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My prints from Sams were attrocious, is it me or them?

 
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Mar 04, 2011 18:42 |  #16

So is that pretty much what that means? I was too close to the bird to print it small? I just have to go to a larger size. Sorry i am really new to all this


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Mar 04, 2011 19:57 as a reply to  @ J.Litton's post |  #17

No you weren't too close to the bird to print it small... but your camera sensor captures the image in a 2:3 ratio. e.g.: 2x3, 4x6, 8x16, 16x24 etc... If you want to print outside of this ratio something has to give. In this case, to print 11" tall you will lose width. If you jump up to 17" wide then you will lose some off the height. But if you print at 8x16, or anything within this ratio, you will get it all. I hope this makes sense...?


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Mar 04, 2011 20:02 |  #18

Have you ever printed before and how were the results ?


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Mar 04, 2011 20:15 |  #19

hckydad wrote in post #11957982 (external link)
No you weren't too close to the bird to print it small... but your camera sensor captures the image in a 2:3 ratio. e.g.: 2x3, 4x6, 8x16, 16x24 etc... If you want to print outside of this ratio something has to give. In this case, to print 11" tall you will lose width. If you jump up to 17" wide then you will lose some off the height. But if you print at 8x16, or anything within this ratio, you will get it all. I hope this makes sense...?

of course you mean 8x12!

Very nice pic j.litton.

I don't know what sam's is capable of... I would have a 11x14 print made but keep my original ratio i.e. a 8x12 photo centered in the 11x14 print.




  
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Mar 04, 2011 20:49 |  #20

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of course you mean 8x12!

Very nice pic j.litton.

I don't know what sam's is capable of... I would have a 11x14 print made but keep my original ratio i.e. a 8x12 photo centered in the 11x14 print.

Yes... Thanks..! It's past my bed time :confused:... Good night...


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Mar 04, 2011 23:47 |  #21

I use Sams for T&I prints, so much so that the girls at my local club know to turn off their Auto Color Correct if I forget to.


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Mar 05, 2011 01:17 |  #22

I've never used Sam's Club, but I have used Costco when time is short. I've generally been pleased with their results. When I have plenty of time, though, I almost always print directly through Aperture. I've always found the quality of the prints to be impeccable. The only caveat is that they don't offer an 11x14 option.


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Mar 05, 2011 07:59 |  #23

Ok, i took your advice, re-cropped and exported everything. Now wish me luck in talking Sams into re-printing for free since the others were crap


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Mar 05, 2011 10:09 |  #24

Have you ever printed before and how were the results ? I'm asking since it would help diagnose if it is Sam's or something else.


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Mar 05, 2011 10:26 |  #25

No I hadn't


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Mar 05, 2011 10:52 |  #26

A few of the things that could be wrong on your end

1) non calibrated monitor
2) not using profile aware editing or viewing software. sRGB would not be an issue, everything else, yes.
3) not setting up the editing software properly (working space, monitor profile)
4) editing in anything other than sRGB and sending an untagged image to Sam's or other.


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Mar 06, 2011 10:58 |  #27

It was their autocorrection. Everything looks great now :)


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Mar 06, 2011 13:28 |  #28

bohdank wrote in post #11960855 (external link)
A few of the things that could be wrong on your end

1) non calibrated monitor
2) not using profile aware editing or viewing software. sRGB would not be an issue, everything else, yes.
3) not setting up the editing software properly (working space, monitor profile)
4) editing in anything other than sRGB and sending an untagged image to Sam's or other.

FYI one more thing: the monitors on the kiosks at Sam's (and most other stores) are ATROCIOUS, crappy, uncalibrated TN panels. just fyi


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Mar 06, 2011 14:42 |  #29

True but who cares. I assume you've edited on your own calibrated monitor and only use the kiosk to transfer and print the image.


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Mar 06, 2011 17:27 |  #30

bohdank wrote in post #11967706 (external link)
True but who cares. I assume you've edited on your own calibrated monitor and only use the kiosk to transfer and print the image.

Hehe yep, just throwing that out ther. You'd be surprised what people do, though. The point really is just to do what you said--color correct at home. :)

One more thing. Many Sam's Clubs are now getting DL-410 or DL-430 fuji "dry lab" inkjet printers. Basically they are a low-resolution (720dpi), but fast inkjet. The quality isn't *quite* as good, resolution wise, as the wet labs. However in many cases (due to chemistry, paper, etc) the color is as good or sometimes better. They are better than dye-sublimation ("instant" prints, though dye-sub prints can still be very good) because the d-max is substantially better. :) So if your local Sam's has them, don't be afraid to try 'em out. You may wish to sharpen your images differently, though.


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