dullesguy
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Digital Photos Enlargement

Wed Feb 04, 2004 7:33 am

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?



Regards,
Stephen
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jderden777
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RE: Digital Photos Enlargement

Wed Feb 04, 2004 8:16 am

Stephen,
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.
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JeffM
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RE: Digital Photos Enlargement

Wed Feb 04, 2004 9:58 am

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.
 
ExitRow
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RE: Digital Photos Enlargement

Wed Feb 04, 2004 10:29 am

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:

http://www.ivey.com/iveyFlashSite/services/photo.html

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.
 
2912n
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RE: Digital Photos Enlargement

Wed Feb 04, 2004 11:19 am

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...)
 
jderden777
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RE: Digital Photos Enlargement

Wed Feb 04, 2004 12:56 pm

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
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IL76
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RE: Digital Photos Enlargement

Wed Feb 04, 2004 3:36 pm

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!
Eduard

[Edited 2004-02-04 07:38:05]
 
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Kereru
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RE: Digital Photos Enlargement

Wed Feb 04, 2004 4:28 pm

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!

http://www.digitalmax.co.nz/

Cheers,
Colin
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ExitRow
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RE: Digital Photos Enlargement

Thu Feb 05, 2004 1:43 am

Colin,
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.

Bill
 
IL76
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RE: Digital Photos Enlargement

Thu Feb 05, 2004 1:53 am

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
Cheers,
Eduard

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