how much do you pay for photo developing?

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  1. hazzayoungn

    hazzayoungn TPF Noob!

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    i ask because ive been going to drug stores, and about half the times, the prints have come back with weird marks from the printer. ink or something. definately not consistent enough for my liking. im not confrontational enough to ask for reprints :grumpy:

    i might make the jump to a more professional lab that charges ~$10 for a roll of 35mm color. however, im scared. its 1.5 times what im used to paying, so i wanted to know what you guys usually pay when you shoot film

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    JIP No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Well likr they always say you get what you pay for. Got to a drug store you get cheap prints by some drone who just got promoted from being the cashier got to a custom lab get quality prints made by someone who knows what they are doing and from well maintained machines. I think where you get your prints made depends on how important your photography is to you you don't really have to pay tons more just go to the right place.
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    You never know until you try...
     
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    A pro lab will be consistent...especially when they get to know your style of shooting and what you like. (dont be afriad to tell them you prefer prints on the light or dark side, or if you are shooting something special ie..night shots etc...) They will reprint for you at no extra charge. Expect to pay about $10 for a 24 exp. and at least 50c per print/digital.

    Drug/department stores can yield excellent results.....but not consistently!!! The photo labs in those stores are used as loss leaders, to pull people into their store....for the average consumer, it is fine, but for more refined tastes, you have to step it up to a pro lab, and to the pro dollar!!!

    I used to manage a department store lab and we had an excellent reputation - honestly, it was because I was a photographer and I knew what to expect from customers work and all the problems. EVery once in a while you get someone (like me) at drug store etc...that will do a great job for you, and you can request them only to do your work....but that sort of experience is few and far between.
     
  5. Mike_E

    Mike_E No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Have you considered sending your film through the mail?

    There are several places that do good work or so I hear.

    If you have a full service camera store near you you might want to try them first. If nothing else, you will meet people who share a comman interest with you.

    mike
     
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    hazzayoungn TPF Noob!

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    mike - i havent considered the mail thing yet, but its the same thing, im not sure who ill be giving my film to, but id be up to try it

    emogirl - i agree, theres a girl at the walgreens down the street that does a pretty good job with my pictures, but she never seems to be around when i need developing

    the camera shops nearby dont have developing. i guess ill try the pro lab, and see how it turns out
     
  7. Mike_E

    Mike_E No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    hazzayoungn, I hope you do not mind, I am going to invite someone whom I believe is affiliated with a pro lab in Witchata Kansas. I do not know her personally but from reading her posts on another site I feel that she is both honest and caring about her craft.

    So stay tuned and perhaps she'll join us on this thread and be able to answer all your questions.

    mike eubanks
     
  8. ksmattfish

    ksmattfish Now 100% DC - not as cool as I once was, but still

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    I was a big fan of Douglas Photographic Imaging in Wichita, KS when I shot color film. They really know what they are doing. www.douglasphoto.com

    If you only need 35mm processing www.mpix.com is good too.
     
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    Thank you for the invitation, Mike. I do think emogirl got it right, though. I own a pro lab after working at one for 6 years and having it close. Out of a job, I bought the stuff, moved it, sold off bunches of it and opened my own. Before I got up and running, I again was sent spinning trying to find a place to have MY stuff printed. We have two Sams Clubs and 6 Wal-Marts. I tried them all and the results were so inconsistent. I did find one person at one of the Sams that took an interest in what she was doing and talked to me about their machine (same as I was going to have but not the pro software) and actually cared about what left her area.

    I've also seen inconsistent results from pro labs but not as often.

    We use a higher grade paper than the consumer labs, ours is balanced for the type of contrast and saturation you need for portraits. Honestly, unless we have a poorly exposed file/neg, the difference is negligible. The paper is slightly thinner but not horribly so.

    What sets a pro lab apart right off the bat is customer service. A pro lab will find out your preferences ( we have one customer who prefers their people printed so warm, they glow and others who like them so cool they look dead!) and walk you through any problems you're having. They can be a great resource for you. We also offer finishing services you can't get at a drug store such as mounting, spraying and texturing your prints. I have many customers who have us texture all their proofs to limit the quality if their customer tries to scan them.

    Whoa! I feel like someone put a soapbox under my feet! What was the original question?

    Oh, yeah. Sorry. :blushing: If you get back prints that you can't use, you can't sell. You must factor that in with your costs. If you have to continually get them reprinted (and you should!!), you must factor in the extra time in your costs.


    I'm not sure if this helps you at all but no matter where you go, if you're not happy with the results, you need to either work with them to get the right results or find a place that will.
     
  10. Mike_E

    Mike_E No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Thanks Linda, but you forgot to leave your personal web site.

    http://www.exais.com/

    Yes friends, she does good work.

    mike
     
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    I think Michael (cal_gundert05) said that you can get them developed at Walgreens for 19 cents per photo.
     
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    Why pay $6.00 for crappy prints that look terrible when you can pay just a few dollars more for prints that look the way they are supposed to? Go to a place like Wolf or Mikes Camera (actually don't know if Mike's is a national store or not). Or try sending them to MPix. I won't even take my snapshots to Walgreens or Walmart. The quality just doesn't cut it for me. Printing is a very importaint part of the photographic process imo. And, since you are shy about asking for reprints, it might be in your best interest to just get them done by a more professional place the first time.
     

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