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antrobus
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Aug 31, 2012 12:16 |  #1

Where is the best place to get your photos printed in a variety of sizes, from the small
6 x 4, to the large a3 and a2 prints? Looking for a place that provides good quality, good
Prices and good overall service. Anybody have any ideas?


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Aug 31, 2012 19:11 |  #2

I'd like to know a good place to print my photos also. I've tried 3 different places with variable results.

1) Costco - cheap but pictures are flat. Good for just snapshots
2) Aspen Creek Photo - They have several different types of Fuji paper to print on. Pictures seemed a little dark to me, but that might be the nature of reflective light (photos) vs. projected light (monitor). Also I chose not to have them adjust my images, so next time I might let them adjust my images so that they might come out brighter.
3) Ritz Photo - They print on Kodak Metallic (I think). Again, images were darker than expected, and they didn't have an option to further process the files before printing.




  
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Aug 31, 2012 19:26 |  #3

Oeijur wrote in post #14932766 (external link)
I'd like to know a good place to print my photos also. I've tried 3 different places with variable results.

you mention prints coming out dark. Is your computer screen calibrated for brightness, contrast, and colors? I'm guessing it is not.

By default a computer screen will be brighter and contrastier than it should be. This results in the user making their photos "darker" to look good on their screen. Essentially you are not viewing your photo files at the proper brightness.

calibration devices cost as little as $75.




  
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Aug 31, 2012 19:40 |  #4

In the UK I've used photobox and been quite pleased. Now I tend to use adoramapix and they haven't disappointed.


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Aug 31, 2012 19:40 |  #5

Had some prints done at Costco, and I'm generally happy with them. It's nothing that I want to expound about, but it was good enough for what I used it for.

Also, I just make sure to uncheck/not check the color calibration box. Messed up my photos big time, especially the one at 16 x 20". :(

EDIT: On that note and in this case, has anyone printed through SmugMug? :D


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Aug 31, 2012 21:14 |  #6

The OP is in the UK. Getting Your Photos Printed...(U.K.)

Paolo.Leviste wrote in post #14932838 (external link)
Had some prints done at Costco, and I'm generally happy with them. It's nothing that I want to expound about, but it was good enough for what I used it for.

Also, I just make sure to uncheck/not check the color calibration box. Messed up my photos big time, especially the one at 16 x 20". :(

Each Costco has their own printer profile, & it's updated once a year.
I've had great prints from mine.
Costco, Adorama Pix, MPix?


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Sep 01, 2012 00:29 as a reply to  @ PhotosGuy's post |  #7

OP is in the UK guys. I doubt he wants to pay for international shipping.


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Sep 01, 2012 02:06 |  #8

HappySnapper90 wrote in post #14932805 (external link)
you mention prints coming out dark. Is your computer screen calibrated for brightness, contrast, and colors? I'm guessing it is not.

By default a computer screen will be brighter and contrastier than it should be. This results in the user making their photos "darker" to look good on their screen. Essentially you are not viewing your photo files at the proper brightness.

calibration devices cost as little as $75.

I thought Calibration was useful only if you print your own pictures with a personal printer calibrated to your monitor. Will they work if you send your photos out to be printed by somebody else?




  
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Sep 01, 2012 06:41 |  #9

Oeijur wrote in post #14933935 (external link)
I thought Calibration was useful only if you print your own pictures with a personal printer calibrated to your monitor. Will they work if you send your photos out to be printed by somebody else?

Calibration of your own monitor allows you to produce images that have the colors represented by standard numbers. Thus, when you have the images printed by a service that has their printer calibrated properly, the prints will look very close to what you saw on your calibrated monitor.

Some printing services (typically printing machines at retail stores) do not have their printers properly calibrated and thus the results from them are less than stellar. Locally, a drug store chain has produces pretty poor prints for me while the local Costco store has produced very satisfactory prints for me.


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Sep 01, 2012 07:56 |  #10

SkipD wrote in post #14934264 (external link)
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Some printing services (typically printing machines at retail stores) do not have their printers properly calibrated and thus the results from them are less than stellar. Locally, a drug store chain has produces pretty poor prints for me while the local Costco store has produced very satisfactory prints for me.

I once had a print made at Walmart. When I picked it up an hour later, I realized that I needed another one. The density & color of the 2nd one was WAY different from the first one, & I've never been back there.


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Sep 01, 2012 08:52 |  #11
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Best and good price usually don't go hand in hand.


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Sep 01, 2012 09:37 |  #12

Is there any places in the uk that people would recommend?


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Sep 01, 2012 09:47 |  #13

I get my photos printed at a smallish lab in NJ called Fine Art Color Lab. Very professional and some of the best prints I have had. Highly recommended. You can submit your prints online with their software. I find it a little confusing, but since I live/lived about 15min from them, I just drop off a cd.

http://fineartcolorlab​.com/ (external link)




  
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Sep 02, 2012 21:34 |  #14

Oeijur wrote in post #14933935 (external link)
I thought Calibration was useful only if you print your own pictures with a personal printer calibrated to your monitor. Will they work if you send your photos out to be printed by somebody else?

Calibrating your screen to standard brightness, contrast, and color is so that a printer which is set to print default color will print as you are seeing it on your screen. Calibrating your screen is not at all linked to your home printer.




  
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Sep 03, 2012 18:14 |  #15

SkipD wrote in post #14934264 (external link)
the local Costco store has produced very satisfactory prints for me.

I've also got good print results from Costco




  
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