(Closed) Difference between ordering prints from photographer or from retailer?

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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1314 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

All photo labs are not created equal.  Order a single photo from all of these places and then from your photographer and compare them, there will be differences. Whether or not they bother you will be another matter.  Of course you could then look at the same prints in a year and see how much the colors have changed on the cheaper ones too.

Find a local print lab… a place that doesn’t do anything but develop photos.  They still exist.

Post # 4
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622 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

It really depends on the image and the photographer. I would not purchase wedding prints from somewhere like Walmart though – their printers are just  . . . well, crap. haha. Here are some great examples of what some of these commercial retailer print places can do to your images:

https://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=194310793946929

 

http://rebphoto.blogspot.com/2011/04/mpix-prints-vs-walmart-prints.html

 

Mpix does a great job, as does Adoramapix. But for larger prints and other products like canvases I would print through your photographer. There’s no sense in saving a few bucks on a print or canvas that will start to warp and yellow in just a few years.

Post # 5
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7908 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

The quality will be SO different. If you want to order yourself, go through a company that prints photography lab quality photos, like MPix.

Post # 6
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532 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

My friend is a photographer and she orders her prints from Costco. 

Post # 8
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1253 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

@JheartsT:  I agree with @mariematt in that I recommend ordering prints through Adoramapix.  I’ve also heard MPix is good, but I’ve never used them.

Post # 9
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6166 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

Every photographer has their lab that they prefer to print with, and it has a lot to do with each photographers calibration and color profiles. Most all photographers hold accounts with all the major pro labs, but generally have THEIR favorite. Me personally, out of ALL our options to print with, I have only two that produce a product I’m happy with.

The difference you get from a professional and printing yourself with definitely be huge. However, for some people quality isn’t a concern. While i know it’s super important for everyone to have their disk of images, it really is a shame to see people spend so much money on a fantastic photographer with a great editing style – only to print at walmart and get crappy results. 

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