Best Digital Photo Printing? Pt.1

Best Digital Photo Printing? Pt.1

Where is the best place to get your digital photos printed? If you’re really keen you can print at home and it’s kind of fun to watch your images appear. But you have to calibrate your printer to your already calibrated monitor and that’s a lot of faff.

I wanted to see who does the best digital photo printing out of high street photo shops and the two professional photo printers I use for work.

Before you begin printing you must have a calibrated monitor so you know your colours are correct – Join me as we take a photo, prep it in Photoshop and send the same image file to my pro printers and the high street outlets to see who prints it best.

In part 2 we’ll look at the results…

Mike Browne
Video Rating: 4 / 5


  1. Martin Fuge
    April 27, 2015 at 5:19 am #

    Thanks for the video Mike. Ordered my first print from ProAm Imagining and
    very happy with the result and service. This video helped me choose who to
    go with. Also I wasn’t aware about Lustre either :).

  2. Ziggy Sheppard
    April 27, 2015 at 6:16 am #

    So I’m not the only Triumph riding photographer then. Cool!

    April 27, 2015 at 6:23 am #


  4. Iain Clark
    April 27, 2015 at 7:12 am #

  5. Ian Moore
    April 27, 2015 at 7:15 am #

    Hi Mike I am loving your vids and have learnt a lot from watching you, just
    about to get my 1st set of prints done by proam. I was just wondering do I
    set my resolution to 300 as you say in the vid, or 402 as proam say on
    their site, just a bit confused and thank you in advance, keep up the great

  6. Saulo Silva
    April 27, 2015 at 7:41 am #

    It is my pleasure to see that you also enjoy riding a motorcycle on your
    way to shooting! Or the contrary! Nice classic naked, Mike. What are you
    riding? I had an 883R carburated and an FX 2003 with a tall ape hanger.

  7. Mike Browne
    April 27, 2015 at 7:55 am #

    Cool – go for it…. Pictures deserve to be printed and enjoyed.

  8. Freddie Slaughter
    April 27, 2015 at 8:07 am #

    What labs would you use in America?

  9. CmdrX3
    April 27, 2015 at 9:00 am #

    He generally means a bricks and mortar shop that you can walk onto that
    does photo processing, which could be a camera shop, chemists (pharmacy)
    electronics retailer, etc, as opposed to an online retailer such as

  10. Richard Dorran
    April 27, 2015 at 9:37 am #

    Great vid Mike, but we are all sitting on the edge of our seats waiting for
    the conclusion ?

  11. Dean Wall
    April 27, 2015 at 10:28 am #

    East Street!!! 🙂

  12. Mike Browne
    April 27, 2015 at 11:10 am #

    Thank you – Mike

  13. Jigsaw407
    April 27, 2015 at 11:42 am #

    Well, a photo shop that you can find on the high street of your town. “High
    street” is the British term for “main street”. It’s the, well, main street
    for shopping, where you can find one shop next to the other. Of course now
    that big shopping malls crop up all over the place, high streets are
    becoming an endangered species and are increasingly dominated by “1 Dollar
    / 1 Pound / 1 Euro” shops that offer nothing but rubbish. 😉

  14. jaymbee1
    April 27, 2015 at 11:48 am #

    Pressure is on Part 2 needs to be a stonker after the suspense. lol

  15. Jürgen Zarske
    April 27, 2015 at 12:15 pm #

    Great! Now waiting for the outcomes! 🙂

  16. Mike Browne
    April 27, 2015 at 12:38 pm #

    It’s an old 18-70 Nikon f5.6 zoom. The lens won’t affect the image
    resolution that’s down to the camera sensor but it will make a difference
    to the image quality / clarity. I can’t tell you ehich lens is best because
    i don’t know every lens on the market and to be honest you don’t need
    professional f2.8 lenses to take great images and get them printed. If you
    can afford expensive glass then buy it – but you don’t need it.

  17. Mike Browne
    April 27, 2015 at 12:38 pm #

    Hi Jenny – If you’re calibrated and following their instructions for their
    ICC then it should be perfect and trouble free. Are you managing the light
    levels in your computer room? If you’re working in a very dark room your
    pupils can dilate which will fool you into thinking your screen is brighter
    than it is, then you compensate by making the image darker. It’s a long
    shot – but it happens. I keep room light about 20% below the monitor and
    ensure the monitor is shaded so there’s no flare.

  18. Stephen Hibbs
    April 27, 2015 at 12:58 pm #

    I give up 🙁

  19. Mike Browne
    April 27, 2015 at 1:39 pm #

    Hi – You’re right. Jayne’s channel was used for short samples of what was
    available to subscribers to the site. We’re changing the way it works so
    all the vids will eventually be free and we earn our wages from advertising
    revenue instead. Jayne’s channel (with the 60 second samples) will soon be
    deleted and everything will be here instead. Mike

  20. scott mitchell
    April 27, 2015 at 1:55 pm #

    great video ! cant wait to watch part 2 all ur videos are so helpful thank

  21. S Lang
    April 27, 2015 at 2:11 pm #

    when will pt 2 be available?? tonight? sorry for impatience. lol didnt
    realise it was more than one part and was a little surprised when the video
    stopped… my bad i know….lol

  22. TS50ER
    April 27, 2015 at 2:59 pm #

    10:43 “For me, the best part of being a photographer has always been riding
    a motorbike.” LOL, love it! Just spilt my coffee all over myself laughing!

  23. Bhodisatvas
    April 27, 2015 at 3:18 pm #

    I’m disappointed you didn’t safely remove your hardware..tut tut 🙂

  24. François Bertrand
    April 27, 2015 at 4:09 pm #

    Quality programming, like beer brewing, takes time.

  25. Leonardo Abreu
    April 27, 2015 at 4:55 pm #

    Why did you shoot in jpeg…