Print Photography: The Best Places for Enthusiasts and Pros to Print Online

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Sure, you can just go down the street with an SD card and pick up your favorite photos from the local drugstore or super-center an hour later, but that’s kind of like putting a $50 lens on a $2,000 camera. All print photography isn’t equal — the quality of the images you receive back differs based on where you are printing photos. For that reason, a professional photo (or other printable art) isn’t typically printed at the same place where you can order images from your iphone or social networks for a dime.

Several photo labs pack enough quality into the print to be considered among the elite options that even pros will trust with their print work. While there’s some variation in quality between the top professional photo printing labs, the difference isn’t as steep as stepping from a consumer platform like Shutterfly up into the realm of professional imaging. Each lab will also vary on prices, photo paper options, customer service, specialty prints, and ordering platforms, to name a few.

So where do the people who really care about high quality photos go for that print order? Whether you’re looking to print Christmas cards, wallet prints, back to school pictures, photo greeting cards or even photo business cards, here are eight printing labs recommended by the photography community to order prints. Before you shop prints or other photo products, read on to see what each place offers and how the prices compare for a simple 8×10 photo keepsake.


Price: $2.10

Paper options: E-Surface paper, metallic paper, true black and white paper; lustre coating and fine linen texture options.

Mpix’s prices make the photo lab an easy entry for photographers ready to move from the inexpensive consumer photo labs into something more high-end. The 24-hour turnaround (excluding shipping) also makes the photo lab ideal for quick photographic prints. Photographers that recommend Mpix note the company’s great quality, while keeping true to the photo that you actually sent in. Print photography options include e-surface paper, metallic paper, and true black and white paper along with lustre coatings and fine linen texture options. Mpix also offers mounting

(for more of our take on MPIX, Whitewall, AdoramaPIX, NationsPhotoLab, Millers Professional Imaging and WHCC click here)

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