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Trying to have prints match closely to a monitor?

Other users gave great answers about tuning your computer. However since you mentioned costco, this is a costco specific answer: I've sent many prints to costco and had great luck. However not so ...
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How can I decode information on back of printed photo?

Those appear to be codes from a Fuji Frontier automatic film processing lab machine or one of its older predecessors. Such machines were/are popular at mass retailers who did/do one hour photo ...
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How to preserve and store very old photos (50/80 years old)?

Scan them. Now. Even relatively low end cheap scanners can capture more than the visible detail of a picture. Once you have a good digital representation, make a few backups on as long-lasting ...
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How to preserve and store very old photos (50/80 years old)?

Others have given advice on digitising which is very worthwhile and I would suggest this should be done as soon as possible. However, assuming that there is value placed on the photograph itself as a ...
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What is the legality of selling prints of "private land" in the UK?

The general position under UK law is that you can take any photos you like if you are on public property - this is how all those long-lens paparazzi are legal. As you note, almost all the UK is owned ...
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How can I save this physical photo?

Before doing anything else, I would suggest making as high a quality and high resolution scan (2400dpi not interpolated) as you can using a flatbed scanner and save the image in an uncompressed file ...
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Photogravure: What is it?

I find that the Wikipedia article on Photogravure gives a good detailed overview of the subject. An easier to follow and shorter version can be found in this description of the process. Here's the ...
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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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Which print medium has the highest dynamic range?

It is really complicated because you need to compare brands and systems with the same reference image. This will be an answer just based on my little experience. Paper In general terms the paper must ...
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Old photos (plusmin 25) years seem to be glued together: a solution?

The usual coating of photographic paper consists of (hardened) gelatin, together with a lot of other chemicals. Unless it has some extra protectional coating as described on this wikipedia image the ...
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Is there a trick to separate an old photo moisture-fused to glass?

Since I do photo restorations I frequently see the results of others efforts of trying to separate the photo from the glass.I personally do not try separating them. I do a high resolution flat bed ...
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How to preserve and store very old photos (50/80 years old)?

Unless you're using album sleeves manufactured to being archival, they could be part of the problem, outgassing chemicals that deteriorate the images. Also, unless the images were printed on ...
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How was the cyan cast of C-41 negatives originally removed?

The C-41 negative film process arose from movie film that was marketed just after World War II. Previously, processing color films was a far more arduous task. To simplify, three dyes, cyan (blue-...
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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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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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Is it legal to resell prints after framing them?

Yes, this is legal under the doctrine of first sale. In general, under the law, distribution is an exclusive right of the copyright holder. However, this is a specific exception, where "the owner of a ...
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How to make color darkroom prints?

Wet silver color printing is slow, tedious, and requires trial and error to get the color balance right. I don't miss those days. Even if you want to cling to film for some reason, scanning the film ...
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Will I get better prints with film->paper or film->scan->digital print?

Mostly, any answer will be purely subjective. In other words, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. No matter what I say here, some deleterious remarks will be posted. The chemical based photo print ...
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What to label digital prints made from scanned negatives in an exhibit?

I think something along the lines of "Digital print from 35mm film negative" should sum it up quite well - it clearly states that the original photo was taken on 35mm. I don't think you need to say ...
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Horrible quality of prints developed from film

Without example pictures, it's difficult to tell exactly what the problem (or constellation of problems) is, but what you are describing could easily be the result of extreme underexposure of the film ...
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Should 8x10" prints be actually 8x10?

Within production of paper based products such as photo prints, there are inaccuracies that are hard to avoid. If the prints are exposed on photo paper usually paper rolls are used which may already ...
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Why did the store crop my images for 4x6 prints?

I'm assuming you probably used a compact type camera with an image shape of 4:3 (long side of image is 4/3 longer than short side, which describes a "shape"). But a 6x4 print is the shape 3:2... ...
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How can I make physical prints that can be kept longer without any damage?

...what kind of print do you do so that it can be kept for longer time without any damage? I generally don't worry too much about archival quality or longevity of my prints; I'm cheap and use a dye-...
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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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How do I choose a frame for a print?

It's purely a matter of opinion, unfortunately. My own suggestion would be that matted prints always look better than simply framed prints, and some more so with a double mat. I typically go with ...
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Trying to have prints match closely to a monitor?

Some high-end, made for visual-arts work monitors ship with pretty decent color profiling from the factory. But if you're looking for a cheaper option, you definitely need a color calibrator. There's ...
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What date would this be? 2010 February 12th or 2010 2nd of December? Fiji color Crystal Archive

When dates are in the form using a trailing year such as 02/12/2010 there is an ambiguity between U.S. usage of month/day/year (Feb 12) and most of the rest of the world which uses day/month/year (Dec ...
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How can I save this physical photo?

This color photograph is comprised of dye (not ink) imbedded in a gelation layer. My advise is to soak this picture, frame, glass, and all in a shallow pan of water. Allow to soak for several hours. ...
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How to remove shiny spots from photography print on wood?

Any advice on how to remove this shine and mattify the print? There are a number of matte-finish sealers on the market, many in spray cans (which would be easiest to apply). One example is Krylon ...
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How to make color darkroom prints?

All true. Color processing is temperature dependent, and you can not process the paper with a black light, but must be done in complete darkness. For this reason, most processing is done using a ...
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