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Photo printing

Who do you use for photo printing? I have always used Snapfish but quality has been a little hit and miss of late.

Do you print in gloss or matt?

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Re: Photo printing

DSCL - superb quality and service, and probably the best prices around (1.10 for an A3). I always get a few done at the same time as there is a standard postage charge, so all you're paying extra for is the price of the extra prints, which isn't very much at all.

You can download their colour profiles if you want, but sRGB is just as good and has always been on the money for me (and I'm fussy!).
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Re: Photo printing

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DSCL - superb quality and service, and probably the best prices around (1.10 for an A3). I always get a few done at the same time as there is a standard postage charge, so all you're paying extra for is the price of the extra prints, which isn't very much at all.

You can download their colour profiles if you want, but sRGB is just as good and has always been on the money for me (and I'm fussy!).
I have also switched to DSCL from Photobox. They are cheaper and just as good. I use matt (or non glossy) to reduce reflections from the printed image. It's a trade off: Gloss finish will make the blacks look blacker.

I found I needed to tweak my monitor gamma to match their prints, which came back a tad darker than I expected. They will send you a 6x4 print and file on disk to help you calibrate your monitor if you ask them nicely.

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Re: Photo printing

Do it yourself?
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Print yourself if:

1) It's more convenient (time pressure or odd format requirement).
2) You're making large prints.
3) For absolute control over image quality (if you have a really good printer).

But if you are printing 6x4s and it's not urgent, then online printing services are the way to go and much cheaper as long as you shop around.

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Re: Photo printing

Another vote for DSCL their 16x12 prints are excellent value for money. Could not possibly compete on cost by doing it myself - anyway I haven't got room on my desk for an A3+ printer
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Re: Photo printing

I too have switched from Photobox to DSCL. I had no complaint with Photobox quality but DSCL price knocks them for six. All my orders have been well packaged and quick to arrive. There email update lets you know what is happening with your order. I have recently ordered a number of A3 prints both colour and B&W more than satisfied.

Home printing I have done some, but got fed up with the increasing cost of paper and ink.

Consistant quality and good price. DSCL for me.
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Re: Photo printing

Another contented DSCL user here. Didn't know they were so many of us here.

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Re: Photo printing

Well it seems like a bit of a no brainer based on the feedback so far. I will give them ago, I am intending on giving framed prints as christmas presents and I was unhappy with the couple I have ordered so far.

Thanks ever so much for the feedback.
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Re: Photo printing

I've used Aldi the last couple of times. Their prices are amazingly cheap and the quality's good.

6x4 5p and 8x12 34p with free postage

Works out very much cheaper than DSCL, particularly as you have to pay postage of 3.25 with DSCL.

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Re: Photo printing

Sending an 8x12 would cost more than 34pence. How many do you have to order?
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Re: Photo printing

I use Aldi all the time - cheap and extremely fast. My last order was placed late on a Monday evening and was with me Wednesday morning.

The quality is always consistently good and the colours are exactly as I see on my screen. I've never seen free postage though? I pay 1.33, no matter how many prints I order. Excellent value.

One thing I DO like is that the photos are always in the format you order. If you order a square print, that's exactly what you get, not a rectangular one with white bands down the side.

I have tried to use DSCL, but I couldn't get to grips with the website.
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Sending an 8x12 would cost more than 34pence. How many do you have to order?
Sorry, the post and packing was 1.33

My recent order was:

54 off 4x6 @ 5p = 2.70
3 off 8x12 @ 34p = 1.02 (3 different)
P&P 1.33

Total: 5.05

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Re: Photo printing

Earlier this year when I started planning my exhibition I had the same 6 images printed at 16x12 by DSCL, One Vision and a local printer. DSCL were cheapest at just over 1 per print. One Vision charged about 5 per print and the local charged 13 per print but agreed to do batches of 6 or more at 6 per print.

Regardless of price, which were the best? Actually it was honours even, with each of the printers judged best for two prints in my opinion. It has to be said there was very little difference between any of them and all would have looked superb if viewed in isolation.

So, with everything else being equal I went with DSCL.
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Re: Photo printing

Bit late to the party on this one. I usually use Pro-Am imaging, who charge about 1.30ish for a 16x12. Quality's good, price is good (if not quite as good as DSCL – never heard of them before...).

I just got a print done at the Dot Foundry though, which is rather more expensive (cost me about 26 all in, for a 16x12 with a 1" border), but I'd venture that it might just be worth it. It's printed on Hahnemuhle 308gsm Photo Rag (they have a range of Hahnemuhle and other papers available) and it really looks great. You wouldn't get every photo printed there, but for really good quality (maybe for an exhibition or gift) it's really worth a look. They'll send you some paper samples if you ask, too.

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