Printing Digital Photos - Self vs. Ritz et al

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by Alan Wonsowski, Dec 24, 2004.

  1. I'm relatively new to digital photography and use Ritz Photo to make
    my prints. I understand that it probably would cost a little more if
    I bought a photo quality printer and did them myself. Are there any
    other advantages to printing your own photos versus using Snapfish,
    Walmart or Ritz (other than cost)? Thanks.
    Alan Wonsowski, Dec 24, 2004
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    Ken Weitzel Guest

    Hi Alan...

    The only one that comes to mind is the instant gratification...

    Ken Weitzel, Dec 24, 2004
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  3. I'd posit one more : Having your own printer makes it easier to learn
    color management. Unless you have an extraordinary person at your local
    Ritz or Walmart, likely they'll confuse you on color management, or know
    less than a beginner at it.
    John McWilliams, Dec 24, 2004
  4. This is a hobbyist thing. If you have fun printing your own photos (I do)
    it is worth it. The commitment is similar to but different from working in
    a darkroom. To get really accurate results, you should calibrate your
    monitor, have a dedicated photo printer (with pigment type inks), and
    provide your printer with "profiles". On the other hand, you may be
    satisfied with less accurate results. In that case. the commercial prints
    should be superior.

    My opinion: unless you want to print in the home for your own satisfaction,
    stick with commercial.
    Dick Frederick, Dec 24, 2004
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    Bob Williams Guest

    It is not a matter of EITHER/OR.
    I use BOTH an inkjet printer and an online printer regularly.
    If you are at a party and 10 guests just LOVE the images you just showed
    them on your TV and want a few copies, then obviously inkjet prints are
    not the answer. Upload them to Walmart Online and have each person pick
    up their finished pix at their closest Walmart store.
    For that adorable impromptu shot of your child snoozing with his puppy,
    you want the print NOW. Inkjet is the Answer.
    Also, if you are very picky about exact color rendition, you may want to
    make several test prints before settling on your final choice.
    For 8x10 and larger, I very often tweak an image on my inkjet and then
    have a more Archival copy printed online.
    Bob Williams
    Bob Williams, Dec 24, 2004
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    nick c Guest

    I can't speak for you or what you would be satisfied with, but I get a
    great deal of satisfaction doing the necessary work to make a print, or
    various sizes of prints, myself.

    nick c, Dec 25, 2004
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