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Printing of landscape photos

Posted: Tue Jan 08, 2019 10:17 pm
by oleander
I'd like to print a landscape photo of the Sierras I took for a friend, frame it, and give it to her. Probably an 8x10.

It's been eons since I, uh, printed a photo! Where do I even go to print a good photo? I live in the Bay Area (East Bay). Willing to pay more for a higher quality photo. On the other hand, if you think regular outfits such as Walgreens do a good job, I can go that direction. Not a Costco member.

Thank you for any suggestions.

- Oleander

Re: Printing of landscape photos

Posted: Tue Jan 08, 2019 11:26 pm
by wildhiker
I've gotten some good 8x10 enlargements at Walgreens, and they are pretty cheap. One tip: a photo that looks really good on the screen will almost always print too dark. Make a copy of the jpeg and use an editing program to lighten it before sending it to the printer.
-Phil

Re: Printing of landscape photos

Posted: Wed Jan 09, 2019 12:17 am
by bobby49
There is an easy solution to the problem of a photo looking one way on the screen and then printing out too dark. Calibrate your entire system!

I shot a special event one time. At home, I checked my photos and printed them out on my calibrated system. OK. Then I delivered a CDR with the files to my customer. The customer took the CDR to Walgreens for printing, and they printed out horribly, partly because they did not pay attention to color profiles. So I printed out a set of large prints and delivered it to the customer.

If you don't have a printer large enough to handle it, I recommend getting medium or large prints done by any one of the professional shops that cater to professional photographers. In fact, the best way is to send the file off to MPIX in Kansas and let them print it.

Re: Printing of landscape photos

Posted: Thu Jan 10, 2019 7:34 pm
by SSSdave
Bay Photo lab in Scotts Valley:

https://www.bayphoto.com/

Re: Printing of landscape photos

Posted: Sat Jan 12, 2019 10:30 am
by SirBC
+1 for Bay Photo. I use them for my metal prints and they do a great job for a reasonable price. They also process and ship quickly. If you don't have a calibrated system they also offer a service where they will adjust the brightness and output sharpen it for you.

Re: Printing of landscape photos

Posted: Sun Jan 13, 2019 9:34 pm
by oleander
Oh, Bay Photo, right! I knew there was a reputable place somewhere in the Bay Area. I'd greatly prefer to support a small independent shop such as that. Thanks.

Re: Printing of landscape photos

Posted: Sat Jan 19, 2019 5:02 am
by DexterSid
I was actually considering Bay Photo for curved metal prints. Did anyone use that service from them btw?

Re: Printing of landscape photos

Posted: Sat Jan 19, 2019 12:54 pm
by maverick
Have been using them for years, highly recommended. :)

Re: Printing of landscape photos

Posted: Mon Feb 11, 2019 9:59 pm
by tie
I don't recommend Walgreens. They are a definite step below Costco, quite noticeable. Costco is pretty good, probably good enough for most people. But if you want something framed, I do recommend spending a little more and going with Bay Photo or WHCC. You'll be able to tell the difference versus Costco, even if the recipient maybe won't.