By George Williams
Digital cameras are so popular in recent years due to its
convenience and capacity. Every event or celebration you go to
now has at least several people snapping away. Once you pay
the camera and memory cards, your costs are zero, until you
actually have a picture you want to print. You can take 40
pictures of your new child, niece, nephew, grandchild, etc,
if only two good shots came out of that, then you only pay for
In fact, owning your own photo quality printer is definitely
faster. There are even people who take a small printer with
them and make prints for other guests right away. It is almost
as easy as a traditional Polaroid camera. The large chains
jumped into this fray in a BIG way. Wal-Mart, Blacks, Business
Depot, and many others. With all this competition comes low,
low pricing. A typical 4x6 print from a big chain is cheaper
than the retail cost of the do-it-yourself paper that the same
chain sells in their photography center. And at home you still
have to pay for the ink!
Here are 6 things to consider when getting a photo lab to
your digital pictures.
- Price. All the major players have priced their 4x6 size very
competitively. The larger sizes though, like 5x7 or 8x10, are
usually higher in cost than what you can do it for at home.
- Delivery. Does your photo lab let you pick them up in the
store, or do you have to wait for the post office or a
Picking them up at the store should be a no-cost option. If
can pick them up, is the location easy to get in and out of?
- Timing. How fast do they work? One photo lab has a
of having most orders ready in one business day. Another is a
bit cheaper, but takes a week.
- Drop Off. Can you upload your digital pictures to them via
the internet (very convenient) or do you have to deliver them
on a floppy or CD?
- Quality. You may have to talk to relatives, friends, and
co-workers about this one. Find others who have already tried
various printers. One photo lab's web site states that they
will not print a picture with too low a resolution (nothing
under 150 DPI allowed). This can be inconvenient, but assures
you of a quality print. Speaking of resolution, a 4x6 printed
at 200 DPI requires a digital print that is 800 by 1200
An older model 1.0 megapixel camera can do this easily. If you
have a more modern 3.3 megapixel camera you can create a 200
DPI print that is 8x10. One of the advantages of a better
camera, say a 5 mp, is that you can "crop" part of the picture
away and still have the 3.3 megapixels required for an 8x10.
- A standard "snapshot" for a photo album is 4x6 in size. That
is a ratio of 1.5. Most new cameras have a photo ratio of
What happens if you send a 1.33 picture to a photo lab and ask
for a 4x6? They cut off ("crop") part of the picture you took,
making it shorter on its longest side. You may not like the
part they cut off! The best internet upload systems for photo
labs allow you to indicate what can be cut off. Alternatively,
use a program on your computer to make the digital picture the
correct size and ratio before uploading.
Since you have to pay nothing for the digital camera unless
want to print it out, it is advised that you take as many
pictures as possible and choose the best picture later when
want to print them.
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