Large Poster Prints in Brisbane?

Discussion in 'Australia Photography' started by Ben, Oct 17, 2004.

  1. Ben

    Ben Guest

    Hi Group,

    Im looking for a good source that can print poster or similar size prints.
    Whats the normal practice and image type most places wish to have. What size
    does the picture need to be taken in to print to poster (a3? or larger) RAW?

    Cheers,

    B.
     
    Ben, Oct 17, 2004
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  2. Ben

    Ryadia Guest

    What size are the files you want printed Ben?

    I have the facilities to print (600mm x 6M) prints. I can scan from
    negatives or enlarge most digital images. The main difference between
    camera RAW and jpg files is the detail discarded to reduce the files to
    jpg makes it a little (but not much) harder to enlarge the image.

    Generally speaking no digital camera can natively produce a file big
    enough to make a poster. The technique called Interpolation is used to
    enlarge the files. See here for some information http://www.ryadia.com

    My prints are 75 year life, Inkjet. I can laminate them (on the spot)and
    make them last as long as any other photograph. Several traditional labs
    also have the technology to print photo posters. One which I used before
    investing in my own equipment is: www.fstoponline.com.au. The cost from
    them is about $65 for one print and less for several of the same size.
    My costs are fixed, no matter how many you want.

    Harvey Norman at Mt Gravatt have an Epson 600mm inkjet service too. I
    think they charge about $90 a poster or it might be per sq meter, I
    can't remember which. Anyway, $55 each from me and $20 extra if you want
    it laminated. It might be just as easy to buy a can of UV photo sealant
    for $15 and coat about 4 of them with it. You'll get the life from
    almost any coating which will adhere to the paper. You don't have to
    laminate them. The same applies to photos incidently, Sunlight will
    destroy them in a short time.

    Cheers..
     
    Ryadia, Oct 17, 2004
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  3. Try www.digilab.com.au ...I have always found them to provide great service
    and excellent quality.
     
    AU Digital POTD, Oct 17, 2004
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  4. Ben

    Ben Guest

    Should i take them in raw? I normally take them in 3264x2448. Is both OK ?
    OR isnt there must noticable difference unless you're real picky
     
    Ben, Oct 17, 2004
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  5. First, contact them for a "calibration kit" so that you can adjust your
    monitor to look similar to their output.... ie you want to see on screen how
    your image will look in print. After doing this you should run a few small
    test prints and make fine adjustments so that you are confident that your
    larger images will print OK.

    Don't send them RAW. RAW conversion is a process that offers many variables
    and these are best done by the photographer, as only you will know what you
    like. Plus there are many RAW formats out there and I would be very
    surprised if any lab is catering for all formats of RAW, if any.

    After your RAW conversion you would normally save the file as a TIFF of a
    JPEG. TIFF will offer the best quality, but it is also the hungriest on
    file space. So it depends on how you intend to transfer your images to them.
    ie If you are sending them on a CD, you may as well send TIFF for the extra
    quality.... but if you need to upload them to their server, you would be
    better off with JPEG for the smaller file size.

    If you do send JPEG you may be asked for a compession level of 7.... I find
    that a bit low as it can look a little messy around text (if you have
    created a poster with title or something), so I run at level 10 for JPEGs.

    With regard to file size.... They print images at 250ppi, so a 10D (6mp)
    will only give you a native size of around 12x8 inches, so you will need to
    interpolate up to your required size. You can do this using 110%
    enlargements in Photoshop using it's bicubic engine, or using an
    interpolation program like Genuine Fractals, VFZoom or S-Spline 2. I
    regularly print 20x30 inch prints (@ 250ppi) on their Pegasus LED and these
    are around 107mb in size.

    If you wish to print bigger via an ink jet machine you may get away with a
    running at a lower ppi, but I would have a chat to them about that, as size
    and intended use can have a lot to do with what ppi to run at.

    I hope this helps.

    Russell
    POTD.com.au
     
    AU Digital POTD, Oct 17, 2004
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  6. Correction....

    After your RAW conversion you would normally save the file as a TIFF "OR"
    a
    JPEG.
     
    AU Digital POTD, Oct 17, 2004
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  7. Ben

    Obake Guest

    i've had good results with fspot in the valley. printed out some lambda l2 of
    my photos for last year's xmas gifts (yes i'm THAT cheap :)).

    prices aren't bad (or weren't at the time) and service is good. they only
    accept jpeg, but the photos i printed out, 50x30cm turned out great.

    www.fstoponline.com.au

    its a bit of a pain setting up an account but it doesn't take TOO long.
     
    Obake, Oct 17, 2004
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  8. Ben

    Camera Guest

    Hi, do you want to print it on silver hy... paper? If yes, try RGB in
    Yeronga. They only accept JPEG file and the charge is only $17.5 for 20x30
    inches print.
     
    Camera, Oct 17, 2004
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  9. Ben

    Ben Guest

    Hi,

    Silver HY ? I have no idea what this is...
     
    Ben, Oct 17, 2004
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  10. Ben

    Camera Guest

    I think it is normal photo paper instead of using ink. You may call RGB for
    more information. They phone number is 3217 1313. The owner is Greg Black.
     
    Camera, Oct 17, 2004
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  11. Ben

    Glen F Guest

    Silver HY ? I have no idea what this is...

    Silver halide - eg silver chloride, bromide, iodide
    - strange meta-stable salts of the element silver, which
    break down into microscopic metallic silver grains when
    exposed to a tiny amount of light. Weirder still, the
    resulting metallic silver will autocatalyse gross additional
    breakdown when the result is immersed in a suitable
    reducing agent, neatly amplifying the light signal into
    a negative logarithmic density proxy the accumulated light
    flux.

    Believe it or not, years ago photographers actually used
    this crude chemistry to produce quite reasonable analog
    monochrome images. They even made colour ones by various
    layered metallic dye transfer processes. It seems that a
    few weirdos still do, but we're gradually weeding them out...
     
    Glen F, Oct 18, 2004
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