For all you photographers out there - professional and amateur - I have one question for you: what do you currently use to print your photos? It's all too convenient to just send off your pictures to the nearest drug store or superstore. And some of us even have at-home printers (both for smaller and larger prints) but what about price and quality? With the often high costs of paper & ink, and especially since gas is so outrageously priced right now, it's worth thinking about alternatives.
Have you thought about using an online lab? If not I TOTALLY recommend doing so - very cost effective & great products. I'll link below some of my favorites for pro & SRL use.
One of my absolute favs - Color Inc. (4th one down on this list) has a sign up for a monthly newsletter. I totally recommend signing up, because you will get an 'in' for sales and specials that they run. plus at the bottom of the newsletter there's a coupon for 50% off your first order! I've personally talked to one of the team members of Color Inc. and they're so very helpful. This translates to, "don't afraid of the online printing thing because of the technology aspect." One of the Color Inc representatives can walk you through anything.
Another website that does a very decent job of printing pictures is Shutterfly. I don't think the quality is quite up to the others listed above, but they do have a bunch of really neat novelty items. It's a great website for those wanting a bit above average, and some really fun stuff to choose from.
Ultimately, the choice is up to you on how you would like to print your photos. Just remember that typically the 2 out of 3 rule will apply: You can usually get two of the following three qualities for printing your pictures, but it's really hard to get all three.
A decent price
Let me know what you all think - what's important, have I left out your favorite website(s) or ways of printing, and how your or others personal experiences affect your decisions.
Much love to all and God Bless!