At some times I let make some prints of photos I like a bit more than other ones.On the internet I have a few options to let them print, I don't need a printer, your photos get to expensive that way. With the results I got back from those shops I was always pleased, untill......
Yesterday my daughter needed some prints for hear final artproject this year and it involved photography, and as always she needed it quick and it had to be good quality. Over the internet it is easely 2 to 3 weeks you have to wait. Now daddy knows a photoshop with its own printservice. The shop is there already about 80 y and it is not far from our home. So of we went. We came in and an older man ask what we needed, so I let my daughter say what she wanted, size of the photo, gloss or mat, white frame or not, any colorcorrection and what style she wants to create. Than he asked, did you see your pictures on a calibrated screen or not. Eeeeuh, no.
He told us to go to the second floor and ask Hugo to show them on his screen. There we got a crash course in photo printing. This guy could see they were edited on a I mac with photoshop without asking. Then he showed us the original and the one on the calibrated screen.There is a big difference, and he told us how you can calibrate your monitor with a bit of hardware or you can buy a screen with a build in calibrator.. My daughter could do some edit there on the spot, no problem. Than we got the tour of the printers inkjet, laser, lambda and some more. The best I found was when he took out the different photopapers , showed us the quality and what influence it can have on you photo in warmth ,grain, contrast. So it is not all done on the pc. I was impressed, than I asked when they would be ready, surprise surprise, oh you can come tommorow.
Bonus, the price is not much more than over the internet, so all my next prints gonna be done there and maybe try one time one of the special paper to get a big photo. Oh yeah some paper can be very expensive. So if you have the change to go , to a photolabo ( shop ) like this do it. The service, expertise and quality is much better than over the internet.