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Matte Printing...Walmart? Target? Wolf?

Anna Riedinger , Jul 27, 2007; 02:28 p.m.

I do alot of shooting for family and friends, my problem is that I hate the prints from walmart or target. Glossy is fine but I prefer matte. I like the more professional look and feel. But I don't have a clue where to print from that would offer matte except wolf camera and they are very pricy. I usually don't print anything bigger than 8x10s from my digital rebel. Any suggestions? Thanks.

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Matthew Newton , Jul 27, 2007; 03:38 p.m.

I do prints from Ritz camera (they own Wolf Camera) and the prints aren't that pricy. They are $4.49 for 'ritz card members' for 8x10 or 8x12 (I get the later). Their 4x6 prints seem to be slightly more expensive then target.

I usually just do target for my prints if it is 4x6, but I go with Ritz for 5x7 or 8x12 enlargements. If the pictures are fairly important I also go to Ritz. Mostly I have more confidence in the people who work at my local ritz then at either of the Target stores near me. Especially since I do film I don't need someone messing up my negatives in processing or enlarging.

Randall Pukalo , Jul 27, 2007; 10:49 p.m.

Forget Ritz...get a Costco membership - for the photo print prices/quality alone it will be worth it (plus you might save on a few otherr things). $1.50 for 8x10 or 8x12, matte or glossy, fuji crystal archive paper. $.15 for 4x6, and my favourite, 5x7 for only 39 cents. Bigger you say? How about $2.50 for an 11x14 OR 12x18.

Steve Levine , Jul 28, 2007; 06:13 a.m.

"""I like the more professional look and feel.""""

Then the question begs asking: Why would you even consider bringing film to a discount store, and not a "real" lab?

Ian Trider , Jul 30, 2007; 02:00 p.m.

Wal-mart offers matte. Everybody does.

Unless its different in the US, that is, but Wal-mart Canada offers matte and glossy (matte by default I believe) and at Black's we do both, matte by default as well.

You're not using the "instant print" kiosks are you? Those are dye-sub prints on whatever is loaded in to the dyesub printer in the machine.

Mike Gammill , Jul 31, 2007; 01:16 p.m.

Here in the southern USA the Walmart one hour prints are on matte finish, but the economy send out service comes back on glossy.

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