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    Default Printing Images



    I guess this fits ok in this sub forum...

    Just wondering what folk are doing with regards to printing off their images? Are you using your own printer or using a professioinal printer or even uploading to an online service? I'm starting to think in the long run, using an online service might be the best option from a cost perspective.

    I'd like to start printing some of my images and putting in an album not only for viewing, but to keep a record of my progress. Which id like to have at good resolution without breaking the bank!

    I'll be interested to hear how others achieve this.
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    Default Re: Printing Images

    Me too! I have tried printing at home but DSO stuff just doesn't turn out well.
    There is just not the depth of brightness range.
    I suspect that going to the standard store (insert a store of your choice) processing will give equally poor results.
    The machine just doesn't understand what it has to process.
    Great for party/landscape/family shots but not for astro shots.
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    Default Re: Printing Images

    I'm not too immersed in AP. I just sort of dabble with it once in a while and have a few that I'm happy with, mostly of the moon. We have a professional grade photo printing system at work that the scientists use for microscope images that are often bound for publication. I've run some of my AP imaging through it and it beats a home computer printer by far.
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    Default Re: Printing Images

    I use Shutterfly for album prints, desk ornaments, blankets (yes, I have my Andromeda pic on a blanket and it looks awesome!) fridge magnets, playing cards, coffee mugs and a whole bunch of other novelties in which astrophotos look great.

    I recently found/used a site called CanvasHQ and they did a fantastic job with my Rho Ophiuchi rendition.

    Shutterfly does canvas also, but they only accept JPEG images and I believe their largest available size is 16 x 20. Canvas HQ accepts a greater range of better quality image formats, which is nice.

    Hope this helps.

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    Default Re: Printing Images

    I use my sister-in-law. At my recommendation she bought a Pixma Pro 100 printer a couple of years back, and when I get something I really like, I put the Tiff on a usb drive and get it over to her for printing on 19x13 paper. So far I have just had her do an M31 that I shot last September, and she kind of screwed up the blues in the outer areas of the galaxy, but for the price I paid, I can't complain. She uses the printer mostly for making greeting cards, and the quality is really good.

    Someday I'll get my own printer (the Canon, or the comparable Epson) and tinker with the color calibration until it prints the same way I see it on my computer screen

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    Default Re: Printing Images

    since the black is the major ink used over 80% of thepage, it certainly is cheaper to get it done at a printer.
    Finding a good one in your area is simply a matter of asking at a wedding photographer's shop in your local town
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    Default Re: Printing Images

    Thanks All, never even crossed my mind to enquire to a wedding photographer.. I'll give my local ones a call. If nothing else hopefully they might put in the direction of where they get theirs printed.
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    Default Re: Printing Images

    I've been using a professional service here in the U.K. with very good results; Streamline Imaging - Professional Photo Printing

    It helps that they're just down the road from me, but they deliver too.
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    Default Re: Printing Images

    I use my ink-jet printer ... although the quality of the final product isn't super great, it is very acceptable (at least to me). The cost is mainly in the photopaper now as I use the HP Envy printer with the new (at the time) HP instant Ink service. The deal is this - for a fee (depends on the NUMBER of SHEETS of paper you use per month) you get as much ink as you need, sent to you when the printer recognizes that it is low on ink. Notice I said they charge based on sheet count. I'm on the 100 pages a month for $4.99. A few months ago I printed fifeteen 8x10 photo sheets, with a couple of mistakes that had to be redone. Used at least two black cartridges and I think almost three color to get the job done. Cost (excluding paper) $5.
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    Default Re: Printing Images

    I use WWW.fractureme.com for images that I take and exceptional (very few). They print your jpegs on glass and I think they look pretty darn good that way. They have a variety of sizes and prices but they can be a bit pricey.
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