equipment yourself, want to stock all the mediums and inks and are really into the workflow and settings...

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I print from a variety of sources, depending on need and timing.

I agree with the poster above on home printing - I still do occasionally just for the convenience and immediacy, but it just doesn't seem to prove cost effective in the long run, with the paper and ink costs - especially compared to the prices you can get at commercial print shops.

I do occasional 'quickie' prints for friends, relatives, etc, such as 4x6 stuff and other small prints, at Costco.  Easy, fast - prints while I'm shopping.

I've done some small to medium printing with Shutterfly, because I've had a free account there for years, and they occasionally send promotions and freebies for prints - I usually stick to 8x10, 5x7, or 4x6 with them.

When I need an archival type print, or making larger prints for sale to clients or buyers, I use Mpix.com.  They have very high quality paper options, can print nice, large prints with high quality, and can work various borders, print mediums, etc.

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I agree completely, I no longer print my own images. I have used AdoramaPix for 2 years now and have been completely satisfied with their work.

Mike

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In reply to danelmix, Mar 19, 2013

Good thread.

Just wondering how it is to send large files to the printer of choice?

Being relatively new to digital it is one of the things I would like to know. I have an old HP 895Cse (great photo quality) which takes the large ink cartridges, which are going to be obsolete soon enough. Also I can only print 8 x 10.

If I want to send out for 11 x 14's for my best work, do they expect finished files, do they adjust anything, or do they just print as sent......

How big are the files you guys send to the printer?

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like the other reply's I dont really print at home much any more. If I need 4x6 for family or friends I get them printed at the local Walgreen store around the corner from my house and for larger prints that I want to frame I print them through my Smugmug account - their quality is excellent and the prices are very reasonable

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daddyman wrote:

I agree completely, I no longer print my own images. I have used AdoramaPix for 2 years now and have been completely satisfied with their work.

Mike

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And I love to do PhotoBooks!

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danelmix wrote:

All this talk about lenses and all. What do you guys use to print your pics?

I'm about like everyone else who has responded.

I have an excellent Epson photo printer but hardly ever use it anymore.

Ink costs are ridiculous, good paper is expensive and I'm surprised the inkjet printer industry is still in business.

A good printer is a convenience but ink is one of the more expensive liquids you can buy.

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BennyKingston wrote:

Good thread.

Just wondering how it is to send large files to the printer of choice?

Being relatively new to digital it is one of the things I would like to know. I have an old HP 895Cse (great photo quality) which takes the large ink cartridges, which are going to be obsolete soon enough. Also I can only print 8 x 10.

If I want to send out for 11 x 14's for my best work, do they expect finished files, do they adjust anything, or do they just print as sent......

How big are the files you guys send to the printer?

Most printers online allow you to choose whether to leave the original file alone, as it's been sent, or 'optimize' or adjust it how they see fit.  It's not too different from prints in film days, when you took film to a printer and had to tell them if you wanted no corrections applied.   Just make sure you know what you're doing, and have a monitor and printer that are well calibrated, if you're choosing to leave the file as sent!

File size varies greatly depending on how much crop and such - when making my larger prints, I'll typically send nearly uncompressed JPGs (set to minimal compression and highest quality) and will typically be in the 6-8MB range on 16MP photos.  This is usually larger than JPGs straight from the camera, which will typically be in the 3-5MB range.

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I have an old Canon Selphy CP720 dye-sublimation printer at home for quick/easy printing in small numbers. When I want to print a large number of pictures (for albums, etc) I use a commercial service.

Regarding the Selphy I do have some troubles with color management and it's quite hard to get a bright picture on paper as is on screen, but I get it right eventually.

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Print fairly regularly on an Epson R3880 (A2). Quality is outstanding but I'm beginning to tire of the "hassle". I've sold many framed prints using the printer but printing, mount cutting and framing is getting a little tiring and my back is complaining too.

Thinking of ebaying it but will probably tackle that logistical nightmare in a few months time.

I love fine art printing but to be honest if I'm in it to make some cash, it seems canvases (large as in 4x3 feet) just fly off the wall but the framed prints take a little longer so I will probably go all canvas later this year.

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I send out snapshots, but all fine art prints are printed, matted, and framed at home.

I use an Epson 2400 and use matte paper (and therefore matte black ink) almost exclusively. I've got a color corrected workflow from monitor to printer to paper. I just don't have the confidence to send things out for this work since I usually print several smaller proofs and tweak settings before I get what I want and print on rag or fine art paper.

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Thanks for that info.

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I only print for hanging on the wall.  I have had trouble with poor cropping etc.  I think if you find someone that works well for your pics, I would stay with them.  What you see onscreen vs. what you get on paper can vary so much!  I suppose that is why some people like to print themselves once they get everything calibrated.

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danelmix wrote:

All this talk about lenses and all. What do you guys use to print your pics?

I use www.myphotopipe.com - great quality. I usually make 16x24 prints to avoid cropping the APS-C image. They offer a WIDE range of quality and surfaces as very reasonable cost, with regular sales (not as bad a Joseph S. Banks, but frequent).

I have walls full of their prints, and in the very few times I was unhappy with their work, they immediately reprinted and shipped replacements free.

Mel

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I just got a bunch of 4x6 prints from Shutterfly.com for like .04 a print. They are pretty good quality. A friend has a few photobooks done by them that are excellent.

Anyone have recommendations for getting a panorama print?

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I like Winkflash.com for posters on white fomecore.  No framing to mess with.  Display them on a narrow ledge.  Replace/rearrange as mood dictates.

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In reply to silvrmn, Mar 20, 2013

I send everything out for printing beyond 4x6 snapshots.  The issue I have is with matting and framing.  I often crop my photographs so they are not precisely the standard sizes, which requires custom matting.  Are there any places that will custom mat a photograph without charging an arm and a leg.

Canvas prints:  I have seen many and they look good, but how good are they for BW images?  Anyone doing that?

Michael

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After years of Epson photoquality printers, I bagged the at-home thing when I saw Costco prints. However, I too, need to find a  place that produces good quality poster-sized prints.

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Do yourself a HUGE favor and cut your own mats. It's not that hard and it's far cheaper. Decent mats can be had in standard hobby shops.

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