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    I'm really not sure. I just load them onto the computer and then send them to Walmart to print. Does this make a difference? Because it is really driving me crazy!!!!
    Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
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    Hey Chako I'm glad your back, I have a question for you.

    How do I get these pictures printed without loosing the quality?

    They just don't look the same when I get them printed from when I view them on the computer.

    Please help

    Thanks.
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    That is a loaded question. Nice photos. Very nice photos.
    It can be any of these, or more then likely a combination.

    1. FILE FORMAT:
    Its important to try and use RAW instead of JPEG if your camera supports RAW format. The reason are many fold, but the most important is that JPEG saves space by removing what it thinks is unwanted information. This always downgrades your image. RAW is basically a memory dump of everything that your camera sensor sees. This way, you don't lose out on any information, let alone let the camera do its own post processing. Most cases, you want to have control after the image is taken. I tend to set my camera to base level via the menu so that it gives me more control later when I use Photoshop or some like program. Another thing to remember, every time you save a JPEG, you are losing more and more information if you keep re-saving it.

    TIFFS are great because you don't lose valuable image quality, but the files are huge. If I am doing a large 13"x19" print, I would save the RAW into an uncompressed TIFF and print from the massive file that ensues. JPEGs can be good for small prints. They excell at saving space for posting on the net, etc.

    2: POST PROCESSING:
    All digital images require a little post processing. Using Photoshop, I tend to apply +10 Contrast, and +20 to saturation with maybe a little sharpening if it needs it. Before I do all this however, I always look at my level and make sure that my shadow and Highlights are moved inwards till they touch the histogram. If shooting RAW, you can also play around wtih your white balance, etc. These settings are not written in stone, Every photographer uses settings that pleases them.

    3: COLOUR CALIBRATION:
    This is where things get really tough. What you see on the monitor is not what you will print. There is a colour cast to all things, including your monitor and the inks you use in your printer. You can buy devices that read the light off your monitor and this can be saved as a colour profile. Some monitors come with manufacture made profiles. The same can be said about printers. The difficulty comes in how the colours are made. Monitors tend to have a RGB format, and many printers tend to have a CMYK format. how these are mixed to produce similar colours differ from screen to printer. Even the paper has a great effect on what colours you will get in the end result. You can buy expensive software and devices if you want your printer and monitor to show similar results. it is quite complex and I don't know as much about this as I would like to.

    Here is a link I hope you may find useful.
    http://www.normankoren.com/printer_calibration.html
    Last edited by Chako; 01-15-2009 at 01:45 PM. Reason: Forgot something.
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    nice posts, glad you waited until the dead of winter, shake us out of the brrrrr

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    Thanks Chako I will look into that.

    And verotik66 I know I waited awhile but it was a busy fall. Glad you all enjoyed them.
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    One more thing I forgot to mention...be sure that you are always shooting at the maximum resolution setting your camera can go (even if all it offers is JPEG). You can always make a photo smaller with no quality loss, but it is very hard to make it bigger without loss of quality.
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    God, you are skilled with a camera. Congrats.

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    Thanks guys! I didn't even get out this fall so these were just taken around the camp one day. I was happy with them even tho I would rather have gone for a ride in the bush.
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    I didn't post this one because I didn't really like it. Apparently other people did so here it is. I guess everyones tastes are different.

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    Here's a couple I took over the weekend.





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    Tippy your starting to get all artsy....and I like that. Your photography is improving by leaps and bounds from when you first started to post your photos in this section. Bravo!
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    You are right, tippikitty, I do like!
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    Awwww thanks!

    I just love taking pictures.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tippikitty View Post
    I didn't post this one because I didn't really like it. Apparently other people did so here it is. I guess everyones tastes are different.

    Great picture

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    Just goes to show you that everyone has different taste.
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