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Can someone help me regarding the best way to send photos to a print lab , things like format, size †I'm looking to get some A4 prints, and basically anything else to get them back looking like the †original ††
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Looking like the original?
I take it you mean looking fairly similar to how the image looks on your computer monitor.
So the first thing is to ensure that your monitor is correctly calibrated. Otherwise, you are on a loser before you start.
Photo lab for A4 prints? I have not done the calculations but printers are so cheap nowadays, that you may find that it does not take many "professional" prnts before you have spent more than the cost of a printer. If you had your own printer, you could use something like a ColorMunki to cross-calibrate your monitor and printer to ensure that you got the results you wanted.
Send them to Proam in Bradford. Have a look at their website or ring them...They are extremely good and extremely helpful.
Redwood Photographic near Colchester are a professional print lab - highly recommeded
Send them to Pro-am in Bradford... this printers I recommend as well..I have dealt with them for years .... not had a bit of bother...
if the printers are any good they should have a printer profile for you to download so that your screen looks how the print will come out. dscl
Try Riley Dunn & Wilson in Huddersfield, ask for Chris...
you should send them to MCL nr Manchester a friend of a friend recommended them. I didn't have a clue and the sorted me out with some lovely prints
DS Colourlabs Ltd also have a good reputation (and before Carabosse jumps on this thread, I have nothing to do with them whatsover )
Make sure your monitor is calibrated first so the photo will at least look like what your send them. Then make sure you use the correct colour profile for the lab. I use DS Colour Lab and you can download the profile for the paper options they have. Upload the highest resolution jpeg file you want to print. You should stand a good chance of getting back what you see on your monitor.
What did you eventually do, Tomcat?
And were you pleased with the result?
A friend of a friend told me to stay well clear of MCL labs near Manchester
Has anyone tried Simlab? A pro photographer came to our club and recommended them, and I must say his own prints looked fab. And reasonable prices too.
Gave Simlab a go.
The prints were cheap but thay have a £5 minimum order and only deliver via courier, at a cost £6, this was not made clear on the website.
Ok if you a large order but not for someone like me who does lots of little orders.
It will still have to photobox.
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