Contributing Editor, Kate Jeppson
It’s product review time! So yesterday was just like Christmas! Every time I get a new product or package in the mail I am so giddy… just like Christmas!! My husband makes fun of me how I jump up and down & squeel when UPS knocks on my door. Can any of you relate? Anyway, I have been waiting for this package for a few days now and was so excited it came. The package is from the lab, ProDPI (based in Denver, I believe). I had heard of them before, but never thought anything of it. I thought, “they’re just another photo lab… just like everyone else”. However, I saw some products that they offer, which I’m not aware of anyone else selling right now, so I thought I’d try them out. Here are some of my reviews on their products.
They sell these “mini snap shots” (a.k.a. Polaroid-looking prints), and I must say… they.are.lovely. Just absolutely yummy! Honestly! How cute are these!? They’re fabulous, and super cute. However, make note, they do not have the same feel as a real Polaroid. But I definitely give two thumbs up!
I also ordered and received these, which ProDPI calls “filmstrips”. They’re actually 2″ x 6″. (I’m not familiar with the exact dimensions of a photobooth film strip, but these are probably pretty close, maybe slightly fatter). Also, just an FYI, you do need to order them in sets of 3, and all images are square. Now, first of all, I definitely think they are cute. Super cute. However, the price seems a little too high for me to consider doing them often. If you think about it, 2 of them together is the same size as a 4×6. But it is pretty slick that the template is already there, you just drag and drop your images and you’re done. But still … possibly over priced for my taste. (But they ARE cute!!) Decisions… decisions…
I also ordered some prints, which I think turned out fantastic. They have this “deep matte” paper that is like butter! It’s the smoothest paper (to see and touch). It’s quite fantastic. However, I noticed that if you have already done a lot of smoothing with photoshop on your image, maybe it doesn’t look as good as if printed on the normal matte. I printed a couple pictures with both papers. Some looked fantastic in the deep matte, and some looked better on the normal paper. It’s probably similar to metallic, in the sense that not EVERY picture looks great on it, but if you print the right one on it, it’s phenomenal.
These images don’t do the paper justice… but here is my attempt to show you the deep matte, versus a normal matte and normal matte with texture.
The top image is the deep matte. It’s really smooth and a little more ‘muted’ in color. The middle image has a pebble texture. The last image is the normal matte, which is more vibrant in color compared to the deep matte.
And here is one more image, which has the normal matte with pebble texture versus the deep matte.
The last 2 products I want to show you are the 12 panel accordions (with have no hard, photo covers), as well as the mini tri-panels. I believe all of them are in the press-products catalog, and a minimum of 25 are required.
(The next two images are pictures I took of the samples they sent me).
The 12-panel accordions are wallet size photos.
They have 3 sizes of the tri-folds (or I believe ProDPI calls them tri-panels). The largest one is the normal 5″ x 5″ per side. The next one down is 3.25″ x 3.25″ per side and the smallest is 2.5″ x 2.5″ per side. I thought the smallest one would be cute as a business card? I love tiny, cute things like that. Super cute.
All in all, I really like their products. I am excited to use them in the future. They get two thumbs up from me!