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Apr 29, 2014 14:50 |  #1

So I would like to outsource my printing as i do not wanna by a printer. I tried wal-mart and the pictures come out horribly compared to what was sent in. Any suggestions of a good company to have print? I dont have many to print right now so im not sure if shutterfly or something like that would work. Another part of my question is, when i send the pics in to get printed do i adjust the exposure by 1 stop or half a stop?


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Apr 29, 2014 18:01 |  #2

Well, first off, as to local "chain" print suppliers here in the US, Costco has from what I see the best reputation, and if you have one nearby, you can upload a pic online and order it and then pick it up the same day.

of course there are also numerous online print providers, I can't give you a specific recommendation, but others will chime in. One outfit, AdoramaPix, has an excellent customer service rep who shows up here, Helen Oster.

As to how to process for printing, well, I'd say it's up to you, there are some "variables" to consider, for instance, how much skill, confidence, "preparedness" do you have in your images and in your post-processing? Do you have a "color-managed workflow" and a good monitor for displaying your images and your work? If all this is a "strange" language to you, well, I'd take some time to "read up", there are a couple "stickies" in this sub-forum dealing with color management and color "problems", check them out...

As to the actual process of preparing for prints, well, the "color-managed workflow" would have you processing in "proper" color-managed software and then you can download "profiles" from your print provider that matches their printer/paper/ink use and then using that profile in your software you can "Soft Proof, "eyeball" and make little tweaks to your taste, then send the high quality file in. You should specify to your provider, "no automatic color correction"!

If, though, you are new to this whole "color-managed workflow" thing, well, my advice would be to start with a good recommended lab and do a bit at a time, get some small prints both with and without the "color correction" turned on, view them in good light, comparing them to what you see on-screen, and decide how to proceed from there!

Prints can in the beginning be a "challenge", but they can be worth it, especially once you make the "leap" and get some nice big prints that are suitable for framing and hanging on the walls


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Apr 30, 2014 10:59 |  #3

I usually use Costco, and even with my calibrated monitor, I usually still go up 1/2 stop in exposure.
You'll need to experiment.




  
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May 03, 2014 15:23 as a reply to  @ Merlin_AZ's post |  #4

I am in love with Mpix.com!

AND their Fuji "metallic" paper!

I have used them all... issues with most... mpix has NEVER disappointed me! And once I printed on that Fuji Pearl paper, Ive never gotten anything else!!!




  
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May 04, 2014 04:44 |  #5

tonylong wrote in post #16870830 (external link)
As to how to process for printing, well, I'd say it's up to you, there are some "variables" to consider, for instance, how much skill, confidence, "preparedness" do you have in your images and in your post-processing? Do you have a "color-managed workflow" and a good monitor for displaying your images and your work? If all this is a "strange" language to you, well, I'd take some time to "read up", there are a couple "stickies" in this sub-forum dealing with color management and color "problems", check them out...

Probably the root of the problem lies right here. If you are not using a colour managed workflow then its a complete gamble what you get back from the printer.


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May 04, 2014 10:34 |  #6

There are a ton of great print labs around. Bay Photo, WHCC, Nations Photo, Pro DPI just to name a few. Look for one close to you to save on shipping charges.


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