Originally Posted by HFWR
I've had Walmart and/or Snapfish make 11x14 prints, then used a relatively cheap frame. An expensive frame would be overkill for my "decor"...
One thing I've noticed is the glare from photos on glossy paper...
Yes, it depends on the photo and the lighting in the room where it will be displayed.
I'm also rethinking about investing all the time, energy and money in framing tools since I'm not really sure that I'd actually make enough frames to save anything doing it myself rather than simply paying Michaels or an online framing shop to do it.
I'll wait until I read the books anyway. Right now I don't know enough to make a good decision which is why I bought the books.
One of the reasons I like to print my own is that I can pick the inks and paper. Canon claims that their dye based inks on quality paper will last 200 years if protected from ambient air in an album or glass in a frame. And I'm very fussy about colors being accurate and correct. Four-color production printers simply don't have the ability to be accurate. High-end printers use 12 different inks for a reason.
Walmart and drugstore photos will probably start fading within 10 years or sooner since they're competing on price, not quality. And depending on life's vicissitudes last week's casual snapshot can suddenly become a priceless memento.
That said, the family loves the Blurb photo books that I've done, those are on printed with four-color presses and they don't look bad. It'll be interesting to see when they start fading.