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Where do you get your photos printed

Kris Bochenek , Oct 01, 2008; 12:10 p.m.

I would like to know where you guys send your photos to be printed? I tried Walgreens and Epingo but the second one charged me $10 for 8x10 print, the first one on the other hand will NEVER print the way I want and I like to have a little 1/4" white border around my image and for some reason Walgreens keep cutting that, one time I made the border 1/2" wide they cut it down do 1/4" that's what I wanted but I cannot be making my borders wider just because they decide to do weird stuff with it. Sometimes I think I'd be better off just printing myself but I'd have to invest in printer and inks and I don't print that often, so maybe some of you could point me the right direction

Thank you

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Ron Andrews , Oct 01, 2008; 12:29 p.m.

After I edit images, I store a jpeg file for every image conceivably worth keeping on the Kodak Gallery. With the Prenium Service" ($25/yr) I can download the files if I ever need to. I've had good luck with enlargements from Kodak. (I rarely bother with anything smaller than 5x7.) I get panoramas printed at EZPrints. The first couple had low green contrast, but recent prints have been well done. Sometimes I will hit a sale at Adormama. My inkjet printer is reserved for quick and dirty jobs.

Benny Spinoza , Oct 01, 2008; 12:35 p.m.

I scan my negatives, and upload to Adoramapix.com for printing. An 8 by 10 is around a couple of dollars. From your remarks, it sounds like you do not scan? It's getting harder and harder to find a good lab for prints where you just hand them the negative and they do the rest. For best results, you almost are forced to do the scanning yourself. My "workflow" is as follows: send out the negative for development, scan myself with SilverFast to creat a tiff file, apply adjustment via lightzone and save as a jpeg file, and then upload the jpeg files to Adorama for printing. My prints are excellent. I'm getting better results than I ever did using a lab. Of course, I needed to learn about color management, icc profiles, etc., but I love learning, so that was also fun.

I just started trying Kodak Lustre paper. It is really nice. A slight gloss, with excellent color saturation.

There are many other online printers besides Adorama. I only mentioned them because I use them. They are fast, and have good prices and quality.

George Shihanian , Oct 01, 2008; 12:40 p.m.

A lot of printing success depends on just who is operating the machine. So one store can give you great results on a Tuesday and bad on a Friday. For non-critical work I use a chain store. I've had both good and bad results from Walgreens, CVS, and Wal-Mart. You could get just about as many good testimonials as bad ones from people here with regard to one or the other chains. The one good thing about the ones I mentioned were after I pointed out what was wrong with my prints, they all did them over with no complaints for free. CVS did require 3 tries to get it right, and Wal-Mart lost my work but didn't lose the digital files I uploaded to them and were able to redo the job right away, but if I hadn't followed up with them, I'd still be waiting for a phone call.

You might want to eventually do it yourself if its important work, but for just snapshots, you'll be a lot better off price wise if you send it out. Other than sending off to a national pro lab, I'm afraid you just have to spend (waste) some time trying to find a local printer that you like.

Brooks Gelfand , Oct 01, 2008; 01:35 p.m.

I use Costco. They profile their printer and post the profiles. I convert my digital files to their profile in CS2 and then upload for printing. 8x10 prints are about $1.70; 4x6 are $0.17. If I upload the files before midnight local time, the prints are ready for pickup at 11 AM the next morning, which is when Costco opens.

Since I tag my files "NO AUTO CORRCT" the files are printed "as is" with no operator intervention. This makes the prints as operator independent as possible. Of course the operators do have to load the machines with fresh chemicals. They seem to do that.

Russ Rosener , Oct 01, 2008; 02:09 p.m.

I use Costco as well. The lab techs know me and I bring them home processed black and white all the time. They make excellent neutral tone prints on Fuji frontier machines. Their color is not bad either.

Kris Bochenek , Oct 01, 2008; 02:30 p.m.

Thanks a lot for your help. Seems like Adorama has a pretty good deal on 8x10's plus you can choose "as is" or with correction I will try them see what they offer.

Benny Spinoza , Oct 01, 2008; 03:31 p.m.

Kris,

Adorama also posts their icc profiles for the different papers, so you can softproof correctly. I always choose "no color correction". My prints match what I see on my monitor (which is calibrated and profiled).

have fun.

zac sanders , Oct 01, 2008; 05:51 p.m.

I go to costco because ive lways got good results and 8x10s are only 1.25$

Norman Valentine , Oct 01, 2008; 07:16 p.m.

I would never use anyone but myself. Nobody can ever see a picture in the same way that you do. Whatever method you use, traditional bromide prints, scanned negatives, or totally digital, you will only get what you saw in your mind's eye if you print it yourself. Don't waste your money on anybody else. Beg borrow or buy an enlarger, a scanner, a printer and practice. All of your pictures will be better. I scrounged a printer, brought a scanner and am as happy with my pictures now as I was 30 years ago when the only option was to have complete darkroom setup and it is so much less trouble now.

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(Girls -- 12559 x 9356 photo)

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