Printing information

 

At the Club meeting on 26th November one or two excellent images were marked down by the judge because of printing problems. Most Musselburgh Camera Club members print their images at home. A lot of them have been doing this for many years. We have new members and others (me included) who have lots of images on file but just can’t get round to setting up their home printer to produce top quality photographic images. We collected the information below at a recent Club meeting. If anyone spots any errors or has any extra information to share please add a comment. Remember to bring along a digital version of your best prints and give to George Todd, our Competition Secretary, for the Club image collection.

Basic information:

Local printers process images saved in the form of .jpeg or .tiff files on some sort of file storage e.g.CD/DVD/memory stick,  or a memory card from your camera. If you’re wanting to print direct from camera don’t forget to take connecting lead to USB port. Some equipment e.g. smartphones can transfer images by Bluetooth. For competitions most Club members print their images in A4 or A3 size. You can also make square, or letterbox  prints but similar scale. See below for size tables.

 

                             International paper sizes
Size mm × mm in × in
A0 841 × 1189 33.1 × 46.8
A1 594 × 841 23.4 × 33.1
A2 420 × 594 16.5 × 23.4
A3 297 × 420 11.7 × 16.5
A4 210 × 297 8.27 × 11.7
A5 148 × 210 5.83 × 8.27

To help the printer, label your CD/DVD/flash drive with your name, make sure you clearly identify the images you want to print, how many copies of each you want and whether you want matt or gloss paper. You should ask to see samples of prints on different sorts of paper as it can make a huge difference to the final result. If you’re not happy with the result of the printing e.g. red or green tinge to colour not apparent on the screen, discuss with the printer and ask their advice. If it’s a processing problem they should redo it for free.  Over time, you will find a source of printing that you like and trust, and which best shows off your work.

Local printers listed by geographical area :

Edinburgh

www.trumpslab.co.uk

Trumps Photolab, 29 South Clerk Street, EH8 9JD (07827 589 527)  (within Newington Stationers) Near to University. Experts on site. Turnaround depends on workload but usually within I day. Trumps have gone out of business ( as at Dec 2015 ).

** UPDATE      I have some updates about printing in Edinburgh:
Trumps Photolab has gone out of business but the guys in Newington Stationers can do inkjet prints which are a bit more expensive.
 I tried www.amimage.co.uk for the  PHOTO ADVICE NIGHT and they did prints with a Fuji frontier which is cheaper. You can send in files to their web page and it was possible to get delivery the same day. I think the quality was OK but I have not calibrated our screens properly so the prints were slightly darker than I had hoped for.
Martin Lunden

www.amimage.co.uk

A+M Imaging, Unit 3, Stewartfield, Newhaven Road EH6 5RQ (0131 553 3548) Bonnington area with free parking.  No personal experience of service but good prices on website and v helpful on phone.

Musselburgh

www.eastern-info.co.uk

Eastern Exhibition and Display, 108 Market Street, Musselburgh EH21 6QA   (0131 653 5700) Next to LIDL, Fisherrow. Mostly do large scale commercial work.

Eskbank

www.southfield-stationers.com

Southfield Stationers, 25 Hardengreen Industrial Estate, Dalkeith EH22 3NX (0131 654 4300)  Commercial printers. Will do small orders. Good price but can be variable quality depending on other workload.

Near to IKEA

www.warehouses.costco.co.uk

Upload images online and collect next day at Costco Edinburgh, Costkea Way, Loanhead EH20 9BY (0131 440 7075) Have to join Costco as individual member. Mike Clark club member recommends. Very helpful on phone.

Online only

www.photobox.co.uk

Very good reviews from customers and recommended by Jennifer Davidson. Prints sent rolled by first class post 1 – 5 working days or can do special or courier delivery.

Don’t forget to give us feedback on your experiences !!

Liz Sowler     liz.sowler@virgin.net

Secretary Musselburgh Camera Club

28/11/15

 

2 thoughts on “Printing information

  1. I only have an A4 printer at home, so I recently bought some 18×12 inch prints from Costco. They were cheap and very efficient. On both occasions I collected my prints (from the Edinburgh warehouse near IKEA) within a couple of hours of ordering. The quality of the prints didn’t seem as good as the A4 versions I had printed at home, though, and they use a thin and flimsy paper which shows every flaw when mounted. I think they are a good option for family prints which don’t need to be mounted, and where value for money is important, but for competition prints I prefer printing at home on good quality stiff paper.

  2. Hi there,
    I have some updates about printing in Edinburgh:
    Trumps Photolab has gone out of business but the guys in Newington Stationers can do inkjet prints which are a bit more expensive.
    I tried http://www.amimage.co.uk for the PHOTO ADVICE NIGHT and they did prints with a Fuji frontier which is cheaper. You can send in files to their web page and it was possible to get delivery the same day. I think the quality was OK but I have not calibrated our screens properly so the prints were slightly darker than I had hoped for.

    Martin Lunden

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