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From a photography business owner's perspective, the reasons I use a pro lab are: Paper selection - My lab offers me literally a dozen options for paper. Size Matters - Try getting a supermarket to print you a 30x60. ;-) Seriously, though... I rarely print anything smaller than an 8x10, and most of the time bigger than that... Supermarkets are designed to ...


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When it comes down to quality, outside of the general consumer ink jet printers which are generally not recommended for quality photo printing at home, the difference between a commercial wide-format printer in a lab and a professional wide-format printer for home use is minimal. At worst, the overall quality between a lab print and a print from a Canon ...


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Yes. And it usually depends how much you are paying. The more you pay per print, the more likely there will be a human factor. The big processors(wallmart etc) are unlikely to have the time or skill to go over files before print, its usually a plug-n-go system. I used to run a print shop - and I specialised in 2 things, Bulk prints, and high end art / ...


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Here's a dirty little secret: 35mm film has no aspect ratio at all until it is exposed. It is just one blank piece of film a specific width (35mm) and any practical length with perforations occupying the outer edges that leave a 24mm wide strip in between the perforations. What determines the dimensions of the photo is the size of the film plane each ...


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The advantages of having your own printer are: You don't wait for prints Your cost per copy can be lower (the more you print, the quicker your average print cost decreases). You don't pay for shipping Directly control the results Labs on the other hand: More printing options (canvas, wide-prints, extra large prints etc). Cost to Quality Ratio is higher ...


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The big trade-off is quality for convenience. Grocery and department stores (like Walmart and Target) are pretty common, so they are fairly convenient to get to. Most of those types of stores are limited to prints that are 8x10 or smaller. Their decent enough for family pictures and sharing physical pictures with your friends. However, I find the ...


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There are a few key differences typically. The quality of the ink is higher, usually standing the test of time better. The color gamut is usually higher, resulting in richer colors. The paper quality is typically higher, resulting in both of the above. Even among the pro printers, there can be differences. See the Smugmug Photo Lab comparison, for ...


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The biggest is color management by far. I use the term "photolab" instead of "online printing company." Ensure your files have the correct color space attached. Many pro labs support a variety of color spaces, so you should use the one that they recommend. Have your monitor color calibrated using a hardware colorimeter. Eye balling it, will not give you ...


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You can have slide film processed like normal film, left in long strips, or more commonly they are individually cut into single frames and mounted in a cardboard or plastic holder, which keeps them flat, and these mounted slides can then be put in a cartridge of a slide projector. The mounts can be seen here. The processing is exactly the same, so no ...


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I would think that a lab's color-correcting quality is dependent upon the lab and the skill of the technicians. There probably is not a single, globally correct answer here, as every lab will use different equipment and have different people with different levels of skill. That said, when it comes to color correction for print, taking the paper into account ...


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This site has a CVS Pharmacy's ICC profile, its based on the specific printer and paper they use: http://www.drycreekphoto.com/icc/Profiles/Massachusetts_profiles.htm Looks like they have ICC profiles for all sorts of random print labs across the country.


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There are a number of drop ship printers out there. A few include: White House Custom Color MPIX Bay Photo I recommend looking at their web sites to determine if their needs suit your particular ones. Many local professional photographers in my area use these three services. I have used 2 of the 3 myself without issue.


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While not a traditional "print lab", there's a web service that integrates with several print labs and gives exactly what you want: SmugMug. I believe we hit all your requirements: All prints from SmugMug are drop shipped without the invoice. Some items do ship with a workorder, but there's no prices on it. Pro account holders have several branding ...


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It's possible, but Mpix is trying to protect you from yourself. Your camera's 8 megapixels make an image with something like 2448 × 3264 pixels. That means that when you print an image 16 inches wide, you end up with about 150 pixels per inch. If you look closely, you may see some blockiness, and the phone camera's image quality probably isn't such that it ...


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Being a photo printer owner for many years I now get everything printed at a lab. The inconvenience of having to send off is more than offset by the quality and versatility offered. Not having to deal with ink cartridges, different types of photo paper, cropping etc. is worth the small additional cost. There's not a lot to chose between the major online ...


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Have a look at http://www.pwinty.com This in an API for printing and shipping photos, and offers worldwide shipping. They let you specify your own custom branding, and invoices to be included within the package- sounds like exactly what you are after.


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It depends. You can instruct them to not do any "correction" and sometimes you will still get 'auto-corrected' or 'operator-corrected' prints. Some labs offer "machine scanned and corrected prints" at one price tier and "human reviewed" prints at a higher priced tier. Sometimes it depends on who is operating the machine when your prints are created and the ...


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I used to work in a small photo lab (back in the days of film), and we took the time to try to understand what the photographer was trying to do in each frame and get the colour, exposure, and contrast just right. But often, when I trusted other (big) labs with my photos, they would do corrections (mostly auto-correction) and they would come back looking ...


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This is probably down to calibration of your monitor being out and what you see on the monitor not being a true representation of the image. For instance if the contrast is too high on your monitor what looks like a good image on the monitor can look very flat and soft when printed out. Try something like Adobe Gamma to calibrate your monitor by eye or ...


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You're up against a few factors: Your own monitor color situation. Unless you're using a color calibration tool, it's very likely that your monitor isn't showing color correctly and you're either used to it or it's close enough that you haven't noticed. Not all software treats color space the same or even at all. Depending on what you're using to view the ...


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I worked at a one hour photolab for a year and a half and in almost every department of a professional lab over the course of 15 years. Matching colors sometimes requires extensive work. Often we had to request a color sample to match the most important color in the image (like bridesmaid dresses or other fabric swatches). The problem lies in the camera ...


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The better question may be, does it matter? For what a low budget print shop can afford to pay their technician, I wouldn't expect anything great. At 2 to 6 cents a photo, even if they can keep the machine running all the time, they probably are not going to have a substantial profit margin. Paying the technician much above $10 to $12 an hour is probably ...


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See if your printer uses ICC profiles, if they have calibrated their printers correctly and you use color management you should be able to embed a custom profile and they will match what you see. As an example, WHCC has their color management guidelines in their faq. These are their current guidelines: Q. How do I calibrate to your printers? A. You ...


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In Lightroom, you can use the Print module, but you need to Print to File with your Color Management ICC profile. So, for Adorama, download the chosen ICC Profile for the paper you plan to have them print on, then put it in the profiles directory. (on Mac, this is ~/Library/ColorSync/Profiles). Then, open the print module with your selected images. Go down ...


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Your questions are all valid, and really only are going to be answered by a professional lab. The studios I deal with require you to have a tax id here in the United States, so they require you to be a "professional". For example I typically use WHCC and they specifically give details around basically every one of your questions in the help/F.A.Q. ...


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A while back I sent out the same image to about 10 labs, ranging from consumer to professional, with walk in and mail order labs at either end of the scale. Unsurprisingly, the pro lab images were much higher quality, but usually took longer to arrive (the cheapest lab had amazing service, but a rubbish image). Taking everything into account, including ...



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