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I have had a printing adventure...
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May 24, 2013
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I have an HP Photosmart 8150 and it is connected to a Windows XP machine.

I primarily use my laptop which is Windows 7.  It shares the printer.

I decided to start printing some of my favourite pictures after taking a bunch to Walmart Photocentre and being extremely unthrilled with the quality (cheap paper, very dark images, and the images looked flat and lifeless).

 

So I went to Staples and got some HP Premium Plus Photo Paper (4 p’s for those following along), both in 8.5×11 and in 4×6.  I got new printer cartridges (didn’t have much colour left, and no photo print cartridge.

 

170 bucks later, I was ready to print.

 

Printed a picture on 8.5×11 and was absolutely thrilled with the results.  The image was bright, crisp and full of life.  The paper is thick and just feels good (whatever that means). 

 

Now I decided I was going to do some 4×6’s.  Yeah I forgot why I hated this printer.  With Windows 7 you can’t do the 4×6 (or any upper tray photos) because of the driver.  That was back in 2009…what year is it now?  The only thing I could do was export the images to jpeg, copy them to the Windows XP machine, then print them from there because Windows XP drivers for that printer are more robust.  Odd that…

 

Anyway, to make a long story short, I absolutely love the quality of the print outs.  I worked out that the cost is about 5 times more expensive than Walmart Photocentre (maybe more), but the quality shows.

 

And this is how I spent my day off.

May 25, 2013
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Printing is a most worrisome aspect of photography.  Few are satisfied.

While it took some time to discover…(the long story short part), I was eventually happy to learn that you were.

 

I suggest that you find a reliable printing service.

It is much too expensive to to print at home.

 

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May 25, 2013
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And therein lies the rub….who has a reliable print service?

 

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Brian Copeland said
And therein lies the rub….who has a reliable print service?

 

I’ve had no personal experience, but here’s a start.

http://digital-photo-printing-…..views.com/

 

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I like this company: http://www.whcc.com/

Actually Costco (i am not sure if you have it in Canada) can get it right from time to time :) . Their paper is kind of thin so. 

 

But it is so much more fun to print by yourself, of course if you have time and money. 

 

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easyexposure said
I like this company: http://www.whcc.com/

Actually Costco (i am not sure if you have it in Canada) can get it right from time to time :) . Their paper is kind of thin so. 

 

But it is so much more fun to print by yourself, of course if you have time and money. 

 

We do have Costco but I find the cost of membership to be prohibitive unless I need 240 rolls of toilet paper.  I will have a look at the website you mentioned and I when I get a chance I will compare the quality of services in the link that Mandrake provided.

I do enjoy printing myself because I get the picture immediately, and I can control the quality from every step. 

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