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Jan 19, 2018 13:27 |  #1

I'm planning to print some backgrounds for use mostly in hummingbird photos this summer, but possibly with some other birds as well. I want to make several to have some variety. Because these are going to be blurred OOF images to begin with, and will be blurred even further when placed as a background it seems like I should be able to go with a relatively cheap print service (which will help maximize the number I can print).

I will probably use between 12x18 and 16x24 for the hummers, and may get a couple larger ones done in the 20x30 to 24x36 range. I plan to mount the prints to foam board, or possibly even just tape them to some cardboard. The most important thing will be to have a truly matte finish so I don't get reflections when hitting the background with a flash, and I don't want any horrible color casts either, although it's ok if the prints don't color match perfectly.

Any suggestions for where to have these printed? Anyone have experience with any of the places offering matte poster prints, as opposed to photo paper? Also curious about some of the foam board print options that print directly onto foamcore. I've got time, so I may just get some samples done in smaller sizes, but if anyone can help narrow the list of places I should be looking at it would be appreciated.




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Jan 19, 2018 13:36 |  #2

Short Run Posters may be close to what you want. They do charge $5.00 to ship flat rather than rolled.

http://www.shortrunpos​ters.com ...digital-poster-print.html (external link)


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Jan 19, 2018 13:36 |  #3

Not sure if you have a Costco in you neighborhood but they have great prices and the quality is very high.


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Jan 19, 2018 13:56 |  #4

No Costco nearby, so that's not an option.

Short Run Posters looks very promising, and those are the cheapest prices I've seen on any of the larger sizes. Thanks for the suggestion!




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Jan 19, 2018 14:30 |  #5

Walmart Photo does up to 20"x30" poster prints. IIRC, they are less than $30 each, and they look good.


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Jan 19, 2018 14:51 |  #6

I was going to suggest Costco too (but it's a moot point) but they only offer gloss and lustre finishes, and I think Walmart is probably the same. If you need something truly matte, it's going to cost you a lot more... I've had good luck with prints from Adorama, and they have a couple different matte options. My personal favorite is Fuji Crystal Archive Deep Matte.


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Jan 19, 2018 15:29 |  #7

Banners on the Cheap https://www.bannersont​hecheap.com (external link) has vinyl banners - 2' x 3' for $10.57. I am sure shipping is extra but that is pretty good for a vinyl banner. They would be durable if you are wanting to reuse. Would work great for a backdrop.


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Jan 20, 2018 13:01 |  #8

paintedlotus wrote in post #18544587 (external link)
I was going to suggest Costco too (but it's a moot point) but they only offer gloss and lustre finishes, and I think Walmart is probably the same. If you need something truly matte, it's going to cost you a lot more... I've had good luck with prints from Adorama, and they have a couple different matte options. My personal favorite is Fuji Crystal Archive Deep Matte.

Another option is a matte finish spay. Some work really well.




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Jan 20, 2018 15:08 |  #9

Have you looked at whitewall?


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Jan 20, 2018 18:14 |  #10

AdoramaPix is extremely reasonable, and always offers free shipping on any orders of $49 or more.

https://www.adoramapix​.com/site/PriceList.as​px#luster (external link)

I use them for most of my printing needs, but I usually print on metal and am not too familiar with their prints on paper.

I think you'll definitely want to print on matte or low luster paper so as to minimize reflective glare (you may have already said that, but I didn't read through your whole post). . Also, be careful to make a note with your order that says that you do NOT want any color correction to be done.

Here are AdoramaPix's prices for Kodak Endura Matte paper. . Keep in mind that they very frequently have 25% off sitewide sales, and even have a 50% off large photo print sales once a year! . If you sign up for their email notifications and you'll never miss a sale.

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You can get the prints on different kinds of backing. . But I'm not sure exactly what is available in this regard. . It'll be on their site if you look for photo print options.

Their customer service is awesome! . I am always calling them about one thing or another. . It's nice to have a phone conversation with a real person who speaks English as a first language.
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Jan 21, 2018 07:47 |  #11

I usually use either Meridian Pro or Mpix for my enlargements, and have been very happy with the service from both companies.


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Jan 22, 2018 12:11 |  #12

Have used shortrunposters and i think they would be perfect for what your are looking for.




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Jan 27, 2018 04:59 |  #13

DagoImaging wrote in post #18545308 (external link)
Have you looked at whitewall?

I was going to suggest the same. Not the absolute cheapest but you should be satisfied with the quality.


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Jan 27, 2018 13:08 |  #14

Another thumbs-up for Shortrunposters. I have three hanging in my house right now.

The only meaningful downside is that they take a looonnngg time to fulfill.


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Jan 28, 2018 10:48 |  #15

There's a big sale going on today and tomorrow at AdoramaPix.


Pretty hard to beat these prices at 35% off.

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