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    Posted: 07 Jul 2012 at 12:40pm
Hi all,

I have been shooting food for a restaurant and have been asked back to shoot for a book and a magazine.
The reason is that the previous shots for the book and mag do not look good.

Having looked at the online portfolio's of the photographers, the images in the publications do not represent their quality photography, the printed images look flat and dull with no texture.

I don't believe the photographers submitted the images looking so poor.

How can I avoid this happening to my images when I forward them for publication?

Any help or advice greatly appreciated.

Darren
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G'day Darren,

Welcome to Karl's place, we hope you enjoy your stay.

Some suggestions;
1. Make sure that your display is correctly calibrated
2. Print your images to ensure that they match what shows on your display
3. Find out from the publisher their requirements for photo's that are to be published in a book
4. Dont use heavily cropped images and just sized up to fit, use high quality files
5. Image sizes at best resolution (ie: if image original size is 6048 x 4032, set the document size so that the image quality remains, not just resizing for web)
6. If the publisher uses TIF files, use 16bit, not jpeg as they are 8bit
7. Send a sample image to the publisher to ask if it shows correctly
8. If the publisher has a ICC profile that will show how the images will print, might also be of help
9. Find out the paper quality that will be used and try match in your sample prints
10. As the publisher will have their own setup, again ask them how they want the images and their staff should be able to direct you to how their system prints in book format, with quality style and paper quality

Those of us here could advise you what works best to print on your printer, or through a printlab, but the book publisher will know the system they use and how to get the best results from their system and their printing machines.

More than likely they will do a proof print first before doing a full run, just to make sure that its correct. If it's approved, then any mistakes are permanent and will be printed, as the mistakes had also been approved.

Hope this helps.

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Craig
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Hi Craig,

Thanks for that. Can't help worrying that poor printing on the publishers part might be in some way responsible too.
Fingers crossed and thanks again for the advice, I will let you know how it works out.

Darren
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