Printing large photos from online services

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  1. zed4

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    Hi,

    I've had a search on the site and I can't find anything recent on the forum.

    I'd like to get my girlfriend a large print or canvas for Christmas but they're quite expensive so I want to get it right! Firstly, I'm using photos I've taken with my Nikon D5000 which I believe is 12 or 13 megapixels. Photos were shot in raw format. I use Aperture 3 on my iMac 27" for post production. So, what would be the biggest I could realistically print? And do you have any tips for PP of a raw photo, such as how much to sharpen etc. Or does this depend entirely on the photo? The photos are of a beach scene shot in bright but low sunlight. I'll upload a couple when I'm home and on my computer tomorrow.

    Also, do you have any recommendations for who to use? There seems to be so many people offering printing services now. I don't want to be disappointed after spending quite a lot of money. I'm not yet sure whether I want a print I can frame or a canvas.

    Thanks in advance.

    Dan
     
  2. RobDickinson

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    I'd say find a local place that will print large and optimise the image for their printers, they will know it better than you.

    Give them a tiff , sharpened to remove the AA filter effect but not heavily sharpened maximum, in the colourspace they use.

    As for size, have a look at this:
    How Big Can I Print by Thom Hogan
     
  3. zed4

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    Thanks. Should I be looking for a commercial printing outlet?
     
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    I've been happy with the results from photobox.com, had a few prints at A2 from them.
     
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    I had a few done of a friends mutts by Costco, they were arranged on line and collected next day.....not expensive either. Pixmania is one we used a while back without a problem too.
     
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    +1, quality is excellent, use them every year- think electrolyte just recieved his and posted pictures here (calendar)
     
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    Thanks for all the replies.

    After looking at the photos I had a change of heart and bought a photo book through Aperture of a trip we made to Paris.

    I will still get a large print made up, just not for Christmas.
     
  8. zed4

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    These were the photos we took. Not sure about them now I can see them on the iMac. They seem a bit hazy in the distance as the sun was very bright but very low in the sky, and just to the right of those photos.

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    sure the sun wasn't to the left in the first 4?

    yes they do seem a tad hazy, did you use a UV filter or Hood?

    where is this place? these houses look an interesting if not bleak place to live in winter.
     
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    Oops, yes, to the left.

    I used a hood but forgot to take my UV filter.

    It's a place called Kynance Cove, in Lizard, Cornwall.
     
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    it has lots of potential, look forward to seeing anymore from this area, worth having a Circ-Pol as well to get some real blue in the sky :smashin:
     
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    I think if you're framing them some of them might look better as black and whites, turning them B&W also makes it easier to play with the contrast and such without the colours looking off. You can do a bit of dodge and burn on the horizon to give it a bit more definition maybe.

    Checkout the price from these people for prints:
    Digital photo printing - Digital photo printing online

    Personally I think a well framed print looks classier and more timeless than a canvas, but it's personal preference.

    If you want to buy off the shelf frames it's a good idea to crop your images to a size that will fit common sizes of mount.
     
  13. zed4

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    Well it's a good job I didn't print these off as my girlfriend had them printed for me for Christmas! She used Jessops and decided to go for canvas. I'm a fan of both canvas and framed photos, but I agree with what you've said. I think they've actually come out quite well on canvas though.

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    Low res photo hotlinked from Facebook to give you an idea of how they look. I got my girlfriend a photobook from a trip to Paris which I made and printed via Aperture 3. I'm really pleased with it. I'll get some photos of that online too once I get a chance to photograph it.
     

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