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Noisy Prints?!
Old 03-27-2007, 01:31 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I've noticed that my prints seem rather noisy. alot of times in dark areas.....i thought this may have been due to editing, so i ran an original right out of the camera through the printer and it too was noisy...whats going on?
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I've noticed that my prints seem rather noisy. alot of times in dark areas.....i thought this may have been due to editing, so i ran an original right out of the camera through the printer and it too was noisy...whats going on?
There are so many possibilities that it would be difficult to really pin down the cause of such a problem. One thing is to check the ink to be sure it is fresh. If you don't print on an inkjet almost everyday, the heads tend to dry out and you can get points that don't fire properly. Or one of the colors can be missing or low. You can also be using the wrong type of paper. For example I found low priced paper once that I used in my Canon and it was extremely noisy. To make a fair test, try printing with brand new ink and with the paper recommended by the printer manufacturer.
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I'm actually using brand new HP ink in my HP printer with HPs expensive highest quality paper lol..... this is driving me up a wall
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I'm actually using brand new HP ink in my HP printer with HPs expensive highest quality paper lol..... this is driving me up a wall
In that case there is always the possibility of a bad printer or head. But just to be sure it is not user error, are you sure you've set the printer to use the paper that you've put in to the machine and that you haven't chosen any of the options that might manipulate the photo in some way. Can you post a full size copy of one of the images for us to see if the image might really be noisy?
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It could be because the pictures are underexposed and therfore have a lot of noise in the darker shadow areas.
Have you tried printing a picture that you have printed before and been happy with, then compared the results to see if there is a difference, to confirm that it's definitely the printer and not the pictures you are printing ?
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I'm going back through some prints i have around and im noticing that most of them have some noise to them.... but even things i did in my studio that were metered and properly exposed....its only really noticible if you're staring at it from an inch away.... when you're at a normal distance they're fine but its really bothering me that 4x6's look so bad up close
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Have you tried taking a small photo and editing it to completely black and printing that?
if its perfectly black on the screen and noisy printed you'll at least know for sure its not the image.
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Old 03-27-2007, 02:25 PM   #8 (permalink)
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once I set the ISO quite high for shoot, and forgot to turn it back down...had the same problem unit I noticed it. Did you check your ISO setting?
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