View Full Version : Which Pro Lab?
23rd February 2011, 12:10 PM
I don't know if this is the right place to post this but I am getting fed up of generic photo labs making my photo's "warmer" which means they tend to turn out orange! I am working on a calibrated screen and am happy with the colours but they do seem to like adding in a bit more!
Would anyone be willing to share what pro labs they use please?
I just want my colours to come out as I send them!
23rd February 2011, 12:16 PM
I use Dave Ashton from here, my colours have matched.
You can also email with him and get advice on how to ensure things are good.
23rd February 2011, 01:14 PM
I used the US based ones, White House Custom Colour and I hear Miller's Lab is great too, so I will set up a profile. Most places will let you test out their processing by letting you get at least 5 free prints (have already done this for WHCC) and they came back stunning and right on target. They also do all kinds of products and albums, and have a ton of different sheens/looks/etc for the paper.
23rd February 2011, 05:17 PM
I always use DS Colour Labs (UK based). They are excellent prices ie 12x8 = 55p / 18x12 = £1.20 regardless of amount. You can choose to have the picture left exactly as is or they can make adjustments. I always choose do not manipulate and always happy with quality. You can download their paper profile which you can set in your software or just send as normal jpg. Very friendly service and I usually have pics delivered within 48 hours to my door.
23rd February 2011, 10:48 PM
I use ProAm Imaging (http://www.proamimaging.com), I upload my images to their server already sized exactly to print and already converted to their colour profile. It's a bit more work than some but the results are superb and prices are amazingly reasonable.
23rd February 2011, 11:58 PM
WHCC is great. I've never had a problem with them.
4th March 2011, 03:57 PM
I am very reticent to add to this thread as I am the laboratory manager for a large well known pro lab in the UK.
I did not join to advertise or scout for business, so unless asked, I wont divulge who I work for.
From a photg’s point of view in my opinion price should not be everything (I know I am probably stating the bleeding obvious here), one thing I am trying to hold onto is good old-fashioned service.
In the age of internet and ftp it has become a very detached business were once it was extremely hands on and personal, I do tend to think that you get what you pay for and some of the things that you don’t initially attach monetary value to can sometimes be worth the most.
In a closed loop camera to computer to output you can have a very good colour control, in other words what you see is what you get, however with a big pro lab that may have multiple monitors and output devices it becomes a bit more complicated.
That is why doing free test prints and getting to know your customer’s preference is vital, it brings it all back round to personal contact and customer service.
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