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User currently offlineDullesguy From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 247 posts, RR: 1
Posted (11 years 5 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 2410 times:

for those who have done this I need some help. When i put my pictures on a blank cd to take to the photo store to get them enlarged should I save the edited one, or should i give them the original? if i should give them an edited picture, what size should I make it, or does it not matter?


"..the joy of the Lord is your strength" Nehemiah 8:10
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User currently offlineJderden777 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 1762 posts, RR: 26
Reply 1, posted (11 years 5 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2381 times:

Instead of just taking a cd to the photo store, I might suggest using one of the online photo services such as ezprints.com. I'm not sure what the shop's capabilities are where you were planning to take them, but at ezprints you can simply upload an image and order prints of it online and i think they ship 3-5 days or something. they come out looking pretty good too...

might be worth checking into...if you take in a CD i'd say just as well take in the original, maybe slightly sharpened or something...

jonathan d.

p.s. ezprints works better if you sharpen the original image quite a bit before uploading to the site.

"my soul is in the sky" - shakespeare
User currently offlineJeffM From United States of America, joined May 2005, 3267 posts, RR: 51
Reply 2, posted (11 years 5 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2355 times:

I disagree. Take them to the lab of your choice and talk with the person doing the work. Why send something out to someone you can't even talk to?

Take the edited, sized image to the store/lab in the format they recomend. Your not going to want to upload a 30-60 mb. file. Even with cable it will take a little while.

User currently offlineExitRow From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (11 years 5 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2349 times:

I have made large format C-Prints from digital files and they look indiscernable from film enlargements.

Here in Seattle, we have a great lab called Ivey. You can learn alot about the current technology from their web site:


To answer your specific question, Stephen, post-processing is a must for vibrant, sharp prints. Most digital SLRs output relatively "straight" imagery to allow the user more flexibility to adjust images as necessary in post.

User currently offline2912n From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 2013 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (11 years 5 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2341 times:

For best quality I take stuff to a downtown camera shop (Nelson Photo in San Diego.) They will make adjustments for me etc as needed/requested. But if I just want a fast print I take it to Costco. They can do up to 16x20 overnight and the quality is very good. (but don't expect special work etc...)

User currently offlineJderden777 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 1762 posts, RR: 26
Reply 5, posted (11 years 5 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2325 times:

just speaking from personal experience i was suggesting the online service...there's not too many photo stores around where i live...i've tried making prints around and i have to say the online photos were so much better.

in larger cities of course there are more options...where i come from there's not much to choose from though  Smile

"my soul is in the sky" - shakespeare
User currently offlineIL76 From Netherlands, joined Jan 2004, 2239 posts, RR: 45
Reply 6, posted (11 years 5 months 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 2311 times:

I give the shop edited pictures, but a different edit (besides the size being bigger) as the one I send to A.net. I do almost no sharpening, just a little USM. And I adjust the levels to my taste. Don't do anything with the saturation though. Prints are much more colourful than a computer screen I found.
Regarding DPI's and image size, you don't really need to bother. The printing machine in the printing lab will deal with that. Don't resize, just crop. Leave it in the original pixels.
My prints on 8x12" turned out very nice. I like them more than some slides I had printed.
Good luck!

[Edited 2004-02-04 07:38:05]

User currently offlineKereru From New Zealand, joined Jun 2003, 873 posts, RR: 43
Reply 7, posted (11 years 5 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 2303 times:

I have used an online service here down under and I am very satisfied with the results. A bit far away for overseas contributors but for anyone in NZ reading this try them out. Very reasonable priced 6x4 NZ$0.60 each. Courier fee of NZ$2.95 and delivered next day if you get them in before 3:00pm. You will need broadband to upload otherwise it will take a while!



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User currently offlineExitRow From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (11 years 5 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2254 times:

If you wouldn't mind springing for the air fare, I'd be more than happy to visit NZ and give that service a shot. Really. It's no problem.  Big grin

On a related note, (warning: self-gloss ahead) one of my images was selected to be displayed in the local digital photography retail store here in Seattle. They've agreed to print this image up BIG as a digital image enlargement example to hang up in the store:

I have no idea how they are planning on printing it. Should be fun though! I am going to ask if I can tag along on the printing process to see the workflow.

If allowed to do so, I'll explain the process here in the forums when it's complete.


User currently offlineIL76 From Netherlands, joined Jan 2004, 2239 posts, RR: 45
Reply 9, posted (11 years 5 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2253 times:

Bill, what a coincidence! Same for me. 8 of my shots will soon be in the shopwindow of a local photography retail store in Holland. Printed at something like 13x20". I have no idea what it'll look like, but they will be looked at from at least 3 feet away, so any grain or pixels won't be visible.
When the shopwindow will be renewed after this 'aviation theme', I will get the prints! Big grin (but where am I going to hang them up?)
And any requests for buying prints of these pictures from customers of the store will be granted: Sales will be split 50% for the shop, 50% for me. Sounds like a good deal to me. Big grin

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