(Closed) Why Walgreens/Costco/etc shouldn’t be used for wedding photos

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

so pretty!

maybe it’s just the flash, but the mpix one looks a little dark to me?

Post # 4
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Busy bee

wow great advice.  the one on the left is a lot more red

Post # 5
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Bumble bee

@ejs4y8: Mpix uses better inks and paper, and they also auto color correct your images if your calibrations are off.  You really can’t compare to walgreens.  MPIX costs more too.

Walgreens is among the worst labs I have experienced in terms of color accuracy, especially skin tones.  A few years back I obtained samples from many different labs to compare, snapfish, costco, cvs, shutterfly, etc, and walgreens was among the worst!

Post # 7
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Bumble bee

@ejs4y8:  It’s hard to see the difference in the picture you posted.  Your screens need to be calibrated to the printer profiles of the labs.  MPIX offers this so you can soft proof files, and then you have to de-select the autocorrection when you order the print.  I don’t think chain stores offer this, so even if your monitors are calibrated it doesn’t mean anything when it comes to printing.

Nice job on the bicep.  Your face looks slimmer to.  Did you use liquify?

Are those dots on the lower right hand side a reflection?

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2012

It looks like the chain store over is a bit high contrast. It’s probably the printer and paper they use there. Glad your new pictures turned out so much nicer!

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I have another warning about Walgreens photo developing- they can ruin your pictures completely and you have no recourse at all!  My sister used a disposable underwater camera to take pictures of her very first scuba dive, and the Walgreens photo developing machine got stuck and destroyed them!  We were furious- these pictures could not be retaken!  I know this would only apply in the case of actual film cameras, but I have seen people use many these disposable cameras at weddings. I will never go back to Walgreens for photo developing.

Post # 11
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

Nice. I hate the prints at target— worst I’ve experienced. Do you every use snapfish? How do you feel about them vs. mpix

Post # 12
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Newbee

In my experiences these are some of the best places to get photos printed online:

#1 http://www.MPIX.com

#2 http://www.whcc.com

#3 http://www.Bayphoto.com

That said, nothing like having a quality local printer that you can work with regularly. If non-photographers are looking to get photos printed the same as they see on their screen (and haven’t invested in a color workflow), I’d send them to a local pro lab (non walgreens) – less headache, and they’ll learn a ton.

-Christopher Schall

Photographer

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Disagree…..I have always been so happy with COSTCO developing my photos.  A friend of mine developed and enlarged her pro wedding pics there and they looked absolutely amazing!

Post # 14
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Bumble bee

Costco is actually not that bad.  Snapfish is good for cheap proofing of 4×6’s, but you can’t beat the feel and look of higher quality papers, especially metallic or pearlescent.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I have another warning about Walgreens photo developing- they can ruin your pictures completely and you have no recourse at all!  My sister used a disposable underwater camera to take pictures of her very first scuba dive, and the Walgreens photo developing machine got stuck and destroyed them!  We were furious- these pictures could not be retaken!  I know this would only apply in the case of actual film cameras, but I have seen people use many these disposable cameras at weddings. I will never go back to Walgreens for photo developing.

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I have never tried MPIX, but I may have to now! I have had great luck with Kodak Gallery’s professional prints.

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