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.
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 :
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 ).
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.
Eastern Exhibition and Display, 108 Market Street, Musselburgh EH21 6QA (0131 653 5700) Next to LIDL, Fisherrow. Mostly do large scale commercial work.
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary Musselburgh Camera Club