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Iíve taken my first photo to be printed at a proper photo printers, A2 print including a border on standard photo paper £18, bespoke mount card £9.

They are doing some amazing work there so will report back on the quality once Iíve got it back!

Will compare the print with the screen to see if I need to sort out a profile for the monitor....
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Re: Printing

For what it’s worth, for years I used Pro-Am images in Bradford and was very happy with the results. Recently, they ‘merged’ their business with SimLab in Hertfordshire. I have made two print trials and the quality appears to be very similar. An A2 print is £12 inc VAT so very competitive. The only drawback that I encountered first time round was the need to increase the image canvas size to match the paper size and specify no border on upload. Other than that OK. Delivery is £5.50.

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For what itís worth, for years I used Pro-Am images in Bradford and was very happy with the results. Recently, they Ďmergedí their business with SimLab in Hertfordshire. I have made two print trials and the quality appears to be very similar. An A2 print is £12 inc VAT so very competitive. The only drawback that I encountered first time round was the need to increase the image canvas size to match the paper size and specify no border on upload. Other than that OK. Delivery is £5.50.

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They are a short cycle ride from here so will be most useful for sorting out proper art paper printing... (not that I'd try and cycle with an A2 print under my arm! )
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Re: Printing

There needs to be a campaign for folks to rediscover photo printing

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Re: Printing

Seeing the other post about printing reminded me to do an update here...

I sat down with them and asked what they could do, and they suggested that the A2 print was done at 150dpi (which I thought was low). The output is great, when viewed really closely (face touching the print close) there is a little bit of detail loss in some areas, (for example along the cut edge of the crop) but as soon as you are more than 100mm away it looks fine.

Colours have come out slightly different to my monitor - no surprise as I have never calibrated the monitor nor downloaded a printer profile. so the greens are a little darker and the yellows a little brighter.

I got them to print on standard photographic paper rather than an art paper and all is good with the quality.

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Re: Printing

Great!

I’ve just returned to printing after 35 years, also using a commercial lab. A lot of people in the Cambridge club recommend these guys in Manchester https://dscolourlabs.co.uk
...however a couple of my friends used theprintspace in Hoxton for their RPS print panels, and since they were a lot more convenient for me to visit in person, I’ve had around 35 images done at A4 there over the past few weeks. I do have a colour and brightness corrected screen, and after a couple from an initial small batch needed small tweaks to get the highlights right, I’m now very happy indeed with the consistency of the output.

If you want to go down the commercial route I’d strongly recommend choosing a place that’s fairly close so you can visit. I spent a couple of hours at theprintspace one morning before printing anything, looking at their choice of papers and how the same images looked on each of them in the flesh. There’s also no substitute I’d say for sitting in the reception of a business with whom you’re considering spending a lot of your hard-earned, drinking their coffee for a while just watching how they do business: I was very impressed with theprintspace. Incidentally, they also do all the printing for the Sony Awards Show in London and the StreetLondon event. Of course they aren’t cheap, but neither’s my time if I needed to redo lots of images.

I’m hoping these images will go in a LRPS candidate panel, but after that I’ll be having a go at some larger prints. I do have wifely approval for putting some on the wall!
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Re: Printing

I'll add another shout out for DS Colour Labs.
I've used them twice now for printing at 10x8 and 16x12 and the results have been superb. They will send you a profile for their printers so you can set things up at home and see how the final image will print before you upload it. They will also accept trial images ahead of an order to look at and comment on the potential print. I was unsure of what sharpening setting to use on mine so I sent them 3 examples and they then advised on the best setting to use. All in all great service easy upload and really keen prices.
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Re: Printing

here are the people I used, they're nearly 2 miles from home!

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here are the people I used, they're nearly 2 miles from home!

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Great - also very close to me, of course! I'll save the details.
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