Online digital photo printing


purpleski

Link Posted 07/10/2008 - 07:21
Hi

I don't know whether I have the right place but I am trying to find a good online digital photo printer.

I am currently using Photobox but I am unhappy with the results compared with the image I see on the screen. Who do people use and why or do you print on your own printer and if so what is the best quality printer and paper combo to use.

Thanks.
purpleperson

MattMatic

Link Posted 07/10/2008 - 08:43
Quote:
I am unhappy with the results compared with the image I see on the screen

I have never been unhappy with Photobox. There are higher quality services available, but the colour rendition has been fine.

It begs the question - is your monitor calibrated?
And if so, how and with what?

Matt
http://www.mattmatic.co.uk
(For gallery, tips and links)

alig

Link Posted 07/10/2008 - 09:09
I used to use Photobox a while ago, years, but some of my prints were little darker than they were on my screen.
I now use Peak Imaging or Truprints for cheapness or if I need quick print, pop into Asda, which suits me fine.
A mate uses Loxley colour which he raves about but they are more expensive.
Depends on what your using your prints for as well.

Hope that helps.

ali
Cheers

Ali

ist* DS & Ricoh GR

johnriley

Link Posted 07/10/2008 - 09:16
Good as some of these services are there is no substitute for printing at home. It was true of the darkroom and continues to be as true with the inkjet printer. Only by printing for ourselves can we keep total control of the end result.

That holds true for large prints, but I do concede that for small prints some sort of commercial service is much more efficient.

I only make large prints - everything else is viewed on my monitor.
Best regards, John

MattMatic

Link Posted 07/10/2008 - 09:27
John - I can't fully agree with you For top-notch quality and bang-on-the-button colour I use Pro AM Imaging. They have always printed exactly what I send them, and their service is profiled - there's no resolution changing, no colour tweaks - nothing. And there's no way I can print an 18"x12" for 1.25 using any form of home printing. I just don't do printing anymore

However, I still think the OP needs to qualify the statement "not happy".

You definitely need a calibrated monitor before embarking on any problem solving with print issues - irrespective of whether that is online or home printed
Matt
http://www.mattmatic.co.uk
(For gallery, tips and links)

johnriley

Link Posted 07/10/2008 - 09:49
No problem, Matt!

Irresepective of the quality though, I tend to find that I work up to a deadline and need a print maybe within a few hours. This tends to make home printing my only option anyway. It's a consequence of lack of time....
Best regards, John

MattMatic

Link Posted 07/10/2008 - 10:20
In that case there's no substitute for home printing! LOL!
If you haven't tried ProAM yet - their prints are gobsmackingly good
Matt
http://www.mattmatic.co.uk
(For gallery, tips and links)

laurencea

Link Posted 07/10/2008 - 12:48
i used the Kodak service a few times (my compact is a Kodak and you got free prints as part of the package) and the quality was very good.

the last batch of prints i got done was at Jessops and they were surprisingly good (i got the 1 hr prints using the instore machines) and reasonably cheap too - much cheaper and far superior than the shop around the corner that claims to specialise in printing.

might be worth getting a few prints done at various places (using the same shots) and see what ones do it for you.
Pentax k100d, k30d 18-55, Tamron 70-300, Tamron 500 mirror, pentax 10-17, 50 1:4, a manual 28, some extension tubes and a bagful of memory cards. That's all i need... and a load of film cameras too... that's it, honest.

ttk

Link Posted 07/10/2008 - 15:09
I work to my own deadlines and therefore print my own useing a Canon pro printer plus I am in control of the shoot/wedding etc from start to finish. The only time I outsource is for canvas prints...
Tel,

purpleski

Link Posted 10/10/2008 - 17:45
Hi

Just got back online and thanks for all the info. The first question I have is: How do I calibrate my monitor? The second question is to Johnriley: What printer and paper would you recommend for printing yourself?

Thank you for all your help.
purpleperson

amoringello

Link Posted 10/10/2008 - 18:26
To truly profile your monitor you'll need a hardware colorimeter.
EyeOne, now by GratagmcBeth is a good way to calibrate and profile your monitor(s). ColorMunky is new but is supposed to do quite well and includes basic printer profiling as well.
I hear various levels of success and happiness for those that use PantoneHuey and Spyder.


ttk: can i ask what settings you use for the Canon? I have the CanonPro9000 but cannot get consistent prints from PhotoShop. I use their "pro" paper and the corresponding profile, but no luck. I've tried letting PS color manage, and tried letting the printer color manage. Results are pretty close but neither are very close to what I see on screen. Sometimes horribly green in comparison - but in only some colors while others are fair.

simonkit

Link Posted 10/10/2008 - 20:13
Try these guys, used them many times, normally for 18x12 lustre prints...great quality & very good prices, excellent turnaround too

http://www.dscolourlabs.co.uk/index.cfm

simon
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Tyr

Link Posted 26/02/2011 - 08:18
I only use online printing services with profiled equipment printing to silver halide photographic paper.inject just doesn't cut it as it is not lightest and fades incredibly rapidly.
Regards,
Dan

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rparmar

Link Posted 22/09/2012 - 13:55
For the amount I print (little) it is simply not viable to print at home. It ends up costing far more in terms of ink and maintenance.

Loxley Colour have excellent service, high quality printing, and quick turn around. I have put prints from them into gallery situations, with no worries.
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