Do You Print Your Digital Images? POLL


Time for another poll – do you print your digital images? If so, approximately how many of them?

Do you Print Your Digital Images?

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In comments below it might also be interesting to hear HOW you print them – ie do you get them done at a lab, do you print them at home on a printer etc?

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  • I have used Shutterfly for some 4 x 6, but I was not real pleased. I do digital scrap-4-hire, though, and Shutterfly is absolutely the best quality/value on custom created photo books. Recently had about 500 Disney PhotoPass photos printed by ArtsCow. Very pleased with them! For customer prints and products I use MPIX (very impressed with large print sizes and mounting) and Nations Photo Lab.

  • Oh, and for my kiddos I print at home on either Epson CX7800 or Canon S9000. Instead of printing individual 4×6’s for the kids I print and assemble them in the Epson Storyteller books.

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  • Melanie November 26, 2009 12:42 pm

    Oh, and for my kiddos I print at home on either Epson CX7800 or Canon S9000. Instead of printing individual 4x6's for the kids I print and assemble them in the Epson Storyteller books.

  • Melanie November 26, 2009 12:40 pm

    I have used Shutterfly for some 4 x 6, but I was not real pleased. I do digital scrap-4-hire, though, and Shutterfly is absolutely the best quality/value on custom created photo books. Recently had about 500 Disney PhotoPass photos printed by ArtsCow. Very pleased with them! For customer prints and products I use MPIX (very impressed with large print sizes and mounting) and Nations Photo Lab.

  • Paul Staudenmaier November 20, 2009 02:30 am

    Yep, I print everything at home on an Epson Stylus Photo R1800. Excellent printer ,excellent results. I use Ilford Galerie Smooth Pearl Paper 8 1/2 x 11 290 gsm. I enjoy doing it that way. It's a treat seeing your work done in that format. I've tried other media, but it just didn't cut it. It's great to have photos in that size and quality, and other people appreciate it too. I truly enjoy photography and all that goes with it.

  • Geoff November 19, 2009 11:20 am

    Whoops - I forgot. I also print these at a lab in a shop - hopefully when they're on special for 12c per print or less. But I have never printed out at home - far too expensive.

  • Geoff November 19, 2009 11:19 am

    Yes, roughly one in every 10... but of course this varies. Sometimes I have a session where I will print all photos, other times I'll print one in 30. Because I have a hard time sorting out what to print and what not to print I usually only take one or two photos of anything I think would be excellent so it's easy to select what to print.

  • Les Tihor November 19, 2009 06:26 am

    Snapshots go to Walmart. I print fine photos on my Epson Pro 3800.

  • David November 17, 2009 09:39 pm

    have only recently had my new Epson printer set up to run correctly.............think my print output will gradually increase over time

  • Ronnie Eng November 17, 2009 04:04 am

    Yes, I print 90% of them at a camera lab, as their coloration and tones are much more dramatic, and clarity is much sharper. It is a bit more expensive, but worth the price, as these are family memories and records!

  • Khayalethu ndolela November 17, 2009 12:27 am

    Its been good learninig to take photograph i CANT WAIT TO continue to be a phtography even though I am still

  • Mike Minick November 16, 2009 11:29 pm

    I print some throught my local photographic store but mostly I print them myself (after much experimentation) on my cheapo HP printer using matte HP high quality paper. I've been asked 3 times who does my prinytting and folks are always surprised to find that I printed them myself. Thank you goes out to HP:)

  • atgar November 16, 2009 05:35 pm

    Where do we print ?
    At home, after a while photos change color !!!
    Normal lab ; they don't care how they print, it is a computer, colors so so
    Unfortunately if I want a good print which satisfies me, pro lab !!!!! (which is bloody expensive)
    Who can help me ?

  • Hannah Barber November 16, 2009 09:29 am

    i use my printer at home, its an epson printer and its quite good because the ink cartrages are separate so if the blue or yellow were to go out but the pink hasnt u dont need to buy a hole colour cartrage u can just buy the blue or black or pink or yellow separately, and its a 3 in 1 witch is also great
    i really recomend this tipe of printer for home its very good, good printer for photos or texts...

  • pepe6405 November 16, 2009 12:16 am

    I print 99.99% of my pictures. If I ever want a picture larger than 8 1/2 x 14 I have to go to my local camera shop. I Love the control I have when printing it's the same as when using photoshop. I use a HP Photosmart 8250 and the options are abundant. I actually bought this printer used because of the reviews it got in color printing. And setting up a home printer is no harder than setting up a computer.

  • Schmidt November 15, 2009 11:38 pm

    I take about 10,000 pictures a year. Digital photography lets me take so many pictures, without extra cost, if I don't print them. Then I sift through them, selecting the ones I want and print only those. If I have a lot to print (30 or more), and it's worth the trip to have them printed elsewhere, then I take them in to be printed elsewhere. I also use my pictures for my screen saver and desktop picture, being able to enjoy them on a daily basis.

  • donald bell November 15, 2009 10:42 am

    I print all prints on mat paper suing a Espon R 200 printer. i use a nicon d%0 to shoot most of my photos .
    I soot lots of group pictures fron senior centers in theSanta Fe , New Mexico area which are printed in their monthly news letter. Don Bell

  • Krasimira November 15, 2009 04:47 am

    I print about 200 ps when come back from excursion.

  • mel November 15, 2009 04:18 am

    I print mine using the Kodak kiosk because they have the best photo paper and I can see how they come out right away and reprint any errors immediately if necessary. Its great since I can provide clients with faster turnaround time and I don't have to charge and outrageous price for the prints. Only drawback is if the employee in the photo lab at the store sees your prints they ask you to sign a copyright paper which I had to sign at my local cvs

  • Charles Peterson November 15, 2009 01:48 am

    The majority of my prints are for display in my home or in local shows. I print on an Epson 2200 with a variety of paper finishes. As has been mentioned previously, it is a joy to the finished product emerge from the printer.

  • Larry Nicosia November 15, 2009 12:48 am

    I print all my images. It allows me to experiment and ultimately get exactly what I want. Its part of the creative process.

  • Ruthann November 15, 2009 12:22 am

    I print a fair few on a new Epson 2880 that I've had profiled for my favorite paper of the moment, Permajet Oyster. I use a CIS with Lyson inks which isn't quite so probibitive as the Epson inks, I have to print my work for Royal Photographic Society {UK} distinctions that I'm trying for, also club comps but I've gone off entering them! Ruth

  • Judy Gray November 14, 2009 11:08 pm

    Walgreens, which is powered by Snapfish, has produced some good 4x6's, for scrapbooking, etc, but if I'm ordering for someone else and want a really good quality print that's sharp with great and accurate color, I'm using H and H Color Lab. They have wonderful customer service, good prices for professional prints and their turnaround is FAST.

  • John Milton November 14, 2009 10:03 pm

    Many of my pictures are used on web sites and publications, but I print about 1 in 100 for myself. I use a Canon i9000 printer and I print myself so I have total control on the final image, in the same way I did in my darkroom in years past.

  • silva November 14, 2009 03:50 pm

    I am in the process of upgrading from the Epson 2880 which I only bought early this year to the Epson 3880 because of being able to print art quality on A2, I always regretted not going the extra mile five minutes after I bought the smaller printer, rats hey, now I’ve had to bite the bullet and go the full Monty, am looking forward to bigger and better.
    I take birds and wildlife and print only my best (1%) on high grade art paper, this gives me deep satisfaction. I would never be without a decent printer.

  • Larry November 14, 2009 01:44 pm

    Generally print 1% to 2% of images. Much higher ratio with family snapshots. I print with a Canon Pro9000 Mark II. Bought because it had good specs, good reviews, $ale price, compatibility with my EOS 40D. I find I rarely use Canon software; print via Photoshop instead, even when I get it right in the camera. Very satisfied with print quality. Disappointed with the amount of ink it consumes. For big jobs I'll use Costco.

  • Steve November 14, 2009 06:34 am

    I'm new to this web site so when I voted I was surprised to see that so few render their own images.
    As most probably already know, the trick is to ensure that your screen, printer and media are profiled.
    Nothing more frustrating than printing something that doesn't match what you were viewing on the monitor.
    Pro-labs do provide outstanding images, but they come at a cost. Providers like Costco and other 1 hour labs provide a nice image for a reasonable price, but you always get what you pay for. If your into high quality images rendered on quality media then producing your own is the only way to go. Almost every printer can be profiled for any media. Check around, most media suppliers will build a custom profile for you based on the media that you purchased. Generic profiles are OK and will come close. If you want righ-on colour then the colour targets need to be printed on your printer.

  • pam kutzen November 14, 2009 05:56 am

    I print all my own prints: I have a desktop printer and a large format printer. True, Costco may be less expensive; but I like the control, since, I will readily admit I tend to be a perfectionist. Oh, well. I especially appreciate the ability to print on canvas with the large format printer. Both my printers are Epson. I tried a different printer at one time. Great, big mistake! Epson knows printers.

  • paul smith November 14, 2009 05:12 am

    I usually print out at home about 1 in 10 for an album. As I am retired the "time wasted" problem is not for me, plus I have much more control in what I print at home rather than a lab. Sure, it costs more but that's part of the pleasure of doing it all myself.

  • Melanie Barrett November 14, 2009 02:57 am

    My late husband's career (day job) was in professional photographic labs - I know better than to do my own prints. I use a higher quality lab for my more important prints and a mid level for anything else I print. Rarely do I do my own.

  • Mary Lynn Muir November 14, 2009 01:10 am

    I get prints made at Costco, which has consistently better quality than Shopper's Drug Mart or our local independent camera store, and I make a lot of iPhoto books to documents trips or important events and to make quick little inexpensive and impressive gifts for friends.

  • Conrad Weiler November 13, 2009 11:50 pm

    I print at Costco in Bend, Oregon. Excellent quality, matches my monitor view extremely well. Fuji Crystal Archive paper, Noritsu printer, and price. 12x18 ($2.99), etc. I can't come close in price using my Epson, paper, and inks. Besides, I can get a Polish Dog for lunch at Costco..

  • Nathan McMillan November 13, 2009 11:25 pm

    I do all my printing with an Epson Stylus Printer photo 1400 using a high grade photo Paper up to a 13 x 19. I have had customers want bigger and used a lab for these prints. If you have had any doubt about the epson don't I was amazed at the color and sharpness of the prints, even at the larger prints.[img][/img]

  • Lester Miyaoka November 13, 2009 10:45 pm

    I rarely print my own pictures. I send them to RitzCamera. They are pretty good. I used Shutterfly once for a photobook that I made. came out good.

  • Bob Baker November 13, 2009 10:14 pm

    My one out of ten vote is alittle off. Its more like 1 out of 25. Whin I shot birds I use brest mode.
    If I'am shooting family it is more like 3 out of 20. If I print a 8X 10 it is more like 1 out of 80.
    I will print a 4X6 to review first. I use my HP D7460printer.
    If would like to see some my photos,go to Then look for [ kbr42 ].
    please fell free to coment. Thank You.

  • Rachel November 13, 2009 08:57 pm

    I have mine printed at a lab. Printer ink doesn't seem to do the job and the cost is minimal. Most photos are shared online with friends and family.

  • John Barker November 13, 2009 08:37 pm

    I tend to binge my printing. I review all my images and the pick and choose the ones I like.
    Most of the subjects are family or the cats.
    I print only on a desk top printer.
    99% of what i print are 8 X 10's. then I hang them up.


  • Simon November 13, 2009 07:41 pm

    I don't normally need to print them as they are normally seen online and I share them that way. If I do print them though I would take them to a shop and get them to print it as the quality is much better than anything I can do and just less hassle.

  • Gaurav Lambole November 13, 2009 07:14 pm

    I get them printed in labs

  • Tony November 13, 2009 07:07 pm

    Yes I print some of my own at home, now that I have a decent screen to get colours correct. If I had a great shot I would probably get it printed on better quality paper at a lab[img][/img]

  • Doug McKay November 13, 2009 07:03 pm

    I print the occasional image on the desk printer just be because I need a picture or to test if the image adjustments are suitable for printing.
    I take/send digital files to two printers here in the Wonderful Kingdom of Saudi Arabia - and it seems they are never just right, even with doing the adjustments to suit the the conditions last time. Having said that , i am my own worst critic and the photos still get picked for publications and the like.
    I have yet to try a really high end online printer.

  • Lynn November 13, 2009 06:54 pm

    I've used Photobox for 12 x 16 and 10 x 15 prints for the past five years--very good quality competition / exhibition standard prints.

  • RJ November 13, 2009 05:37 pm

    Yes i definitely print my photos, but only the ones that are very meaningful to me. Like my macro shots, my vacations with my wife and daughter, and travel shots. Then on family gatherings i display my albums on a table for everybody to see.

  • Tony Brooks November 13, 2009 05:26 pm

    Tony Bedfordshire England, my two interests are Aircraft & Landscapes if I feel they are of particular interest or rarity I print them using my own Canon printer.

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  • Moses November 13, 2009 03:41 pm

    I print the occassional landscape on a canvas diptych or triptych for the house. 8x12's for family photos I want to frame. Other photos I use in my annual calendar for family, friends and colleagues, and others I'll print up to mail out to "senior" relatives who have not adopted the computer age at all...

    Some photos get used in other print material like newsletters and flyers for the charity stuff I'm involved with.

  • Nicholas Fulford November 13, 2009 02:53 pm

    I print in small format for proofing about 1:100, and serious printing on fine paper about 1:1000, (sizes between 11 x 14, and 16 x 20). (I use Pikto in the Distillery District of Toronto. They are excellent and well priced.)

  • Dawn H. November 13, 2009 02:46 pm

    I only print a small percentage of pictures. If I use the pictures in a digital scrapbook project, I will print them from home on a HP photosmart. If I get a good deal, or if I am printing more than about 10 pictures, I will use an online photo service.

  • sampath kumar November 13, 2009 02:26 pm

    i get the prints done by the local lab.mostly panoramic pictures shot during trekking.

  • Max November 13, 2009 02:21 pm

    I get majority of mine thru local pharmacy. He specials about 4 times a year at 5c a print and it is an overnight service. With the cost of paper and printer ink it is far cheaper for me to take them all in
    and have them done, then I put suitable photos into albums. Nothing worse than sitting with someone who wants to show all photos in his computer. This way you can look and skim.. Oops I am off the subject.. Cheers Max.

  • Mike November 13, 2009 12:27 pm

    Next poll should be "How big?"

  • John November 13, 2009 12:11 pm

    Mostly I print on my cheapo printer at home If they look good enough to frame or mount I print at walmart, exceptional pictures (about 3 so far) I send to a camera store for special handling.

  • Barb Gellner November 13, 2009 12:08 pm

    I print my own on a Kodak printer. I use the kodak ink, about half the price of other ink. I'm just a hobbyist but I do enter some local shows. When I enter a photo in a show I will have it enlarged and matted at a local shop. I like printing them myself, for me it's part of the whole photography experience.

  • Helen Simpson November 13, 2009 11:17 am

    My own personal photos get printed on my Canon professional printer. All images sold get printed at a Pro Lab. ?

  • Jack November 13, 2009 10:20 am

    I always print at home either A3+, A3( for framing), 5"x7" or proof sheets. I run 2 printers, Epson R1800 and an Epson R350. I do my own because I like to have total control of the finished print. The only down side is the cost of ink cartridges, I only use Epson genuine inks for quality.

  • J.A.Lambert November 13, 2009 10:08 am

    I print 8 x 10 prints at home, but get a lab to do larger sizes. I have some of them framed and others dry-mounted for sale. I have recently commissioned to produce several triptych frames and singles of Italy, France and the Caribbean for a new restaurant which will open next week in my area.

  • VJT November 13, 2009 10:07 am

    I always print my own unless I need larger than 13 X 19. I like the control I can exercise by doing my own printing.

  • David S November 13, 2009 09:39 am

    I print 3 of every shoot I do. That way I have a hard copy reference. I use Costco paper and Atlantic Inkjet ink on my Epson R200 printer at a cost of roughly 8 cents Canadian for a 4x6 print.

  • Suzanne Clark November 13, 2009 09:37 am

    I use 1 professional lab for all my professional needs, and for the best of the best of my own family portraits. I get so many prints of my family, that I buy them in wallet size and because my professional lab doesn't sell any less than 4 wallets at a time, I go to a local store.

  • mare53 November 13, 2009 09:19 am

    The whole point is the print :) I print on my R1800 when I have something worth framing or if I need a larger print or something printed on canvas a good friend of mine will print them on his Epson R7600. We do test strips the whole thing and the prints are stunning. I give work away as gifts and my house is full of my work. I save money by doing my own matting and framing. However, there have been times when I have taken something -- typically large -- to a professional printer.
    ciao :)

  • olddawg November 13, 2009 08:50 am

    Sometimes but always at a lab if I do .I find it save time and money especially with the cost of inks

  • John Austin November 13, 2009 08:42 am

    I have never used a lab for any of my shots. I use my trusty Canon G10, do all my enhancements on ZoomBrowser, print on HP Premium Plus photo Paper using my HP Photosmart C6280, and I am more than satisfied with the results. I am now downloading more and more shots to a 12 inch digital photo frame.
    Wife loves it as she has no more frames to dust.

  • Bill November 13, 2009 08:22 am

    I print my own 98% of time using a Epson 1400 printer using Red River Paper 90% of the time this combo works for me very well. I also calibrate my monitor every two months even at that there is so very little shift in color, I also make my own paper profiles when needed, a lot of companys do not make profiles for dye inks Red River does and they work excellent with there papers. The only paper I have trouble with is Crane's Museo I have to hold it's hand to get it to feed, weird! I correct and send out to various labs for 4x6s and that kinda stuff.

  • DelBoy November 13, 2009 08:14 am

    I never print at home. Takes too long, the ink costs a fortune and you don't always get the best results.

    Generally I only print photos in photo books or as gifts for family that live overseas (cards or calendars). I have used Big W online (who screwed it up and after 6 weeks of back and forth on email eventually refunded my money), some local labs and Blurb, but my local Harvey Norman has been the best so far! Great service and quality from them!

  • Susan Staats November 13, 2009 07:38 am

    I print my digital photos in different projects such as greeting cards I design myself. I also use them when I self publish my own literary works.

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  • Charlene Peterson November 13, 2009 07:10 am

    If I am printing just a few at a time for someone or for framing 8x10 or smaller, I do my own. If I am printing off a bunch, or need something larger than 8x10 I use Shutterfly.

  • Larry November 13, 2009 06:43 am

    I print some on my Epson printer. That is for a quick look at how it looks printed. All of my photos that will be printed are edited with Photoshop, I always at least do color correction. I always print a finished photo or ones larger than 4X6 at a local lab that is excellent. The ink cost to use my printer is too high to do many prints on it, although my printer does rival the lab on quality.

  • Jim A November 13, 2009 06:40 am

    I print all my images on an Epson Stylus Pro 3800 using a variety of different papers.

    Images By Jim Auerbach

  • Betty Huth November 13, 2009 06:19 am

    When I took the poll I thought you meant, did I print them myself, and I print about 1 in ten myself. What I have printed for the client is only what they order and that would be more like 1 20-25 and that is done in a professional lab.

  • Ronald Shover November 13, 2009 06:14 am

    I submit files I want printed to a local photography store. I do that on the internet and if I submit before 10 AM, I can pick them up later the same day, otherwise I can pick them up the next day. Works for me.

  • Dave Peeters November 13, 2009 06:08 am

    I print all the images I sell on my Epson Stylus Pro 4000, love the enhanced matte finish.

  • Roger November 13, 2009 06:07 am

    I print out anything smaller than 5x7 on my Canon printer. However for exhibits, competitions and sale, I use a professional lab...use Meridian, very friendly user interface, very fast service, very high quality..and very reasonable prices----around $4 for an 11x15 color print.

  • Derek Jonson November 13, 2009 06:00 am

    I print 100% of my digital images on an Olympus P400 dye supplement printer

  • PryncessAnna November 13, 2009 05:57 am

    I take thousands of pics so 1 in 1000 is a lot for me. I get ALL my printing needs from SNAPFISH! They are the bomb and sooo reliable. From a photo glass to a photo flipbook, delivered to my door in Jamaica @ great prices.

    I also do a lot of printing at home :) I've learned that HP printers are NOT ideal for photoprinting at all!! I've got great results from Lexmark & excellent results from EPSON.

  • Stanley Miller November 13, 2009 05:52 am

    Print using an HP PhotoSmart 7960

  • Tom November 13, 2009 05:47 am

    I have yet to have any of my photos printed in a lab or kiosk. I use my trusty Canon PixmaPro 9000mkII. I use Ilford Premium Photo Pearl Paper for 8x10's and smaller (I cut the 8.5x11 down to size) and for larger up to 12x18 I use Ilford Galerie Smooth Pearl 13x19 professional inkjet photo range paper. Although I calibrate my monitors (I use two) monthly and use the ilford printer profiles, I find that I still have a difference between what I see on the screen and what I get out of the printer. I end up printing a few small prints until I get it right and then print the large ones. I use Photoshop CS4 to adjust the photos. I only print the photos I intend to sell or give away. I am considering using Bay Photo for larger prints and wraps.

  • Lisa November 13, 2009 05:46 am

    I like to download my digital photos into my computer, use my photo software to crop, fix light and color if necessary and maybe turn them into black and white and then print out only my favorites. I've started doing digital books of my photos instead of the traditional scrapbooking that I have been doing for 10 years. It's so much quicker and I don't have to pull everything out to do a scrapbook page and then put everything away when I'm done....

  • Don Ebberts November 13, 2009 05:25 am

    I generally only print mine on a card, such as a birthday card, or as collage posters for special events. I have access to a decent photo printer and print everything myself.

    I will occasionally print a photo book but it's almost more economical to get those done at an outside source.

  • Carleton Akana November 13, 2009 05:24 am

    After shooting on location, i then go home and print photos which ever one i desire.

  • Rob November 13, 2009 05:21 am

    During the year I might print a few. But now November is the time my printer works hard. I go through all the family photos of the last 11 months and decide which ones I am going to use. I make a calenders for all the family. Thats some 20 calenders. So its 12 pages photos and 12 pages for the months. I note all the birthdays on the day of the month and wedding anniversary's public holidays and even our get altogethers etc. Now and again I have a wow foto and have it printed poster size at a print shop.

  • John H November 13, 2009 05:21 am

    It depends on how many I have to be printed at the time and when they are due. If I have something around 5-8 prints, personal or for sale, I will usually print locally to my PIXMA Pro 9000. Any more prints than that and I will usually send them off to MPIX for printing.

  • Saleem Shahid November 13, 2009 05:18 am

    i have pixma canon printer, and print 8x10 prints. I also own canon 9000 A3 printer and its out of order at the moment. the black head on it is blocked.please if anybody can tell , if its worth repairing.

  • Joe Mendoza November 13, 2009 05:14 am

    Print all myself because local outlets can't match my HP photo printer and price is equal so far ink is not a bad price for the unit I bought, on big prints though there is a local lab that can take care of those

  • Bernie Mordorski November 13, 2009 05:12 am

    I love having "total control" over my photos. No more "bad photos" coming back from the photo lab. My 12x18s look just like my 4x6s. I use Ilford Gallerie Smooth Gloss with a Canon Pro 9000 printer using dye ink. They come off the printer dry and you almot cannot harm them, scratches or liquid. It costs a little more than having them procesed but their looks are totally consistant and the paper is awesome.

  • Sarah Ashley November 13, 2009 05:10 am

    I print at the local Walgreens for school projects and order from MPIX.COM for personal keepsakes, portfolio use, and professional use. I love MPIX's metallic paper!

  • johnniejack November 13, 2009 05:04 am

    I print all my own (99%), unless I reach above 13X19, which is seldom. I do my own panoramas which never exceed 44" length. I'm presently using an HP8250 Photosmart printer and an Epson R1900 for the big stuff.

    99% of the time, I print 5"X7" minimum. Self printing gives me total control of final output and ability to re-do if a print doesn't make the grade.

  • Myron Mendelson November 13, 2009 04:44 am

    Have been using 2 different HP Printers and I am not satisfied with the reproduction of color as it should be. i am presently looking for a reasonable and good printing house here in the USA. If you know of any I would like their names. Thanks.

  • John Hill November 13, 2009 04:34 am

    My printing (Epson R1800) is mostly for competitions but I also print cards and occasional competition shots to mount on the wall at home.

  • Tom November 13, 2009 04:18 am

    I use an Epson R2880. Prints IMO are my favorite way to finish off a digital photograph. I love to give my friends a large print of their children... they make great surprise gifts!

  • Julie November 13, 2009 04:01 am

    I have all of my prints done by Snapfish. Not only is the quality excellent but they run alot of specials! I usually gather the pics I want to print out by the seasons, then when they run the specials I have 50 prints or more done at a time, then I place them all in a photo album for all to see!

  • hal mooney November 13, 2009 04:00 am

    I have an Epson R1800, and I print everything up to 11x14 (the printer goes to 13x19). It's a great printer, and will do down to 2x3. Over 11x14, I send to a photo lab, usually ProPhoto in Lakeland, FL. They've been in business forever, and do a good job.
    I like doing my own printing, because of the control, and instant service, instead of waiting days for the lab, like the olden days.
    Digital has given back to me the control over the whole process, which, for years, was given up to the labs.

  • Carrie Ann November 13, 2009 03:53 am

    I use PhotoReflect to manage not only printing but showing my print customers their photos online and letting them order and send them to my lab automatically. LIFE SAVER!!!

    Had to quit MPix because they run credit checks and didn't want to use Zenfolio because they want money upfront. PhotoReflect is free. Love it.

  • Karen Taylor November 13, 2009 03:47 am

    I'm really nervous posting this...first time I'm opening my website to public scrutiny and criticism!

    Okay, generally I print quite a bit of my work...I want to see the final "product". I've done quite a few 8 x 10s on my home printer a Canon MX300 but, as mentioned by others, the cost is ridiculous for ink and paper with wear and tear on the printer. I've printed on both glossy and matte paper and am pleased with the output.

    I mostly use Kodak Gallery for printing larger sizes or specialty items for family gifts but have also used Walmart and Walgreens printing kiosks for 8 x 10 and smaller.

    I did a shoot for my niece and her newborn with prints were ordered through Kodak; wallet, 4 x 6, 5 x 7, 8 x 10 in color, black and white, and a sepia "wash" that all came out beautifully.

  • Ina DiSapio November 13, 2009 03:43 am

    I print my pictures on my Epson Picture Mate, they turn out really well.

  • Dick Sallee November 13, 2009 03:42 am

    Actually I print 5 or 6 out of 10, using a lab only when there are too many or the application is not too critical.

    dick sallee

  • Kimber November 13, 2009 03:42 am

    I print my "own use" photos at home with the CanoniP2600, the printing quality is suprizing good for the price of the printer.
    I also use the HP Photosmart D7560 on location for printing the dragway photos owners want of their cars/motorcycles (No laptop/PC needed)

  • Jan November 13, 2009 03:40 am

    I realise my pole vote may have been wrong :) I very rarely print images as photos, but I do a lot of digital scrapbooking and have books of my work printed at Artscow in Hong Kong. If I want to print photos, I use a local service such as Harvey Norman's when they have a good deal on.

  • Bill Riordan November 13, 2009 03:37 am

    I ordinarily will print only 8.5X11 or 13x19 enlargements. Usually I print my own on an Epson 1400, but occasionally will take advantage of special offers from Adorama, since they really do excellent work and I may need a 16x20 or larger print every now and then. I have three external hard drives full of images, most of which will never be printed, but at least I know they are there if I need them.

  • John W. November 13, 2009 03:35 am

    I have a small photography business I run out of my home. So, I print all of my photos at home. I have two printers, Epson 3 in one and a HP large format. I have never sent my pictures off, but might try it some day.

  • Jennifer Willmetts November 13, 2009 03:20 am

    Great Poll! I probably have 1 in about 75 printed... It really depends on what my photos are of or from. I will print photo's of the pieces, but generally I will get photos printed in batches. I have more than a few that have been on the list to print and I just never gotten around to.

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  • Sam Butler November 13, 2009 03:14 am

    I don't get many prints, particularly not in comparison to what I shoot. Even my uploads are less than the total selected (i.e. worthy) personal shots I do, and obviously that's less than 'the shots on the reel' so to speak. When I have gotten prints I've generally had them printed at Boots photo labs (UK) as they get rave reviews for professionalism and they have 24hr and 1hr services at reasonable rates. I'm considering an online lab (PhotoBox) that works with Boots for less urgent print work. Anything else?!

  • Steve November 13, 2009 03:05 am

    I'm not sure of the percentage, but I shoot a lot of sporting events for which I make collages and posters. So most of my printing is based on the clients desires. For the collages and posters however, there are multiple images involved, so I can get one print made which includes several photos. Not sure how this applies to this survey, but thought it was worth mentioning. These days, I rarely print out individual sports photos.

    In the past I made picture booklets for customers which did require that I print out individual photos. For those, I printed about 40 4x6 photos per booklet. After two seasons of baseball though, I realized that I was not making money for the amount of time I was putting into them. Thus the reason for moving to collages and posters.

  • Dave Cavan November 13, 2009 03:05 am

    Occasional family picture printed for a place on a desk or wall; a very few pictures printed for framing for ourselves, family or friends. Usually printed on an Epson 2200, haven't printed at an outside shop for years.

  • Vito November 13, 2009 02:59 am

    I print them on the Epson 3800, with excellent results. I often print 17 x 22 or 13 x 19, and I do a lot of work with glamour and fine art nudes, where skin tones are very important. I also frame many large prints and use them as gifts.

    I also print books of my photos with the iPhoto software on my MacBook Pro, and the printing companies that Apple uses do a pretty good job.

  • Elizabeth November 13, 2009 02:59 am

    I use Snapfish's website. I love the quality of the pictures, and they are shipped stright to my house!

  • Francis Quigley November 13, 2009 02:56 am

    I get images printed on canvas by a chap on ebay who is very competitive and excellent quality. I also get large image printed by a member of my local camera club for exhibitions and competitions. For my family photos I get those printed once a year in a photo book as I find it is a great way of keeping the years photos together and it is cheaper and neater than putting prints in a photo album, and the great thing is you can make full single or double page spread of some of your favourite prints of a birthday party for example, and yet have 6 or more smaller images of the same party on the next page to remember all the details and of course you can add text. People also love the photo books as a gift.

  • Doug November 13, 2009 02:50 am

    B&W's on my Epson 2200. Color usually go to Shutterfly.

  • Connie W November 13, 2009 02:48 am

    It depends on what I need them for. Sometimes I'll use my home printer for a scrapbook print or something like that. I use Sam's for everyday printing for prints for friends, family etc. because the price can not be beat and our local Sam's Club photo lab does a great job. I have a local "pro" lab I use when printing a "for hire" piece or something I want to frame.

  • L.Tait November 13, 2009 02:48 am

    I go to 2 local camera shops. One does lustre -1 doesn't. 1 does up to 14x11 before having to use ink jet, (but is not the 1 that uses lustre paper), 1 does12x8s before switching. Anything else I have to send out and have it mailed to me. yuck especially if I'm on a tight deadline.
    If I lived in a big city this would not be a problem. I'd be able to print on various papers and sizes. Some of my photos beg to be larger than 11x14 and I need more colors than both places can handle.

  • Barb Heise November 13, 2009 02:46 am

    I have 3 different Epson printers and love the challenge and results of printing my photos.

  • Fraser Campbell November 13, 2009 02:46 am

    I do my own printing on a Canon Pixma 5000 using either Canon or Costco top end glossy paper. I am very pleased with the results. I print up to 8.5 x 11 with excellent results.

  • Art Images November 13, 2009 02:44 am

    I have my own pixmar mp60 which I bought specifically for scanning initially and printing photos. I use only high quality photographic papers and despite the ink useage and cost of paper it still works out cheaper for the quality results and control I get....
    Ive only just reset it up but will be using it a lot for printing of my digital photos..primarily for my own use, for family and just the sheer enjoyment of viewing what caught my eye originally properly...its also a great way to have a good look and see how to improve my shots in future...the balance, contrasts, lighting etc its amazing how different they look once they are printed versus just on a screen...The great results have actually encouraged me to keep trying harder...can never have too much encouragement... : )

  • tclay November 13, 2009 02:43 am

    regretfully I send them electronically to Walgreens to get a quick fix

  • Tim November 13, 2009 02:41 am

    I used to print all of my images but after buying my second print head in 2 years and figuring the high cost of ink (using off market is what caused the print head ot fail) and paper it was cheaper to have someone else do it...And since I print a number of them on metallic paper that consumers cant get (yet) then it becomes a no brainer..

  • Janet November 13, 2009 02:41 am

    I print all my own photos with a Canon i960. People I've shown them to can't tell the difference between photos I've printed myself and ones done at a lab. I've also had some photos printed up as mini-posters through Cafepress. It was an inexpensive way to get a large format image. In addition, I've experimented with printing images on ink jet-printable canvas (Avery and Office Max both make a printable canvas product). When mounted and framed, it's a nice alternative to regular matte or glossy photos. However, I would recommend, if using the printable canvas, to use a spray fixative to set the inks and prevent water damage.

  • beachmom November 13, 2009 02:36 am

    I have a small business and I print them online or at a lab.

  • Alistairm November 13, 2009 02:36 am

    I print using my Canon IP 5000.
    Both screen and printer are calibrated so I don't see the colour problems that others have mentioned.

  • Ralph November 13, 2009 02:29 am

    The Family ones get printed, and if I (I am an amatuer photographer) do a job (Wedding Vow Renewal, Baptism, etc), or for someone , I will usually provide a single 8 x 10 or 2 5 x 7 ...

    Usually printed at the lab.

    Occasionally, for family shots, I will have them printed at the pharmacy (walmart etc.) closest to the relative I want to have them, and then tell them to go pick them up.

  • Mary-Ellen November 13, 2009 02:23 am

    I go to a professional photo lab locally.

  • Chet Strange November 10, 2009 06:48 am

    A close friend of mine owns a plotter, I print a fair amount of photos with that.

  • mouse7701 November 10, 2009 06:41 am

    I do all my printing with just love them--awesome color & never have had a problem with anything I've gotten from them.

    I get a lot of my prints in enlargements or photo books--we look through photo books a lot more then stacks of pics. & they are very simple. Who has time to do a scrapbook anymore?! I loved it but it takes a lot of time--at least for me it always does.

  • Rick November 9, 2009 08:25 am

    1 in 1,000 sounds about right. I just passed the 8,000 mark on my camera, and I've made about 8 prints larger than 4x6's from them. I'm going to print more this holiday season, though, because I'm starting to get some requests for Christmas presents!

  • Anas November 7, 2009 08:14 pm

    whenever i jump into something new DPS just drops me an article or pool about it :)..
    i have just stepped into printing, and still i want to explore more and more about it, would love to have some article from DPS about printing, paper quality or anything relevant

  • howrd November 7, 2009 02:52 pm

    I stopped printing on my own printer about a year ago. I bring a color corrected file to the lab and have them print it. Better quality at lower cost. A member of my photo club suggested Costco. I was skeptical but he was right 12x18 inch prints for 3.99. Quality is so good that I am using one in a gallery exhibit.

  • D Lab Guy November 7, 2009 08:37 am

    For those of you never print, let me pose this: When you die, so will your "photos". It is unlikely that some somebody else will migrate your photos to a new display device after you leave the mortal realm. If you made albums or books , future generations have a fighting chance of seeing your photos.

  • Allan November 7, 2009 08:05 am

    We have a high quality photo printer (photolab quality) Epson R1900 that we use print photos. The only reason we print is for my wife's scrapbook pages.

  • Abby November 7, 2009 07:44 am

    At home is too expensive, and a pain. I thought of Snapfish, but then heard of Spotphoto. I put my order in there and pickup my pictures from a local photo lab (as it turns out, the same one I used for years for my film). I love it!

  • AOJ November 7, 2009 07:19 am

    Exactly 10 on a bit more of 30.000 LOL xD (voted 1 vs 1000).

    I only print photos for photo contest. I think none of my photos deserve to be printed (although I know many people printing photos I took that liked'em).

  • Nate November 7, 2009 07:10 am

    I print all my stuff for customers through Peoria Color ( They use the ROES software that a monkey could operate, and there stuff is extremely consistent and priced similarly to WHCC. Plus they just started offering press printing and I am very happy with their stuff that I have ordered. They also have a ROES for the everyday customers through All stuff is individually color corrected. I send all my clients to them and have never had a client return unhappy.

  • Cat November 7, 2009 06:29 am

    I have a tiny photo printer at home that I love to death and use whenever I need to print out a photo!

  • anon November 7, 2009 05:08 am

    I can't justify the hassle and expense of personal printing - too costly and calibration needed isn't worth my effort.
    For friends and family casual prints, the local Walmart (for the cheapest, most casual "record shots"), MPIX or Adorama - depending on the nature. I know my 1-hour Wally-land's images are quite a bit soft, so I'll add a bit more sharpening to those. MPIX and Adorama I have their printer profiles loaded.
    For anything of significance (better friends/family shots, or ANY paid work), I have a local pro lab - we have a good rapport and they have a very critical eye in finishing. I absolutely prefer working on a local level with this type of work. If any image doesn't look "right", we discuss it right then and there - no mailing them back again. Plus, I try to keep my money local when prudent.

  • DICK HAUSAM November 7, 2009 04:36 am

    I voted 1 in 10 prints i do myself. Actually, I print more than that, but I don't print all. For instance, I print few 4x6, except for a very special 4x6. Most of my printing is in the range of 11x14, 16x20, and 17x22. I have an Epson 3800

  • Al. Balch November 7, 2009 03:56 am

    I not only do not print many but those I print I print at home...Haven't sent any out in over 5 years....I prefer to put my images in a slide show for friends and family, church, ect along with just the files so if they like something they can print or have printed , what they want...saves a lot of money.....Now and then I print some for someone as a gift...

  • Ariana Murphy November 7, 2009 03:50 am

    I print quite a few at 4X6 to send to family in foreign countries, and a very few bigger ones I send to a local printer to frame when I can afford it. I just get a nice affordable frame at Walmart and frame it myself. These I give as gifts or hang in my office.

  • kate si November 7, 2009 03:37 am

    If I did everything at 4x6 $.29/print it would be like $3500 at this point. Sometimes I print little ones on a kodak printer I have which actually is pretty good for small things. Otherwise I'd have to really really save up for it. I wish I could print more and at a reasonable size, at least just to have physical copies of them, but it just costs too much.

  • Kathy Burkman November 7, 2009 03:12 am

    I am always having photographs printed. As a 'non-traditional' student, I have been studying photography at the local community college. We have to produce a minimum of 36 prints each week, as we work on a project. I never have less than 75-80. We all get them printed at a local photo lab. For the dozens that I take of my grandchildren, I currently use Snapfish. Their prints are good, and if you pre-pay, they are .09 cents apiece. As for any enlargements for framing, I go back to the local lab.

  • Ken Miller November 7, 2009 02:55 am

    I print all the imiges I like, I print them minimum of 8,5 x ll, larger if I am going to frame them. Those that I do not frame I put in plastic sleeves and put them in three ring binders by categories. I used to take lots and lots of slides, but setting up to show slides was too much trouble so most never got seen by anyone but me, and when I showed them the viewer was trapped to go at my pace. With my prints I can share them easily, and the viewer can go through them slowly to enjoy or quickly to get away from looking at them as is his pleasure.

  • Fiona November 7, 2009 02:30 am

    I have an A3 photo printer which is fantastic and produces superb images ... but I have used printing companies for making photo cards, calendars and a book of photos.

  • Jon Tiffin November 7, 2009 02:16 am

    Like a great deal of the consensus here, I print very little of my personal work and am printing mostly paid work. For convenience, it's been the local Costco, though I am researching the local pro labs for options.

  • Dennis Hirning November 7, 2009 02:06 am

    I print very few for my own purposes. The digital image is all that I need. I do print some for others and those are always done commercially mostly by Costco. It is hard to beat the price, which is a lot better than if I did my own and their quality is good.

  • keith November 7, 2009 02:05 am

    Tyler Westcott, thanks for the great info!

  • Cheryl November 7, 2009 01:52 am

    I print proofs at a local lab and chosen finals on my Epson 3800. I just starting printing at home a few months ago, so I'm not sure if it will be cost effective, but I like it so far.

  • Ko November 7, 2009 01:18 am

    I don't print photos, usually, but most of them do go on Shutterfly for my relatives, so once in awhile they'll decide they want to print a few.

  • Paulie November 7, 2009 01:11 am

    I don't print my own because of the cost of the ink cartridges. I find it more convenient to send them out to Snapfish, who I think does a very nice job at a fair price. My Canon MP600 does a nice job, but when you consider the cost of paper, Ink, wear and tear on the printer plus your time. I prefer having them done by Snapfish.

  • cip November 7, 2009 01:05 am

    hy i'm from romania,please help me raise money for the "nikon AF-S 18-105 f/3.5-5.6G vr" i can not afford to buy it. I have a Nikon D40 and love to have the 18-105 on it. please help me by clicking on the Advertising at (also here is my portfolio) One click means a lot to me. THANKS

  • R Melanson November 7, 2009 01:04 am

    I only print images that I intend to frame and display. If I take 500 - 750 shots per session on average, from that 25% or so (~150 images) are keepers and I'll usually only print and frame the best 1% (5 -7 images).

  • philip woolway November 7, 2009 12:58 am

    I only print what I either sell or enter for exhibitions/ competitions, in most cases these are Giclee on rag.[img][/img]

  • Aimee November 7, 2009 12:51 am

    For the past couple of years (since taking my photography habit a bit more seriously), I've been printing images every 4-6 months, mostly to give away to family, but some to hang on my own walls. At first it was through the local Walgreen's or snapfish or shutterfly, but the last three times I've had prints made, it's been through, and I love them! The difference in quality is remarkable!

    I really like getting prints. It's such a different experience seeing my images in "real life". :)

  • boreeder November 7, 2009 12:48 am

    I really enjoy fine art prints, so I print a lot. Maybe 1 in 100 of what I shoot. Sending them out just doesn't do it for me. Having a color managed process makes printing a much less frustrating experience.

  • badenton November 7, 2009 12:42 am

    I print them only after I pull them into Elements and scrapbook them - so that multiple images are on 1 sheet. I usually use Costco for printing. OR I'll pull them into snapfish or MyPublisher and print them in a bound book

  • John Huston November 7, 2009 12:36 am

    Having started photographing in B&W, I've always printed my own work. When I switched to digital, the learning curve took a while, but I like the control I have, and being able to manage the entire process myself. I have an area in my living room where I can display 6 or 8 prints at a time, for friends and family. I change them every few months, as new images I like come along. It's better for me than leaving them in the computer where I'm the only one who sees them.

  • Allen Pearson's Photos November 7, 2009 12:26 am

    I may print something at home to show a client how an image will look with another or if I need like "now!" to make a sale. Otherwise, I use a professional lab like or for prints. I find using a lab to be easier and more efficient.

  • Michael Herzog November 7, 2009 12:08 am

    I have a handful of prints framed up in my living room that I really like and a few hundreds in normal size. It only costs a 9-15 euro-cents to get the normal size from one of the many online services, but 20€ for a poster size print + another 20€ for the frame is still an investment. ;)

  • Frank Worth November 6, 2009 11:52 pm

    Most of the pictures I get printed are 11x17 and I get them done at Office Max on Glossy paper for $2.18 each. It is cheaper this way then printing them myself.

  • cristiano007 November 6, 2009 11:50 pm

    One in a thousand, I think. I printed about six family pictures just to see how they look (the pictures) and three for a improvised collective photography show. I have made about nine thousand pictures so far, so...

    But I think I have to print a lot more, both family and (seudo) artistic pictures. Our old albums of film prints get a lot of views and give us a lot of joy. And I need to make some kind of portfolio if I want to be taken seriously in the "real" world...

  • Bill Turley November 6, 2009 11:33 pm

    I print them on an Epson printer. As a film trained and experienced photog, I still limit my exposures unless I think about taking a lot. I like to make photo gifts, one year I made a photo calendar as the gift for the extended family.

  • Anthony J. Mujica November 6, 2009 11:33 pm

    I have been involved with photography most of my adult life. After Marine Corps boot camp I was sent to the Naval School of Photography at Pensacola, Florida. I became an "official" Marine Corps Photographer and spent most of days at Camp Pendleton, CA.

    I have an HP PhotoSmart printer,Scanner/Copier and it gives nice results. I used glossy photo paper and some rival my old prints processed by photo labs. The model is C 6380. One of the features of this printer is that it uses indivdual ink cartridges. It includes a photo black cartridge. Yesterday, I scanned two old prints of a friend of mine as was really surpised with the results. One was in color and looked like it was taken with a simple box type camera. The other was black & white and was probably taken by a 35mm camera. Anyway, I scanned them and then used Picasa 3 to make a few corrections and was really surpised with the results. I printed them and I didn't specify a size and they both ended up as 8x10's and they were really good considering the originals. Especially the color photo. I usually use Microsoft's Digital Image Suite 10 for editing my pictures, but I was in a hurry to make the prints while they were still visiting me.

    I cannot afford and never owned a Nikon camera. I did have a Pentax SLR which I no longer use. I have a Lumix FZ20 which looks like a SLR, but is not. I gives me good results and although I would love to have a Nikon DSLR, I cannot afford one. I also know that having one would not improve my photos.

    Anthony J. Mujica
    New Rochelle, NY

  • Pete Langlois November 6, 2009 11:31 pm

    I just got 600 prints back from Mpix this week. Gotta love the 15% off prints sale they had.

  • Rebekah M November 6, 2009 11:29 pm

    I take a LOT of pictures, but only print the ones I want to put in an album or frame for personal use. I've been using to print mine actually, since I like the border options for prints, and I've had great luck with quality through them, also, you can upload them online and either just order prints, or books or cards etc... at a decent price. I've also used Mpix...great quality, but a little pricey if you're ordering prints in the 100's

  • SV Campbell November 6, 2009 11:22 pm

    I've found the quality at Costco and Sams excellent and it's usually back in 20 minutes to an hour.

  • SV Campbell November 6, 2009 11:18 pm

    To print a lot of photos, I will use Costcos or Sams. The quality is great and you can't beat the price. They have sizes all the way up to poster size. I'll print one or two myself.

  • Robert Legg November 6, 2009 11:17 pm

    Have a very hard time with color matching pic. vs print. Help!! Pls comment.

  • Caroline November 6, 2009 11:13 pm

    I print what people want printed or what I want to hang on the wall. Sometimes I go months without getting a single photograph printed out, sometimes I print 50 a week. I don't print at home, uses way too much ink and they don't seem as crisp. I usually use Wal Mart to print because I can have the pictures sent to other stores. My family's spread out so that's one place I know they all have around them.

  • Chris November 6, 2009 10:03 pm

    I print a lot in photobooks (mainly using Blurb). Few are printed and framed nowadays.

  • ArkyMark November 6, 2009 09:53 pm

    When I worked as a pro in the studio back in the 1980s, we still sent all of our color work to a pro lab (Millers - someone mentioned it here and I'm glad they're still around - they always did excellent work!) Developing the film required for very exact temperatures to be maintained, and making good prints could be a frustrating trail-and-error process.

    Now that I'm just doing my own thing and not really trying to sell it - I seldom print anything on my home printer ... yet. I still looks to be about the same deal to me: I could invest in a high-quality printer, screen spiders, and spend a lot of time tweaking test-prints until I got what I wanted for a particular photo. Not much different than you had to do in the old color-labs.

    So since I may only want a print every once-in-a-while - and I tend to like BIG ones anyway - I just look for a good local printer for the few shots a year I can actually afford to print and have framed.

    Otherwise, the Gallery at my website serves as my sole means of presenting my work to the public for now, though I do carry a catalog of my photos on a flash-drive along with a copy of Irfanview and can show them to anyone with a computer ... and I suppose I could always just plug that into a kiosk at Wally World and let it spit out a stack of 4 x 6's for me!

  • Roger November 6, 2009 08:21 pm

    I use a Canon i6600D printer for most of the images I print. I've create a portfolio album and I print on 8.5 x 11 paper 2-4 of my best images. Some photos take up the entire page or I may put multiple images on a sheet. I do this for every 200-400 images that I consider "worthy" of my portfolio.

  • Danferno November 6, 2009 07:28 pm

    There should be an option for: Less than 1 per 1000. My current ratio is about 1:12000.

  • suzy walker November 6, 2009 07:27 pm

    I've printed mine using free photo services (like snapfish & photobox give you free prints when u sign up) also I've had paid for bigger prints from photobox. I used to go to snappysnaps they are a good highstreet one (so you dont need to wait for the mail) but more expensive. I think these are all UK based printers though.

  • Nimal November 6, 2009 05:55 pm

    I rarely go to a lab and get prints, but sometimes I do when a its for family or friends.

  • Jason Collin Photography November 6, 2009 04:29 pm

    For just super quick print jobs I use Walgreens or CVS for the odd 8x10.

    For real prints for me or clients I use WHCC or sometimes Adorama's printing service. Clients also order prints right from my SmugMug galleries.

    I really like printing my photos. If cost were no matter, I would print way more.

    I am having a 61 image exhibition on Friday November 13th and can't wait to see some of my images at 24x36.

  • Ed Hamlin November 6, 2009 02:12 pm

    I have several labs that print my work for me depanding on the typ of print. My black and whites are doen a a good fibre paper and the same for color prints mostly fine art rag. I tend to stay away from inject prints if at all possible, the exceptoin is snapshots 4x6.

  • Matt November 6, 2009 01:34 pm I can get a 20X30 print for $17.

    From there they go all the way down to wallet sizes.

  • JP Lumansoc November 6, 2009 01:10 pm

    I use 2 different printers. I have a little epson artisan 800 for printing 4x6's quick and cheap and then a Canon 9500 pro for a little bit bigger and higher quality stuff and if I really really need big super clean high quality stuff i'll do adorama or mpix. If I need a billion prints asap i'll do costco.

  • Mei Teng November 6, 2009 12:23 pm

    I have yet to print a single photo from the many I have shot over the past year and a half. I am content with viewing them on my computer.

  • Jody November 6, 2009 12:05 pm

    For our family pictures, we used to print up contact sheets with everything we shot at the end of the year, pick the ones we want and ones to give to family, and batch print a few hundred of them. Between taking more pictures and having less time, we haven't done that in a few years. Now, we mostly just print one-offs on the little Epson photo printer when we need something. The family is pretty spread out, so sharing online is much easier.

  • Nathan November 6, 2009 11:02 am

    I'm with Neil 98% of the way... the only 2% disparity is that my "hit rate" isn't quite as high as his yet. :)

  • Roberta November 6, 2009 10:41 am

    I am a scrapbooker, and I often use 4x6 prints, so I have them printed. I use They store the images for me, and I usually have a photo cd made also, so I have lots of backup if my computer were to crash.

  • Sam Frysteen November 6, 2009 10:21 am

    Print them in house on my Epson 3800... freaking amazing printer.

  • Kerri November 6, 2009 10:10 am

    I used to print everything at the lab for scrapbooking. I still print at the lab for portfolio prints, and to see what photos will look like for clients when they have images printed. I take advantage of Snapfish and Winkflash whenever they run specials. Even the local Walgreens does decent prints.

  • Tyler Westcott November 6, 2009 10:06 am

    I think a high-quality print is by far the best way to enjoy a photograph, and I've used many sources:

    *AdoramaPix - generally good quality, though I always feel their Noritsu printers produce somewhat "soft" prints. Also, the Kodak papers are not my favorites.

    *MPIX - I'm quite happy with their printing as are most people, though again, I'm not a huge fan of the Kodak papers they use. I'm not certain what kind of printers they use.

    *Costco - While I have reservations about their consistency (I just have a hard time believing they're so consistent) I do love their papers. Again, I think their Noritsu printers just look a little soft to me.

    *Imagekind (Epson Ultrachrome K3 prints in general) - very high quality prints. The Ultrachrome K3 inks are, I think, my absolute favorite way to produce digital B&W prints (I prefer it to Ilford's digital B&W prints)

    *Calypso Inc. - Lightjet Prints on Fuji Crystal Archive Papers, and
    *West Coast Imaging - Chromira Prints on Fuji Crystal Archive Papers
    ... both of these produce exceptionally good prints using exceptional hardware on exceptional papers. I love them. For my money, nothing beats the color, contrast, and vibrancy of Fuji Supergloss 'paper' for a print on the wall. Both companies do great Epson Inkjet prints as well, but side-by-side I really prefer the Fuji prints. To me, these are the holy grail of fine art prints! In some instances I think the Fuji Pearl paper is also a great choice. It's a more subdued effect than the Kodak Endura Metallic (the closest comparison I can think of), and has a slightly warmer base white color.

    *Shutterfly, *Target, *Rtiz/Wolf - Did some prints to try them out, pretty unhappy with all of them.

    * - Rather than doing lots of individual prints, I prefer to put all my snapshots together into a book, and love using Blurb for ease of use and price. I haven't personally worked with any other photo book makers yet to draw any comparisons. As great as I find Blurb to be, I don't think the print quality comes anywhere close to a 'real' photographic print.

  • Bryce Wilson November 6, 2009 09:53 am

    I always print one on a photo printer and if I still believe the photo is good, I send it to a local camera shop and lab to have additional prints made. Seems to be cost effective.

  • sbunting108 November 6, 2009 09:41 am

    I print most of my photographs at home but some of my best I send them to a lab!

  • Peter Buxton November 6, 2009 09:40 am

    Of those that I print, I print 90% on an Epson 2800. Occasionally I will use a lab to print on canvas.

  • Optical Indulgences November 6, 2009 08:46 am

    I print through Millers Lab - they are great! I use gnp for framing and for bulk images I print at Adoramapix. Anything needed same day is done at Costco and later replaced with an image from one of the other labs. Looking into Adorama and mpix pro for more of their press albums...

  • Andrew November 6, 2009 08:37 am

    I'm still in high school, and my Digital Photography teachers lets us print anything he deems worthy. If I need higher quality than low-end photo paper, I get them done at Costco.

  • Ryan November 6, 2009 08:26 am

    I generally only print the ones that I plan to give away. Perhaps this is mostly because my apartment really isn't set up to display photography and I have no desire to figure out how to store them. In the future this might change.

    I use the deviant art print service to print my photos. I have found their price and quality to be the best that I have tested and thus tend to go back to them.

  • Brian November 6, 2009 08:15 am

    Some at home on a Canon Pixma Pro 9000. The rest at (or


  • Tyler November 6, 2009 08:11 am

    Often after a family holiday, we'll do this at a shop at one of those booths, however if just a one off, will print at home.

  • Tyler Ingram November 6, 2009 08:09 am

    I need to look at printing more of my images out. It's better when you want to reminisce about a vacation or something.

    I have 3 photos up on the wall that people love to look at when they come over, and I had one photo (from the dominican) printed to canvas and put up on the wall in the bathroom.

    Other than that, I haven't really printed out any photos in the past 2 years.

  • Lena November 6, 2009 07:56 am

    I print them for frames or Shutterfly book type projects mostly. Of course there is the obligatory pics for family that has to be printed.. which reminds me.. lol. Lately I have been printing before and after images because I have started to use CS3, lightly. I want to see how the changes make the printed version different. I have noticed - especially in RAW, that example, the blacks to me look like there is some noise. Then I save it to a JPEG, and the noise is gone. I am assuming it is because the file is huge in RAW. So now I am just testing the waters, if you will...but other than that I really do not print at all.

  • Ron Warren November 6, 2009 07:53 am

    Home for one-offs, Shutterfly for bulk for me or sometimes proofs, for client prints.

  • dcclark November 6, 2009 07:47 am

    I print using Adoramapix and Mpix. I also sell through Zenfolio (David Clark Photography), which automatically prints and ships through Mpix. A professionally printed photo (on real photosensitive paper) is quite different from an ink jet printer.

  • JPsGrfx November 6, 2009 07:40 am

    Usually, I print all of my photographs. I use my Epson R1800 printer.

    I have used Target before for prints. They aren't that bad at all.

    I've been meaning to use Mpix though. I've heard a lot of good.


  • Dave November 6, 2009 07:27 am

    I print all my own because I edit my pictures and like to have an instant look at my editing. Although my screen is calibrated, I still can't get a good feel for the finished picture until I print it. Often I will take what I look at what I printed and then go back in and edit a little more. Sometimes I will look at a print for days before declaring it final. Sometimes I hang the "proofs" on my wall at work, and sometimes it will hit me during the day just what I need to do to make the final edit of the picture. BTW, I use an Epson 2880 and print at the highest quality.

  • Antonio Rodriguez November 6, 2009 07:23 am

    I don´t like to print my photos because I can´t find a good printing service in my area.

    One thing is the picture that I see in my PC screen and another very different is when I print it. =(

  • Neil Hargreaves November 6, 2009 07:20 am

    My answer really depends on whether the shots are my own personal shots or paid shoots, and whether the prints are for my use or for a client.

    For paid jobs, my hit rate would be around 20%, decreasing to approx 10% if my client has gone for the "wouldn't it be nice if the whole reception is lit by candles only" approach.

    Depending what my client has asked for, I can therefore be printing up to 1 in 5 shots for my clients. I might print one or two from a shoot for my own portfolio - hence the 1 in 1000 answer to the poll.

    For personal stuff, I find that I don't print much at all these days - photos go on the net, or onto a DVD slideshow. I only print my very best work these days.

  • vandergus November 6, 2009 07:17 am

    At the end of each year I'll go back through my library and put together a photo book of my favorites. Use to use Blurb to make the books but now use iPhoto as the quality is much better. Also put together photo books for any major vacations that my wife and I take. It's just nice have them in physical form.

  • Sally November 6, 2009 07:08 am

    I tend to use Shutterfly to print huge orders of 400+ pictures at a time, and then I form albums from major parts of my life (i.e., college, that year spent in england, etc). Shutterfly has a pretty good buy-in-bulk plan.
    When I print something for a frame, I tend to do it at a local lab.

  • Michael Leuchtenburg November 6, 2009 07:08 am

    Wow the ad in your RSS is annoying. Constant flashing and moving. Ugh. And then when I'm in the middle of writing this comment, a big ad for your newsletter pops up.

    I understand that you want the site to create income and to hold on to readers, but damn that was annoying.

  • Phillip Edwards November 6, 2009 07:05 am

    I really resent the time, money and effort involved in setting up a home printer to do the job for me - I've had too many issues with colour casts and banding. So now I rely on a small group of printers through the web. Ilfords are brilliant for mono.

  • Ashlie November 6, 2009 07:05 am

    I usually get mine printed off at CVS because it's usually cheaper (unless I get bigger sizes). That and the printer we have at home isn't really good and the inks outrageous.

  • matejMM November 6, 2009 07:03 am

    I print them at a local lab for my relatives. Mainly family pictures.

  • Sreejith K. November 6, 2009 07:01 am

    I think you should give option of 1 in 10,000. Thats what I do :)

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