Idiots working at wal-mart photo...

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  1. BadRotation

    BadRotation TPF Noob!

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    I had to take some photos in to the god-forsaken store AGAIN (last time they wouldnt release my photos to me because they said they were copyrighted photos)

    I had to get some photos done quick since my sisters boyfriends parents are going back home today (they live out of state) and the local photo shop was closed today.

    SO I take some in, and here is an example of what happened.....

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    They printed the 4X6 EXACTLY like it was supposed to be, but went and cropped the crap out of the 8X10, which should be the exact same (4X6 and 8X10's are the exact same aspect ratio from what I understand)


    They cut off the top of his head, and about 1.5" off the bottom of the pic as well...

    This really irritates me...


    Plus their skin looks reddish/pink compared to the originals.
     
  2. hobbes28

    hobbes28 Incredible Supporting Member

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    If you have time...go to CVS and use their little electronic editor to crop your picture because a 4x6 isn't the same ratio as an 8x10...((4x6)x2=8x12). At least with you having control of the crop and color, you can decide which part of the picture to crop instead of letting someone in the wal-mart lab do it for you.
     
  3. BadRotation

    BadRotation TPF Noob!

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    Yeah, I just found out 8X10 is slightly different. But the local place usually prints them perfect every time.

    Wal-mart totally butchers them though. Im never going there again.
     
  4. Corry

    Corry Flirtacious and Bodacious Supporting Member

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    Yeah...8X10 are going to do some cropping on a 4x6, and places like Walmart do not look at every single picture, so it is not likely they would catch something like that. And as for the pinkish skin...again, with places like Walmart, every machine is going to be different. Some stores might not maintain their machines like they should, or certain calibrations get a bit...off. You get what you pay for...if you want quality, don't take it to a place like Walmart. I work at Walgreens, and I don't even develop my prints there anymore, when I am really looking for quality. I take them to a local place that is quite a bit more expensive, but awesome quality.
     
  5. ksmattfish

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

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    Well, the local place apparently knows what you want even when you ask for something else. The guy at Walmart provided you with what you asked for. Personally, I like that in a lab employee. I'm not a fan of the ones that second guess me.

    I worked in a pro lab for 4 years. Don't be that customer that expects the lab people to read their mind. Know what you want, or ask questions. They would be glad to do it however you want, if they can.

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    Did you provide them with a sample to match? I'm not sure if Walmart even offers color matching, but you will get different results from color neg film even from the same professional lab without a guide to match.
     
  6. tranceplant

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    NEVER go to wal-mart for any reasons what so ever!
     
  7. BadRotation

    BadRotation TPF Noob!

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    Trust me, I try not to, though this problem with cropping seems to be a bit of my fault (even though the lab tech. is supposed to crop the photos correctly before they are printed.
     
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    Preach on!

    I HATE that place.
     
  9. BadRotation

    BadRotation TPF Noob!

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    Me too, but like I said, his parents were leaving for the airport, and they werent gonna be around earlier when the local place opened.
     
  10. photong

    photong Typo Queen

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    Yes they are mroe pink in the 8x10.

    The ratio isn't the same....8x12 would be more equal. On an 8x10 you lose 2 inches on the longest side. I learnt this the hard way when making prints for my portfolio :( I have to try and leave a lot of space around my subject(s). Trying to remember NOT to crop in camera is a hard habbit to break. Some of my better pictures couldn't be made as 8x10 because of this. MAYBE 11x14 will be better? I haven't been able to experiment with this yet.

    So anyone. The lab tech should have moved the crop up so his head doesn't get cut off. That is...if they have that technology/program to do it. I use one of those Kodak kiosk things. The store prints it with their machines though. The Kodak picture maker thing is just the machine you can load them into, crop, red eye removal, borders, etc.

    Too many problems with walmart. If the place I go ever gives me a problem I would take it up their bums so far they'll give me everything for free :)
     
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    I live in a smaller town and all we have for photos is a Wal-Mart. There used to be a small camera shop in town, but that closed before I became involved in photography. :(
    However, the Wal-Mart here seems to be better than the ones described earlier. I brought in some negatives to be made into an 8x10 and when I went to pick up my prints they lady working there had me check the print before I left just to make sure I was okay with the cropping.
    I must go there too often because yesterday I went to get some color film developed and the person said working said "Oh, no black and white today?"
     
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    People just don't understand aspect ratios, Whenever doing enlargements in my lab, I always double check the cropping, and if there is any questionable cropping, and the choice is either chopping off part of a head, or cutting too much of the waist off, I always take the time to explain why, then I either suggest another size, or ask which print they like more (if this is the case, i make three prints, one with some head cropped out, one with more waist than i would like cropped out, and one thats a sort of comprimise between the two)

    I don't beleive wal-mart color corrects either, which would explain your pink skin tones.
     

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