I made this photo on the August Photowalk to Albion Basin, thanks to Scott Jarvie’s loan of a Nikon 14-24. I might have freaked him out a little by swinging my arms through the flowers with it. Motion+flash=fun!
How’s the printing going? We have a volunteer to organize the print display at Photocamp 2010 and it’s going to look lovely in the space–that is, if we bring prints.
I made seven prints this week, including this image to take to Guy Tal and Michael Gordon’s photography workshop. I could have brought Highway 89 prints, but I decided to bring only things I’ve shot since I wrapped up the project. Just making the collection gave me some insights on what has and hasn’t been working for me lately, which is a nice place to start a weekend of serious shooting.
I printed these at Costco. Yep, Costco. At $1.49 per 8×10 or 8×12, I can’t print on my Epson for that. And the quality is outstanding, if I remember to:
- convert from Adobe RGB to SRGB. The colors are more vibrant. I don’t know why, but I did some test comparisons on 4x6s. Try it yourself-at 13¢ a test print, you can learn a lot very cheaply. Label the prints with some text before uploading!
- make my image size match the exact size of the print paper. If I am printing an 11×14 on 12×18 paper, I will use Photoshop to increase the canvas size to 12×18, and if the blank pixels are white, I will stroke the outer edge with a black line. Costco’s printer assumes the white pixels are to be cropped, but anything inside the black line will print as uploaded.
- On the final screen, click the “Print Options” link and click the “Do Not Auto Correct my Prints” box.
I can’t count how many prints I made at Costco to give away to people I photographed for the Highway 89 project, and I never had any problems if I did those three things. For 39¢, I can make a 5×7 that feels like “real” photography, slips into a greeting card, and costs more to mail, and yet is a much appreciated thank you gift. I should have put my local Costco folks in the acknowledgement section of my book. They’ve seen more of the work than most of my friends, and I can count on them when I need quality prints.
What have you printed this week?