Which online or brick and mortar stores offer high quality, durable photo prints?
I recently printed a few images at walgreens and they're utter shit.
mpix is tolerable
i use general graphics in Alameda for anything that matters and image wizards for direct on metal prints
I've been ordering metallic prints, and also metal prints from bayphoto.com. They've got great customer service, good prices, and great quality. Get some cheap test prints with them to see if you like them
mpix is awesome for digital black and white rc prints
bayphoto will charge the shit out of you for shipping but they have this type-c matte paper i can't seem to find anywhere else. it's really kinda sexy
dalmation lab does fiber prints from digital files, i've never used them as it's kind of pricey and I still have access to a darkroom
lots of stores are ditching the c-prints for really low quality dye-sub processes (target, walgreens, walmart) which are as bad as those little overpriced kodak print-in-seconds machines. costco is probably the best quality and lowest price around, making like 20 8x10s there will cover the cost of membership and then some.
there is probably a good printer somewhere near you that will be happy to work with you (and get paid... like a lot)
I didn't think their shipping was that bad. Especially if you're ordering a few prints at once. The most I've paid for shipping through then was $40 for a 120lb wood crate, shipped from California to texas via fedex, and all the stuff they ship is insured. So if fedex crinkles, bends or breaks something, bayphoto will send you a new one no questions asked, and you get to keep the damaged one. This pic is from a shipment I got from them once
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decent but their books don't hold up. When I ran a gallery I made our catalogs with them and the pages on 2/3rds of them are bubbling and separating.
The worst experience I've had with customer service and quality control were with bayphoto. I know past employees of the company who only have negative things to say.
More importantly I have a 7 or so metal prints from them laying around and more from image wizards. ALL of the ones from bay photo have curled (how the fuck does this even happen, it's on fucking aluminum) while the ones from image wizards have aged much better.
http://www.reagandpufall.com/blog/2012/01/metal-prints-and-bay-photo.html?rq=bay lol I need to reformat that, looks like it didn't translate to the new system well
>be photography student
>get laughed at by /p/
>have Epson Stylus Pro 11880 among others at University
>pay 15USD for a 64" print
Th-thanks, government subsidization.
Can't wait until I'm not a student anymore.
Find out where the stores get their stuff printed before you take it to them, they could just as well print your shit at the same industrial printing plant as the online stores.
There are printing profiles for these printing plants available online, apply them to your pictures to avoid any unwanted tints.
I'd rather find a professional lab near you that prints the stuff in store themselves, it'll cost more but the prints will be a lot better and durable.
When did you purchase those prints? I have seriously had zero problelms with bayphoto. The only problem I've ever had was some adhesive failed on one of the metal prints, it fell off a wall, bent the image, and they sent me a brand new one to put up. I've been printing the metal prints for about 2 years now, and never had a real problem. I feel like you probably work for a different print shop and you're jelly
I had mine done Deveral years ago, 2011 or 2012? I dont work for a print shop and never have. They just did a real shit job and never apologized for it. When I was in California I met some people who had worked there and they had not good things to say about them as a business and a lot of the other photographers I new stayed to fuck away from them as well opting for other printers and mounters.
why would I? All I would be doing is risking getting shafted by someone who has shafted me before when I have other printers who do a better job and have better costumer service.
Does anyone know where/how to get prints like pic related? I really dig the white borders these styles of print have. Once I do find the place any tips on making sure it comes out looking good?
that's a mockup of an instant photograph. currently the only widely available way to do this is to use an instax mini printer with instax mini film. otherwise, use Photoshop to put a fake polaroid border on and print normally.
I've used Adoramapix for various size prints on standard paper and I've been pleased with the results. I used Mpix to order a large (16"x24") mounted and framed print. They were very helpful in the initial support. When the product came in the glass had broken during shipping. I contacted them immediately and they had a new order out the door the next day.
Now that my local store no longer develops B/W negs, where can I go to get it done?
>inb4 do it yourself. I dont have the space to do it
Lately I've been sending my 35 and 120 to sharpprints in WI for development, but maybe there's a better choice?
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