Post # 1
anyone use an online lab to print photos? i havent and i have a bunch of questions. maybe some of them can be answered.
did they ask for a print release? i have that in the form of a paper contract, would i just upload it or email it to them or something? do they communicate with the photographer in any way? my photog has an online gallery that i could order prints from but i think i can find a better deal, i would just hate for him to find out i ordered somewhere else because i sort of already told him id order from the gallery. is there a limit to the number of prints they will process in one order? can they do a matte type finish? does anybody have any recommendations for high quality yet cheap online labs (not drugstore or walmart type labs)? is it a bad idea to decline their color correction service if the pics have already been post-edited by the photographer? any little things i should know before i order?
Post # 3
I’m actually just about to place an order with Mpix for some wedding shots. They allow regular consumers since some online pro labs won’t print to basic consumers. I don’t see anywhere that I need to send the print release though I have it on paper if necessary. Since your photographer has an online gallery, do you get high def digital images on a CD or online? You won’t be able to print just from the online image most likely, as they’re uploaded in screen resolution, not print. As for paper options, they have several as well as different mediums that you can print on. I’d check out their website as it’s pretty straight forward and easy to navigate.
Mpix does color correct images, but editing can be done with an extra fee. I’m going to assume that’s not necessary, since your photographer should have a color calibrated monitor when they edited your images, but it’s probably wise to print just a few at first to see that you like the quality.
I’ve also heard mixed reviews on Costco’s print services. More good than bad, but I’d definately recommend printing just a couple of test shots to make sure you like how they turn out. It’s been about 10 years since I’ve printed anything there..maybe more. I think it was back in the days of film!
Post # 4
sxcwed: thank u for the info. Yes I have a hi res DVD and I copied them to my computer. I was going to then upload them to the online lab from the computer folder. Is that what u mean by hi res quality or do u mean that copying them from the disc to the computer degrades the quality to screen resolution?
Post # 5
That will be fine for the high resolution. Many times photographers only upload to blogs/hosting sites, etc in screen resolution, because it’s pointless to have them in high res since it takes up too much space and gives risk to people stealing the images. I’d still make sure that you have printing rights though, just in case. Some photographers do not allow them to be printed by anyone other than themselves, so they can control the quality of the final image.