(Closed) Question about Adoramapix photo book and color correction

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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11325 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

I can’t say exactly because I have never ordered one of their albums WITH color correction. I figured my photog knows what he is doing and I didn’t want anyone touching his work. My photos turned out exactly as expected. 

I can tell you though that Adorama is VERY good about getting back to customers about issues. Especially if you contact them via facebook or twitter. I would bet if you told them you’re unhappy and asked about the color correction they might offer to send you a new book without it. 

Post # 5
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3978 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I selected auto-correct and my pictures turned out great in my books.

Have you seen your pictures in multiple formats–physicial prints, online, on different computers, etc.? If your computers color is off and you made any corrections or changes to them they might have transfered onto Adoramapix darker than you’d like.

I haven’t heard of this being a problem and it wasn’t an issue to me, which makes me think it was either a fluke or something wrong with the files you uploaded to the site.

Post # 6
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5296 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1993

Where do you select/de-select this option? I didn’t see it anywhere after I loaded my pics.

Post # 7
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3978 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@hisgoosiegirl: When you order a book, it asks you if you want it done. It’s not in the upload/creation part.

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1993

@kala_way: aaaaaaaaaaaaaaah that explains it. Thought I was blind. My photog did all the editing and such and photos so I assume this is just Adoramapix matching to their own printers and such, so generally I would assume you would want to use it then.

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@hisgoosiegirl:yup, that’s how I took it. It doesn’t cost extra and in my mind it’s just another set of eyes that wants everything to look clean and uniform so they’ll have a happy customer. It worked 😀

Post # 11
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Bumble bee

Are these images direct from your photographer or were they edited?  I would think your photographer would be giving you relatively calibrated images that would look decent from most quality labs.

Color correction does just that, fixes color casts due to miscalibration.  It won’t make much difference in the darkness or lightness of the image.  Most people (including photographers) don’t brighten their images enough for print.  This is because most computer screens (laptops are the worst offenders) have the brightness cranked up too high.  The result is that it looks great on the web, but in print, it’s dark.  A calibrated monitor is quite dim and most people would think it’s way too dark.  However, when an image looks good on that screen (brightness increased of the image), it will look good in print too.

Then there is the issue of color space.  Most labs print in CMYK  (4 colors).  Images are edited on LCD monitors using 3 colors (RGB).  If the image has an embedded color profile in a certain color space, it can effect the output quality.  This has to do with how the image was edited and how it was exported.

So it could be a bunch of things.  You may want to ask your photographer their thoughts since they produced the images.

Post # 12
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3041 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

It also depends on the format of the image & the format they print in. I created my Save The Dates in CMYK, this is what I got back from the lab, NOT adoramapix, just through my local print shop:

Sadly, they printed this photo 250 times & they all had to be tossed! I showed them the very dark photo, they realized their mistake (they print in RGB, which is backwards, most quality places print in CMYK like USER was talking about). After they reprinted, I got this (same exact file, I changed nothing but the lab did something & fixed the issue):

EDIT: I just posted so you could see the difference RGB vs CMYK. Huge printing difference if you print in a different format!

Post # 13
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7296 posts
Busy Beekeeper

@canthugallcats: wow what a difference!

 

@berkie: your post scares considering i just bought two albums from adoramapix a couple of days ago! i hope they turn out ok – i opted for color correction because like PPs have said, i thought it was better since each company has different printers etc.  i will post my review of the books when i get them in a couple of weeks.

Post # 14
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5296 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1993

@dynamic_duo: me too! I just ordered last night and opted for the correction. My photos all came edited from our photog. But I guess I figured that’s Adoramapix’s way of ensuring that everything matches their settings.

I had my thank yous printed from Shutterfly and they turned out awesome, so I’m hoping that Adoramapix is the same……

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

We did our wedding album with Adoramapix – just got it last Friday and it turned out PERFECT!  We also chose the auto correct and didn’t have any problems.

We did have them print some 8x10s of our engagement pictures and one of those came very dark.  I called and had them reprint it and the reprint was fine.

I would wait and see what happens with the second book.

Post # 16
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2889 posts
Sugar bee

I also used Adoramapix for my album and am very happy with my non-color corrected book. I was of the belief that since these were professional photos and my photog did some editing, they should be fine as is. I would choose color correct on a book of photos I took since I don’t edit.

Maybe more relevant to your issue is I called their customer service and they were very helpful. I ordered an 8×10 of a photo I took in Paris and it had lots of spots on it when I got it. While on the phone with the cust. service guy, he pulled up the file and looked at it. He ultimately told me the spots were in the file (something on my lens) but still offered to reprint (I declined). I think you should give them a call and see if they will look at the document to determine what caused the dark photos. Also, try printing a few of the photos at a local store (CVS, Target, etc.) just to see if they come out dark. It could be that your computer is brighter than you realize and the photos really are dark.

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