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Re: How do you print your photos for those who still do?
« Reply #30 on: April 19, 2013, 09:35:33 AM »
I haven't print last 2-3yrs. All photos are currently display through 19" digital photo frame.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/706737-REG/Aluratek_ADMPF119_ADMPF119_19_Digital_Photo.html

Curious why you would get that when we have computers... Thx

Digital Photo frame seems to be better choice(to me of course). Reason, I want to hang it in the living room wall without trying to hide PC, keyboard and mouse etc... Plus, it's little cheaper than getting a hole PC system for this task. It can be on/off with one click. I'll post some pictures later when I'm off from work ;)
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Re: How do you print your photos for those who still do?
« Reply #30 on: April 19, 2013, 09:35:33 AM »

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Re: How do you print your photos for those who still do?
« Reply #31 on: April 19, 2013, 09:38:03 AM »
Really depends on your printing needs, I use a pixma pro 100, which is a great printer for a reasonable price. If you do a lot of B&W get the 10 or 1 series though. I mostly print 4x6 and 5x7 of the kids for family members, so it doesn't really make sense for me to go online and order one 5x7 print.

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Re: How do you print your photos for those who still do?
« Reply #32 on: April 19, 2013, 10:21:27 AM »
Limited but when I do
Costco - you can find the various printers each costco location has and pick accordingly
MPix is awesome as well

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Re: How do you print your photos for those who still do?
« Reply #33 on: April 19, 2013, 10:24:39 AM »
First of all, you GOTTA calibrate your monitor.  Absolute Must.  I use Spyder4Pro.

For quick prints for clients, I use CostCo.  I found one in the Phoenix area which is run by people who maintain their equipment well, and the results are awesome.  Find someplace that knows what they're doing.

For lots of prints, I have a membership with Zenfolio which works well for clients to directly order prints out of your albums which you can easily manage for your clients.  Paying for the membership is worth it because I can set my price points.  They also have lots of products which you can completely customize including downloads (with print releases attached) and unique products (more than even I've considered).

I used to own a printer (Canon), but it was such a pain to keep it printing properly during the stretches of time when I didn't have prints to do - calibration was tough and was constantly changing.  I'm a big fan of online print shops who do nothing but print. 

Quick jobs...CostCo
Extensive Jobs...White House or any of the myriad of the print shops who are out there.  They've gotta be good to stay in business, so I've not yet found one which is bad.  I guess there's always a first time, though... uh oh!  =)
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Re: How do you print your photos for those who still do?
« Reply #34 on: April 19, 2013, 10:25:52 AM »
I never never never print "at a store", BUT, when I print, I press the order button at my photo lab's ROES program and they get it at their end and process it just like I would at home... I have a home printer, but use it for emails and such... The cost of an 8x10 or 11x14 is far cheaper at my lab after shipping than paper, ink, unclogging the freaking heads should they decided to get a hair up their ass and get clogged, reprinting because the color was a tad off due to a new batch of paper, reprinting because the printers ink left faded stripes because an ink is running low or clogging... far less headaches and makes my job so seamless.  Plus I can experiment with different papers, canvas's, metal, metallic, etc... stuff I couldn't do otherwise. 
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Re: How do you print your photos for those who still do?
« Reply #35 on: April 19, 2013, 11:03:42 AM »
I love my iPF8100.

Granted, it takes up an entire wall of the office...but, if you also have a spectrophotometer and know what to do with it, you're not going to beat what you can get from an imagePROGRAF.

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Re: How do you print your photos for those who still do?
« Reply #36 on: April 19, 2013, 11:38:56 AM »
For quick prints for clients, I use CostCo.  I found one in the Phoenix area which is run by people who maintain their equipment well, and the results are awesome.  Find someplace that knows what they're doing.

Which Costco in the Phoenix area? Since I travel from Payson I have my choice of Costco's - they're all far away for me!

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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 #37 on: April 19, 2013, 11:49:34 AM »
I print about 250 photos a year ... Around 100 of them are on ordinary A3 paper on our company Konica Minolta bizhub C454 laser printer to display at our office premises, it is an impressive printer with lightning fast output and the colors are also pretty accurate.
For my personal I make 4x6 & A4 size prints at home with HP Photosmart Plus B209b, it's a decent printer for home use (better than some of the lab prints). But when I need higher quality I go to a professional lab (those account for less than 100 a year)
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Re: How do you print your photos for those who still do?
« Reply #38 on: April 19, 2013, 12:06:00 PM »
For quick prints for clients, I use CostCo.  I found one in the Phoenix area which is run by people who maintain their equipment well, and the results are awesome.  Find someplace that knows what they're doing.

Which Costco in the Phoenix area? Since I travel from Payson I have my choice of Costco's - they're all far away for me!


I like the one on South Market Street in Gilbert.  Near San Tan shopping center area.
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Re: How do you print your photos for those who still do?
« Reply #39 on: April 19, 2013, 12:14:51 PM »
I print all my own "prints" for my sports team & individual business and I own an old time portrait studio... so I'm pushing out thousands of prints per year... I've got a bunch of printers... Don't count out the "consumer" printers...

If you plan on printing larger than 8x10, the go for the next models up... for example, get a 13" wide if you're going to do 11x14/13x19's... otherwise I've been printing a lot with Epson Artisan 730's (8.5x11 max) which are now no longer available... but I also recently picked up an Epson XP-600 (8.5x11 max) to test it against the 730's... I printed two prints, one from each and set them in front of my wife, who sees a good portion of the prints that I send out... she picked the print from the XP-600... "newer" in the ink jet world is better, the companies are smarter and make better products...

I have Epsons, I've heard really good things about the Canons... so don't get hung up on brand from my experience... but the XP-600 uses fewer inks than the XP-800 (and 730...), it is cheaper..., it's available at Staples, Best Buy, etc... ink is available everywhere... if you're looking for a 13"... I have Epsons so I'd get an Epson 1430 (same as 730 just 13"...), it uses more inks but that's the nature of the beast for that size of printer... again, I have a buddy with a Canon, loves what they're getting with that...

I mentioned I have a lot of printers...

1 Epson 7900 (24" wide)
1 Epson 1400 (print envelopes, it used to print beautiful 13x19's... it's abused printing envelopes...)
5 Epson Artisan 730 (8.5x11)
1 Epson XP-600 (8.5x11)
2 DNP DS80 (dye-sub) (max 8x12, mostly 8x10)
2 DNP DS40 (dye-sub) (max 6x9, mostly 5x7 & 4x6)

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Re: How do you print your photos for those who still do?
« Reply #40 on: April 19, 2013, 12:18:05 PM »
Costco and a number of other places all have ICC profiles you can download, so WYSIWYG.

http://www.drycreekphoto.com/icc/

I picked up a Canon Pixma 9000 mk2 cheap due to rebates, kind of hard to beat immediate.

What do you use for library management?  Half the fun is the software used to kick the printer.
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Re: How do you print your photos for those who still do?
« Reply #41 on: April 19, 2013, 01:40:12 PM »
I print on my Canon IPF5000 and the IPF6350.  I enjoy selecting different papers and seeing the print in a few minutes.  Even though I have color corrected my monitor (dell 30" ultrasharp), I can still see things in the print that I missed on the monitor.  My "normal" print size is 2' x 3' because I shoot landscapes with my D800E.  I will display my work in galleries for sale and commercial venues.  And yes, the printers are sometimes a problem if they are not used weekly.  The do turn themselves on and off to help with this problem but I try to give them something to do.  Roll paper is so cheap compared to sheet paper than I am not bothered with paper cost.  Ink is a different matter.  My 6350 is very, very good at a minimal amount of ink and with the hard drive I can keep my print log so I can see exactly how much ink (and what colors) are on each print.

The main reason I like to print is to get immediate feedback from my CS6 tool and plug-ins.  Somehow holding the print in your hands is a great feeling.  I also like to compare several large prints side by side for a comparison of techniques.  At a photo club I attend, all the other attendees put their JPG images on a thumbdrive and then we look at the photos on a low-res projector (1440x800).  To me they all look pretty soft when projected on a 6 foot screen.  I still remember razor sharp images from transparencies on the same size screen.

Yes printing is expensive but I enjoy my process and I'm pleased with the results but I know this is not for everyone.
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Re: How do you print your photos for those who still do?
« Reply #42 on: April 19, 2013, 04:51:03 PM »

3. Bayphoto (I'll have to look that up, first I've heard of them)
4. Smugmug (new to me too).


How is it you have not heard of these?  Bayphoto's ads are literally all throughout every USA photo magazine...and smugmug has had a web presence for quite a few years.

Pick up a photography magazine every now and then, at least!

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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 #43 on: April 19, 2013, 05:14:50 PM »

3. Bayphoto (I'll have to look that up, first I've heard of them)
4. Smugmug (new to me too).


How is it you have not heard of these?  Bayphoto's ads are literally all throughout every USA photo magazine...and smugmug has had a web presence for quite a few years.
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Re: How do you print your photos for those who still do?
« Reply #44 on: April 19, 2013, 05:24:04 PM »
darkroom, Epson 3800

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