A&P Getting prints made

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  1. CRC

    CRC New Member

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    Where do you guys get your prints made? I'm looking to get a few 8x10s made.

    And is there anything special I should do to the image on the computer before I take them in? I've heard stories of them coming out too dark or over saturated. What do you guys do?
     
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    Also, since my camera shoots at a 3x2 ratio, and an 8x10 is a different ratio, should I crop them to the right ratio?
     
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    Print on my Epson 2200 :wavey:

    Find out what they print on, what they use to print and match the profile. Some places have specific requirements as far as type, dpi, profile etc

    If you can find someone to do dye sub prints do it, continous tone can produce some great prints
     
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    I went to Wolf Camera and they did four 8x12 prints for me. They came out pretty good. They exposed one picture by about 1/2 stop and blew out a few highlights on a white shirt, but the other 3 looked pretty much dead on. Charged me $7 each :hs:

    Of course the prints look more saturated and vibrant then they do on the computer monitor, so that's something to keep in mind.
     
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    find out what profile they need, and don't pay for a bad print if it isn't like that on screen. Keep in mind the tolerances of the printer. If you look at the levels historgam, don't let the highlights go pas 252 and the shadows below 3.

    The finish you choose will also impact it. Matte or a cottog rag surface will look very different than a glossy or semi gloss.
     
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    I think I'll go back tomorrow and have them reprint that one. They have a Fuji Frontier 375. I looked it up online and I guess it does ok prints.

    And they printed them on glossy paper.
     
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    Fuji Frontiers are horrible machines. If you can find anyone with a Noritsu, those are the machines to get prints from. My former photo lab manager got moved to a store with a fuji. They had to replace the mainboard 4 times in 6 weeks.
     
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    So are you saying they do bad prints or they just break a lot?
     
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    I just got a couple made at www.mpix.com

    I sent them a 300dpi 10x15 image. Looks real nice. I had one printed gloss and one on canvas. First time I ever tried online printing, but I'll use them again. Files were about 7 meg a piece.
     
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    sirmark HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

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    Thats what i use....awesome prints
     
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    Same here. My Canon printers have both done an amazing job. i860 and i960.
     
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    Both. The quality isn't neat a noritsu.
     
  13. CRC

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    I went back and had them reprint the one pic. I guess they DID have the auto adjusting on the printer :mad: So they turned it off, and it came out pretty much exactly what I see on my monitor. Very happy with it.

    Luckily the other 3 pics came out good even with their adjustments :hs:
     
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    Believie it or not, Costco. $3 for a 12x18, get the printer profile from dry creek profile for the one near you and tell them no correction and it comes out great.
     
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    yep, costco does a great job.
     
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    yeah, i dont have a costco membership though, I'll look into it :o
     

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