Post # 1
Can anyone help me understand the difference between the pictures that I can order from a photographer or what I can order myself from Target, walgreens, or whereever?
I’m getting the full cd of my engagement session (and will get one of my wedding pictures as well) and would like to know what the differences are in where I order them.
Does anyone have any recommendations of where the best place is to order prints if i do not go through my photographer?
Post # 3
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
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:
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
- 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
My friend is a photographer and she orders her prints from Costco.
Post # 7
@Aicyla22: Costco has horribly inaccurate color profiles.
Post # 8
@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
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.