Printing Your Photos at Home Versus Printing at an Online Professional Lab

April 18, 2013 No Comments

In the age of digital technology, where everyone have portable smartphones, tablet PCs and digital cameras, capturing photos has never been easy. However, printing this photo requires the same old process, of either printing it at home or going to a photo booth and let the professionals do the job. But that shouldn’t always be the case, especially if you own a inkjet printer at home, which are in fact basically design to print photos. That’s why if your one of those people who always ask themselves whether to print their photos at home or resort to the help of an online professional photo lab, then you should definitely read this article.

We all know that from photographers, hobbyist, amateurs and professionals, printing their photos comes with several consideration from economic versus convenience, time saving versus control, which part of the creative process you are willing to give up, and which part you want to hang on to. So first, let’s look at the advantages and disadvantages of our two options, home printing and printing your photos through online professional labs.

Advantages of Printing-It-Yourself or Home Photo Printing

  • Control
  • Keeps the Entire Process in-house
  • Fast Turn Around
  • Wider Variety of Paper, Inks

Disadvantages of Printing-It-Yourself or Home Photo Printing

  • High-up front, continuing costs
  • You need to maintain the printer
  • Steep learning curve
  • Printers use up valueable studio or office space

Advantages of Using an Online Lab

  • No up-front cost
  • Uploading images is easy
  • Per-print cost is reasonable
  • Good lab can color correct
  • Color profiles available
  • Choice of chemical process or inkjet paper

Disadvantages of Using an Online Lab

  • Longer turn around time
  • Re-do’s and tweaking require patience
  • You have to pay for postage

So printing your photos all basically comes down to whether you prefer full control over quality and time then you’re better off printing your own photos at home, while if you don’t mind the time it takes for quality images then its definitely preferable for you to use an online lab instead.

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