Two versions or not two versions?

I've recently set up a new work station and have been going through the process of color calibrating my new iMac display. It's been my experience that getting a print to match what's seen on the screen requires equal parts science and intuition. I have pretty good luck with colors matching but screen/print brightness seems tricky. Sometimes...

Budget Prints vs Pro Lab Prints

Printing represents the final step in the journey of a photograph. I have just written a comparison blog post, looking at the differences between a print ordered from a budget lab and one created by a pro lab.

The same 300dpi, sRGB jpeg was sent to both labs (which, to save any embarrassment shall remain nameless) and the resulting...