Has anyone had any good experiences with a photo printer in Bangkok? I am looking for a good one who is centrally located (or does online ordering), I normally get my stuff printed in the states and mailed but wondered if anyone had a good local experience for glossy 8 x 12 prints.
I have tried the following so far ........
IQLab - way too expensive for me
Bloom - high quality archival and I don't need that quality
Master (Lad Prao) - dont do glossy paper
Eastbourne - was not happy with their results
I thought I would update this as I have just been going through my usual frustrations of photo printing.
International - still can't find a quality supplier who will deliver internationally - without me having to mortgage the house.
I have had some good quality/price point results with masterphotonetwork on Lad Prao. Their stuff in NOT nearly up to the quality of the international suppliers (nor the high end local ops) but they give you 10 prints for the price of 1 supplied from the "pro" printers so its a winner in the price fight. A 16 x 20 (matte is only thing on offer) is 65 baht!!
BUT you have to be patient and I have had to send in multiple adjusted files to get to were I am "happy" (relative term). My advice to anyone using them is:
a) prep your files using their color profile (available on their site)
b) create two file copies - one that looks OK on your computer and....
c) then over expose the image by 0.85 stops (your may be different but this is what I settled on) and make another copy
d) apply a good dose of sharpening
e) go to the shop - have a single print made (both normal and +.85 stops) and if one does not look good then complain about the output
I have found complaining gets things sorted - as you may submit a batch and 50% are OK and 50% or not (even with the same settings).
NOTE: If you have an uncalibrated display you may have to make more copies as screen "brightness" may cause "exposure" issues
What about black and white? I love the effect on some bird shots, especially for display on the wall.
The best I've seen so far was just when the printer just winds down the color to zero but this is not exactly B/W, more of a very dark purple and white. Its not that noticeable until you put something really black next to it, then its obvious.
I wonder if anyone actually does the "real thing" anymore? With an enlarger, chemicals etc.....