About prints

by Berckmans Peter February. 07, 2019 605 views

At some times I let make some prints of photos I like a bit more than other ones.On the internet I have a few options to let them print, I don't need a printer, your photos get to expensive that way. With the results I got back from those shops I was always pleased, untill......

Yesterday my daughter needed some prints for hear final artproject this year and it involved photography, and as always she needed it quick and it had to be good quality. Over the internet it is easely 2 to 3 weeks you have to wait. Now daddy knows a photoshop with its own printservice. The shop is there already about 80 y and it is not far from our home. So of we went. We came in and an older man ask what we needed, so I let my daughter say what she wanted, size of the photo, gloss or mat, white frame or not, any colorcorrection and what style she wants to create. Than he asked, did you see your pictures on a calibrated screen or not. Eeeeuh, no.

He told us to go to the second floor and ask Hugo to show them on his screen. There we got a crash course in photo printing. This guy could see they were edited on a I mac with photoshop without asking. Then he showed us the original and the one on the calibrated screen.There is a big difference, and he told us how you can calibrate your monitor with a bit of hardware or you can buy a screen with a build in calibrator.. My daughter could do some edit there on the spot, no problem. Than we got the tour of the printers inkjet, laser, lambda and some more. The best I found was when he took out the different photopapers , showed us the quality and what influence it can have on you photo in warmth ,grain, contrast. So it is not all done on the pc. I was impressed, than I asked when they would be ready, surprise surprise, oh you can come tommorow.

Bonus, the price is not much more than over the internet, so all my next prints gonna be done there and maybe try one time one of the special paper to get a big photo. Oh yeah some paper can be very expensive. So if you have the change to go , to a photolabo ( shop ) like this do it. The service, expertise and quality is much better than over the internet.

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Kevin Wenning 2 years, 1 month ago

I love my local print shop and I found one who only does photography which is a bonus. Most print shops do all kinds of signage and photo printing is just a small part of their service. Whether you use a local shop or an internet fulfillment lab you should always soft proof if the photo production needs to be top quality.

As for the calibration, those monitor calibration tools and softwares are kinda okay, but more money than they're worth in my opinion. I find that all I have to do is soft proof my photos based on the media profile of the paper or canvas I want it printed on. The print shop you use should have ICC profiles you can download for that. I make a few minor color, saturation, vibrance adjustments before I output the print ready file and send it off to my printer. That just means I make sure tat how I see it on my monitor is how it will look when it's printed.

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Berckmans Peter Replied to Kevin Wenning 2 years, 1 month ago

Thanks for the info. I also found a good one on the net. The shop you can choose out a lot of paper, what still makes a difference. Just the cheap labs are good for vacation snaps or for some prints that are not so important. Printing is still a part of photographysmile

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Laurie Madsen 2 years, 2 months ago

Crazy how we overlook the locals with today's  online access...

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Berckmans Peter Replied to Laurie Madsen 2 years, 2 months ago

In the district I live,they ask it. Please look at the local shops first, before online or the great shoppingchains

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Antonio Gil 2 years, 2 months ago

Thanks for sharing such information my friend. And i love the picture too

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Berckmans Peter Replied to Antonio Gil 2 years, 2 months ago

Always good to know what is possible. The pro world is still something else

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David Swatton 2 years, 2 months ago

Nice to know that craftsmanship still exists in our push-button age

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Berckmans Peter Replied to David Swatton 2 years, 2 months ago

It is getting rare

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Russell Smith 2 years, 2 months ago

You are fortunate to have a place like that there. I know if I had one close (within 45miles) I would use that one instead . The prints look great :)

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Björn Roose 2 years, 2 months ago

Real professionals ... They are getting more and more rare.

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Berckmans Peter Replied to Björn Roose 2 years, 2 months ago

True

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 2 years, 2 months ago

Oh yes, I know. My best friend Christine is perfect in editing. She always tries to teach me some of the stuff you mentioned. I think I'm hopeless. You are lucky to have such a good photolab in your neighborhood!

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Berckmans Peter Replied to Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 2 years, 2 months ago

As far as I know, maybe 2 or 3 left in Antwerp. Today went to get the prints. We chooce proffesional print and they are impressive. No gloss is really mat, no grain in them. Daddy scored big points with his litle girl

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Berckmans Peter 2 years, 2 months ago

thumbsup

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Jay Boggess 2 years, 2 months ago

WOW! Great info, Peter! Thanks! I always wonder how the edited photos I upload to PhotoBlog will look on the wide variety of monitors members use to view my pics......The monitor I have at home is not the best, but it's all I have to judge what photos need tweaking and what tweaks to use.........You have inspired me to see how I can become more sure of the effectiveness of the edits I choose to apply to my raw images, prior to posting them for all to see/judge! 
Thanks, Amigo!

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Berckmans Peter Replied to Jay Boggess 2 years, 2 months ago

Glad you like it

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Jay Boggess Replied to Berckmans Peter 2 years, 2 months ago

I'm always keen to learn new stuff. Thanks!

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Berckmans Peter Replied to Jay Boggess 2 years, 2 months ago

Same here. I find you only can judge the quality of your photo on a print. Sharpness,contrast color are so different on a print than on your pc. My old lcd screen is quite correct I found out

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