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    by vlt87kal » Wed Aug 31, 2011 9:45 pm

    i have a few favourite pictures i want to get printed off, but im afraid they may look a little out of focus, not sharp, noise........ the pictures were shot in raw then converted to jpg after light adjustments here and there, they look fine on computer, how can i get the best possible image at say 14"x16" or even larger???? i do not have a printer
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    by cowsgomoo » Thu Sep 01, 2011 12:12 am

    I'd be finding someone else with a printer and using their ink :D
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    by vlt87kal » Thu Sep 01, 2011 12:13 am

    are the ones at harvey norman and so on good enough??
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    by cowsgomoo » Thu Sep 01, 2011 12:20 am

    vlt87kal wrote:are the ones at harvey norman and so on good enough??


    Depends on how they have them set up.

    I'm sure there are many printing services out there. I use this one-

    http://www.digitalworks.net.au/owners/Index.htm

    Usually the printing is the cheap part. The mounting and framing is the killer. Digitalworks is online so I don't have to go anywhere. The prints just turn up.
    Do you have a calibrated monitor? That helps to reduce the printing surprises.
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    by vlt87kal » Thu Sep 01, 2011 1:08 am

    im using a laptop so im guessing now?? is there anyway to check the quality of my picture anyother way??
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    by K1W1 » Thu Sep 01, 2011 3:53 am

    Make couple variations of the photo and go to Officeworks or somewhere and test print some 4x6 copies. It will only cost you cents per print.
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    by Chris Sitnik » Thu Sep 01, 2011 8:33 am

    A lot of photo printing joints will let you view the photos on their screens to get a good idea of how they will look (at least the good ones will try and calibrate their displays). If you go in and have a chat you'll get the result you want. Maybe print off a small tester first. as for sharpness, well thats what photoshop is for :P look up the "unsharp mask" tool.

    From my experience the cheapo big w photo lab sucks, they use fuji but the ones i've been to don't really have it calibrated too well, pictures come out very dark and contrasty. Been to diamonds cameras and i wasn't that impressed with their prints either. Best ones i've had so far is from a sleepy little joint run by 2 people!
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    by cowsgomoo » Thu Sep 01, 2011 1:20 pm

    vlt87kal wrote:im using a laptop so im guessing now?? is there anyway to check the quality of my picture anyother way??


    My laptop has one of those glossy bright screens. Pictures that look fine always come out dark on other screens. I use an external screen if I need to do photoshop work.
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    by photoboy » Thu Sep 01, 2011 1:41 pm

    What type of sharpening did you apply to the files ??? - without sharpening (prior to JPEG) all digital files will look a bit blurry.

    A good tutorial can be found here http://bythom.com/sharpening.htm

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    by vlt87kal » Thu Sep 01, 2011 7:22 pm

    i sharpend it in raw before convering to jpeg mate
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    by philwillmedia » Thu Sep 01, 2011 7:59 pm

    Your best bet is to get them printed at a lab, rather than doing it yourself at home.
    If you think about it logically, who do you think will do a better job - a business that has invested in a printer worth around $200,000 or you with a $300 printer you picked up at Hardly Normal?
    Then there's the cost of your paper and ink and if it's not right, you have to do it again which uses more paper and ink, effectively doubling your cost.
    If a lab cocks it up, they wear the cost of a reprint.
    For me, printing at home is more trouble than it's worth.

    In Adelaide, I use Twin City Camera House.
    They've got two sites - Their main store in Grenfell Street which sells mainly DSLR's and their second store in City Cross Arcade which is more for prints, accessories and P&S's.
    If you're in the southern suburbs, Hub Photo Shop do some pretty good work too.
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    by Busiboy » Thu Sep 01, 2011 8:02 pm

    Sharpening should be the last part of your work flow generally.

    The best outcome will be from paying a very professional printing company to do it for you, but there is a cost. I'd suggest going to Harvey normal or the like first, print to an off the shelf frame size and hand that on the wall.

    Your skill and taste will change, go cheaper and easy first and learn as you go. Without a calibrated monitor, printer and well rounded work flow your results will be close to the above regardless.
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    by philwillmedia » Thu Sep 01, 2011 8:32 pm

    Pixel peeping (if you are) is never a good idea.
    It's akin to putting your face two inches from your TV and saying that your picture isn't very good and all you can see is red, blue and green dots.
    Another thing to remember is that a print will generally look sharper than when viewed on your monitor.
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    by vlt87kal » Fri Sep 02, 2011 6:30 pm

    i went to harvery norman last night, ordered a few large prints, they get printed in sydney in a warehouse then sent over, so that sounds promissing, and these pictures were of much better quality

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