Hope I am in the right area for this. For those that send your photos off to be printed, what are some of the good companies that are used? I don't see me getting an expensive printer in the near future so I will be relying on somewhere else to print some of my photos.
I have come across many companies online that do prints but not sure which ones are worth spending the money on to do my prints.
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#1. "RE: Online Printers" | In response to Reply # 0dgillilan Nikonian since 14th May 2006Sun 18-Aug-13 09:04 PM | edited Sun 18-Aug-13 09:10 PM by dgillilan
I do not know but I can recommend one place. I have my own large format printers and do not send out. I did get prints from A & I in California, when I was shooting film, and I had them develop my film and they are a company that provides excellent service and they do mail order where you can send your film or in your case, they have a "direct to print" option. I have not used that.
Here is the link:
The prices seem reasonable to me. I printed a 24" x 36" print on my new canon, and I got the price for it, paper and ink only (how will I figure in the actual printer price of my investment, don't know) and that was right at $18.50(Hahnemuhle photo rag pearl). They are asking $110 for this size on fine art paper, which I consider Hahnemuhle to be, and the price was exactly what I expected for companies to print.
They are a reputable company. From what little I know, you could ask if they use the Indigo printing machines, I think that they are HP, huge volume printing machines for photos that are well regarded.
That is all I know.
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#2. "RE: Online Printers" | In response to Reply # 0RABaker Registered since 30th Sep 2003Mon 19-Aug-13 01:12 PM
I assume you want to print digital files. That being said:
I can highly recommend Mpix (mpix.com). I have used them many times and they have always done a great job. Before you use any online printer, be sure to read their "tutorials" to make sure you submit your files in a format that is compatible with their system - print resolution, color space, ICC color profile for their printer, etc. As far as I know, all good online printers have this information available, but sometimes you have to search around a bit to find it.
#3. "RE: Online Printers" | In response to Reply # 2JonK Nikonian since 03rd Jul 2004Mon 19-Aug-13 03:57 PM
A second vote for Mpix. Another highly regarded source s White House Custom Colour. All this said, most of the online printers are pretty good these days — and as Richard said, the ones with specific profiling recommendations are probably the better ones.
At the top of the list are the shops that take the time and (your) expense to send you a hardcopy proof for approval before printing the final large print. One of my favorites at this level is Nash Editions (if you are a fan of rock music, that's Nash as in Graham Nash of Crosby, Stills and Nash).
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