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Re: [OM] Print house recommendation?

Subject: Re: [OM] Print house recommendation?
From: Chuck Norcutt <chucknorcutt@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 21 Mar 2014 07:27:43 -0400
I used to use Miller's Lab when I was riding on my photo mentor's 
account there.  But, after moving away from Boston and back to New York 
I never tried to establish my own Miller's account since Miller's 
assumes you are a pro and makes it clear that they expect a certain 
minimum number or prints.  It probably doesn't really make any 
difference but I didn't like the paperwork that I'd have to fill out to 
establish an account.

But there is a much easier path to Miller's print quality at decent, low 
volume prices and that's to use <http://www.mpix.com/>  Mpix is owned by 
Miller's and uses all of the same processes and equipment and 
establishing an account it very easy.  The only real difference with 
using Mpix rather than Miller's is that you don't have the full paper 
and print size selection that you get from Miller's.  You can't get a 
print larger than 24x36 but I haven't found that to be any real 
limitation.  I like their 10x20 for panos but you can also get 5x30.

The last print I bought from Mpix is a beautiful 16x20 landscape shot on 
a stormy Florida beach.  It's printed on canvas and mounted on matte 
board.  Don't forget the matte board.  I think that's the way to go as 
it's very easy to handle and you can hang it with or without a frame.

Check here for papers, sizes and mounting. 

Actually, what I like best about Mpix is that I can choose "Don't color 
correct".  That way they don't diddle with the image or attempt to 
resharpen it and I get a print that looks exactly like what I see on the 
screen (at 25% to evaluate sharpening).  I will also choose that if I'm 
making a bunch of 4x6 prints. Without color correction they're only 19 
cents each.

They also still do film and scan it for you but the scans are not useful 
at sizes larger than 5x7.

Chuck Norcutt

On 3/20/2014 5:28 PM, Bob Whitmire wrote:
> I used Miller’s Lab and Bay Photo, but, alas, I haven’t actually ordered 
> prints on paper from either of them. Just canvas and metal.
> --Bob Whitmire
> Certified Neanderthal
> On Mar 20, 2014, at 2:19 PM, Paul Braun <pbraun42@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> Anyone have good experience with a print service?  I'm thinking an option
>> of 8x10 or 11x14, or maybe even a square crop.
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