We live in a digital world. It’s becoming less and less common to have physical copies of your photos. Usually we take a photo, share it, and it’s forgotten, buried in our phone’s camera roll. I mean really, when is the last time you pulled out a photo album?
Yet, still, there’s nothing like the feel of a printed photo in your hand — a physical memory that you can hold forever.
But printing photos is so complicated, right? Who wants to go to Walgreens or a fancy print shop where you’ll be charged an arm and a leg? Worry not! Here are a few simple and easy printing solutions that will enable you to print, share, and cherish your work for years to come.
#1 – Artifact Uprising
A clean and bright aesthetic matched with excellent print quality and customer service has made Artifact Uprising a favorite way to print images. Known well for their “Instagram friendly” prints, Artifact has made a name in the Instagram community. Their iPhone app and website work really well and allow you to easily create photo books, post card packs, and large size fine art prints from anywhere. From a design perspective alone, we really love the brand they’ve built. But to top it off, they care deeply about the impact their products have on the environment which is especially admirable.
#2 – Woodsnap
Perhaps one of the most unique printing service out there is Woodnsnap. Bored with paper prints or just want something unique to hang on your wall? Then Woodsnap is probably for you. They print everything on a rich baltic birch wood which produces bright and vivid colors and really has a killer look when hanging on the wall. They offer everything from coasters, to custom wine boxes, to large scale 30” x 40” prints. Handmade, not mass produced, each print has its own unique wood grain texture which gives each piece a unique look — not something you get from most paper prints. Frame the print or mount it straight on the wall for a more rustic look.
Like Artifact Uprising, Woodsnap also has their “Roots for Trees” initiative which ensures environmentally responsible wood harvesting practices.
The Polaroid camera is nearly extinct. Its descendants linger on, but the culture of “instant photos” will never be what it once was. That’s why it’s so fascinating that the Netherlands based company Impossible Project was founded in 2008 after purchasing the last remaining Polaroid film factory. Starting from scratch, they are reviving the dying instant film community to create a really cool brand.
Aside from offering refurbished Polaroids and instant film, Impossible released a portable “Instant Lab,” which allows you to attach your phone and print photos on the go. The Instant Lab works with a wide range of devices and uses the same instant polaroid film to give your photos that classic look without having to deal with the clunkiness of old Polaroids. This is perfect for the mobile shooter who wants the ability to share and store their photos digitally and physically. Portable and easy to use with the Impossible app, this is a great printing solution for those who don’t want to wait for prints in the mail or just really love the nostalgic feel of the instant Polaroid print.
#4 – PostalPix
Simple and to the point, PostalPix offers a simple solution in the noisy world of physical printing. Simply download their app, upload your images, and select your print size (4×4, 4×6, 5×5, 5×7) to get going. Unlike most printing solutions, their offerings are few, but the ease simplifies the overall process. A bonus is that PostalPix offers 10 free prints (you just pay shipping) when you download their app and order for the first time. In the app, they also give you the option to easily send prints to your family and friends. If you’re looking for a simple and easy solution, PostalPix is probably right for you.
#5 – Shutterfly
Perhaps one of the largest and well known printing solutions, Shutterfly provides a plethora of personalized products like photo books, calendars, and even pillows. They are probably the cheapest printing option, and the quality of their prints is excellent for the price you pay. They offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee as well as 50 4×6 prints and other free goodies when you create an account on their website. They truly have just about any type of printing option you could imagine. If you’re looking for a gift or want to get a bunch of photos printed for an affordable price, Shutterfly is right up your alley.