Photo Prints The Modern Way
The ease today, the gift today....
42 Personalized Valentine's Gifts for $10.98 and done in minutes!
I went into what is best described as "a photo salon" yesterday simply out of curiosity, drawn in by the shop's outward appearance. I happened to have my Sony(R) digital camera with me, as I regularly carry it in what I'm sure was intended to be a cell phone holster. The holster cost $1.00 at a local All A Dollar(R) store and has a belt loop at the back of the nylon case which makes it handy to carry the camera around with me routinely during the day.
I want to recount my "salon" experience because it updated me on photo technology, and might be informative to all my Hubber friends (those of us who write or read www.HubPages.com articles.) It also illustrates what a classy small town entrepreneur has done to make a business out of knowing what modern photo technology could do for her.
With the personal assistance of one of the salon attendants, the memory chip from my digital camera was put into a device which then displayed all 500 digital images on my chip in full color on a handy screen which allowed me to choose the images I wanted the salon to print. I chose the number of prints to be made of each selected image. I could, and did, crop the photos to feature any portion of an image I wanted to emphasize, and I could enlarge that portion, all by simply touching an appropriate arrow or visual "button" while comfortably seated in front of the display screen.
In just minutes I had selected 39 prints that were 4" by 6", three that were to be 3" by 5", and an index copy of the 29 photos I had chosen to have printed. The cost with tax was $10.98.
The shop was located on the main street of the small town, and could have printed portrait sized prints with matte or metallic finishes. It had framed examples of beautiful photos on the walls and hanging in the tastefully decorated front windows. The interior had the obvious touch of an interior decorator, and business was not limited to walk-in customers, for a busy online business was going on in a separated rear area of the shop where an additional four to six employees were busy at their computer screens.
I was told that my prints would be available "in an hour" and that I would be telephoned as soon as my order was ready.
While seated selecting my photo images, I also signed up to receive their newsletter and discount coupons by email.
When I returned and picked up my photos, they came with a cute "Thank You" card and three Hershey(R) chocolate Kisses(R) in a cellophane packet, as well as the photos in a sturdy, plain white envelope sealed with a peelable label with the shop's name in a tasteful design.
Did I pay more than at a box store? Perhaps, but $10.98 for what I will mail as Valentine's Gifts for my loved ones inserted into traditional Valentine's cards had done my shopping literally in minutes, and will give the traditional Valentine's cards a personal touch that really says "I love you."
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