PROS / The shipping and support services are very well done.
CONS / There are not enough features, such as online photo sharing, on the site.
VERDICT / Nations Photo Lab is a serviceable addition to the world of digital photo printing.
Nations Photo Lab has great customer support that will make you feel at ease transforming your pictures. The photos we received from this digital photo printing company were even better than those from some better-known competitors of the site.
We sent in a set of photographs and asked for a glossy finish from Nations Photo Lab to determine how well the company could print photos online from customers. The results we received back were satisfactory, particularly in clarity. Objects were not blurred most of the time, even when the pictures had especially dark colors. The motion capture on some pictures was not very clear, but the other pictures were no more blurry than they had been originally.
The pricing for the site is all over the place. When you order photos online, good deals are usually available for people who order large numbers of photos. Nations Photo Lab has some of those deals on occasion, but if you need only a few photos, its singles for 4-by-6-inch photos are 26 cents apiece, which is over three times the price of some other companies. With larger pictures, its prices tend to be lower than average, but keep in mind how many photos you want and in what size, especially if you are on a budget.
Digital photo printing sites can offer just as many features for editing and displaying your photos as any type of expensive software. Nations Photo Lab has editing tools on its site, and it allows you to create a photo library with any category you like, such as travel or graduation. There is unlimited free online storage, and you can have high-resolution downloads. There is not as much of an online community or online photo-sharing opportunities as some other sites offer, so if you want to get publicity for your photography, this site is not the best fit for you. On the other hand, if you want a site that is simple to navigate and just want to print your creations, you will love it.
The FAQs section of the site is excellent. Questions are categorized and neatly organized, with general questions offered as an additional category. Some of the answers are brief, but thankfully the site has email, telephone and live chat for when you need a question answered promptly. Also, there are video tutorials and behind-the-scenes insights into how the photo editing process is carried out.
The only support service this site lacks is in-store pickup, which might be inconvenient if you need to travel for your photography. But it does have overnight delivery and two-day delivery, so you will not be facing a major inconvenience.
Whether you're an amateur or professional photographer, if you enjoy a support system from your digital photo printing service, you will enjoy using this site. It might not have as many sharing features as its competitors, but it still has some great things to offer its customers.