Mar 28 2009

Selecting the Best Digital Photo Development Service

Published by at 10:31 pm under General

In the “old days” (about a decade ago!) most people would bring their rolls of exposed film to a local photographic shop, drug store or local department store to get their film developed and prints made from the negatives.

Of course most people are now able to take their photographs with a digital camera and either print them from a home printer or use a digital photo development service. The technology in most consumer printers has yet to catch up with the quality of digital photography, and because most digital photo development companies provide far more than only prints, most of us tend to use these services instead of printing our own.

A question for many of us is "which service do I choose?" and this is an good question. Selecting a digital photo development service involves a bit of research and also an assessment of the needs of the customer. As an example, do you want wallet prints and access to the files online? Do you only want a dozen high-quality copies of a particular shot? Would you like to correct the images before they are printed?

Every digital photo development service will not be able to provide the same kinds of services mentioned above, so a customer must know what they need before choosing a provider.

The first step is to find a company with an "easy to use" upload application. This is the method by which the website receives the files for printing. Most have their own application that the consumer will be required to load on their computer, and this entire process (loading, installing and using) should be extremely quick, secure and simple.

The next step is to ask what else the upload software or website applications can provide. For example, can the software correct the common "red eye" before a print is made? Can the image be "cropped" or altered in some other manner? Functions such as these are fairly basic and if a digital photo development site doesn't provide them it may not be up to date.

Which kind of paper and prints are available. Because most consumers are now aware of the importance of paper and archival quality inks and materials, so too should the digital photo development company and they should make it a standard issue of providing all of their prints on papers that will endure several lifetimes. Additionally, they should offer such items in a diversity of sizes and styles. For example, if a consumer would like an 8×10 print of a portrait, as well as several in a 4×6 size as well then such options should be easy to order.

Finally, the nature of the Internet means that sharing of information should be easy and simple, and the best digital photo development sites will provide all of their customers with a special "album" or personal space to which they can direct family and friends. These areas should allow visitors to browse a customer’s images and select those they would like to have prints of – which is an excellent way for those at great distances apart to keep up with current family events and moments!

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