Digital pic to photo printer vs. photo lab

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Bruce Chang, Aug 4, 2004.

  1. Bruce Chang

    Bruce Chang Guest

    Hello all,
    I was wondering what the long-term results of printing a digital pic on
    photo paper versus going to a photo lab to get the picture developed on
    their machine.
    Here's my story. I took some engagement pictures for friends of mine and
    they want these pictures enlarged and they will be framing them for the
    wedding. 4 total, 3 will be 8x10's and one will be a 16x20. Now I
    understand that if the photo printer print fades, you could always print
    another one and you're back in business but if the picture is framed, then
    it's not as easy. So is it worth the money to go to a photo lab and get
    them to print the 8x10's or just let my friend with the photo printer print
    it? I'm not entirely sure what he's using but I know he's got pretty good
    paper and a photo printer, it's not just an inkjet with good paper, he's got
    a dedicated printer for printing only photos. He said he printed a picture
    6 months ago and it shows no noticeable signs of fading or loss of any kind.

    Any advice would be appreciated.

    Thanks in advance.

    -Bruce
     
    Bruce Chang, Aug 4, 2004
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  2. Most people have no way to print a 16x20 without going to a photographic
    process.

    8x10's are much cheaper to have printed than to print at home. I believe
    that it costs at least $3-4 for me to print an 8x10 on my Epson R800. But
    I can get a print for under $2 at a number of quality prints shops. The
    cost for a 16x20 is about $12 at www.whcc.com which is an online print house
    used by many wedding photographers.
     
    Mark Kovalcson, Aug 4, 2004
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  3. Bruce Chang

    Rob Novak Guest

    This has been covered a number of times in the past couple of weeks.
    Read the threads "Best Way to Print Digital Photos" and "Preferred
    printing method for sales".

    With premium quality paper and manufacturer's inks, a photo-inkjet
    print is comparable to a standard Kodak paper print. Read the above
    threads for details.
     
    Rob Novak, Aug 4, 2004
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  4. Bruce Chang

    Bruce Chang Guest

    Thanks Rob, I'm sorry I didn't do a little looking around before posting.
     
    Bruce Chang, Aug 4, 2004
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  5. Bruce Chang

    Rob Novak Guest

    Hey, no problem - I just figured I'd point you to the previous
    discussions rather than re-typing my standard screed. ;-)
     
    Rob Novak, Aug 4, 2004
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