dotPhoto: Very Good, Inexpensive Digital Printing
This weekend I was asked for my recommendation for digital prints. I had to scratch my head and cast about my e-mail archives because I had forgotten their name, and they were not in the top results returned by Google. But if you ask me, I am very pleased with dotPhoto. Why?
- They have very low prices … something like 18 cents for a 4×6, but the real advantage is enlargements — just $2.50 for an 8×10! They also have bulk and subscription plans on offer.
- Despite the low prices, their print quality is very good. I’m not an expert, but I’ve gotten prints from a few of the better-known online printing services, as well as from Kiosks at Walgreens and CVS. The drug store kiosk prints suck outright. Compared to the other online services, there is generally a distinction in color values — a purist may want to compare the results from different labs — but I really enjoy the quality from dotPhoto.
- Their management software has a cropping tool specific to its various print sizes. This is extremely handy, because you can pick exactly what part of the image you want in the print. The tool then uploads the image for you.
- There is also provision to share your prints with friends in an online gallery. This way, your people can tell you what prints they’d like extra copies of, and you can throw that in your next order. If you like, you can view my albums online.