Printing photos.

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Stan Kaslusky
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Printing photos.

I am a new Member and would like to enter a picture or two in the upcoming meeting. I use lightroom on my 27" IMAC computer. My finished pictures look fabulous on screen but when I send them to Adoramapix to have a print made they come back less bright. I believe my screen is calibrated however what's a general rule of thumb for having pictures turned into prints. Should I increase the exposure slider to look brighter than I want them to compensate for the printing process? Thanks for your reply.

Robert Fehnel
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Not sure what to say. If you are sure about your screen being calibrated then the pictures should look fine. Perhaps it is coming in when you save the file? Another question would be how do your images look during projections vs how they look on your computer. Another option could be that the printer is not using a great process. Personally i use a printer in town here Bryan Parsons which is located on Ivy.

Stan Kaslusky
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Thanks we'll give him a try

Anton Largiader
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I would start by taking one to Bryan to print. He will spend time with you on the spot tweaking the settings for what he thinks will be the best print. You are bound to learn something.

Stan Kaslusky
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Thanks well give him a try

Toni Zappone
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My screen is calibrated and I always have to adjust the brightness/contrast when printing. Unfortunately, I can't advise how much since I print my own photos and just adjust until I'm satisfied. I also have problems with projected images because the projections often show flaws that were not visible on my computer screen. You might try getting a Flickr page -- when I post photos on my page I get a better idea of how they will look printed/projected. Peer Review is also a good place to preview your projected images and get good suggestions on improving your photos.

Here's something else you might check out:

Gene Runion
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As others mentioned Bryan is a great resource. Otherwise:
- For perfect print you need your whole printing process calibrated. Unless you actually calibrated your monitor it's probably not. In general todays displays are bright.
- You should be using printer and paper profiles supplied by the vendor
- Also in Lightroom in the print module you can adjust the brightness of the file being sent to the printer. If you have the printer profile and paper selected and a calibrated monitor you can use Lightroom's Soft Proofing in the develop module.
- Take your image to Bryan and he does all this for you.