In anticipation of needing to submit printed images for my 3rd assignment, I’m recording my experiences in printing.
I had no real expectation that the prints and service of phot0-box would match up to the labs below. The prints were ordered at the same time as peak-imaging but arrived 5 days later. The same prints were used as a comparison. Photo-box prints were all disappointing – purple colour tint in the blue sky, some streaking on the prints (noticeable on the black&whites in particular), prints were too dark with additional shadow areas creeping in and some tone loss in darker areas of the images.
Photo-box is a fraction of the cost of the other services, but also a fraction of the quality.
Quality of prints: received 3 prints back (3 B&W 12×8). No noticeable flaws.
Speed of service: submitted online on Sunday evening, received in the post Tuesday. Very quick.
Quality of service: downloadable print/paper profiles to allow soft proofing in Lightroom. Clear instructions for preparation and submission. Upload interface more efficient than Peak-imaging and price considerably better.
Own preparation: Black and white improved on previous attempt – but cloud in viaduct shot over-burned to give contrast against lighter sky (need to pull back) & small white spot in the sky blown out – didn’t think it would show on the print, but it does! Barn now good, but again a small area of blown highlight showing.
Quality of prints: received 3 prints back (2 B&W, 1 colour). No noticeable flaws, colour reproduction as anticipated.
Speed of service: submitted online on Thursday evening, received in the post Saturday. Very quick.
Quality of service: downloadable print/paper profiles to allow soft proofing in Lightroom. Clear instructions for preparation and submission.
Own preparation: colour print as envisioned. Black and white not to expectations – viaduct cloud lacked contrast / over-white in cloud. Barn better, but black shade under gutter too dark and was distraction in printed image. Will prepare B&W images again and submit to a different print service (just for the experience of trying another).