Recent retail closures have highlighted shrinking opportunities to have photos printed on the High Street - but plenty of options remain and not just online.
So how exactly do you get snaps off your phone, camera or computer and turn them into prints?
Digital cameras and cameraphones store snaps either on the device itself or a memory card, if one is inserted. To see exactly what is stored where, connect your phone or camera to your computer and - in Windows - look in “My Computer”. See wikihow.com for a more detailed guide.
Once on your computer, you can have photos printed by uploading directly to an online service, or by copying them to a memory stick or CD and having them printed on the High Street.
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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 www.ukcamera.com for a database of independent camera shops in the UK.
Find out more about storing files on your computer.
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. It is owned by the Timpson Group, which has bought the Klick chain as well. As a result you can also have your photos printed at some Timpson branches.
The vast majority of Snappy Snaps outlets are located in London and the South-East, with a limited number elsewhere. Meanwhile Dragons’ Den star Peter Jones has bought Jessops and is re-opening 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.
You can use the High Street chains’ websites, or choose from the online-only developers, in all cases uploading photos directly from your computer.
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.
Saga also offers its own service at sagaphoto.co.uk which prints a range of products including photobooks, mugs and canvas prints.
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.
Read about storing your digital photos.