I recently visited Nothumberland in the North East of the United Kingdom. The Northumberland Coast is beautiful and I have started to pull together some brief blog posts with some of the images from the trip as well as brief guides to locations.
I get digital C-Type prints done fairly often and usually do all the pre-press from RAW and output 8bit tiff's for production.
I'm going to get some done that I shot as in-camera JPEG's on an X-Pro 1 with default Velvia film simulation and they will be printed on Fuji substrate (Crystal Archive, matt or gloss) does anyone have any experience of simply converting to the correct profile for the paper and printer from in-camera film simulation JPEG's and if this resulted in good prints?
I noticed on a couple of the files as soft proofs on screen that the greens look a bit over saturated but they may print less lurid in real life? Does anyone know if the film simulations have been made to reproduce accurately from digital files to prints on Fuji paper?
Last year I got a call from a client asking me to replicate a large chunk of wood that they had hanging in a new office so they could hang it in print, life size, for different offices around the country. The Art was made up of reclaimed wooden railway sleepers from the area their new office building was built. The brief was to make it as hi-res as possible for print & it measured about 2 meters by 1.5 meters. I ended up stitching several shots and moving a few of the planks about in Photoshop later. The final file was just tipping the TIFF limit of 4Gb on output - that was a big hi-res print containing parts of about 20 images. Good days work that day.
I know this is talked about a lot from time to time, 'how big can I print from a Fuji camera?' Well I don't know really, outside of the theory and working it out with a calculator, just how big you can print but it's probably very big. For most people I'd say they are asking how big can I print and still have it look good from a few feet away hanging on my wall? Probably quite big, no?
OK so I'm not really taking things too seriously here just wanted to show a print I got today, single shot no 'pan-o-stitching' but printed it out at 20x30 inches and the detail in the print is great. I've plonked the camera and lens used to the it on the print for scale. I won't even bother mentioning the models as you'll all know no doubt. The print is a gift for a client.
So 16Mpx can print 20x30 inches at great resolution no problem
I have recently tried a different printing lab in the UK with great results, its called DSCL. They have Fujifilm logo on the invoice so presume they use paper ect from them.
I had a 16x16 inch black and white image done on Fine art Portrait white paper and it is superb, a matt finish that has deep blacks and brilliant whites and very thick, it was £11.66 plus vat, the other paper I used for the color prints was Titanium Lustre, similar to a metalic look and that also was perfect for deep popping color, three prints 12x8 inch £17.49 plus vat, the whole order came to £39.76 including £3.99 postage.
I have also used Fujicreate for black and white on photographic paper which were great but not the same deep finish from the other paper mentioned.
For photobooks I use CEWE Photoworld, photographic paper, superb quality and I always have the lie flat pages, not cheap but very good quality for doing a special book of a holiday or project, and any problem and they always re print at no charge, customer service is brilliant, I try to design the book and order when they have an offer on which is a few times a year.
Another printing Lab I have used is Loxley colour in Scotland, pro service, the ordering set up (roes) takes some getting used to but have had large prints 24x16 and 30x10 with fast turnaround and well packaged, a little more expensive.