Many of my clients ask me for my recommendation as to where they can get their printing done for the 4×6 and 5×7 inch prints from the digital files they have from their wedding or family photoshoot. As a specialist fine art printmaker, I either print myself or work with professional print companies (that only sell to professional photographers). So I set about to find the answer by testing a number of the most popular consumer print companies is Sydney.
As a professional photographer I am particularly fussy about the quality of prints. I do professional printing within my studio and I also utilise professional print services so I know what a good photo should look like. I also believe this gives me a unique ability to review these printing companies and the photos they provide to everyday consumers.
I always recommend my clients get their large-scale prints through me, for reasons that will become clear from the outcomes of the print testing I conducted below. I have however found that I can now confidently answer my clients’ questions on where to get some small-scale prints done in Sydney based on my comprehensive and detailed review.
Other printing tests I have found online used non-professional images that had not been checked on a colour-calibrated monitor. As the image standard was highly variable I found it difficult to rely on the results, as I couldn’t determine if the print image quality was a result of the actual original digital file (quality of the photographer) or as a result of the print process (the print company). By selecting images that were technically good I could accurately assess the print companies.
Full disclosure – I have no relationships with these print companies and I paid full price for all the printing myself.