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Posted 24 August 2012 - 02:56 PM

Currently I have my photo's printed at Mpix. I've had pretty good success with them but was wondering where other people have their's printed.
I'm shooting with the D7100 and D60 as my back up.

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 03:29 PM

I have used Mpix, Bay Photo, and Shutterfly. Mostly for specialty items, like calendars, cups, books, etc. I did some team pictures through Bay Photo and they came out alright. For myself I print at home with an Epson R260. Been contemplating a wide carriage printer, but that's outside of my budget right now. Cliff
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Posted 24 August 2012 - 03:37 PM

I'm sort of spoiled as I work in a photography store so have a Fuji Frontier Mini Lab to play with, all printing the services our company offer and as of last week a dirty great big Canon printer sitting on my shop floor.

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 03:54 PM

I'm sort of spoiled as I work in a photography store so have a Fuji Frontier Mini Lab to play with, all printing the services our company offer and as of last week a dirty great big Canon printer sitting on my shop floor.


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I don't have a printer at home.

I don't work in a fancy photo shop.

and I am almost embarrassed to say, I do my 4x6 printing at Costco! OK, don't judge me, I mostly like looking at my digital images on the computer.

I have an upscale place nearby that does work for pro's that I plan on taking some of my stuff to this month! That should redeem me. :D

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 04:01 PM

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My sentiments exactly!

I use two little independent guys for all my enlargements. One has been in the game for 30 years and knows all there is to know, the other has beautiful fine art papers, giclee archival inks. Both do a great job and will print test strips while you hang around so you know you are getting what you want. One of them even lets me tweak my images using his software so I can get it exactly how I like it.

Unless you are BP then I think it is great to search for an independent. The results I have had from larger operations are always too inconsistent!
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Posted 24 August 2012 - 04:31 PM

I have an Epson 3880 and would not be without it.
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Posted 24 August 2012 - 04:57 PM

My home printer is so old now (5 years)it doesn't make good prints any more so if I want photo's printed I go to my Harvey Norman shop (australasian chain store) where I have a 'VIP' membership (discounts)and get photo's printed there... not that I print many. If I want anything special (for competition) we have a couple of members at the camera club who run the Christchurch 'Photo Warehouse' store and I would get them to print it. Peter
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Posted 24 August 2012 - 11:53 PM

http://blackandwhitelab.com/ I have been using this lab, they are an independent lab and they are very nice to work with.


PS; this mom and pop lab went out of business.

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Posted 25 August 2012 - 05:17 PM

I have an Epson 1900, 13 inch paper, and I do print 8X10s and 11X13s and 13 X19s. However, I send most of my printing jobs to my local Sam's via the web. .17 for 4X6 is smallest and 8.95 for a 20X30. Most of my orders are for sports, but they print'em as I send them. They use FujiColor equipment and their 36 inch printer is Epson. It makes my record keeping real easy using Sam's. Phil
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Posted 25 August 2012 - 06:52 PM

Thanks for the feed back.
I'm shooting with the D7100 and D60 as my back up.

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Posted 05 March 2014 - 03:17 PM

I have an Epson 1900, 13 inch paper, and I do print 8X10s and 11X13s and 13 X19s. However, I send most of my printing jobs to my local Sam's via the web. .17 for 4X6 is smallest and 8.95 for a 20X30. Most of my orders are for sports, but they print'em as I send them. They use FujiColor equipment and their 36 inch printer is Epson. It makes my record keeping real easy using Sam's. Phil


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Posted 05 March 2014 - 03:22 PM

How is Sams at holding your colors in check? Is their color correction decent? I ran sone quickie orints thru their big brother (wally world). They were ok considering how they were printed.
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Mamiya 645 with Lenses| Bellows | glass filters
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Posted 10 March 2014 - 12:23 AM

I correct the colors at home and check a box on the site to NOT correct images. They have had to do a few reprints because they messed-up, but that is not the norm.


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Posted 10 March 2014 - 12:27 AM

I'm lucky I have a very good local lab and for large volumn stuff believe it or not my local Costco does a very good job at a great price. Plus they also do large cardboard prints that are excellent.

 

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Posted 10 March 2014 - 08:37 AM

I may have to send a few files to them for evaluating their work. I just got back 5 sample prints from ProDPI, and I was really impressed with their work. I ask them to not color correct so that I could see how well their printing matched my display. Considering that I didn't use their icc profile the end result was spot on in most cases. I had one that was tad bit off, but it was something that I knew was problematic. Thanks for the info...


Edited by gregc, 10 March 2014 - 06:17 PM.

SOME OF WHAT'S In MY GEAR BAGS
 
 
Nikon D3 bodies X 2 (two) and One (1) D3s fitted with leather grips
Mamiya 645 with Lenses| Bellows | glass filters
Minolta 9000s with motor drives (part of my old film-based gear)
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Sony HVR-Z7U HDV Camcorder & DCR-DVD D650 HandyCam (just in case)
 
Nikon Nikkor 70-200 f/2.8 f2.8 AF-S G ED VR Nikon Nikkor AF-S G IF-ED VR 300 mm F/2.8G VR IF G ED| AF Fisheye Nikkor 10.5mm f2.8 G ED | Nikkor AF-S 24-70mm|Nikon calls this the AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED | Fotodiox Pro Nikon Large Format 4x5 Adapter Minolta Flash Meter IV and Flash Meter III with various diffusers and a 5 degree spot meter attachment | Bogen 3051 tripod with 3047 HD 3-way head | Manfrotto 679B Monopod | BEIKE BK-45 Gimbal Head Neewer 110CM 43" 5-in-1 Collapsible Multi-Disc Reflectors (2) | Opteka RH-42 Reflector Holders (2) | Paul C Buff 22" Silver Beauty Dish & Diffuser | Photoflex medium and large Multi-Domes | Fotodiox 12"x 80" Strip Boxes with Egg Crates (2) | Shoot & DSLR Kit Wireless Flash Triggers | Zeikos White Balance Card Trio (white, black and 18%) | Calumet 32" and 44" Umbrellas (2 sets) | 5 White Lighting (P.Buff) Ultras with grids | barn doors | light stands | background stand | various seamless papers | Bogen 3085 Boom arms (2) | OCF: Nikon SB800 | Electronic and Manual Cable Releases | Tamarac MXS536801 & MXS536901 Memory/battery management wallets | 8-10 SanDisk CF Cards | Background Projector Box with patterns | HP Laptop (carried to location in camera case) | Calumet Pro Series RC1188 Rolling Camera Case | Cleaning kit | Muslin clamps | Color Gels | USB Cables | Lots of other stuff to keep this list shorter
 

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Posted 10 March 2014 - 02:40 PM

Being a member of three photo clubs, I get discounts at several places but love Blicks on 12th Chesnut. They ship out as well.


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Posted 10 March 2014 - 09:30 PM

My Costco does a pretty good job as well, typically take images in when they have a sale.  Paper quality could be a touch better, but for the price, I am not complaining.


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Posted 28 March 2014 - 09:33 AM

I exclusively use White House Custom Color. They have never let me down. Excellent customer service when there is a problem. Only downside to WHCC for pro's is non professionals can use them. Their prices are public on their website. So not a good idea to let your clients know who you are using, or they will want to know why you are charging $40 for $2 8x10! Another lab I recommend is H&H. They have a few unique products WHCC does not and equal quality and service.

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Posted 01 August 2014 - 07:23 AM

I love taking and processing my pictures however the printing process causes me a great deal of stress.....I hate it. I like to really enlarge my pictures. It would be great to have a D810 to make enlarging a lot easier but that would also enlarge my debt. Recently met with a local sign maker. He claims he can blow my pictures up with no problem and low cost.... My fingers are crossed!!

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Posted 02 August 2014 - 04:46 PM

It's easy to share images online and miss the value of prints.  The web covers up a lot of flaws, but it also has its place.  I have some images that look great on the web, but not in print.

 

I print most of my own images on my Epson Stylus Pro 4900.  It's a very good printer, but can clog if not used regularly.  It handles paper on rolls up to 17 inches wide, and sheets for heavier papers and other materials.  Inks are state of the art.  Replacement inks cost about $90 per cartridge - and there are 11 cartridges. There is some real value in high quality prints on custom paper selections.  I get immediate feedback on print quality - and can reprint immediately if I'm not satisfied.

 

For regular prints, I use MPix through my Zenfolio website.  I have accounts at MPix Pro, BayPhoto, and Shutterfly and use each of them from time to time.  

 

I use MPix via Zenfolio for regular prints in standard smaller sizes.  These are standard prints on standard papers.  Cost of printing and fulfillment is kept low, and I am able to painlessly turn around prints from events, or quick smaller copies of my fine art work.  My goal is to make it easy for my clients to get economy prints.

 

I also offer self fulfilled custom prints through my website on Zenfolio.  In this case it is to make it easy for someone to order and pay for a fine art custom print.  These prints are at a significantly higher price and are self fulfilled.  I choose the high quality paper that works for the image - an Exhibition Fiber, Baryta, or a Premium Luster.

 

I am just starting to offer some acrylic prints - prints on an acrylic material.  They are through Zenfolio and my website but prices as custom prints.

 

For canvas, I use BayPhoto.  I don't do a lot of canvas printing and like the individual attention.  They make sure your images are printed well - and contact you if there is an issue.  I rate the quality of BayPhoto above MPix.  

 

For 4x6 prints from vacation, I either use Zenfolio for convenience, or Shutterfly.  I tend to use Zenfolio because of the choice of papers and to let me proof images that will be sold in larger sizes.  If the images are just family snapshots to share, I use Shutterfly because it's cheaper.  I rate Zenfolio above Shutterfly for quality, but for 4x6 snapshots its perfectly adequate.  

 

I use Shutterfly for specialty items like family calendars and quick books.  Shutterfly offers a lot of promotions and discounts that further reduce cost.

 

I use Blurb for high end books.  Blurb has a very high quality product and good support tools for design and layout of photos and type.  I typically do 1-2 high quality books per year.

 

I see a real difference between the quality of prints from different places.  You get what you pay for.  I've used Costco and Sams in the past.  I'd rate Costco better, but both are economy printers with high volume production.  The quality does not match what I get from MPix or BayPhoto.  I think my own prints are the best I can produce, but it's because of the ability to fine tune color on the spot, and to choose my own papers.  Paper makes a big difference in large prints.

 

Some prints are difficult to render properly - particularly night scenes or scenes captured at high ISO levels.  I find printing my own work makes a bigger difference on these images.

 

I set my own pricing and people only see my prices.  I think that's important for client work or events.  Everything has a markup with conscious price points.


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Posted 06 August 2014 - 08:02 AM

I have an Epson 1900 that I use at home. I have also used Richmond Pro Labs and Blurb. Had a photo album made of my trip to Arizona 2 years ago made with Blurb.


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