Good prints from Canon S 400?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by louise, Sep 1, 2003.

  1. louise

    louise Guest

    I recently purchased the Canon S 400 because I wanted
    enough megapixels to get a good quality small print (4x5
    perhaps).

    I've been shooting to create the most detail and now have
    jpgs that are 2,000+ kb and sometimes closer to 3,000 kb.

    I can easily burn these to a CD. But then, what do I do
    with it, where do I bring it, where I can trust that as
    much detail as I've preserved will be put into the print?
    I'm confused about what is the best way to proceed from
    here.

    TIA

    Louise
     
    louise, Sep 1, 2003
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  2. louise

    Macy Guest

    I have the same camera. If you use any imaging program and print directly
    from the ones you transferred from your camera memory card without resaving
    or doing anymore compression of the file size, or changing the physical
    size, the quality should be maintained when you print.

    However, if you shoot a larger format image size, say 1024 x 768, and you
    decide you want to print it out at a smaller size to fit a few photos on one
    piece of paper, to maintain quality and not get pixelation, you can't just
    srink the physical size. I use Corel Photo-Paint, and when I want to shrink
    a photo for printing, I check off a box that says, "maintain original size."
    What it does is maintains the size of the file on your hard drive when you
    change the resolution of the image. So your 3MB file will still be 3MB.
    Also, if it started out with 72dpi, after you scale it to say 4 x 5 while
    checking that option, it might now be 200dpi. The dpi increase to maintain
    quality and file size.

    It's hard to explain, but I know it works. I've been doing it with the
    images from my Nikon for years, and basically any images I want to scale
    smaller. I'm sure other programs must have a similar option. I have
    Photoshop as well, but I don't use it as much, so I'm not sure what they
    would call it.
     
    Macy, Sep 1, 2003
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  3. louise

    Jack Mac Guest

    On Mon, 01 Sep 2003 05:41:01 GMT, louise <> wrote:

    >I recently purchased the Canon S 400 because I wanted
    >enough megapixels to get a good quality small print (4x5
    >perhaps).
    >
    >I've been shooting to create the most detail and now have
    >jpgs that are 2,000+ kb and sometimes closer to 3,000 kb.
    >
    >I can easily burn these to a CD. But then, what do I do
    >with it, where do I bring it, where I can trust that as
    >much detail as I've preserved will be put into the print?
    >I'm confused about what is the best way to proceed from
    >here.
    >
    >TIA
    >
    >Louise


    I also have the S 400 and get very good 4X5 prints using
    Qimage. It's easy to use and will automatically position
    4X5 prints on 8 1/2 X 11 paper..... you can also manually
    position the photos. Software has many other capabilities.
    See: http://www.ddisoftware.com/qimage/

    Jack Mac
     
    Jack Mac, Sep 1, 2003
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  4. louise

    JD Guest

    > I can easily burn these to a CD. But then, what do I do
    > with it, where do I bring it, where I can trust that as
    > much detail as I've preserved will be put into the print?
    > I'm confused about what is the best way to proceed from
    > here.


    A good camera store would be the best bet. Not a Walmart or anything
    like that.
     
    JD, Sep 1, 2003
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  5. louise

    John Guest

    Walmart uses Fuji Frontier printers and Crystal paper. The problem is...?

    "JD" <> wrote in message news:...
    > > I can easily burn these to a CD. But then, what do I do
    > > with it, where do I bring it, where I can trust that as
    > > much detail as I've preserved will be put into the print?
    > > I'm confused about what is the best way to proceed from
    > > here.

    >
    > A good camera store would be the best bet. Not a Walmart or anything
    > like that.
    >
    >
     
    John, Sep 2, 2003
    #5
  6. louise

    JD Guest

    > Walmart uses Fuji Frontier printers and Crystal paper. The problem is...?

    The problem is, you don't buy a bike from Walmart, you buy it from a bike
    store. Same with cameras and having photographs printed.

    Do you take your family to dine at Walmart's cafeteria too?

    Sure you can have your photos printed there, but makes more sense to go to a
    heart specialist when you have a heart problem rather than a general family
    doctor, and he will send you to one.

    And rather than find out what sort of printers and paper Walmart and other
    department stores and fast food places have, why not just go to a professional
    camera store or printer that you know right away will have the best equipment
    and specialize in making prints?
     
    JD, Sep 2, 2003
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  7. louise

    John Guest

    Well, I don't send my Kodak film off to Kodak to get developed. I don't head
    for a farm for breakfast because the eggs are fresh from the chicken coop,
    the milk from the cow, the grain from the fields. I don't have a company
    professional stop by my home and install an upgrade to Wiz-Wacker Pro 2003.
    My medical prescriptions are filled at the local supermarket and my car is
    serviced by someone other than a dealer.

    Hate to break this little fact to you but these photo printing machines
    pretty much run themselves. When you pay more at a "pro" store THEY ARE
    USING THE SAME EQUIPMENT! Their low-paid tech is doing the same thing your
    pro shop low-paid tech is doing.

    Feel free to pay more for the same service if it makes you feel good. But,
    as much as I hate Walmart for other reasons, they do an excellent job with
    photo printing. They have little choice, the machine is automatic.

    "JD" <> wrote in message news:...
    > > Walmart uses Fuji Frontier printers and Crystal paper. The problem

    is...?
    >
    > The problem is, you don't buy a bike from Walmart, you buy it from a bike
    > store. Same with cameras and having photographs printed.
    >
    > Do you take your family to dine at Walmart's cafeteria too?
    >
    > Sure you can have your photos printed there, but makes more sense to go to

    a
    > heart specialist when you have a heart problem rather than a general

    family
    > doctor, and he will send you to one.
    >
    > And rather than find out what sort of printers and paper Walmart and other
    > department stores and fast food places have, why not just go to a

    professional
    > camera store or printer that you know right away will have the best

    equipment
    > and specialize in making prints?
    >
    >
     
    John, Sep 2, 2003
    #7
  8. John <> wrote:
    >Hate to break this little fact to you but these photo printing machines
    >pretty much run themselves. When you pay more at a "pro" store THEY ARE
    >USING THE SAME EQUIPMENT! Their low-paid tech is doing the same thing your
    >pro shop low-paid tech is doing.


    There are multiple models for the Frontiers at different resolutions and
    there is a difference in operation when it comes to color profiling. It
    is not sufficient to say any one will work. But if the comparison is
    between Walmart and Wolf Camera, lord knows which one might be better.
    That's not a pro store.
    --
    Jason O'Rourke www.jor.com
     
    Jason O'Rourke, Sep 2, 2003
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  9. louise

    JD Guest

    > \Well, I don't send my Kodak film off to Kodak to get developed.

    That would be the other extreme. The happy medium would be a place that
    specializes in developing film.

    > I don't head
    > for a farm for breakfast because the eggs are fresh from the chicken coop,
    > the milk from the cow, the grain from the fields.


    Again, jumping to the other extreme. Going to a grocery store would be where
    I would get those things, not at a 7-11 or Walmart. A place that specializes
    in the items or services wanted.

    > I don't have a company
    > professional stop by my home and install an upgrade to Wiz-Wacker Pro 2003.


    Nor do I have someone come over to wipe my ass after I go to the bathroom, we
    can do those things ourselves.

    > My medical prescriptions are filled at the local supermarket and my car is
    > serviced by someone other than a dealer.


    That is where I go for those things as well, except for a car that is under
    warranty which mine always are.

    > Hate to break this little fact to you but these photo printing machines
    > pretty much run themselves. When you pay more at a "pro" store THEY ARE
    > USING THE SAME EQUIPMENT! Their low-paid tech is doing the same thing your
    > pro shop low-paid tech is doing.


    If a place is using these machines, I would not consider them pro shops.

    > Feel free to pay more for the same service if it makes you feel good. But,
    > as much as I hate Walmart for other reasons, they do an excellent job with
    > photo printing. They have little choice, the machine is automatic.


    Perhaps I should give it a try and see what results these machines at Walmart
    give me. How much does the machine charge per print, and what format does it
    accept? (CF cards, CDs, etc.)

    It won't hurt for me to make a print and check it out. Perhaps I will be
    happy with the quality. We shall see.
     
    JD, Sep 3, 2003
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