I remember the days when I used to wait for a roll of film to be processed into prints. First, you had to finish taking all of the photos on a roll of film, and then you took the roll to a photo processing place which was often in the local drug store, or a camera shop. Then you would have to wait a few days for the prints to be ready to be picked up. Then a business called Fotomat was started to offer customers film processing in one day, and to make the experience even speedier Fotomats were drive through shops in a small cute booth located in parking lots of shopping centers where there were grocery stores, dry cleaners and other stores you shopped at frequently. They were easy to spot with their bright yellow roof with FOTOMAT in big letters on the roof. Fotomats went out of business once digital photography became popular and nearly replaced film photography. Even the Polaroid camera had almost become extinct, but the instant photo technology is making a limited comeback with a new model called Snap.
The reasons to love digital photography are many with the convenience of high-quality digital cameras in the current cell phones that most people own. Instant gratification is standard for any memory taken by you on your phone. Sharing your photos on social apps like Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter gives your friends and family a chance to live those memories with you. Still… there is nostalgia and novelty in having a print of a photo that makes a piece of personal history special as you hold it in your hands. Since my Dad (95 years old) prefers to have prints rather than view digital photos on a phone, computer, or even the nifty digital frame I bought him, I’ve started to print more photos for him because he delights in getting the pictures and displays them all over the house.
Many new businesses have sprung from the need consumers have to print that special picture to frame, put in a scrapbook or photo album, or give as a gift. I’ve tried a few services for this purpose and there are some that are good, some not too good and one I found that’s great! The photos I’ve had printed are from my phone, but you can also use these services to print photos from a digital camera. I have two phones, Android and iPhone and have printed from both types of phones. Here is my list of digital photo processing services from the good to the great:
One of the great things about printing photos from the pictures you have taken on your phone is that you can select the best photos and not waste money or paper on a bad picture. Back in the day when we printed film from a camera I often got back pictures with my thumb covering the lens, or blurry pictures because I shook the camera, and other photo atrocities that I can just delete from my phone and never have to see on paper!
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