Bringing the Photo Lab to Your Home
Why print your photos at home when so many places will do it for you, and most of them at a lower cost per print than you could manage on your own? Well, you might not want to take a chance at the photo counter in your pharmacy or department store. Its a hassle to trek there and deal with putting your CD or memory card into a temperamental machine, and the results are often far from impressive. Or maybe you want your prints right now, and cant wait the week or so for an online service like Yahoo! Photos to get them back to you (check out our comparison of
Then there are the people whod just rather not have a stranger handling their photos. Im not saying anything for certain, but some of us might be taking automated action shots of ourselves web-swinging through New York in a red-and-blue costume, and we wouldnt want such pictures to fall into the wrong hands.
Whatever the reasons for your reluctance to send your images out to be printed, Id suggest that you consider setting up a home photo lab of your own, tailored to your needs. With an assortment of printers and scanners out there specifically designed for the task, you dont need a professional-grade darkroom to do it.
The first step is getting a photo printer that can print these pictures from your PC or straight from your digital camera. The
If your shots are on slides, prints, or negatives rather than a memory card or hard drive, you can scan them into your computer with the
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