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Old 06-04-2011, 18:18   #1 (permalink)
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Okay I have taken lots of pictures now in the last few years and I have improved various aspect of my skills (but still lots to learn). What I want now is to print some selected pictures well on my own. Can someone point me to a good place to learn about home printing, settings, low to reasonable cost printers, printing on paper, photo paper, textured paper or even canvas? I can read up on?

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Old 06-04-2011, 18:31   #2 (permalink)
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I only do casual printing at home as it is a can of worms and will drive you mad very quickly! A good lab will give better results and will usually be cheaper too when you take the paper and ink costs into account.

Having said that, there is a place for home printing, so I will be interested in any replies you get here too.
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Old 06-04-2011, 19:06   #3 (permalink)
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I have printed some of my pics at home yet i now use Photobox and they offer a wide choice of papers formats size inc canvas etc and its very reasonable priced as well the website is very easy to use and is virtually idiot proof as it warns you if youve sized it wrong etc . All pics are loaded onto the webpage pay your money and within a few days they will be back. Plus ive worked it out its alot cheaper than printing at home as well
Another good company is Pro am imaging
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Old 06-04-2011, 19:36   #4 (permalink)
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My that is a minefield

I have to go to my Camera Club in a couple of minutes. I will try to add some thoughts later
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Printing at home.... I print all my own work to A3 or A4 and 5x7...but only the pictures that I really like! I have a Epson Printer and its brill, printing at home is not cheap so if you are on a tight budget then you cant beat the independant labs, there are lots of things you can do with your pictures to improve them, and lots of setting to learn to get the best results, but when you have printed one really good one then you will never look back....
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If you wish to produce good quality colour prints you do need to understand the basics of colour management whether printing at home or using a print service. I print at home using the Epson R2880 which produces high quality colour and B&W prints and the output is consistent. I also sometimes use ProAm Imaging services for colour prints and the output is very similar but you are restricted to gloss or lustre paper. It costs about 3.50 for each near A3 sized home print but around 1.25 at ProAm so home printing is not a cheap option. As I like to use various art papers for my prints (particularly for B&W), I can only have that freedom by printing myself. It is also possible to obtain commercial prints on art paper but, for a special one-off, the costs may be prohibitive.

As Dabhand has hinted, many people seem to have a lot of problems home printing as colour management is probably one of the more challenging aspects of photography. However, I have never had any problems myself but I do have a science background.
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I guess the most important question is what do you want the prints for.

I print a lot of my pictures at home but only on A4 and then only really for myself and family. I do not print for competitions (I do not do competitions a I do not rate the judges we get at all, most I have seen are rubbish). If you want to do that you need an A3 printer and I do not know much about those. And youhave to mount the prints. Then you can start paying a fortune for everything.

I have an Epson printer, a P50 which uses 6 inks - you do need 6 minimum and also separate ink cartridges. For these sort of printers Epson make there money on the very expensive ink not on the printer - How could they when they sell for well less then 100.

To get round that I use a continuous ink system with bulk ink which is very low cost to run. The whole system only cost about 95 new.

I also use low cost gloss paper. A typical A4 print costs me about 12p in total. The quality may not be quite up to what you can get from Epson paper and ink but it is very close and certainly good enough for what I do with them.

As Dave said the main problem is getting what you see on the screen to match what comes out of the printer. For that there is not much option other to go down the monitor / printer calibration route. I have a Colormunki which I rate highly and I get a good agreement between screen and print. I do have a high quality monitor though.

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I have a canon ipf600 plotter in work. Been giving print head problem and at over 300 + vat it's a pricey replacement. Only have my SLR a few month and busting to try out the plotter.

Ink is serious costs too. 4 colour carts and 3 black and they are 50 quid a pop each.


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I do a lot of printing on my Epson photo printer which I think is brilliant and would recommend this brand to anyone.
I have used use a continuous ink system with this printer for well over 7 years, and never worry about the cost of my printing.
The cartridges fit into the printer as normal and are connected by tubes to 6 external ink reservoirs which hold 100ml each and sit by the side of the printer, when they get low you just buy another bottle of ink and refill the reservoir.
6 x 100ml bottles cost me 13.50 - 2.25 each, this works out at 22p per cartridge against over 10 each for Epson.
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Certainly not printing for competition, but would like to print some selected nice prints for personal enjoyment or give some slightly larger prints away to friends and family as gifts. I have gone the professional lab route and is pleased with their results (Canvas/art paper is still very expensive)..however, I would also like to expand my hobby abit and see if I Can understand color management and learn how to have some more control over my own printing such that what is printed is closer to what I see or want on my screen. My ultimate goal of course is to be able to take pictures that I personally enjoy and is proud of, print it myself and to frame it myself as well, but that is a long journey. I just feel there is a personal satisfaction in being able to have my hands on a piece of my art from start to finish. So for now I am embarking on the second stage of my 3 stage life goal. (Who knows maybe one day I might even be able to make the very art paper I will print a piece of my art on....LOL)

So the question is would a printer like the Canon Pixma Pro9000 Mark II would be a good start (Locally it is on sale right now). I am interested in printing color landscapes, protraits, some wildlife, flowers as well as black and white on art paper/textured paper. Also would like to do a few Pano if possible....but those are my main interests.


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So the question is would a printer like the Canon Pixma Pro9000 Mark II would be a good start (Locally it is on sale right now). I am interested in printing color landscapes, protraits, some wildlife, flowers as well as black and white on art paper/textured paper. Also would like to do a few Pano if possible....but those are my main interests.


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First you have to decide if you want to go down the pigment ink or the dye based ink route. They both have their advantages and disadvantages. Also the Canon is a good printer, but is 'only' an A3+ size printer, so you will not be able to print large sizes. The Pixma 9000 is dye based, the 9500 is pigment based.

From the reviews I've read, dye based ink works better on glossy and satin paper, pigment on matt and textured paper. Also, pigment inks will have a far greater fade free lifespan than dye inks.

I don't think you would be disappointed with the 9000, and if I were going for this type of printer, the 9000 would probably be my choice.
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So the question is would a printer like the Canon Pixma Pro9000 Mark II would be a good start (Locally it is on sale right now). I am interested in printing color landscapes, protraits, some wildlife, flowers as well as black and white on art paper/textured paper. Also would like to do a few Pano if possible....but those are my main interests.


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As well as the printer you need to look at the cost of inks. Over the life of the printer you will pay far far more for ink than the actual printer.
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