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Shana Jo/A Mother's Soul 1:30am, 13 December 2007
I ordered about 20 prints from WHCC that I was hoping to put into an album portfolio that I was supposed to show to someone on Friday, but most of them printed horribly so I am canceling my Friday meeting. I am only really happy with one of the prints and then two or three others are okay. The rest just suck. Either they got really dark in printing or they look blurry, when they did not look that way on my screen.

I'm not sure where exactly I screwed up for these photos to turn out so crappy. If I bring them to the next meeting can some or all of you take a look at them and see if you help me figure it out?
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Yes, bring them. Also, If you have them on a laptop, bring it as well.
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Yep, I will bring both the prints and my laptop.
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HBRstudios 11 years ago
Sounds like a calibration issue -- I am curious to see them.
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Karl W. 11 years ago
I know when I printed from whcc my prints came out slightly darker than on my screen. So I usually figure how I need to make them 10%to 20% brighter for printing.
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If you don't have a calibration device you could try the following:

1. Edit a photo with your laptop monitor at max brightness and print it

2. Edit the same photo at minimum monitor brightness and print it

Compare the two. I would be willing to bet that the one editied at minimum brightness comes out the way you want it.

This is what I did before I got a calibration device and never had issues.
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aReasontoHope 11 years ago
I've had that problem with WHCC as well.
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I am seriously doubting the issue is with WHCC. I could be wrong, but I have printed allot of prints there without issue.
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Randall Cottrell 11 years ago
the only issue i've had w/ printing is that the prints are more saturated than on my monitor...but after checking my images on other computers it was confirmed that it was my monitor...not whcc. so now when editing i just desaturate it a bit more than i think is apporpriate
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In looking closer at my photos I see that one that printed looking out of focus really is out of focus. It is hard to notice on screen though, but when I looked hard it is there. But then there is another photo that looks perfectly in focus on screen, but looks awfully blurry in print.

I think I'll have to pick up a screen calibrator. I am sure that is likely a huge part of the problem.
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Akatzmarkphotography 11 years ago
I believe you are working on a laptop right? The main reason i switched is that if the screen was tipped the tiniest bit in any direction it totally changes the look, so its essentially impossible to see what you picture will really look like.
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I recently printed a 20x30 at whcc and this was pre-calibration. I used my laptop. I can bring it in to the meeting if people want to see it.
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I am using a laptop, but it is a pretty nice wide screen with LCD. I don't think it is the problem.

The worst of the photos were processed in Picasa, so I am going do undo the edits and then redo them in Lightroom and see if that makes any difference as well. I have noticed that my photos look a lot different in Lightroom compared to how they look in Picasa.
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Sweetlake 11 years ago
Ditto on the dark prints - The colors are great but the lighting isn't. I've had the same issue with my Canon printer too. Picasa is worth every penny, same with iPhoto, when it comes to editing.

While comparing my prints against my laptop screen I realized that the laptop is backlit, pictures glowing. Not so the prints. Shawn may be onto something.
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Sweetlake 11 years ago
Messing with my laptop color calibration I set the 'gamma' to 2.2 - recommended by whcc - darkened the screen and it now matches the test prints (for the most part). Macs are usually set at 1.8.

This may be why many see my pictures as a little dark - ?1
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