Does anyone have any tips on where to get my wedding photos developed. My photographer gave me all 358 on a flash drive so I can do whatever I want with them. I have tried Walmart & CVS & both places the photos have come out really fuzzy & dark but they look great on my phone & computer so I’m not sure what to do.
I've used Shutterfly in the past as well and liked it. Can you ask your photographer for places they suggest?
Just a note, your photos will always print darker than what you're seeing on your screen. They shouldn't be fuzzy, but the colors will never look exact when you go from viewing them on a screen to when they're printed.
I had the same issues with my professional photographers photos when I printed them at CVS.
I made my own wedding album using ZNO.com and it arrived and the photo quality was AMAZING SUPERB FANTASTIC. I was blown away. Zno also offers prints besides albums. I am going to order mine from ZNO just because the quality was professional. It wasn’t just a random teen at CVS who has no experience with developing photos
If you have a Costco Card, Costco Photo Center is completely online now, and their quality is amazing! You upload and select what you'd like printed, pick your size and they mail the pictures to your house.
Professionally printed photos are optimized for print using calibrated monitors and printers via a process called "soft proofing." Chances are the screen you are looking at the photos on are way too bright, the prints are not properly lit, and/or your photographer didn't use a calibrated system when editing. I would not recommend any drug store, Shutterfly, or any of those consumer printing places because they all tend to print photos with strong color and exposure shifts. There may be gems among them, with technicians who take pride in their work and try to produce quality results for customers, but the print quality of those places across chains is typically inconsistent at best. Probably 15 years or so ago I did print tests with more than a dozen companies, and all of those cheaper places had roughly the same, muddy, unimpressive results. The one inexpensive photo company I had luck with was a company called WinkFlash, which had really inexpensive but high quality prints. I use a professional print lab for most of my work, but when I was in college and just printing photos to tape on my dorm room walls, Winkflash was perfect. If you use a professional printing lab, you can typically select a button where a lab technician will "optimize" a print for you to work best with the printers they have. I don't do this because I calibrate and soft proof my system to work for my needs, but if you are getting too dark prints that is a clear sign that something is not calibrated correctly. Additionally professional labs will use entirely archival quality papers and inks so your prints last a long time and don't fade.
If you have a local camera store, I would inquire there. Many offer printing services and the one by us does a fantastic job with prints when I have used them for things I need same day/next day and cannot wait for my usual lab to ship. Additionally, they may be able to give you suggestions about why your photos are not printing correctly, or can recommend a local printing company that does a good job.
Of note: If your photographer offers prints, ordering through them may be more expensive but a better way to guarantee the outcome is what you are looking for.
I am struggling with this too ... my pics look GREAT on the computer and my photgraoher only gave me usb with all the pics...... i wanted them printed and the few i did at CVS the colors were off... i am scared to print any anywhere else cuz i don't want to waste money on shutterfly or anything else if they won't print right