Hardly anyone uses traditional cameras nowadays. Everything is digital. It’s so easy to take quick photos with our smartphones. If you’ve ever wanted to create custom Christmas cards, photo albums, announcements and other photo-related documents, you’ve likely turned to your local drugstore – like Walgreens or CVS – or maybe even used an online site like Snapfish or Shutterfly.
But these aren’t your only options. There are dozens of other photo service sites out there that can help you achieve the results you desire. If you’d rather use a professional site rather than buying photo paper and doing it yourself at home, here are some sites to try over the obvious ones.
This site offers more than two dozen sizes of prints, as well as many services. They offer services such as canvas printing and mounting. For the holidays, MPix offers special packaging options for a thoughtful Christmas gifts. Silver-based black and white printing is also available to help black and white photos really stand out. One unique aspect about MPix is that the company processes film as well, but at 19 cents per exposure, it can get pricey quickly.
This site is part of the Adorama photography store. They offer a wide selection of photo paper. You can choose from seven different types of paper for your photos, including Kodak and paper specifically for black and white photos. As a bonus, you get 25 free 4x6 prints when you open an account. Shipping is fairly reasonable, at under $4.99.
York Photo offers many photo services, including photos, collages, cards and calendars. You can also choose to personalize items such as drinkware, ornaments, laptop cases, kitchen items and office supplies. The company also offers special offers frequently, such as free shipping and discounts on specific items.
At RitzPix, prints start at just 9 cents each and canvas pieces start at just $5.99, so you can decorate your home for less. The company also offers film developing, CDs, DVDs and passport photos. Get free shipping when you spend $30 or more. Sign up for an account and you’ll get 50 4x6 prints for free. Download the free app for iOS and order right from your iPad or iPhone.
Nations Photo Lab offers a ton of photo card and album options. There are also unique choices for gallery wraps and mounting, such as wood wraps, gallery blocks, metal prints, gatorboard and styrene. Free shipping is available when you spend $49 or more. If you’re a photographer, download the desktop app for ease of ordering. Nations Photo Lab also has special offers all the time, so check back weekly and save big.
Bay Photo offers a plethora of products, from prints to albums to business cards to wall displays. The company offers many photo gifts, such as calendars, mugs, ornaments, magnets, coasters, phone cases and bookmarks. There are also close to a dozen presentation options, such as wood boxes, boutique packaging, USB drives, CD cases, stickers and labels. There are also many new products to choose from. Plus, you get 25% off your first order when you create a new account, so what have you got to lose?
Winkflash offers a ton of print options at great prices. There are tons of promotions, so it’s easy to save money on your photo purchases. Just use one of the promo codes on the homepage and save up to 60% on prints, cards, albums, banners, gifts and more. You can also decorate pillows and blankets for a custom look throughout your home. Right now, 8x10 prints are just $1 – what a steal! You can also download the app for Android and iOS for ease of ordering. Winkflash is a great site for amateur photographers looking for affordable prints.
Costco offers many services, and photo printing is no exception. If you have a Costco membership, you can order prints online and then pick them up later at your local Costco store. You can also have your prints shipped – it’s free for 4x6 prints – but shipping takes a long time and the support is nothing to write home about. The options are basic, however, but if you’re not too picky about paper choices, then Costco’s combination of convenience and affordability makes it a great choice for its customers.
Smartphones allow us to take – and store – thousands of photos in search of the perfect shot. What are you going to do with them all? Use one of the sites above to turn your photographic treasures into printed images. Nothing beats having a hard copy photo to display in your home or office. You can also give framed photos as gifts. Your friends and family will love having an image of a beloved child, pet or an important event in their lives.