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How do you print your photos for those who still do?
« on: April 18, 2013, 05:30:33 PM »
I realize a lot of people don't print as much as before, but when you do how do you do it? Do you print at home or you go to the store? I used the printer at the pharmacy stores and i got so mad looking at the quality. I dont need magazine quality but I don't need garbage either. I am thinking about canon pixma pro printer but then I'm worried I'm not going to be using it enough to justify the cost. Please share your experience. I'm especially interested to know if there's any online services that can produce decent prints at okay price. Thx in advance.
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How do you print your photos for those who still do?
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Re: How do you print your photos for those who still do?
« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2013, 05:42:59 PM »
Online print houses! There are a lot of reputable sites. I personally use WHCC (White House Custom Color). It helps if you have a calibrated monitor, so that what you see is what you get.
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Re: How do you print your photos for those who still do?
« Reply #2 on: April 18, 2013, 06:13:26 PM »
Pro lab preferably, but that said I just I did just get one yesterday just from a consumer lab in a shopping centre just for fun. It's an acceptable print actually all things considered.

There's a pro lab not far from me I've used periodically for years dating back to film days. Damn good lab called bond colour here.

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Re: How do you print your photos for those who still do?
« Reply #3 on: April 18, 2013, 07:10:33 PM »
I gave up on the idea of home printing a couple of years ago, simply because of cost and, in many respects, it's a whole world unto itself :)   My little 'ol brain has enough time absorbing details about taking digital pic's as it is.

However, I do use a high end Epson A4 sized printer for proofing some of the prints before I take/send them to a pro lab for printing. I've found the cost and results to be very acceptable.

There's a pro lab not far from me I've used periodically for years dating back to film days. Damn good lab called bond colour here.
I take it, it's the one in Richmond. If so, I used to use them back in my film days. A good lab, not many around now.
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Re: How do you print your photos for those who still do?
« Reply #4 on: April 18, 2013, 07:31:09 PM »
At home, I generally just print 5x7 on my Canon Pixma.  Not the most professional prints but certainly more than adequate for family photos on the shelf, etc.  For better, I'd probably use an online service, probably trying the one offered by Smugmug, where I keep my photos.
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Re: How do you print your photos for those who still do?
« Reply #5 on: April 18, 2013, 07:37:23 PM »
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I sold my printer for that reason -- wasn't printing enough to justify the crippling cost of ink.

Bay Photo (used by SmugMug) has been my go to pro for years now. I understand Adorama does a good job too.
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Re: How do you print your photos for those who still do?
« Reply #6 on: April 18, 2013, 07:47:01 PM »
I use an Epson R3000.  This allows me to make 13" x 19" high quality prints.  For large prints, using the Epson printer is less expensive than using a "lab."  Also, most "labs" only print from jpeg.  If I want to hang something on my wall or sell it, I want to print from tiff in a pro photo colorspace.  These prints can be breath taking.

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Re: How do you print your photos for those who still do?
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Re: How do you print your photos for those who still do?
« Reply #7 on: April 18, 2013, 07:47:13 PM »
I haven't print last 2-3yrs. All photos are currently display through 19" digital photo frame.

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Re: How do you print your photos for those who still do?
« Reply #8 on: April 18, 2013, 08:19:08 PM »
I print myself for the fun and enjoyment of it, I had a darkroom for years and this is so much more fun and productive, I am a working pro and very little of my pro output is printed, but my fun stuff is my hobby.

I have an Epson 4900 at home, it cost $1,250 dollars new from B&H one time when they had a crazy promotion going on. Printing costs me around $2.00 per linear foot on 16" roll paper.

Whilst the magic and allure of seeing a wet print develop before your eyes in a tray might be a little more satisfying, there is no doubt that watching the ink get laid down through the clear plastic window does evoke the same emotions, I still create photographs.

Hi quality inkjet printers are very cheap, they make their money on the ink, look around and see what is popular and give it a go, they are often very reduced in "bundles" with a camera or lens too. If it doesn't work out you haven't thrown away too much money, but if it does work out you might find an amazing outlet for your photographs.

Agreed completely, for me an integral part of Photography IS the Print, why do it if you don't exhibit ?? I'm not a Pro, I'm retired and would class myself as a "Keen Amateur", maybe, excessively Keen, but I absolutely Love to Print for myself, Family, Friends, the Guy next door, I own the Epson 4900 for my "Standard" 17x22 and purchased the Epson 9900 6 months ago as people were always asking for Bigger prints, now I still use the 4900 90% of the time but the 9900 allows me to print up to 44" wide (Bought the Proofing Edition). I used to Print with Canon Printers some years back, but glad I changed to Epson, much better output I feel.
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Re: How do you print your photos for those who still do?
« Reply #9 on: April 18, 2013, 08:43:38 PM »
MPIX.
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Re: How do you print your photos for those who still do?
« Reply #10 on: April 18, 2013, 09:40:53 PM »
I go to the nearest cheapo store and print out photos. Its not high quality but it sure works for decorating my walls :)
Since a harddisk died once for me im printing out my most memorable favorite photos so in case of a super disaster im not left without anything.

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Re: How do you print your photos for those who still do?
« Reply #11 on: April 18, 2013, 09:44:56 PM »
MPIX.

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I tried Adorama Pix once. Side by side comparison with MPIX and MPIX color rendition was clearly superior. After that experience I haven't tried any other printer, although I'm sure there are other good ones out there.

Besides the super-fast service, what I particularly like about MPIX is that they seem to know exactly what I have in mind when they calibrate the color. Not sure how else to explain it, but if I apply an effect, they print it just the way I see it onscreen. With shots without any special effect, they do an excellent job. Their "true black and white" prints are beautiful.

The cost to have them print an image is less than what it would cost me in paper and ink, not even considering the cost of the printer itself.
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Re: How do you print your photos for those who still do?
« Reply #12 on: April 18, 2013, 09:52:35 PM »
I like the quality from Costco. I send photos to my grandmother from Walgreens,  but I'm not fond of their quality,  but more often than not it is free.
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Re: How do you print your photos for those who still do?
« Reply #13 on: April 18, 2013, 10:01:45 PM »
I have an Epson 4880 (got a really good price several years ago, after selling my old 13" Epson to a friend and giving him a good price) the 4880 only cost around $800!

I love printing my own work - picking the paper, getting vision to come alive.  I believe Ansel Adams said something to the effect "the negative is the score, the print is the symphony". 

I started out with Cibachrome in grad school (many years ago) and was about to get a wet darkroom when I got married and bought a house.  However I did not like the idea of chemicals and when digital printing came along, ... the rest is history.

In the end, the capture is only the start of the image making process - the print completes it.

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Re: How do you print your photos for those who still do?
« Reply #14 on: April 18, 2013, 10:37:17 PM »
I love to print. There is something somewhat cathartic about it, at least for me. My go to is Costco. For the price it's tough to beat the quality, plus it's a great excuse for a $1.50 hotdog and soda.

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