Online photo labs aren't created equal. We test the best, from Shutterfly to
Snapfish, Adorama to Wal-Mart, and find some surprising results.
For as little as $100 per year you can have an online professional photo gallery: Shutterfly's Pro Gallery creates a virtual storefront for you. Give your web address to your customers and let them order prints. Shutterfly will handle printing, delivery, and customer service. What do you do? Upload your best print-ready images -- and wait for the checks to come pouring in. Shutterfly is easy to navigate and even provides free editing software that can be used offline. What more could an entrepreneur photographer ask for?
HOT: Pro Gallery services; free software to work offline; excellent quality; fast service.
NOT: Site is slow (after several trials).
It took 10 days for our 4X6-inch prints to arrive -- the slowest performance by far -- and the poster print had an atrocious defect. On the positive side, though, bargain hunters will appreciate the 12¢ prints and low shipping charges (which are less than $2 for 25 prints). Snapfish also offers a tremendous assortment of printed gift items, including diaper bags, softballs, kitchen cutting boards, and pillow cases.
HOT: Low-priced 4x6s (12¢ each); great selection of gift items; prints can be picked up at some Walgreens locations.
NOT: Poster printed with large pixelated blotch; took 10 days to receive 4x6 prints.