Late last week I applied for an account with Mpix Pro. They are the next step up in photo lab service from the Miller family. Mpix still rocks, but the company saw a gap in service between Mpix which is for consumers and Miller’s which is for full-time professional photographers.
Enter Mpix Pro. Their products and services are geared toward the photographers who fall in between Mpix and Miller’s. Think of them as a print service for lower volume professional photographers. However, don’t let my term “lower volume” mislead you. Mpix Pro provides twice the amount of products to working pros that Mpix does and their service is only available to photographers who derive a least a portion of their income from photography.
At Mpix, you simply upload images to their website and forget about them. They will take care of any color correction or levels adjustments to your images to make sure they look their best on paper. Mpix Pro relies on the photographer a bit more. Proper monitor calibration is key to getting the best prints.
So when you create your account and it is approved, Mpix Pro has you upload 5 test images so that they can be printed and sent to you to compare to what you see on your screen. If the prints are off, you make the necessary corrections to ensure your prints match what you see on your screen.
Yesterday, I received my Welcome Kit from Mpix Pro. It didn’t cost me a dime… they even paid for the FedEx Overnight shipping. (Note: Mpix Pro only ships via FedEx overnight and it’s $4.00 per package and if you’re order is over $100.00 the shipping is free.) When I opened the plain white box that my Welcome Kit shipped in, I saw the neat package from the image above.
I couldn’t wait to open up my 8×10 test prints and check them out:
The prints were a touch darker than my monitor and the colors were right on the money. All I needed to do was dial down the brightness on my monitor just a bit. And I’m talking like just one notch.
I will definitely be using Mpix Pro for all of my prints and for my clients prints as well. One thing I was slightly concerned about was that orders made from my Zenfolio account would still be fulfilled by Mpix. However, I read on Mpix Pro’s website that there will soon be an option for Mpix Pro in Zenfolio user’s accounts soon. Right on!
If you’re a photographer who makes a little money with your photography and you’re somewhat familiar with monitor calibration, I highly recommend that you apply for an account with Mpix Pro. The products and services they provide are just what professional photographers need to be able to grow their businesses.