This past week I have conducted a small experiment with photographs that have featured in my last couple of blogs. The problem with digital photography is that few images taken ever get printed and Facebook is killing the photographic print. So I decided to print some myself and to select two printing labs to print the same images for comparison, one local and the other from Stockport.
From the three options my own printer and the locally based printing lab produced similar results, so I was quite pleased that my own printer, a Canon Pro 9500 MkII, was up to the job. However DS Colour Labs Ltd from Stockport provided an outstanding service at half the price of the locally based print lab and their print quality was simply outstanding. I definitely recommend them.
Printing the image big is also recommended, in this case I printed 12 x 16 inch prints which rendered fine detail, the following image of the prints does not really do them justice.
I personally use Fujifilm Satin inkjet printing paper which gives fine results. I also noted that DS Colour Labs Ltd also used Fujifilm paper. The prints were printed on Fujifilm Pearl Crystal Archive paper which gave my monochrome prints an almost silver metallic appearance. When selecting images to print those which show good contrast and a good dynamic range look great. I would be happy to settle on this paper but would like to see how colour prints are rendered.
Finally, rather than viewing your photographs on a PC screen try printing them!
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