Tacoma, Washington offers a variety of film developing services that range from do-it-yourself options to custom photofinishing. No matter what your budget you can probably find a service that fits your needs whether you are dropping off film, printing digital pictures, or looking for high quality photo enlargements.
1. Standard Prints from 35mm film.
In Tacoma, many stores offer digital printing services only, but Walgreen’s (multiple locations) and Costco (2219 S 37th Street) continue to provide budget printing from 35mm film formats. Most take a few hours to a few days for processing. If you aren’t in a rush wait for a sale and process all your pictures at one time. Walgreen’s charges $7.99 for standard 24 exposure film developing. If you are a Costco member developing is just $3.99 for 24 exposures. Speedy One Hour Photo 11702 Pacific Avenue, (253) 537-0538 charges $9.91 for their developing, but they offer same-day and one-hour services added charges may apply.
Remember to ask about each store’s bad print or bad photo policy. Most processors will not print overexposed or underexposed frames and reduce your price accordingly. If however, you ask to have all the pictures printed regardless, you will pay the full price.
2. Do-it-yourself digital photo printing in-store or on-line.
In-store DIY digital photo processing is available at a number of locations in Tacoma. Both Bartell Drugstores and Walgreen’s offer photo kiosk services at multiple locations. Customers bring their digital media card, flash drive or CD into the store, insert it into the machine and use the touch screen to select photo sizes and printing options. The digital printing machines are generally fairly easy to use and offer simple cropping and editing tools. Once you are finished pictures generally print while you wait.
This service is popular so you may have to wait for access to the machine. Prices vary depending on the size of the picture, but a standard 4×6 print costs about a quarter. Watch for sales and the prices drop to ten for $1 and even lower.
You can also access these same photo processing services on-line from your home computer. If you want the convenience of local pick-up you can select which store prints your pictures and pick them up there. Otherwise these services are mail-order and shipping charges may apply.
There is a lot of competition in this market so look for the best deal. If you don’t mind waiting a few days try on-line developers such as www.photoworks.com, www.snapfish.com, www.photosmart.com, or many others. First-time customers are frequently offered the best deals, but most have frequent sales so sign up for special email offers.
3. Custom film development, restoration, enlargements, and fine art quality prints.
If you are looking for custom special process developing or enlargements, photo restoration services, or high quality photo printing processes or paper you need to take your pictures or digital media to a professional lab. Just south of Tacoma, Robi’s Camera Center, Labs,& Custom Framing 10015 Gravelly Lake Dr SW Lakewood, (253) 584-0210, www.robis.com , has a full-service lab that can handle just about photo developing, finishing, or printing need. In addition they offer professional framing and camera services. It’s hard to find one shop that does all of that, but this location covers all the bases.
No matter what your photo finishing need you will probably find what you need locally in Tacoma, Washington.