I wouldn’t be surprised if many of you have never heard of Nations Photo Lab. They certainly aren’t as big as some of the other print house powerhouses in the industry, but in a way I’m glad they aren’t that huge. I can appreciate them, and while working with them I got the feeling I was appreciated. What really matters, though, is price and quality of the product. Nations didn’t let me down.
I was originally drawn to Nations Photo Lab because of the wit I noticed from their Twitter feed. Whoever does their tweeting certainly has the humorous voice down, and though they do often talk about sales and whatnot, they do it in a way that doesn’t rub me the wrong way. They’re funny, and I really like that. Plus they often tweet cool and interesting stories from around the web, and that's always nice.
Rumor that we are having a 20% Off Frames Sale (w/ code FRAMED) starting tomorrow! Although I set the sales, so it is more than a rumor. Ha.
— Nations Photo Lab (@natphotolab) July 2, 2013
HOLY SCHNIKES! The end is near..............to our Framing, Gallery Block and Photo Cube Sale...not the world, silly. http://t.co/FetrwQTimt
— Nations Photo Lab (@natphotolab) July 9, 2013
So I decided to give them a shot. I took a look at their pricing at nationsphotolab.com, and I was happily surprised: their prices are really affordable. Outside of the sales they have now and again (keep an eye out, their last big print sale made for some ridiculously good prices), their prints are still really competitively priced. I wanted to get three prints done:
- 16x24 Black and White, metallic paper, color corrected
- 20x30 Color, metallic paper, mounted on foam core, color corrected
- 22x28 Black and white, metallic paper, mounted on foam core, color corrected
I was expecting to pay an arm and a leg for this, but those three prints (two mounted) cost me about $115. That’s not bad at all. What’s more, there was no tax charged and the shipping was free.
Free shipping was huge for me. I hate paying for shipping. What’s more, the prints shipped to me way faster than I was expecting, taking only three days from when I ordered them. That’s pretty swift.
So how is the quality? Well, let’s just say I was extremely pleased with the result. The metallic paper that Nations uses gives my images a beautiful shine that makes edges and different colors (or contrast points) real “pop” when viewed from different angles.
It's hard to judge how great these look with images of the prints. The colors are really accurate, and the contrast was exactly what my digital files showed on my monitor. One of my least favorite situations is getting a print done only to find the contrast or color isn't what I wanted. That was not a problem with Nations. The images looked exactly like I was expecting.
Nations prides themselves on knowing what pros are looking for in high quality prints, and I'm inclined to believe them. From what I have seen from the ordering, to the pricing, to the speed of delivery, to the quality of the product, they certainly know what I am looking for in my printing.
Check out their pricing for yourself, and make sure to hit them up on Twitter for info on impending deals.