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Chris Greene
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Nine mile skid on a ten mile ride
Mar 8th, 2018 02:57 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I don't mean snapshots of family that you send around with the Christmas card, I mean the stuff you want to mat, frame, and hang on the wall.

Almost none of my photography is displayed but I am beginning to remedy this with a few photos I've liked for a long time but lived in boxes or my head, not on display.

Here's the first example. I shot it in color but it needed to be a b&w image in my mind. The print was run at Costco (after a few test 4x6 prints) and is 12x18 and printed on Fuji Luster paper. These are not inkjet prints, this is some incredible processor that Fuji makes and it does wet printing on silver paper (according to the guy at Costco). Cost? $4. The 18x24 frame and mat board were from our local Michael's and were on sale for 1/2 off (which seems to be modus operandi for Michael's. Anyway, quite pleased and now I know how to work with Costco, I'll do most of my printing there unless I want to use my own paper, the large scale Epson printer at the college, or my soon-to-arrive Canon Pro 100 printer.

I have no title but it was shot at the Grand Canyon last spring.

(This message was last edited by Chris Greene at 04:58 PM, Mar 8th, 2018)

Chris Greene
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Idaho, USA

Nine mile skid on a ten mile ride
Mar 8th, 2018 02:59 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Should add that it's resting on my digital piano music stand where it will sit until I figure out where to hang it.

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Mar 8th, 2018 04:20 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I’ve seriously thought about it.

Chris Greene
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Idaho, USA

Nine mile skid on a ten mile ride
Mar 8th, 2018 04:29 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I don't know why I waited so long. A decent image should be seen in some other way than a phone or computer.

Framing b&w is easy - Black frame - plain wood or composite about an inch or so wide, flat profile. White, acid free mat. Done. I'm not as interested in seeing framed photos in color. There's something about b&w that has more impact (depending, of course, on the subject).

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Mar 8th, 2018 04:47 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've done both darkroom work and custom frame building (from scratch) + mat cutting, but not for many years, now.

Chris Greene
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Idaho, USA

Nine mile skid on a ten mile ride
Mar 8th, 2018 05:29 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

What I'm really asking is, who mats and frames their photos for display in their homes or ___?

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Mar 8th, 2018 06:12 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've got a few around the house, portraits and birds mainly. Most of my printed stuff ends up at work (hs teacher). I do those player banners that hang up in the gym from the rafters, take action shots and create school posters, take portraits of our high ACT testers for recognition displays, etc.

I've learned to say "no" a lot when asked if I'll take pictures or do a project, but I have no shortage of opportunities to shoot what I like. My classroom is covered in posters I've created and pictures I've taken. I teach professional development sessions for all of our new teachers in the school system and the posters make a good door prize also.

$4 is a steal for that print, Chris. I'm paying almost that much per 8x10 through mpix. I always worry about the color rendition from the big box stores. I get a lot of 18x24 laminated posters from shortrunposters.com (~$6) and have always been happy with the results.

On another note, I just got a set of ttl remote flash triggers that I want to go play with...

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Mar 8th, 2018 06:46 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've been doing a few. I have 3 at home, and one at work I matted and framed.

I used Webpictureframes.com for the frames and matting.

I looking into cutting my own matting. I decided for now to sub it out. If I was selling framed prints, I'd consider getting setup for cutting, and even making my own frames.

My aunt is an amazing artist and sells prints, and high dollar original works in pastel. Her husband does the matting, and makes the frames. He's very good at it.

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Mar 8th, 2018 07:47 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

We have a nice Canon printer but everytime we buy a set of expensive color cartridges my wife will print off a hundred pages of random stuff in color and the next day we’re back to black and white. Would have to buy another printer and hide it somewhere to print any worthwhile pics.

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Mar 8th, 2018 08:32 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

That was not an Ink jet print.

Very nice Chris.

I'm starting to wonder if your talents are more toward the visual than the auditory.

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Mar 9th, 2018 05:31 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm rather old-school when it comes to having photos printed. We have photo albums dating back to 1972, some of which contain many older pictures

I take pictures, more often with my iPhone, since it has become more or less a bodily appendage, than with my "good" (read expensive) 35mm camera. I put them on my desktop computer, which for several years has automatically filed them by year-month.

I select the ones I like the most and then copy them to another folder. I copy this folder to a thumb drive (used to use a CD) and take the thumb drive to Sam's and have the pictures printed out. I do this every month or two. I write something on the back of each one, such as the date and maybe other info. Then I put them in a photo album.

I wouldn't have so many photo albums, but I have the world's five best-looking grandkids.


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Mar 9th, 2018 06:03 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have some... I’ve also had a friend take a few of my pictures and make paintings of those. The paintings are on the wall.

I have albums of the best photos of the year... I do that each year although I do fewer now than I did a few years ago.

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Mar 9th, 2018 06:23 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I haven’t done any new ones in a few years, but I print and mat mine. I would need a new printer before doing more, and to find my mat cutter which went MIA.

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Mar 9th, 2018 07:22 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I occasionally do this for our house and for friends and relatives. Hobby Lobby has very good frames that are inexpensive, and they have plenty of matting material for cheap.

Don't laugh, but I just have a local Walmart do the prints. They do a good job. Also, Walmart can do canvas prints and a lot more.

Walmart stuff

kego
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Mar 9th, 2018 08:23 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I use a dedicated Canon photo printer, but unless you're planning on printing a lot of stuff you probably won't want to spend that much.

A retired photographer friend uses mpix.com to great effect and they are both good (which, having seen his stuff I can confirm), and reasonably priced.

Linky

(This message was last edited by kego at 10:44 AM, Mar 9th, 2018)

Chris Greene
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Idaho, USA

Nine mile skid on a ten mile ride
Mar 9th, 2018 08:54 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

That Canon Pro 100 I got from B&H had a net cost of $70 which includes free shipping and a 50 pack of 13x19 Canon Pro Luster paper (which sells for close to $50). Canon is offering $250 as a rebate on the printer/paper package and B&H added another $80 off of the $400 MSRP. It's the ink that'll get you.

Still, while I intend to make the Canon work for certain things (like using my choice of paper and printing borders wider than 1/4"), Costco's quality and pricing (less than half of mpix.com) has made them the easy choice in printing my work.

kego
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Give me a second to think of something..
Mar 9th, 2018 08:57 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

LOL

Check your email - I just sent you the info for that exact same deal...lolol

kego
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Give me a second to think of something..
Mar 9th, 2018 09:04 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

So, since I obviously xan't frigging read when using my phone...

I matte and print a lot of stuff. I use a Logan matte cutter (don't remember the model off the top of my head).

With a little practice you can make great looking mattes - usually better than a frame shop will make, but then I'm picky.

I also make my own frames, but I buy the stock frame wood to length and join them myself. I have done it with a router from scratch, but that can be a pain if you aren't a fan of wood finishing.

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Mar 9th, 2018 09:09 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have, a while back.
Not at home; went to Costco.
They're the shiznit for great prints for relatively cheap!
Quick turn-around, too.
You can do a walk-in/drop off OR submit them over the Net.

I was testing the waters for art show sales with my hobbyist shots.
Maybe there's some bank in my DSL views of the universe?
Got frames from Thrift Stores, bought some mats and mounting supplies from art stores, even picked up 3 cheapest easels for display!
Mounted & packed 'em to the local Art Show.
@ CG: Town and Country Village in Sac.
Also hit Denio's Flea Market one time.

About 10 framed and a bunch o' straight prints.
11x18's, 8x10's, all the way down to 5x8's.

Chuckling; lots of oohs and ahhs.
"Did YOU take those? Wow. Gorgeous!"
(As they then turned and scooted to the two handmade jewelry stalls on either side of me.)

I made enough jing @ the 'Fair' to buy a large coffee @ the Charbucks...
Laughing...NOW...hehehe.

No market for 'em at the time = no bank for me.
I ended up giving a bunch of the smaller prints away to the kids who came by as I was packing to leave!
Still have the framed ones parked somewhere in a shed out back.

Here's one of the prints:

Upper Bidwell Park sunset, Chico, CA

Chris Greene
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Idaho, USA

Nine mile skid on a ten mile ride
Mar 9th, 2018 09:13 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have a Logan 301s but I can't find decent mat board locally so I haven't used it in ages. I've bought some pre-cut mat board packages which include acid free cut mats, the backer board, and glassine envelopes for a lot less than I can cut them for (including my time).

My ultimate goal aside from displaying my work at home is to display a few chosen pieces at a local gallery or two with the hope of selling the occasional matted print.

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