UK Picture printing Options

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  1. kenoh macrumors demi-god

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    Hi Guys,

    OK, so my ability to get nice large prints of my snaps done has been curbed thanks to my company splitting into two and the print guys going with the other side.

    I dont print enough to justify having my own print setup, so I am looking for a good option for printing large poster sized images.

    Who do you use in the UK? and are they any good?

    Advice very much appreciated.

    Thanks.
     
  2. Apple fanboy macrumors P6

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    At work. Yes very good! Very reasonable pricing!
     
  3. kenoh thread starter macrumors demi-god

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    Ha ha ha... Yes used them before but now they cant help.

    Snapfish are OK for smaller prints but long lasting prints on good paper are not really their bag.
     
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    Have you tried Loxley... local for you. I've not used them but they have a good reputation.
     
  5. Ish macrumors 68000

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    Have a look at DS Colour Labs. I use them for printing and they're well recommended and reasonably priced. I haven't done anything as big as a poster with them though.
     
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    I have used loxley and pro-am. Both are good, pro-am are cheaper but you have to prep the files yourself.
     
  7. kenoh thread starter macrumors demi-god

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    Awesome thanks guys! A few weeks ago I took some pictures of the cars at my brother in laws garage.

    I printed a few out and had them framed for them.


    One of the owners came round and saw the picture and asked where it came from. brother in law said I had done them. I have now been asked to take some pictures for some of the other owners! Very exciting!
     
  8. SOLLERBOY macrumors 6502a

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    DS Colour Labs is very good and is quite cheap. The Printspace and Metro imaging are also good.
     
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    I've used The Print Space for several years. The quality is excellent as is customer service. They have a good range of materials and can do either giclee (inkjet) or c-type (developed photo paper). I gave up on doing my own printing a while back when I realised how much I was spending on ink and paper particularly when you include all the mistakes where I loaded the paper wrong or ran out of an ink half way through a print.

    Good luck with the prints. Car lovers can be good customers, I did a couple of leather bound photo books for a car collector which was a lovely project.
     
  10. Ish macrumors 68000

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    Not for free mind! Make sure you more than cover your costs. :)
     
  11. kenoh thread starter macrumors demi-god

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    Good point, what would be acceptable inclusion?

    Printing £40, framing will be about £100, then wear and tear on my camera £1 :)

    My time/experience... it is adding up already so I am not sure...
     
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    Awesome Ken. You've been commissioned. Well done mate.
     
  13. kenoh thread starter macrumors demi-god

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    Lets not get too excited yet :)

    At this point it is a Porsche geek wanting a picture of his pride and joy... Maybe 2-3 down the line, I will think it is a trend and get some confidence... :)
     
  14. Apple fanboy macrumors P6

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    You? Confidence? Hmmm!

    Come on just enjoy the fact that people like what you do and are prepared to pay you for it. Hope it takes of for you.
     
  15. kenoh thread starter macrumors demi-god

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    Yeah really enjoying it right now but feeling pressure to print and frame it right... lol... anywhere I can possibly worry, thats where you will find me...
     
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    That's why you need to come and check out my stand at The Photography Show.
    By the time I've sold you half our stock you'll never worry about colour management again!
    Framing is a bit trickier in my limited experience. I always seem to move it at the last second. Dutch angles a speciality!
     
  17. kenoh thread starter macrumors demi-god

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    I only picked up a camera to take better pictures of my daughters! Now I am talking colour management, dutch corners and framing... Where the hell did all this come from!? :)
     
  18. Apple fanboy macrumors P6

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    It's a bug. I remember debating for months if I could justify the cost of my D3100 and kit lens. Now look at what I've bought!
    Liking the idea of a light carbon fibre tripod at the moment.
     
  19. kenoh thread starter macrumors demi-god

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    Do you know, i was thinking that too!

    What have you got in mind?
     
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    That's cheap! Someone I know bought that one (or very similar). I'll see what trade price I can get at Manfrotto at the show. As usual it's the difference between light enough that I don't leave it in the boot, but sturdy enough it's worth taking!
     
  22. kenoh thread starter macrumors demi-god

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    Exactly. I have a nice heavy Manfrotto for sturdiness, but it orbits the house at best.

    I also bave a MeFoto Daytrip which folds up lovely and is light but only extends anout 2ft high.. so it is a trade off.

    I like the look of the MeFoto Daytrip

    Also, Mafrotto do a new leg construction on a ultra portable which could be good option.
     
  23. Ish macrumors 68000

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    Travel expenses—whatever the going rate is nowadays
    Time—don't know about this, maybe someone with more experience can chip in

    You could always break the rest down for them and see how much they want.

    Printing—£40
    Framing—£100

    Don't be not sure. If they want you to come and work for them, they should expect to pay a reasonable rate. Some people have no idea of the costs involved for the photographer, they just see something nice would like one of their own. Don't be apologetic about the price. Just tell them confidently what the price is and then it's up to them whether they want to go ahead.
     
  24. kenoh thread starter macrumors demi-god

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    I am alright telling folks my daily rate for work as I know I am worth it... This is different... :) lol... Just cost it up like a normal project I suppose...
     
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    The Print Space and Metro, as others have mentioned.
     

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