- Photographic quality prints are produced at 300dpi or higher.
- Manually increasing an images resolution will not increase the quality.
- An images exposure, focus and file compression can often be more important to the quality of a print than resolution.
- Fine Art Prints and Photographic Enlargements greater than 24" can often be printed from image files that are only half the suggested resolution less.
- Please use the following resolution suggestions for 300dpi printing:
- Wallet (2.5" x 3.5") : 750px x 1050px
- 3.5" x 5" : 1000px x 1500px
- 4" x 6" : 1200px x 1800px
- 5" x 7" : 1650px x 2450px
- 6" x 9" : 2000px x 3000px
- 8" x 12" : 2400px x 3600px
- 10" x 15" : 2840px x 4260px
- 11" x 17" : 3266px x 4899px
- 12" x 18" : 4000px x 6000px
- 16" x 24" : 4912px x 7360px
- Any image capable of producing a 10" x 15" print at 300dpi (ie: 2840px x 4260px) will produce high quality enlargements up to 20" x 30" on Photographic Paper and 40" x 60" on Canvas and Watercolor Fine Art Papers
- Generally, any digital camera over about 10 Megapixels will produce quality prints at most sizes.
For most people the answer to this is JPEG 8-bit RGB. The following guidelines will ensure compatibility of your file with our commercial printers.
We Do Not Accept the Following Formats and Specifications for Printing:
- RAW Camera Files, including .NEF or .CR2
- .PSD, .AI, .INDD, .QX*
- .PNG, .BMP, .TGA, .GIF, .JPF, .JPS, .EPS, .PDF
- Layered or Compressed .TIF
We Do Accept the Following Formats and Specifications for Printing:
- .TIF, Without Layers or Compression
If you have custom processing or printing needs we can work with you to convert your authoring format to the appropriate printing format and ensure optimal print quality.
Color management, and subsequently color accuracy, can not be accomplished without the proper hardware and software. You will need a monitor colorimeter, printer profiles, software that works with images in a common "working space" like AdobeRGB or sRGB, and software that allows you to "softproof".
You will need to follow the specific directions provided by your hardware and software vendors to properly install and use your color management tools.
Photographs that are not sized to print will be cropped according to your instruction or to the best judgement of the technician.
Most standard orders take from 2-5 business days, depending on the services and options you've chosen. Custom orders will be given a approval date with the due date being subject to the approval process. We offer limited same day service for bereavement and other situations. Orders left over 60 days from their due date will incur a 10% storage fee.
There are two main printing processes we use; traditional photographic printing using a true RA4 chemical process, and giclee printing utilizing true Ultrachrome K3 inks. The traditional photographic printing surfaces include our Kodak Lustre, Kodak Glossy, and Kodak Metallic surfaces. These print surfaces are the latest technology in real photographic prints, using the traditional development process that has been the professional standard for decades. Our giclee printing surfaces include our canvas, watercolor and hahnamuhle surfaces. Giclee printing is today's standard for printing fine art, oversized enlargements, true darkroom quality B&W, and artwork duplication.
- Kodak Professional Endura Premium Lustre - Traditional portraiture surface, our default printing surface due to it's diverse characteristics. This is not a matte or gloss surface, but sits between those two extremes, and has a very slight and very subtle texture to the emulsion.
- Kodak Professional Endura Premium Glossy - A glossy variant of the Kodak Lustre paper.
- Kodak Professional Endura Premium Metallic - An almost iridescent paper that features a super glossy surface for an ultra high-end look. Kodak Metallic paper contains actual micro-ground glass to give prints a true metallic look.
- Hahnamuhle FineArt Pearl - The closest modern, digitally printable, surface to a traditional darkroom fibre print. FineArt Pearl is the ultimate surface for producing black and white prints, yet it will also deliver amazing results with color as well. While technically a "glossy" surface, this paper has more of a lustre emulsion that is easily recognizable to those who have handled or produced traditional darkroom fibre prints. This is an archival paper that has been tested to last upwards of 118 years. Hahnamuhle is considered by many to be the finest giclee processed photographic paper available today.
- Hahnemuhle Torchon Watercolor - The highest quality in watercolor papers. The Torchon paper is designed to mimic a handmade paper look, while retaining a consistent and surface. This is the softest and most matte surface we offer. Torchon is perfect for torn edge prints, artwork reproduction, and fine art printing.
- Hahnemuhle Photorag - Regarded by some as the finest Hahnemuhle photographic paper. This smooth fine art paper has a almost no texture and an ultra matte surface which gives a natural realism to images printed on it.
- Canvas - A traditional real cotton canvas produced with a giclee compatible emulsion. This canvas is perfect for enlargements or artwork reproduction.
- Metallic Canvas - A super glossy canvas with characteristics very similar to our Kodak Metallic surface. This canvas has amazing dynamic range and tone. Perfect for modern high-end gallery wraps and contemporary portraiture printing.
- Artboard - A traditional, frame ready, mounting board. Approximately 3/16" - 1/4" thick, providing durability and longevity to a print when framed.
- Gatorboard 3/16" - Our thinnest Gatorboard, a black cored stiff board that is perfect for easels or framing. Gatorboard is highly tolerant of humidity and does not warp, even when unframed.
- Gatorboard 1/2" - A ready to hang black cored mount board that allows you to display your print directly on a wall without any framing. Gatorboard is highly tolerant of humidity and does not warp, is easy to hang and gives any print a contemporary look.
- Float Mounting - We can "float" your print on a larger sized Gatorboard, a popular option on custom projects.
- Bevel Mounts - Silver or gold beveled board. These are ready to be put on an easel or similar display. Available in limited sizes.
Yes, we provide copy services for artwork, heirloom images, antique photographs and documents, or any other type of image you may have.
Photographic restoration starts with a quote, we will determine the approximate cost of the time it will take to repair or restore your image. Your image is then digitally copied and saved in it's current condition. All of our retouching and restoration will be performed on a digital copy of your image, we do not directly restore your original physical print. Once the restoration is completed we save the restored digital image and original digital copy to a disc. We can then produce prints for you or simply deliver your restoration to you on the saved disc.
You may come into our lab and place an order over the counter in our lobby, see our hours and location for more details, you can also order online through your web browser. A third way to place orders, designed for professional photographers, is through our LabPrints software.
No, we are open to the public. While we specialize in professional photographic services and cater to many professionals, we do not require you to have a tax-id or other business specific credentials.
We provide processing of any b&w, e6 (slide film), and c41 (color film). Legacy formats like 110 or aps, common 35mm, medium and large format film up to 5x7 is accepted for processing. We can scan and print from any of these formats as well. Two common "dead" formats that can no longer be processed are C22 film and Kodak's Kodachrome, processing chemicals for these film types are no longer produced.
Barron Photografix provides limited studio based photography services, including headshot and product photography. We also provide photography services to the Fort Worth Stock Show. Photography is at the heart of our business and many in our staff are also portrait and/or commercial photographers. If you are looking for a photographer we can provide you with recommendations for the specific type of photography you need.
We do not sell cameras or camera accessories. You can use the following as an impartial guideline to help you choose a camera.
- What kind of photos do you want to take, what do you want to do with your camera?
- Where do you want to take your camera?
- What is most important to you; size, features or affordability?
There are Three Main Classes of Camera:
Point-and-Shoot - A consumer class of camera, affordable, small and easy to use:
- Great for snapshots, travel or general photography
- Gets you well beyond cellphone quality images
- A very small form factor, very easy to travel with
- Least expensive camera class
- Slow operation and focusing compared to other camera classes
- Does not require an investment in multiple accessories or add-ons
Mirror-less - The newest class of camera, overlaps Point-and-Shoot and DSLR prices and features:
- Great for advanced amateurs, travel, street or general photography
- Image quality ranging from Point-and-Shoot to beyond many DSLR cameras
- Larger form factor than Point-and-Shoot but smaller than almost all DSLR cameras
- Usually always more expensive than Point-and-Shoot and can be more than
low end DSLR cameras
- Operation and focus speeds ranging from Point-and-Shoot class up to DSLR speeds
- Will require some accessories to take full advantage of the camera
- Accessories are brand and often series specific, leading to incompatibility
with other accessories of the same brand or requiring adapters
Digital SLR - Advanced class of camera, highest end features and technology:
- Great for shooting sports, portraiture, events, fine art, astrophotography and more
- The highest degree of image quality available
- Large form factor, can be difficult to travel with
- Highest price point, ranging from several hundred to several thousand dollars
- Fastest operation with dedicated controls for most operations
- Wide variety of accessories and usually decades of compatible equipment available
Things you should care about most when buying contemporary digital camera of any class:
- Ease and Comfort in Use - Buy a camera that feels "right" in your hands
- Support and Compatibility - Buy a camera that will work with your computer and software, and
that is produced by a reputable name brand which you can trust to provide support if needed
- Build Quality - Buy a camera that will withstand daily use in the conditions you're in most, many specialty Point-and-Shoots offer water-proofing and impact-resistance; high end DSLR cameras often feature metal frames and weather sealing
Things you should care about the least when buying contemporary digital camera of any class:
- Brand - Do not get caught up too much in Brand-A VS. Brand-B, purchasing from any of the major manufacturers will give you a modern, competitive and quality product. Brands I trust to deliver quality products include Canon, Nikon, Sony, Fujifilm and Pentax.
- Megapixels - Digital cameras matured several years ago to the point where the MP (megapixel) spec is, for the most part, irrelevant. There is no substantial visible difference in between an 12MP and 16MP image or a 20MP and 24MP image. Higher MP can also have adverse affects on image quality, especially in Point-and-Shoot cameras.
- Marketing "Specs" - Stickers, badges, buzzwords; they should not be the deciding factor in your purchase. Most other specs being equal, don't buy the camera with "SuperSensing DDGii" processing, these types of terms are meaningless. Buy the camera that has the buttons where you like them, has a menu system that makes sense to you, is comfortable to hold and is in the class that you require to take the photos you want.
Buy used when you can and always buy from a reputable dealer like keh.com, adorama.com, bhphotovideo.com or mpex.com. Many dealers, like keh.com, are known for their quality used gear; many also provide free warranty service on used equipment. There are also reputable alternatives to a lot of high end equipment in todays new gear market; wireless triggers from Cactus and Phottix, LumoPro stands, grip and flashes, and Westcott light modifiers all have reliable gear.
The world is full of bad photography advise and people who will tell you that you're amazing when you aren't. Neither of these things will actually help you learn or grow as a photographer. The following are resources or individuals that you can trust and use to further your photographic knowledge or skill.