I have been scanning slides, negatives & prints for customers for years. When I look back at the original scanner that I used and compare it to today’s scanner I cannot believe how far technology has come.
Many places offer photo printing, so why is it so hard to find a good place to have your images printed? Because only a select few places specialize in printing. Most stores use printing as a loss leader to suck you in to buy other products. You get low quality materials and few if any staff. Add to that the fact that most staff are not even trained in photofinishing to help you and you are on your own to try and get a good print – forget about a great print!!!
After reading many posts on various forums about printing and using color profiles (canned VS custom) it got me thinking. I decided to do some tests to see the difference between provided profiles from Epson and paper manufacturers and the profiles that I make.
Epson 3880 (x2)
Colormunki Photo running the new I1 Studio software
I love canvas prints, but what I am not a huge fan of is the gallery wrap look. There are a lot of reasons for this but it is mainly the cost to produce the print and the no frame look. Sure they look great when first produced but after being on the wall for a while they start to look like something is missing (just my opinion) without the frame. So for years I have recommended that instead of the wrap that people mount to foam board then frame the print. To me this is the best way to display a canvas and as far as cost it can be less then the wrap.
I love listening to people discuss things on forums but my love can easily turn to frustration when they start to argue that they are right without taking into account everything in the argument.
As an example in the RV world there is a difference between a vehicles starter battery and the RV house battery. A starter battery is designed for high output in a short time and a RV house battery is designed for a sustained output over a long time. In a lot of people’s worlds the two should never be mixed and they are right to an extent. Years ago my Dad had an electric trolling motor for a boat. He would get a good car battery and charge it up and away we would go for a day of fishing. We had lots of fun and at the end of the day he would charge up the battery and we would be ready for the next day. In reality the battery was not the right kind, it should have been a Marine or RV battery but for us it worked and we had fun. Same with RV’s, I have seen people use car batteries hundreds of times and had more fun then you could imagine even with the “wrong” battery.