Pics have been despatched already so looking forward to seeing how it turned out.
Used an out of the camera D30 image, sharpened a little and re-sized upwards to 3000 pixels wide. A 3.2MB image e-mailed to them. Some cropping occurs but worked well with this shot (on-line crop view)
Anyone else used Photobox?
I'll let you know how the prints, 7 x 5 and 12 x 15 turn out.
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Sukhoi From Sweden, joined May 2006, 371 posts, RR: 8 Reply 3, posted (11 years 9 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 1097 times:
I have used the online Pixology service through Jessops and Gobuy.com and can recommend them. Both retailers offer different sizes and prices for some reason.
Gary has seen a few of my shots including a poster print that looks really nice, the image came straight out of the camera with no adjustments (3020 pixels) For photo prints I usually sharpen the image as i would for airliners nothing more and the photos look as per the image.
Atco From Canada, joined Jul 2001, 277 posts, RR: 25 Reply 5, posted (11 years 9 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 1080 times:
I have had some 7x5 prints done at Jessops (in the lab not via internet), and by sharpening them only a little, the prints came out spoiled with horrible jaggies.
The only way to get them looking like normal prints was not to add any sharpening at all............I am interested to see that your experiences are different.
And Gary, I have used photobox before, for a client, and they were superb. They use the same Fuji paper and printers, and the service is terriffic. Shots uploaded and processed and the customer had them the next morning in the post.
I would like to hear from anyone else on their experience of Jessops printing............do you sharpen or not?
KingWide From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2001, 838 posts, RR: 20 Reply 7, posted (11 years 9 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1054 times:
I think we need to be careful about which type of Jessops we're talking about here. The Jessop's in-house service or the Jessop's internet service [which I'm sure you know is run by Pixology].
Buried in the Pixology FAQ is a paragraph which states that they apply no sharpening to the pictures prior to printing so you should therefore sharpen yourself. I think the in-house Jessops service for walk-in customers has some inbuilt auto-sharpening so it's right not to sharpen in this case.
I've always sharpened, as if I would print the shot myself, for the internet service and the results are excellent.
As in all of these cases, the best thing to do is to ask. There's always an email link [or a phone number] that you can use to get in contact with someone who won't treat you like an 'oik'. Once it becomes apparent to them that you know a bit about repro' processes then they usually spill all the details you need.
Ckw From UK - England, joined Aug 2010, 660 posts, RR: 17 Reply 10, posted (11 years 9 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1034 times:
Staffan - yes, I've heard this too, but there are so many variables I think it's hard to give a hard and fast rule - the contrast. resolution and type of printer will all effect what works.
Personally I tend to sharpen up to the point where I am "aware" of artifacts on the screen (viewing image at 100%) then back off just a tad. The settings vary from print to print.
On the matter of resolution, there is an argument that says the larger the print, the lower the resolution needed due to the increased "comfortable viewing" distance. I know for a fact that the IT support staff at our Art College drop resolution to 120-150 DPI for A1 size prints ... and this is for exhibition purposes.
Granite From UK - Scotland, joined May 1999, 5550 posts, RR: 65 Reply 11, posted (11 years 9 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 1027 times:
Having the same camera and image size, how do you compensate for cropping?
Not sure about Jessops but Photobox crop the picture to fit the paper. Some digital cameras have the same ration as the paper size but the D30 is different.
I tried the Dash 8 above as it showed little cropping to the image without spoiling it. Tried a few others but while viewing 'my basket' the cropping cut part of the aircraft off. There is a 'fit to page' feature but didn't select this incase it distorted the image.
Sukhoi From Sweden, joined May 2006, 371 posts, RR: 8 Reply 12, posted (11 years 9 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1021 times:
The poster print was 27 x 18 printed on satin paper, looks as though it was done by a inkjet style printer, so i presume lower dpi (?). Gary can give an honest opinion but as a test picture its pretty good.
These are the specs for Pixology:
6" x 4" 1800x1200
7" x 5" 2100x1500
8" x 6" 2400x1800
10" x 8" 3000x2400
15" x 10" 4500x3000
With the Pixology service you have the image cropped and like the D30 the S1 uses a different ratio. For some sizes it works fine but for the smaller sizes the cropping is a pain. The 777 shot that gary saw was in two sizes and the smaller 6x4 was cropped pretty tight but the 10x8 looked quite nice.