I believe strongly in a professional quality photo. This will be especially important for skin tones, which many printers won’t do properly.
Printing is a fine art, and is very complicated. They have to align their printer to the exact paper and document colors. Please do not print at places like CVS, Walgreens, Target, Shutterfly, Costco etc. the colors come out VERY POORLY especially skin tones can look quite green/grey or very orange. Printers have a particular hard time printing in black and white they often come out green or pink instead of black and white, just something to watch out for.
If you don’t believe me? do your own research! Just look at all the samples when I googled this same topic.
Here is a sample image I found that displays exactly what I am speaking of. So please choose a professional PHOTO printer.
I recommend using a professional printer. But the problem with that is many only deal with professional photographers! Lucky you that you can print through me and I will ensure that you don’t get orange or green prints (gross!). And if you do I will send them back, and I will deal with the company for you!
IF you do find a reputable professional lab and deals with the public (I don’t know one), I would use their color correction if you aren’t using myself. I suggest choosing it, if you are not happy they stand by their color correction and will should reprint if necessary. Definitely speak up if you feel they the color looks incorrect.
For all options I choose luster, or pearl, not glossy or matte. Pearl and luster are in between glossy and matte. Luster is industry standard, it renders skin tones correctly and still has that semi-gloss pop, but doesn’t show all your finger prints like glossy does. Glossy is typically reserved for high fashion images. Matte often with fine art gallery imagery.
Another note if you choose to print yourself, my camera is formatted as a 8 x 12 dimensions. So that means when you go to print an 8×10, there will be some cropping. You can print them other sizes of course, but just be aware of the ratios so you get the whole image and no cropping occurs (or it’s cropping you want to occur). In most printing software, when you print, click on the image, and move the crop to where and how you want it, it will default to the center, which will result in poor cropping. Make sure you click on each image and choose your crops, if you are choosing to print a smaller dimensions than the formatted image.
As my contract and policies says I only guarantee images printed through myself, because I know they have been printed properly.
If I can help further, with choosing where to print or how etc, please do let me know.