I have a set of photos that I'd like to print for a friend.
I have been advised to first calibrate my monitor before printing the photos.
After which he assured me that the prints would be about 90% close to the what I see on screen.
However, upon further reading, I understand the the printers have to be calibrated as well. How to I ensure that this is done? I do not wish to print the photos by myself. Instead, I would like to get it done by professionals.
Eg: Photohub etc. Btw, Photohub Raffles City did a splendid job the last time I sent my photos for printing with them. But the technician said he had to adjust the colours for each photo. Which makes me wonder, do I even have to bother with the post-processing, since its gonna be changed by the technician?
My questions are:
1) How do I ensure that the photos I see on my monitor are printed exactly (as as close to exactly as possible) like that?
2) I will be going to purchase a monitor calibration device. Should I get a Spyder 3 pro or Spyder 4 pro?
I am using a DELL S2340L IPS Monitor.
GeForce 9300M GS Graphics card which comes with my old lenovo laptop. Don't even know how many bits it is. And the Spyder 4 requires a 24 bit graphics card.
I shoot in RAW. Canon 6D.
Appreciate any and all help.