Professional printing

Discussion in 'The Professional Gallery' started by MDowdey, Jan 5, 2005.

  1. MDowdey

    MDowdey Guest

    hey gang!!

    i was wondering, for those that make actually bucks off your work and you shoot digital....how do you get the shots printed up? do you submit all of your files to some print house and they do them up for you? would this be more or less expensive than taking the plunge with a really nice printer at your home? im wanting to sell some prints from my 10D, but i want to be positive im getting the best quality.


    thanks!


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  2. Alison

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    We've done a mixture of both.
    I registered with Herff Jones pro a while back and their quality, customer service and turn around time was great.

    I also own an Epson 2200 and am extremely pleased with the outcome. I use epson archival paper and if the images are stored properly there are no issues with fading. I like that I have complete control over the printing process and if something doesn't look right I can immediately adjust colors, contrast etc. Our monitor is calibrated and the system works well.
     
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    For speed and quality, whcc is where I get anything that needs to be printed in bulk. They have awesome bulk pricing and are as good as the local pro lab for prints.
     
  5. MDowdey

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    how do you submit the files? do they crop, make any adjustments or anything?


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    I get the thrifty output which means they expect your files to be ready for printing. You submit the files via ftp and use an orderform. I really really hate their upload method... but the quality and speed can't be beat. They are a 24/7 operation and use UPS 2-day shipping (which is already built into the price)
     
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    Herff Jones is similar, needs to be sized properly, right format and uses FTP for upload with an online order form.
     
  8. MDowdey

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    on that subject, what all is involved with getting them ready to print? are they referring to sizing them appropriately and changing any levels or anything?


    on a side note, i would like to print at home, but i tried it with an epson 1280, and they didnt turn out anywhere near what i was hoping for. any suggestions on that?

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    I switched from whcc to mpix, cos I really didnt like whcc's ftp deal. Mpix also offers true bw shots as well as the metallic paper which made me go with whcc in the first place.
     
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    That ftp is dreadful isn't it?

    Does mpix have 24/7 and fast shipping like whcc?
     
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    Yah you can have overnight delivery for $10.00 or regular delivery for $5.00 - and no minimum order.
     
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