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Flickr Printing – Free sample review

10/27/05

I used my free ten prints from Flickr today. It went OK, but not without a couple of hitches.

I selected ten photos to pick up at Target on my way home from work. I cropped them a bit through Flickr’s printing page, since digital photos don’t quite line up with the standard 4″x6″ ratio of prints. Sent the package off, and went on my merry way.

I hit Target about two hours later, and my envelope was waiting for me. First problem: Target wanted to charge me for the prints. This despite the fact that Flickr clearly states the first ten will be free. Thankfully, I had my confirmation printed out and with me, clearly showing $0.00 (plus tax). Be sure you do the same, at least until kinks are worked out.

The print quality is as good as I expected. I purposely selected a couple of my older, lower-res pictures as part of the ten. They’re no better or worse than they should be. Some higher quality examples, like my close-up of a grasshopper, are jaw-droppingly awesome (if I do say so myself). However, in one case the cropping of my print is completely different than I selected online. Not sure what happened there. It isn’t to the point where its unviewable, but it certainly looks unprofessional.

All in all, a positive experience. Not perfect, but pretty decent for the first 24 hours of operation. And the convenience of being able to do all this natively in Flickr’s interface is what ultimately will win me over.

I’m gonna have to start buying picture frames again, aren’t I?

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  1. I, too, placed my first Flickr order today, but I chose the shipping method instead of picking up in a Target store, since there aren’t any terribly close to Grove City. 🙂 I should get them sometime next week and I’ll return to post another comment with my thoughts on them as well. They’re all from my summer trip to France, so hopefully they will be good!

  2. I squealed a little (a lot hehehe) when I saw that our group pic was in there. Yay!!!

  3. Well, I received my Flickr prints in the mail this morning! I have to say I am really impressed with the quality. I chose the matte finish, which turned out to be even smoother than I expected. It’s not exactly the same matte finish I’ve gotten from places like Wal-Mart, but I think I like it better. The visual quality of the prints is flawless. The cropping that I chose seems to have been honored. (I had read some complaints about that.) I ordered mostly 4×6″ prints, but I did choose one 4xD print, which is their “digital aspect ratio” option. This was for a particular photo that absolutely could not be cropped or else the whole point of the photo would be lost. As the name would imply, it’s still 4″ wide but about half an inch shorter than the rest of the photos. Also included with the batch of photos was an index print, which makes it easy to quickly glance at the set and remember which photos I actually had printed!

    Now that I have seen the quality of these prints, I’m virtually certain that I will order some larger ones, maybe 8×10″ to frame!