Finally committed last week to opening a free account with an online printing company (whilst I save for a printer) and I sent them an image to print as a trial to see how good they are.
The image arrived well packaged and well within their stated time scale
Quality looks pretty spot on to my untrained eye however there are a couple of things that I have noticed and wondered if you could advise / guide me a little here.
I may be talking complete dribble, and if that's the case please correct me.
1. On the printed image I did notice that some of the detail in the shadows seems to of disappeared. Could this of been caused by the dynamic range (DR) of the printer being lower than the DR of my monitor, therefore some detail in highlights and shadows gets clipped out ???
I don't think its that big a problem and it was only on a closer inspection of the image that I saw it.
2. The printed image does look a slightly darker when compared to the one on the monitor. I did read somewhere about images on the monitor are seen by light being transmitted from the screen where as a printed image is made up of reflected light, would this cause the image to appear darker because of lower light levels reflecting off the paper ???
If its better that you can see both images then please let me know and I'll scan in the print and post it here along with the original.
The monitor is uncalibrated so I understand that this may also impact on the image quality and Ideally I'm assuming the monitor and printer should be calibrated together.
Thanks in advance.
If you want to edit any of my images to demonstrate points/techniques to either myself or others please feel free to do so.
Still learning with Canon 40D, 28-135mm, 100-400mm L and Elements 6.
Any Advice greatfully received.