Now, you could head over to CVS or Walgreens and use their photo machines, but consider using an online lab like Mpix that offers premium quality prints. You’ll pay a few dollars more, but you’ll get better quality paper and techs that ensure you get the best quality prints for your buck.
Now you’re probably thinking, “but I’ve got a home printer that can make photo prints, why should I spend money at a lab?” It comes down to quality and longevity.
Home prints can last anywhere from five to 100 years, depending on the ink and paper combination used. Prints made by a professional photo lab can last 100 years if properly displayed and up to 200 years if correctly stored.
For all photographic prints, fading over time is an issue. You can extend the lifetime of your printed photos by displaying them under glass in an area that’s free of direct sunlight, excessive humidity (no easy feat in Florida), and high temperatures. If your prints aren’t on display, you want to store them in a dark, cool, and dry place to increase their longevity.