Prints?

Discussion in 'Photography Beginners' Forum' started by redtippmann, Sep 25, 2009.

  1. redtippmann

    redtippmann TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2008
    Messages:
    706
    Likes Received:
    6
    Location:
    Athens, Ohio
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    Well I am starting my portfolio. I put some of my pictures on a SD card and took them to the drug store. They print pictures and figured it would be the same quality as a photography store (Dodd camera in my case). The photo store is 30-40 minutes away and didnt think it was worth it to travel there.

    So I got a 8X10 of two pictures and they came out looking like a P&S took em. I used my D50 so it dosent have too low resolution. So was it there equipment? And would you think I could get better prints at a camera store? Or even online?

    Any recommendations would help, thanks!
     
  2. KmH

    KmH Helping photographers learn to fish Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Apr 9, 2009
    Messages:
    38,233
    Likes Received:
    5,007
    Location:
    Iowa
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    www.mpix.com Do you know how to color correct? If not Mpix will do that for you.

    Be sure and click on their "Support" tab and find their image prep guidelines.
     
  3. Randall Ellis

    Randall Ellis TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Sep 9, 2009
    Messages:
    175
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Central Florida
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Discount service providers tend to provide discount quality service - as Robert Heinlein said many times, there's no such thing as a free lunch ;) For best results you have to find a provider that you can work with directly and who uses well trained staff. As good starting point, try looking for a provider who can give you the color profile for their printing equipment. That way you can use it when you are preparing your files for printing and ensure that what you see if what you are going to get...

    - Randy
     
  4. Big Mike

    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Dec 16, 2003
    Messages:
    33,821
    Likes Received:
    1,811
    Location:
    Edmonton
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    Without seeing the prints and knowing the details of the file you used, it's hard to diagnose the problem. You can sometimes get great prints from 'drug store labs' but you usually have to make the file just right, so that they don't have to do any thinking.

    A good photo lab is usually a good idea though, especially with something as important as your portfolio.
     
  5. DennyCrane

    DennyCrane No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    Sep 11, 2009
    Messages:
    1,375
    Likes Received:
    34
    Location:
    The arctic North Coast
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    It's like trying to compare apples to oranges without seeing the oranges. You really need to see a top notch printer do the same pictures and compare to the drug store's to know if it's the print or the picture itself. Take them to the other place, print the same shots out and you'll have your answer.
     
  6. CSR Studio

    CSR Studio TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Aug 4, 2009
    Messages:
    456
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Georgia
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    I would suggest a pro lab in your area. I have used Mpix and got horrible prints from them. The people that print your images is the key, at a drug store they don't really know what makes a great print. It is worth the extra money.
     
  7. Derrel

    Derrel Mr. Rain Cloud

    Joined:
    Jul 23, 2009
    Messages:
    35,456
    Likes Received:
    12,796
    Location:
    USA
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    A lot of the problems depends on the calibration of the machines; I have a Rite Aid drug store in my area that has a Kodak system and another system. The Kodak system is maintained by Kodak technicians, and the kid who runs the machine told me that he cannot adjust the Kodak equipment or do *anything* with it--that it is all maintained by Kodak certified technicians; that system produces color prints and enlargements that are amazingly good,every time.

    The in-house system that they maintain....not so much....sometimes inconsistent.
     
  8. CSR Studio

    CSR Studio TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Aug 4, 2009
    Messages:
    456
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Georgia
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Just because a machine is maintained doesn't mean the person printing your image will make a good print. It just means that the print will be correctly processed. Big difference.
     

Share This Page