This isn’t our typical “Why didn’t I think of that?” post but I feel it is important to share and it lays the ground work for next week’s :O)
Now that you are getting some amazing pictures from shooting in manual it is time to get them printed. No, I’m not talking about taking them to Walmart or Riteaid, I mean a REAL photo lab. When I first found out there were “real” photo labs that I could have access to I was super pumped!! Once I clicked on the web site I realized that I had to send in a request to become a customer. What?!? I decided to give it a go and submitted what information I had. I do not have a business or anything like that. I was pleasantly surprised that within a day or two I got an email saying I was a customer and they wanted me to send in some pictures to get 5 FREE, yes FREE, 8 x 10 or 5 x 7 depending on who you use. I was shocked! I recommend not just taking advantage of the free photos and submitting different ones but actually submitting the same pictures to each of the labs. The reason they offer these free photos is so that you will be able to see if your colors match what is on your screen to what they print. I have tested out two labs already and am glad I had the exact same picture to compare skin tones and overall color.
I have not yet been denied from a lab but I have heard of that happening to some people. Don’t take it personally, just try another lab. You do not have to submit a photo to become a customer. You just fill out a questionaire.
I wanted to share some of the most popular labs that allow people who are not “pros” to develop with them. I mean, COME ON, just because I don’t charge people for pictures doesn’t mean I don’t want the same quality the professionals offer.
I would love to know which are your favorites!!