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Link Roundup 01-10-2009

A few selected links from this week…

  • Ambrotype Photography
    Photocritic
    If you think film photography is a pain-in-the-butt, check out this stuff! I think I found my next personal challenge!
  • How to Photograph a Convention
    digital Photography School
    Conventions can be a great place to photograph some interesting characters — here’s a good set of tips for doing just that!
  • Creativity Ideas for Photographers
    My Camera World
    We all hit creativity blocks from time to time. Here are some ideas for getting past those blocks and getting back on track.
  • Four compact photo printers under $150
    Photodoto
    Printing is becoming a long lost art among photographers. So check out these four (inexpensive) photo printers if you want to actually see some photos on paper.
  • Playing With Fire – How to Photograph Fire
    digital Photography School
    Fire can be a tricky subject in photography. Here are a few good tips for getting better fire photos in a variety of situations.
  • Chase Jarvis’ 5 Tips for Exceptional Photographs
    silberstudios.tv
    An Interview with Chase Jarvis as he gives out his 5 tips for exceptional photographs.
  • “Share-a-Link” Saturday
    LeggNet’s Digital Capture
    Rich opened up the floodgates for people to leave comments with links to their favorite photography sites. Check out the list, and leave a few of your own favorites!
  • City of Lost Carts
    Doc Challenge
    An interesting documentary on a photographer who primarily photographed a very specific subject for an extended period of time.

Print From Home or Print On Demand?

papel continuo powa!
Creative Commons License photo credit: *manci*

I’ve mentioned a few times that I use ImageKind to sell unsigned reprints of my photos. But I also use their service to print things for myself. I can get larger prints (I typically only buy 16″ prints for my portfolio and wall hangings) at a much higher quality (and on an exceptional choice of papers) for a decent price. In the past, I’ve printed using my own inkjet printer at home. This is fine for the small stuff like photo albums, but the quality isn’t there at the larger sizes unless you spend a pretty penny on the equipment.

So my question this week is aimed at your printing habits. For the personal stuff that’s larger than 4×6 prints, do you print yourself or do you use an online print on demand service (POD)? Or maybe you have a local POD service? I guess I should also mention that I’m talking about digital printing. Cast your vote and leave a comment on the specifics — printer models for the DIY-ers, websites for the online POD-ers, or business names for the offline POD-ers.

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And check out the last poll (or vote if you missed it) having to do with our next project here on the blog. It looks like it could be a toss-up because there were quite a few compelling comments too. Once we finish reviewing the Fine Art Photoblog portfolios and announce the winner, I’ll probably have the time to organize the project… plus I’m waiting to hear from a potential sponsor on one of them.

Find Yourself a Local Printer

When it comes to printing, there’s a HUGE difference between producing something on a cheapie inkjet printer and having a professional print your photo on a sophisticated piece of equipment. Don’t get me wrong, printing your own photos is fine and dandy for the family photo albums and whatnot. But when you want to hang something on the wall (especially if it’s somebody else’s wall), there’s nothing better than working with a professional to produce exactly what you want.

Print Room LIght
Creative Commons License photo credit: jhhymas

Some weeks ago, I needed to print a photo that was destined to be signed and shipped off. I found a local printer, went over to his place, and spent about an hour or two preparing and printing the image. I’ve purchased my own prints from places like ImageKind in the past, but that doesn’t even come close to the experience and quality you’ll get from sitting down next to the person printing your photo and working through the details.

We talked about the different papers he had to offer, looked at sample prints on each medium, popped open the image on his computer, sized it with Genuine Fractals, and put the finishing touches on the noise and sharpness. When we were ready to print, we ran a test strip just to make sure that everything looked perfect. Once I was happy with the outcome, we ran the entire image. The little white gloves went on, the photo was trimmed, dried, rolled, and packaged.

In the end, I walked away with a much higher quality image than I could have gotten from any online shop, and it didn’t cost me any more than I would have otherwise paid. The actual print was a little more expensive, but it balanced out with the fact that I didn’t have to pay for shipping (or wait for it). So if you’re considering having some of your work printed for display and showcase, I’d suggest you find yourself a local printer who you can visit in person and work with.

I’ve chosen to go with Oscar Medina from San Diego Photos and Prints. Oscar is a photographer and artist who purchased his own printers because he wanted that extra level of control. Since he doesn’t use the printers 100% of the time, he opens up his services to local artists in need of fine art prints and giclee reproductions. His prices are fair, and he definitely knows what he’s doing with the hardware and software. If you live in the San Diego area, I’d suggest you give him a try — you won’t be disappointed. If you don’t, you can still give him a try — he’ll ship orders too… you just won’t get the one-on-one interaction with him.

What’s your experience with professional printing? Can anybody else out there relate to what I’m saying?