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Maximum useful resolution for scanning 35mm film

According to Ken Rockwell: Fuji Velvia 50 is rated to resolve 160 lines per millimeter. This is the finest level of detail it can resolve, at which point its MTF just about hits zero. Each line will ...
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How do I prevent my photos being stolen by the print shop?

To absolutely prevent a print shop from stealing your photos, buy or rent a printer and print the photographs yourself. This will also require buying appropriate paper. And perhaps color calibration ...
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How do I prevent my photos being stolen by the print shop?

Use a reputable shop. A shop with a good reputation, that wishes to keep that reputation (and therefore its customers), will be motivated to behave honestly. If the trust is broken for some reason, ...
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Why is CMYK more efficient/beneficial than RGB for performing printing operation on white paper?

Both photographic film and photographic digital imaging chips are sensitive to the three light primary colors. In other words, both record components of the image i.e. red, green and blue. ...
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Why is CMYK more efficient/beneficial than RGB for performing printing operation on white paper?

Let me debunk one thing: "RGB and CMY are two different color models." They are not, they both form part of one RGB-CMY model. Or probably an RYGCBM model. Ok. That is not entirely true but ...
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How can I print a 3840×2160 pixel image on 4″×6″?

Strange question... You don't want to crop, you don't want borders, you don't want to stretch the image...but you want to somehow put one rectangle into another rectangle of a different aspect ratio. ...
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How do I prevent my photos being stolen by the print shop?

First off, I suspect that you are being influenced by Dunning-Kruger fallacy to even think about such a scenario of your photos being stolen. I am sorry to crush your expectations, but let's get back ...
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How can I print a 3840×2160 pixel image on 4″×6″?

3840 x 2160 px means an aspect ratio of 16:9 - it is the reduced fraction of the pixel values: ...
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How were photographs printed in newspapers in 1929?

I was apprenticed to a photoengraving company in 1946. We used the Colodion or Wet plate process to make halftone negatives and a glass cross line screen. Newspapers used a coarse screen with 55 to ...
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Where may I find this camera test image?

Interesting question. Please google "ISO test charts", or "test charts targets" To my knowledge that one is ISO-12233 "Digital Resolution Still Camera Test Chart". It is ...
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Why is CMYK more efficient/beneficial than RGB for performing printing operation on white paper?

There are two sort of separate issues here. One is RGB vs. CMY. The other is why you add the fourth color, instead of just using CMY (and sometimes, you use half a dozen colors or so, not just four). ...
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Is it not ideal to save image as PNG for printing?

Yes, PNG is theoretically better than JPEG in preserving the ultimate image quality, but in practice this is the kind of exactness we don't really see, especially in print, where the physical ...
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A print shop gives me instructions to convert to sRGB instead an ICC profile, is no soft proofing necessary?

TLDR: Choose a print shop that provides ICC profiles. Soft proofing is an important step for optimal results. If a shop doesn't share its profiles there are two reasons that come to my mind: lack ...
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How can I get my JPEG images to look the same in print as they are on screen?

When I got the print back it was so dark as to be unsellable. Rather disappointed I contacted the printers and they said I should have used an ND filter. An ND (neutral density) filter would have ...
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My lost grey cat looks black in photos, moreso when printed into flyers. How do I make his fur grey

I think the only thing that can be done where are unable to take the photo again is to post process the photo in photoshop (or similar) to make the blacks more grey. Ive written a quick answer and ...
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Where may I find this camera test image?

See here. Of course it has to be printed correctly to be of any value.
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How do I prevent my photos being stolen by the print shop?

Even a small photo lab processes thousands of photos from different people daily. Aside from a quick quality check, they don't even look at a majority of the photos. All sorts of photos pass by them, ...
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Is this a reasonable answer to a complaint that my enlargements were not super sharp?

Not really. But there is a grain of truth in it. What they are saying is that your image had excess resolution and they had to downsample it by about 30%. This is not an extraordinary amount; all but ...
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Is 4288 X 2848 pixels an unfriendly ratio for quality printing and framing or am I missing something?

The idea that you will get better prints at exactly 300dpi — where one dot is also one pixel — is a misconception. There may have been a limited time and certain circumstances where it was true, but ...
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How unusual would contact-printing be for a portrait studio's commercial output?

It wasn't at all unusual for small, local portrait studios to print using the direct contact method during the time in which Disfarmer worked from about 1915 until his death in 1959. Most small ...
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2018 - Economical, quality home photo printer recommendations

Since they don't print very frequently, they often have the ink-drying-up problem that leads to clogs/poor print quality, which means more maintenance routines that use up even more ink and cost them ...
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How big can you print a canon 5d iii Image?

The Canon EOS 5D Mark III has a resolution of 5760 x 3840 pixels, or 22.1 MP. It has a 3:2 (1.5:1) aspect ratio. A2 sized paper is 16.5 x 23.4 inches (420 x 594 mm). It has a 1.414:1 aspect ratio. ...
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How to develop large dark room prints?

No need for all that, you lay the un-developed print on a plastic drop cloth. Have the developer, stop and fixer in a plastic pail. Using a large brush, such as wallpaper's use to apply wall paste. ...
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What steps should I be taking specifically for print when shooting?

I am basing my answer on this I envision as a book in the end. So my first recommendation is beyond the technical elements you are asking for. 1. Frame a bit wider than the frame you like. A printed ...
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What ambient lighting is appropriate for a room where photos are edited and proofed/printed?

You don't need a dimmer bulb, you just need to disperse it properly so that it is more evenly distributed throughout the room. Rather than placing the bulb where it is shining directly on your monitor,...
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Why is my Epson SureColor P600 suddenly printing weird cyan colors?

I'm not sure this question really belongs here, but will try to help as there isn't a printing stack.... As an ex Epson engineer, I can say that you (quite clearly) have no matte black feeding. ...
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How to calculate average color for some part of picture

A more accurate sampling of the actual average would be in Photoshop, to draw a box around the selected sample (with regular marquee tool), and then use Photoshops averaging filter (menu Filters - ...
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What is the stippling effect used in newsprint and comics called, and how can I create it?

Photographs that are to be printed in books, magazines, newspapers are converted to a "half-tone". The most common way this was done: A finished photograph on paper was supplied to the printer. This ...
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Darkroom 8x10 prints aren't as sharp as 4x5 negatives

With a grain focuser, compose with the lens wide open. Now stop down to the aperture you will be using. Now use the grain focuser. It is likely that you are focusing wide open, it is likely that the ...
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How can I avoid a yellowish hue in my darkroom print highlights?

Photo prints will yellow if improperly washed. We wash prints after the fix bath to completely remove residual chemicals. Try to save these prints by re-fixing and then washing in running water for ...
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