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Best Online Printing Service

Discussion in 'Help Team' started by Duckers, Aug 4, 2012.

  1. Duckers

    Duckers Member

    Does anyone have any advice or recommendations for the best online printing service?

    I've just received some prints through the post from Jessops and I'm horrified.

    They all have a nasty yellow/green tinge to them. I've checked my images on several computers and screens and they all look the same and how they should on every screen, so I don't think it's my problem - unless I'm missing something!

    The photos are just some portrait shots of children on cream and white backgrounds.

    Thank you.
    K
     
  2. Wheelu

    Wheelu Well-Known Member

    If you are sure that there is no colour cast in the images I would take the prints back back and insist upon a reprint or a full refund.

    For best results for family specials, find a pro lab in your area and pay the money.
     
  3. Duckers

    Duckers Member

    Hi,

    Thanks for that - I've already got the refund!

    Excuse me for sounding like a complete numpty, but I've just had a look for professional photo printing and all I'm getting is Snappy Snaps and the like. What do you mean by 'pro lab'?

    Thanks again.
    K
     
  4. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    There are labs about who specialise in serving professional photographers (e.g. wedding) and if you can find a local one it is well worth getting to know them. If you have a photostudio in town ask them who they use.
     
  5. Duckers

    Duckers Member

    That's a good idea - why didn't I think of that?!

    Thanks
    K
     
  6. Wheelu

    Wheelu Well-Known Member

    I would ask a friendly professional photographer where s/he gets their work printed, and take it there. One close to me is Digitalab
     
  7. AlexMonro

    AlexMonro Old Grand Part Deux

  8. LargeFormat

    LargeFormat Well-Known Member

    I use PhotoBox and have been very satisfied except I seem to have to upload my files one by one as the fast upload won't work for me.

    Having said that I recently needed some 9 x 6s in a hurry and went to Boots who did a cracking job!!!

    I wouldn't chance it as a habit and a pro-lab, as others have suggested, must be best.
     
  9. MartyG

    MartyG Well-Known Member

    I've had loads of stuff printed by Photobox (from A2 to calendars and photobooks) and I've never been disappointed by the results.
     
  10. AlexMonro

    AlexMonro Old Grand Part Deux

    Have you tried the FTP upload service? The server is ftp.photobox.com (NOT .co.uk), login with your registered email address as username, and existing password, and chose an existing destination directory, e.g. "My Temporary Album". There are a number of free FTP client programs available for all operating systems.
     
  11. LargeFormat

    LargeFormat Well-Known Member

    Thanks Alex, I will try it.
     
  12. cinnamonstick99

    cinnamonstick99 New Member

    As much as I prefer doing things in person, my past experiences with Boots and Jessops have been diabolical. They even lost the negatives once, no compensation whatsoever. I use Photobox pretty often too, but where does everyone go when they want to print gifts? For example, mugs, t-shirts etc? I've got a little design business that's just taking off and I've had quite a few orders for calendars, and am looking up different online businesses. This place seems good for Calendar Printers, but does anyone know of somewhere else? Also, is Photobox the best value for canvas prints?

    Thanks! :eek:
     
  13. Abennett

    Abennett New Member

    I'd recommend Metroprint if you are still looking for a good pro lab. Same company as metro Imaging in London, but online so much cheaper.
     
  14. PeteE

    PeteE Well-Known Member

    I have used www.snapfish.co.uk ( owned by Hewlett Packard) for several years for all our 'digital 'prints and I click on the 'MATT' surface button after uploading and they are EXCELLENT and CHEAP ! I check each photo in PhotoShop 7 or FastStone Image Viewer and 'sharpen' a small amount and do not 'reduce' the pixels and set quality 10 JPegs so the files are not maximum size then upload to an 'Album' and then click on 'Express Order these prints' and they all come up as 6x4 prints -- if you want BIGGER then you have to set the sizes you want in each print box.
    For prints from NEGATIVES I either do my own in the Darkroom up to 16x12" size or if a lot of 6x4 'Holiday Snaps' then BOOTS of Brentwood High Street does 36 for £5-99 and I always get 38 or 39 frames out of my films !
     
  15. liveclive

    liveclive New Member

    I would avoid AldiPhotos.co.uk -place an order and received a confirmation form paypal only to find the goods did not arrive. Customer support is an 0871 number and somehow they have lost my order.

    Regards Clive
     
  16. liveclive

    liveclive New Member

    I would avoid AldiPhotos.co.uk http://www.aldiphotos.co.uk/ - I placed an order and received a confirmation from paypal only to find the goods did not arrive. Customer support is an 0871 number and somehow they have lost my order.

    Regards Clive
     
  17. NosamLuap

    NosamLuap Rebmem Roines

    But I assume they gave you a refund? And they haven't "lost" your images, you could upload again?
     
  18. liveclive

    liveclive New Member

    I ordered these to take with me on a trip aboard to deliver them to my Mother but they never arrived on time. The money was refunded but having wasted 10 minutes on the telephone to their "support" line they could not explain what had happened but somehow the order was lost in their system. The support staff sounded as good at the service I had received.
     
  19. iangar

    iangar Member

    I have been using ALDI for a number of years now for my prints and photobooks. Somewhere in the region of six print orders a year and a total of 34 photobooks. In all that time I only had one problem that was on a book which had an extra page in it, not my photographs. I contacted them they asked me to return book and within four days I had new book plus they returned the faulty one.
    I find that if I order on Sunday night I receive order 3 or 4 days later. I would be surprised if all online photo sites did on at some time have order problems. I have always found the prints etc to be of an excellent quaity so much so that a number of my friends now use them
     
  20. willie45

    willie45 Well-Known Member

    Here you go

    http://www.proamimaging.com

    They are who I would use. They're very good. They are a "pro lab" and you won't have to suck it up over their prices :)
     
    Last edited: Feb 25, 2014

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