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  • #16
    Re: How happy am I with DIY photo printing?

    Hi Ian,
    Well, I am the DIY guy, having been driven into the darkroom in the early 60s, by bad prints and have enjoyed both sides of photography, color and B&W (as well as some weird stuff). It would be interesting to compare costs between a home based color darkroom and todays inkjet printing. At least today we don't have the shelf life of chemicals and paper and the grief of discovering that something got contaminated and you didn't know it.
    One thing that I seldom see mentioned is the making of several generations of prints to fine tune the final results. It seems like everyone wants the first print to be perfect out of the printer. It seldom was in the old damp days. Making that perfect print at home was done over several days, because of the dry down time and life processes getting in the way and if chemicals changed or temperatures drifted, it got more involve. A new pack of paper was recalibration time.
    Something that I picked up from a Leica forum thread is that a 28" X 42" world class digital print by someone like David Adomson in the Wash DC area would cost around $400 to $450. That certainly changed my economic thinking about my hobby. My color enlarger, now unused cost twice what my photo printer cost, all about the price of one world class print.
    Bob

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    • #17
      Re: How happy am I with DIY photo printing?

      My wife and I are primarily artists and I only really got into photography through purchasing a cheap 10MP camera for making prints of our art work. But as ever one thing led to another and I have developed an interest in photo-imagery and have recently printed a few of my photographs along with the art prints.
      I use an old 1290 I got off ebay fitted with a CIS and filled with MIS Pro pigment ink.
      It seems to do the job ,as far as colour prints go anyway and the setup didn't cost an arm and a leg. Ive sold enough prints to cover the cost of all the gear and supplies and am making a profit .So if your willing to take a chance and get stuck in it can pay.

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      • #18
        Re: How happy am I with DIY photo printing?

        To illustrate my previous post. It was suggested elsewhere that that picture of the Tortoiseshell on a dahlia would make a nice print. So I blew it up in elements
        and printed it on A3+ @ 14.5" x 12.5" (my standard for a 16" x 20" with mount)
        It now measures 12" across the wing tips 6X normal size and is sharp enough
        for me.

        http://dpnow.com/galleries/data/500/Tortyprt.JPG

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        • #19
          Re: How happy am I with DIY photo printing?

          I do my printing at home. I use a canon i9900 and I get tremendous results, in color and b&w, similar or sometimes better than those given by commercial laboratories. I prefer to depend on my own judgements for calibrations and final ouput.
          It is part of the joy and exitation, like when I had the classic and personal darkroom lab and the image was appearing under the red light Now it happens at the end of the printer tray As a hobby, I prefer to use part of my free time (which is limited as I still have to work!) covering all the steps of photography. It is a very enriching experience Horacio

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          • #20
            Re: How happy am I with DIY photo printing?

            I know its an old post but...
            More than happy with my home prints - though I'm not in the habit of printing all my holiday snaps. My albums are maintained on my computer (and numerous back ups).

            Mostly I print a few pictures each month for display in frames at A4 and A3 size using a Canon Pro 100 with Canon ink. Usually run a few test shots on 6x4 to check tones etc. I replace with new images every month.

            Occasionally print a batch on 6x4 to post to Father in law (non techy)
            My wife is not allowed to use the canon - for her scrap book needs she uses mu HP5520 with cheap compatible ink (despite HP protestations)

            I have used on line services but only for calendars and the odd presentation photo book - Boots provide a reasonable service for both of these. Did also use an online postcard service while on holiday uploading my own snaps for the cards.

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            • #21
              Re: How happy am I with DIY photo printing?

              May be an old post, Rab.

              But still relevant today, in my opinion.

              I do very little printing at home, and those that I do are with varied success. I have bought and used various printers with makers inks and third party inks.

              I was never particularly happy with the results. Even bought a ColourMunki Spider.
              That worked fine. The colours were good.

              The problem I had was Darkness. The print was always darker than the original. I found myself having to play about and lighten the original, to get the print right.

              Being I don't print much. It wasn't a problem.

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              • #22
                Re: How happy am I with DIY photo printing?

                Wonder if there is any chance of un-pinning this thread now ?

                Thank you.

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                • #23
                  Re: How happy am I with DIY photo printing?

                  Originally posted by Garry View Post
                  Wonder if there is any chance of un-pinning this thread now ?

                  Thank you.
                  I csn unstick it, if that's what you mean. Only Ian can do anything extra.

                  Pol

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                  • #24
                    Re: How happy am I with DIY photo printing?

                    Originally posted by Pol View Post
                    I csn unstick it, if that's what you mean. Only Ian can do anything extra.

                    Pol
                    Yes please, Pol

                    I do mean unstick it.

                    Thanks.

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                    • #25
                      Re: How happy am I with DIY photo printing?

                      I enjoy printing my own too.

                      I do use White Wall when Acrylic Photo Prints are needed.


                      Regards. Barr1e

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                      • #26
                        Re: How happy am I with DIY photo printing?

                        I've printed my own for many years and have been happy with the results. I primarily use an Epson Artisan 1430 which produces up to 13" x 19". I've used OEM and after-market inks and I can't see any difference other than price.
                        If you're not living on the edge you're taking up too much room.
                        GoldenYearsGeek.com

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                        • #27
                          Re: How happy am I with DIY photo printing?

                          This was a nice poll. I am still in the stages of such a thought- to print photos on my own. As most of you seem to point out, it seems to have positive reviews! Mix and match it is.

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                          • #28
                            Re: How happy am I with DIY photo printing?

                            DIY printing is very satisfying when you get it right. It's also very flexible as you can choose a print size for almost any requirement. But it does require some patience and perseverance. My Epson Pro 3800 is currently out of commission because of an ink feed problem (probably not the print head, but an air lock between the print head and the ink cartridge it seems).

                            Ian
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                            • #29
                              Re: How happy am I with DIY photo printing?

                              Originally posted by Ian View Post
                              DIY printing is very satisfying when you get it right. It's also very flexible as you can choose a print size for almost any requirement. But it does require some patience and perseverance. My Epson Pro 3800 is currently out of commission because of an ink feed problem (probably not the print head, but an air lock between the print head and the ink cartridge it seems).

                              Ian

                              It seems like you are on the right track Sir

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