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Re: Printer printing with blue and pink tinge

In my Camera Club, of those who enter competitions, about 1/3 never print, 1/3 use commercial prints and 1/3 print their own. Most of the members who commercially print, use ProAm at Bradford where they print the file as given to them (you download their profiles). This means that the process of preparation is more or less the same whether you choose to print yourself or use ProAm. You are responsible for colour management in both cases. I have calculated that printing with my Epson SC-P600 costs around 3.50 for a near A3 print; this includes the ink, paper and the cost of the printer over say 5 years. A similar print from ProAm will cost just over 1 but you need to add postage and are limited to gloss and lustre. It will only be cost effective, if you have 10 or more at a time. In any case the commercial costs is around half the cost of home printing. We make this clear to Club Members so why to half the printers still print themselves.

Several reasons are given including that they feel more in control and have more options. From my point of view I have compared ProAm prints against my own and there is little to choose for colour. However, I find that B&W prints by a specialist B&W printer (only Black inks) is much better that than a print using the standard commercial process. I also like to print some of my colour images on to art paper. Also I do note that those who print themselves at the Club are on average more successful in competitions though this may be because the keenest and more competitive photographers choose to print.


Sadly, less each year bother to print even though the quality of prints exceeds the quality of projection.
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