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Discussion in 'Printing' started by Gubrz, Aug 20, 2012.

  1. Gubrz

    Gubrz O.* Gonzo's & Bentley's Dad

    979
    Jun 5, 2012
    Austin, TX
    Eliot
    so i was getting bored and adhd about photography, so thought id obsess over using film
    i bought a rollei 35 t on ebay
    it all got me wondering "okay... how is this REALLY going to change my slump?!"
    the only thing i could think of was that my photos would be in my hands, not in my digital frames all over the house
    then i decided id have had them scanned and theyd be in the frames too...
    so, really... the only difference was that id have something to hold.

    that seemed silly
    but, i thought id do an experiment
    i went thru all my photos, and picked 3 that i thought would look good printed, not necessarily my fav photos, just 'good in print' photos...
    just got them in today... WOW... it was so nice to HOLD a photo
    i was giddy all day and running them around town to show them to family n friends
    everyone basically had a similar reaction
    something like "wow.. i saw them on flickr, but they look even better on paper!" or some such similar thing

    so anyways
    next time youre in a slump, or just bored, or... have an extra $25... lol... pick out 3 photos... print them... not 8*6 or something small and one hand-able
    go at least 12*9, big enuf youd use two hands to hold em
    try out some different papers
    i know Canvaspress has like 4 diff types, im sure the other guys have similar products
    i almost printed 1 photo 4 times just as examples of how the papers all looked
    but instead, i picked 3 photos that are processed differently enuf that i thought itd be interesting to see how they look different on the same paper

    i tried out canvaspress.com(they are coincidentally 2 blocks away, no affiliation) and their metallic paper
    it basically looks a lot like an aluminum print, but brighter, as its a shimmery pearly white paper, not a shimmery silver metal slab! :) (i still might up the exposure or brightness a TAAAAAD)
    i like it, and it saves a huge amount vs going full on aluminum, and gaves me a chance to see how theyd sorta look to know if i really want an aluminum version made up

    it also didnt hurt that the printer that handed me the photos said "wow.. some really great work there!" with eye brows raised in sincerity, no less!
    hehe

    so...

    GO PRINT SOMETHING! :)
     
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  2. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    I got a nice photo printer a couple weeks ago. You've inspired me to insert the ink cartridges!
     
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  3. Lightmancer

    Lightmancer Super Moderator

    Aug 13, 2011
    Sunny Frimley
    Bill Palmer
    I don't print at home, but I use various online services depending upon usage. I absolutely agree; I have an archival box, around foolscap size. Every so often as a matter of course I go through my Flickr stream and print up my favourites. When people come around it is far nicer to hand them photos from that box than to sit them at a screen.
     
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  4. Pelao

    Pelao SC All-Pro

    Jul 11, 2010
    Ontario, Canada
    Stephen
    Great post. I enjoy all aspects of photography. In the end though, I love to look at prints. To me they are Photographs, rather than just images. People of all generations, including my hyper-digital kids, love to hold photographs, or view them nicely framed, or open a box and go through a bunch. It's a tangible, tactile pleasure.

    I print a lot, and enjoy the process. But I love Gubrz's point about just printing a few you like. I think it's important that you really like them. Print for you. It can really refresh your love for photography.
     
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  5. ajramirez

    ajramirez SC All-Pro

    Jul 9, 2010
    Caguas, Puerto Rico
    Antonio
    To me, it isn´t a photograph until it´s been committed to paper. A well done print is just much more satisfying to me than any image on a computer screen.

    Cheers,

    Antonio
     
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  6. Pelao

    Pelao SC All-Pro

    Jul 11, 2010
    Ontario, Canada
    Stephen
    I feel the same.
     
  7. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    Nic
    Very true. Printing an image makes it feel almost real; makes it tangible.
     
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  8. Gary

    Gary SC All-Pro

    Aug 19, 2012
    Southern California
    Gary Ayala
    Self-printing just seems to complete the photographic process. Hands-on every step is important me ... pride of ownership and all that.

    Gary
     
  9. winginkris

    winginkris SC Veteran

    315
    Dec 15, 2011
    Just started using a printer myself to complete the full photographic process. I even do my own mat cutting and framing. I'm still working with getting the prints to match the screen, but so far what I've seen is more than acceptable, at least to my eyes. I agree with Antonio, it's not a photograph until it's committed to paper!
     
  10. snkenai

    snkenai SC All-Pro

    Oct 5, 2010
    kenai, AK
    Stephen Noel
    Stirred my printing. Printed the moth shot, from the "from my walks", thread. It was extremely dark. Had to take it back to PS.
     
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  11. HeatherTheVet

    HeatherTheVet SC All-Pro

    Apr 23, 2011
    Scotland
    Heather
    What 3 did you pick, can we see?
     
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  12. Prototype

    Prototype SC Veteran

    207
    Jul 9, 2010
    Illinois
    Brian
    I've been looking into printers recently, but it might be a while before I splurge on another expensive purchase. I know it would be more economical to use a printing service instead, but I think it would be really fun to have a hand in the entire process of capturing, editing, and printing.

    By the way, the recent printing threads have inspired me to take printing a little more seriously. Thanks to everyone contributing to those threads. You've given me enough to start with so I can research it further.
     
  13. Gary

    Gary SC All-Pro

    Aug 19, 2012
    Southern California
    Gary Ayala
    I have a Canon 9500, I am very please with the results, comparable if not a smidgen better than the commercial printers. The Canon replaced a big Epson, much cheaper with better results.

    Gary
     
  14. Pelao

    Pelao SC All-Pro

    Jul 11, 2010
    Ontario, Canada
    Stephen
    In my experience Canon and Epson will both give you good results. One thing to measure carefully is the real cost of the ink. In particular, look at the price mer ml of the cartridges. Larger cartridges will, on average, deliver a lower per ml cost and over time it adds up. For example, and Epson 3880 (awesome, and in my view peerless printer) can be had for under $1k when on special. A full load of it's large cartridges is included, to a value in excess of $400. So this larger printer actually costs $500-600.

    The Epson 3000 prints to 13", and has larger than average cartridges (though not as large as those of the 3880). Great printer.

    You will read here and there about printers clogging with infrequent use. First, if you're going to use it infrequently, unless you are batch printing then why have a printer. Second, with the most recent models clogging is not (in my experience) an issue.
     
  15. Gubrz

    Gubrz O.* Gonzo's & Bentley's Dad

    979
    Jun 5, 2012
    Austin, TX
    Eliot
    this one i think i did as 20" wide

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    !P7190068 by Gubrz, on Flickr

    i had printed this one out at 8/6 before, but it just isnt the same small
    beware, its psycho hdr overload!

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    Holy HDR disaster, Batman! by Gubrz, on Flickr

    this one my middle super arty 13yo niece took(i did the processing for her, tho she did just NIK up her own work on our last outting! but i dont think shes into processing yet)
    i got it printed to test the orange simplified look i have on a few photos, and to get her a print made for a crazy vibrant tourquoise frame i got her for her bday for it

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    PA150844 (1) by Gubrz, on Flickr
     
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  16. thekeddi

    thekeddi SC Top Veteran

    539
    Aug 15, 2011
    South Australia
    I love to print my favourites! I have a few on a door to my office. others are on canvas and stuff. It's nice to look at them and think 'I took that!"
     
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  17. Gubrz

    Gubrz O.* Gonzo's & Bentley's Dad

    979
    Jun 5, 2012
    Austin, TX
    Eliot
    mebbe youll forgive the hdr when you see... THIS! *crowd gasps and turns heads in fear*
    the... dismal original!


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    The Ugly Original by Gubrz, on Flickr
     
  18. Prototype

    Prototype SC Veteran

    207
    Jul 9, 2010
    Illinois
    Brian
    Great information! Frequent printing would not be an issue, since I plan to produce small prints for snapshots. My current all-in-one printer would probably suffice, but I also want the ability to print large as my photography improves. Before I tackle the project, I need to calibrate my monitor, learn about profiles, and look more into the best practices regarding sizing and sharpening for prints. I might be pulling my hair out and have an empty wallet after all of this.
     
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  19. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    Eliot, your before and after shots of that tree are something else! I think even the anti-HDR crowd may choose the tonemapped one (although they'd probably dial it back a bit).
     
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  20. snkenai

    snkenai SC All-Pro

    Oct 5, 2010
    kenai, AK
    Stephen Noel
    I am not usually a HDR fan. But I really like the HDR tree. It is more "art" than photo.
     
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