If you want to have fun documenting your life, then digital photography is a great and simple way to capture your memories. Digital cameras make it so easy to instantly preview and reshoot pictures and save thousands of pictures on a single memory card that it has made photography popular in almost every household. But what if you want to take your favorite digital pictures and make some hard copy prints to frame on the wall?
There are lots of great options for people who want to take their digital work and make it into something a little more tangible. Here are a few ways to get it done:
Local Photo Stores
There are several types of stores (like photo stores, pharmacies and grocery stores) that can print your digital pictures. This is definitely a convenient option and well-priced, but make sure that you always go to a store that focuses on photography. Your local photo store will be able to help you and give you the personal attention and quality service that will be hard to find anywhere else. The people that run your local photo stores take pride in the quality they produce and have a reputation in the community, so you know they'll always take care of your prints.
Print from Home
If you're looking for pure convenience, then printing from home is the easiest way to get your digital images printed. For about $200 you can get a good photo inkjet printer and then all you'll need is some quality photo paper. Although this method is very convenient, if you do a lot of photo printing you will have to pay a premium for convenience with the high cost of ink and the expense of high quality photo paper. This is a great way if you're only printing pictures occasionally, but if you're printing hundreds of photos, you're best off choosing a printing service.
Online Photo Printing Services
If you're looking for a website service that specializes in printing digital prints there are several good ones. Kodak Gallery, SmugMug and Snapfish are all good websites that will let you upload your pictures and order prints. Each of those sites is an industry leader in the field of digital prints. One convenience with Snapflsh is that they let you forward your uploaded photo albums to other stores like Staples. If you'd prefer to get your pictures in a store, you can also upload them from Snapfish's desktop software and have them ready for pick up. The only downside to a service like this is the wait time - in most cases your local photo store will be able to help you get your photos more quickly.
All things considered, digital photography's strength has always been its convenience and flexibility. Digital photography makes it fun and easy to take more pictures and share them with your friends and family. With so many methods to print your pictures, you should have no issue finding one that works for you.
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