New Year's Resolution......

by Russell Smith October. 29, 2018 290 views

Last year I gave two canvas prints and an 8x10 as Christmas Gifts . They were images that I love.

Canvas

Canvas

8x10 print

8x10 print

While looking at the test print I did on one of the images it made me realize a few things. One it was now a "real" photograph not a digital image . Two to print the image I had to make some tweaks to the edit so it would show what I wanted it to show better and to be honest the printed version looked less than good on screen. Three in 2018 I wanted to print at least 12 4x6 and 3 different 8x10 images. One is really cheap the other is still inexpensive. Well an online photo printing service made me an offer I could not pass up. 20 prints and shipping for $0.00 .

I have a folder with images I like and wanted to print but it was no where near the 20 images I had so I flipped through my lightroom catalog and found a few more images to print and a few I wanted to see how they would look in print. Overall I am quite happy with the prints. The boardwalk shot (near 12o'clock) I need to pull some blue out of the shadows . The Macrons I need to play with the white balance because I did not notice the yellowish cast to the plate. There was a piece of cathair (head explodes in anger) on one of the images . Several of the other images I just love and several of the food photos would look great printed large .
Have you printed any images this year even if only 4x6 inches or maybe an 8x10 ?
If your answer is no I would challenge you to take an sd card put a few of your favorite images on it and then go to the wal-mart or other cheap printing service and get them done. It will cost less than a cup of coffee and the feeling of holding a print that you did is a great feeling . Also looking at it in different light shows features or flaws that might be missed on the screen. Take the image of the bagels it was not one of my favorite shots on the screen but the print I like much more or take the granola shot I like it on the screen but not so much in print. If this inspires you to have a few prints done let me know and I would look forward to seeing a photo of the photos.

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Camellia Staab 1 year, 5 months ago

I have started printing more and more. Initially I just printed ones that I was entering for our club competition, but now I am printing for my own pleasure. My real favorite ones I have 8X10 prints and chose to frame them and display. The wall is now full, so I have stopped with the larger prints and instead printing smaller size. As you said it truly makes a difference seeing the photo on paper.

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Russell Smith Replied to Camellia Staab 1 year, 5 months ago

I have a small wall that I want to do that with and I am also pondering a 18x36 inch type frame with wires so I can hang multiple smaller prints on . The feeling of looking at prints reminds me very much of when I would go to the film lab and pick up my images way back when I was younger.

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Camellia Staab Replied to Russell Smith 1 year, 5 months ago

+1grinning

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Heike 1 year, 5 months ago

I usually never print my photos, but watching your printouts on #3, let me think about it. They look quite good. This year I tested with one of my photos a fineart-print on alu-dibond. I took the smalest size 30x30cm, because I only wanted to have an idea how it looks in the end. I was quite happy with it, so I think, if I ever decide to hang one of my photos in large on the wall, I would chose that kind of print.

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Russell Smith Replied to Heike 1 year, 5 months ago

I have been trying to figure out how I can take and make a frame that is large enough for several small prints 10x16 cm or 4x6 in and it is easy to change out. Maybe a frame with wires and clips that I could attach the images to  say 3 or 4 across and maybe 2 or 3 rows from top to bottom.

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Berckmans Peter 1 year, 5 months ago

I let print some photos regulary on a 20x30cm size . I find you can see much better the small faults in them on print. Next month I gonna test how big I can let my pics print before the quality drops.

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Russell Smith Replied to Berckmans Peter 1 year, 5 months ago

I know some of the online print labs like adaromapix have a feature that will show that the quality is dropping and where the ideal or good quality stops .

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Jay Boggess 1 year, 5 months ago

What a great idea! Thanks for the encouragement! May be a good way to have gifts for Christmas presents!

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Russell Smith Replied to Jay Boggess 1 year, 5 months ago

:) I think it was received as a great gift .

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Jay Boggess Replied to Russell Smith 1 year, 5 months ago

As well it should be!

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Antonio Gil 1 year, 5 months ago

Great work with the prints my friend

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Russell Smith Replied to Antonio Gil 1 year, 5 months ago

:) Thank you .

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