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How many of you print your work?

stix 16 924 87 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2010 8:34PM
Interesting that cost seems to be quite a factor.
Paul Morgan 20 19.5k 6 England
19 Mar 2010 8:56PM
I never print my own, I just never seem to enough free time Sad
19 Mar 2010 9:42PM
As a mature student I print a fairly large amount of A4, 5 and 6 for illustrating my workbooks. I'm shooting plenty of pics of my 5 month old grand-daughter which are mostly printed at A5 and 6 for putting in an album, making two or three copies of some for giving to baby's Mum and other Grand-parents. Apart from from that, I print very little of what I shoot, preferring to put them online. I sometimes print an A4 of something I particularly like, which I keep in display books from Tesco's, just for a bit of a printed record. Printing costs are low. I recently tried Tesco's 240gsm Glossy paper and it's fine. I also use ProJet compatible inks in my Epson R340 printer. These cost 5 per set of 6 ink cartridges. I even get acceptable mono prints using these, though not consistently enough to recommend them for mono.
jken 15 1.7k 1 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2010 9:48PM
Yes upto A2+, mount and sell'em, Anything larger gets sourced out.
Geraint 15 715 34 Wales
19 Mar 2010 9:52PM
I print everything up to and including A3. Mainly for quality control.It's not that much cheaper than getting them done by a pro lab, but I like having the guarantee of quality, and also the ability to offer a quick turnaround for clients if they need it. I also find that the quality is better than that from a lab (depending on paper I use). Hope that helps!
s800byj 14 133 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2010 9:57PM
You guys that print your own, do you all have pro grade printers?
Geraint 15 715 34 Wales
19 Mar 2010 10:02PM
Yes - Canon Pro9500 in my case.
kitsch 15 439 4 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2010 10:10PM
i print about 25% of edited stuff i imagine... that's also down to cost mainly as i use a lab.
normally get A4 or square 8'' or 12'' sometimes A3 or poster size depending...
mine mainly just go into my A4 portfolio anyway, with others on walls Smile
any sales ( not many lol ) have been off the web so i don't have involvement in the printing of them

and although i love uploading onto screen, there's nothing like having prints in your hand is there Smile
Geraint 15 715 34 Wales
19 Mar 2010 10:15PM
Definitely agree Jo. Also, I've found that prints are much more forgiving to high-ISO photos than the screen is. All that noise you see on screen seems to disappear when the print pops out.
Just Jas 19 26.3k 1 England
19 Mar 2010 10:47PM
I print out, together with the description, all the images that I upload to epz, and have done so almost from the beginning. These I too, mount in a Tesco display book, 38 pics plus a title cover page and an index.

I use Tesco A4 matte paper 120gsm for this. Print size 7"x5"ish the bottom half of the paper being textual.

Some of my photo projects I print out, together with text and have them spiral bound (when I manage to complete them!)

For this I use Tesco Glossy A4 paper 190gsm, a mixture of print and text as suits.

Gives them some sense of purpose rather than just shooting bundles of images.

The technical subject matter of my projects is the main interest - the photography and the computer just enable me to do it.

I guess that I just miss being at work. Sad
stix 16 924 87 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2010 11:00PM
Thanks a lot guys,
That sounds good Jas, I could never be that organised.

Quote:there's nothing like having prints in your hand is there Smile

JO, why does that sound so naughty Smile

I agree with the sentiment, with a print, you can touch it, feel it, smell it, and taste it
( apparently kids lick the ink off, it's legal).
psiman 17 574 Wales
19 Mar 2010 11:03PM
Of the images my wife and I both take, probably about 10% get beyond Bridge's lightbox (not that we're that bad, just looking for striking images..honest Smile). Of these probably half end up being printed up to A3 size on our Epson R2880 on Fotospeed and Permajet papers (really like Permajet's Fibre Base Royal paper) 75% being mono prints. To date have mainly been for competitions and our LRPS panels but just starting to sell a few as well.
brian1208 18 11.8k 12 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2010 11:48PM
I use an HP 9180 for my home printing, a 15"x10" on Hahnemuhle photo rag works out at around 1.50 for ink and 2 for an A3 sheet
Britman 15 1.7k England
20 Mar 2010 12:12AM
If I do print and it's very rare I do, then I will get a lab to do it. I just don't have a printer worthy of the task and cannot justify buying say an Epson r2880.
stix 16 924 87 United Kingdom
20 Mar 2010 12:12AM
Going slightly off topic, epson cartridges cost from epson 14 each for 13 ml for my r2400,
thats about 1100 a litre. And you thought petrol was expensive!

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