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Best place to print landscapes (Himalayas - snow & rock)?

Discussion in 'Help Team' started by newbonic, Feb 13, 2017.

  1. newbonic

    newbonic Well-Known Member

    I recently went trekking in the Himalayas (Nepal, Annapurna region). I want to print a couple of pics to hang on the wall. I sent the full sized version of the pic below (taken on a Canon 6D with a 40mm pancake lens) to PhotoBox to print, and what looks like a vibrant 3d image on my PC monitor was just flattened and made dull and dead in the resultant 12" print that cost £5.

    Can anyone recommend a more specialist online printers that can do prints justice?

    Or should I just buy some premium print paper and have a go with Photoshop and my colour laserjet at home?


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    This is 'High Camp' about 5000m up the Annapurna massif btw. It's the worlds highest footpath apparantly!
     
  2. EightBitTony

    EightBitTony Well-Known Member

    I've had plenty of vibrant prints from Photobox. I always get some 6x4 prints done first, with a range of contrast / brightness settings, and find the one I like best before ordering full size (I don't have a proper colour managed workflow). The choice of gloss, matt, etc. from Photobox will also affect the output.
     
  3. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    Unless you can do some proof-print tests it will be a bit hit and miss. Presumably the autolevels processing that Photobox does has misjudged the mid-tones so the print has light bits and dark bits and mud in the middle. Try reducing the contrast and bringing the shadows up a bit and see if their print algorithm deals better with that. If the file is a jpeg then work on a cooy so as not to spoil the original.
     
  4. AlexMonro

    AlexMonro Old Grand Part Deux

    When I first started using Photobox I found some prints were a bit flat and dull, but after I used a basic monitor calibration website, I realised that I had the brightness up too high. After I turned the brightness down a bit I found the prints looked a lot better.
     
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  5. cliveva

    cliveva Well-Known Member

    Always use monitor calibration, it may seem expensive, but saves a lot of "expensive" failed prints.
    Bobs Books is the best photo book printer I have tried,(Burb, Photobox) Whitewall have very good reviews.
    For single prints, I use my local camera shop, Cambrian Photography in Colwyn Bay, not that will help you, just giving them a recommend! But if you get it printed ,Face to Face, you can iron out problems with the finished print, if you can find an amenable printer.
     
  6. cliveva

    cliveva Well-Known Member

    P.S. looking on my calibrated monitor, your starting point looks fine;)
     
  7. newbonic

    newbonic Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the input folks. I think I'll look into getting a monitor calibrator in the first instance. And then print out a few 6x4 copies with different contrast/brightness & gloss/matt.
     

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