Printing photos

Photo developers

Written by Gail Bjork

If you don’t want to print your own digital images, take them to a photo developer or upload them to a photo sharing website to have prints mailed directly to your home.

Digital printingCommercial photo developers make high quality prints from digital images. They have sophisticated equipment, most use traditional photo paper and often can make larger sized prints than possible with your own printer.

Commercial prints may even cost less than those printed at home.

Photo sharing websites

After transferring to a computer, upload images to an online photo finisher website. Their systems make uploading easy even for novice computer users.

Online photo sites have web-based tools for basic editing of sites while logged into your account.  You place orders directly through the site. Your prints and other photo novelties will be shipped right to your mailbox. A growing number of online photo finishers print your photos and you can pick them up locally within a few hours.

Photo mini-labs and kiosks

You can print digital images at a photo mini-lab or kiosk, often found at local supermarkets, pharmacies and neighborhood photo shops. Insert media into a slot then press a few buttons on a touch screen to crop, color correct, select print size and print out images while you wait.

Most photo kiosks accept images on CD, floppy disks, memory cards and USB Flash Drives. Print quality from these mini-labs is outstanding.

Local camera shop

One of the best places to have digital images developed is at a local camera shop, particularly if you want prints 8×10″ or larger. In most cases, the trained staff will advise the maximum print size a particular digital image can be enlarged.

You may pay a little more at a local camera shop, but it’s hard to beat the personalized service and the print quality that can be superior compared to other developers.

About the author

Gail Bjork

Gail Bjork, who is passionate about digital photography, is the owner and editor of Digicamhelp.Gail is the author of three illustrated ebooks about digital photography. A number of her photos and digital photography related articles appear at other websites.In 2006, a series of her photos, People in the Louvre, were exhibited at the Underground Photo Gallery
in Iisalmi Finland. Eight of her photos taken in the Florida scrub are on permanent exhibition at Parrish Medical Center in Titusville, Florida.Gail served twelve years as an elected member of The School Board of Palm Beach County, Florida, one of the largest school districts in the U.S. She has also been the editor of a small town newspaper and a free-lance writer. Gail and her husband owned and ran several small businesses.