April 24, 2022

Non-professional prints: How bad could it really be?

Photographs are meant to be printed. Hang them on your walls, display them in a photo album, or keep one in your wallet. However you choose to share them, photos should do more than simply collect digital dust on your phone or computer. Create tangible heirlooms and print your portraits. When you choose to invest in prints or products, its important to understand not all print labs are created equal.

Original image

Above is the original image that I edited and delivered to my couple. Below, you’ll see the most common print issues that clients experience when they choose to print at stores such as Walmart, Walgreens, Target and Costco rather than the professional print labs available through their online gallery.

I make sure to offer as many sizes as possible at an affordable price so that our clients can have access to professional quality prints for the images that they invested so much in. Investing in high-end photography, but ordering prints at Walmart is similar to wearing an evening gown on a date night to a fast food joint. It just doesn’t make sense. 

Sample printing issues

From left to right: under saturation, high contrast, over saturation

Once your images have been delivered via your online gallery, you can begin ordering high-quality prints. Your prints will be printed in a professional lab and shipped directly to you. 

Special care for 8×10’s and 5×7’s

For whatever reason, our culture has normalized print sizes that are not similar size ratios to the ratios that a camera captures.  This means, when you are ordering an 8×10 or  5×7 print, you will need to pay attention to the “Crop” option and adjust the crop of your  print before ordering!

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