It’s been an interesting day today preparing prints for entry into my first photography contest. After narrowing down my selection of prints to my favorite three, I uploaded them to a local professional print service and placed my order. Interestingly, until very recently, I haven’t had photos printed in many years so I was unfamiliar with which service offered the best quality. Obviously I wanted to go with the “best” since these are going to be entered into a contest. For the second time in about a month I used a professional “high quality” print shop for my photos. And, once again, I was very disappointed in the prints. They all looked quite a bit different than the images I saw on my monitor. The prints came out too dark and the colors seemed off.
So I decided to take the advice of another photographer and print them at home on my “inexpensive” printer. Skeptical that I would achieve an acceptable quality at home for these important photos, I tried it anyway. The result? My home-printed photos were MUCH better than the professional outfit! I was blown away. And I am thrilled that I won’t have to run all over kingdom come printing my photos for my monthly photography contest!
The moral of the story: Your el cheapo home printer might well do a much better job of printing your photos than some fancy-schmancy professional print shop!