I’ve been flirting with the idea of having my photos available for print orders for a while, and after some research I finally have a place for that.
Disclaimer: this post is by no means an advertisement but my personal opinion based on the experience.
This year despite all the challenges and issues I have with my photography, I’ve nevertheless made an important step forward by printing my work. I don’t mean doing it at home, it’s still very unlikely, but I started ordering prints at labs.
First I decided to go with my local photo lab because it’s close and fast. The lab is nothing special to be honest, one big printing machine, photos are done in ten to twenty minutes. No film printing, no manual stuff, nothing. While I was printing my family photos I could tolerate the quality until one day I ordered a bunch of black and white shots from a trip I had. Those were scans of my Kodak Tri-X 400 film rolls and there was no way any colour except for black and white could get through. Alas, when I got them back I saw a yellow tint here and there and then I decided I’d had enough.
Black and white should be printed with black ink and not with a mixture of all inks imitating black. That’s why I turned to a company I had received some test prints from just before this unfortunate story. The company is called WHCC and many of you, especially those from the USA, may know it.
Should I say the quality is miles away from my local lab? I specifically checked if they use black ink and then there was this nice matte paper they recommend for b&w prints. The pictures took their time to get to me, and this is my main concern but it has nothing to do with the company. Israeli post service has never been famous for their speed anyway.
Ordering prints from America to Israel is crazy, right? But I’m ok with crazy. There is a couple of labs in Tel Aviv that offer even printing from film, and maybe someday I’ll give them a try but in the meanwhile, I’ll stick with the guys from WHCC.
Have you ever printed your work there? And what is your experience with them?