Where to get your photos printed

Andrew Stucken / 09 April 2013 ( 17 May 2019 )

You may have photos on your digital camera or smartphone that you would like to turn into prints for your albums. Find out how to print them.

With phone cameras getting ever more impressive, you probably have a mountain of important moments caught on your smartphone - but without printing them at home, how exactly do you get snaps off your phone, camera or computer and turn them into prints? 

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The high street

If your photos are on a memory card you should not even have to transfer them to your computer. Most, if not all, high street outlets will be able to process them directly from the card. If you need your photos in a hurry, many high street shops offer a one-hour service.

Having pictures printed from a memory card in-store is probably the simplest method of all, although you will still need to select which pictures to print. 

If they are stored on your camera or phone itself, most stores should still be able to help you, provided your device is Bluetooth-enabled or you bring the USB cable – the lead which you use for connecting it to your computer.

As for where to go, you may still find an independent photo printing service nearby. See ukcamera.com for a database of independent camera shops in the UK.

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In-store development

Several chains offer an in-store photo developing service. Boots remains a popular choice and Max Spielman is an established photo lab specialist with over 200 outlets. 

Meanwhile Dragons’ Den star Peter Jones bought Jessops in 2013 after it went into administration and re-opened 30 stores, while the Kodak Express franchise can still be found on many High Streets. Tesco offer a photographic counter in many stores.

Photo kiosks for digital media are increasingly common in some chains.  This can be a quick method of printing a few photos.

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By using an online service you can have your photos printed without even leaving home, by uploading them from your computer or phone.

You can use the High Street chains’ websites, or choose from the online-only developers.

A quick Google will reveal several photographic printing company names from the pre-digital era that offer a website service, along with a slew of new kids on the internet block. 

It's not just prints to put in an album or a frame you can get, either - you'll find a range of products including photobooks, mugs and canvas prints.


You can even download an app on to your smartphone to print your photos for you - and some even offer a certain amount of photos free, if you pay for shipping. Try Free Printswhich will give you 45 free prints a month.

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Home printing

You could try printing your own snaps. A photo printer will probably produce the best results, but is not essential. 

You will however need photo paper, readily available at most stationers. For this reason, an inkjet printer is better suited than a laser printer. Increase the resolution of your photos on screen – and print at maximum quality - for best results.

Given the cost of paper and ink, however, a commercial printing service may well prove cheaper - and simpler.

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