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Old Jul 25, 2005, 2:58 PM   #1
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OK so next week i fly to india with my 20d. Normally I shoot in parameter 2 and tweak in photoshop later prior to printing on my i965. However, when abroad i shall shoot hundreds of photos and can't afford the time to work on each one later. Question: If I took the card to a photo lab for processing would it be better to use parameter 1 or parameter 2? I feel happier using the latter especially as it gives me the option to develop the results I want but i assume photolabs would would not tweak the photos in any way (esp contrast/sharpening) so param 1 would be better?

If anyone out there has had their files processed in a lab, I would be pleased to hear from them.



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Old Jul 25, 2005, 8:21 PM   #2
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all labs are different. There is one lab that I use that will do some tweaking, but not a lot, some won't do any. My suggestion would be to call or go to the labs in your area and ask just what they can and will do for you.
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Old Jul 26, 2005, 12:28 AM   #3
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OK so next week i fly to india with my 20d. Normally I shoot in parameter 2 and tweak in photoshop later prior to printing on my i965. However, when abroad i shall shoot hundreds of photos and can't afford the time to work on each one later. Question: If I took the card to a photo lab for processing would it be better to use parameter 1 or parameter 2? I feel happier using the latter especially as it gives me the option to develop the results I want but i assume photolabs would would not tweak the photos in any way (esp contrast/sharpening) so param 1 would be better?

If anyone out there has had their files processed in a lab, I would be pleased to hear from them.



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You bet they tweak them ...

Most minilabs print with auto corrections/enhancements turned on. Some won't even turn them off if you ask them to, and some give horrible results when they do (showing that their equipment is totally out of calibration). I've tried many consumer minilabs and hated the results from all of them, so I only use a ro labs if I need anything larger than a 4x6 proof to be printed. For 4x6's I use a Canon Selphy CP600.

IMO you should get something like an Epson P2000 and dump your images to it, then process them all when you get back from your trip.
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Old Jul 27, 2005, 8:32 AM   #4
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i suggest getting some morecf cards for this trip. then process them in labs that you trust when you get back.






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