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    Question Buying pictures after a cruise

    Everybody talks about how to save money before and during a vacation, which I will do too next year. But one thing I noticed is nobody ever talks about a very important post-cruise expense: buying vacation photos you took with your own camera. Sure, it costs nothing to create online photo albums, but who does not want to order prints for some special pictures for a few cents each? I always do that no matter where I travel and what I do on vacation.

    So here I am wondering how I should order 65 pictures of my most recent vacation because I got an offer for 50 free 4x6 prints on Snapfish, but the website will crop all of them if I buy that size and the deal is moot for pickup orders. That makes me want to use Shutterfly, but they don't have any free prints deal and sell them for 15 cents each, while Snapfish seels all 4x6 prints for 9 cents each. So here is a situation where sometimes it is better to pay more if you can, but how can I resist 50 free prints and 9 cents each for the other15? That is only $1.35 plus shipping and tax. You can see how something as simple as buying photo prints is not always cheap or easy to do.
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    Andrea, I never do hardcopy prints any more. And since Deb got me a photoframe last year, there is even less incentive to print.

    BTW, I do my own cropping using ACDSee - a very inexpensive program which is free to try.
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    My wife uses COSTCO, sends them from the computer and picks them up with a disk really cheap. Not sure of the exact price but my wife makes hundreds of albums at home and always gets hard copies and I'm sure she knows the lowest price. Of course you have to be a member and live near one.
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    Thumbs down Snapfish sucks

    Quote Originally Posted by nealberk View Post
    Andrea, I never do hardcopy prints any more. And since Deb got me a photoframe last year, there is even less incentive to print.

    BTW, I do my own cropping using ACDSee - a very inexpensive program which is free to try.
    I want to get a photo frame. After my first cruise, I will put pictures of that trip in it.

    I like having hard copies of my favorite photos to show people at work and my local friends. Of course, I was careful to not buy anything that is not 100% satisfactory and worth taking to wherever I meet other people. That is why I ordered "only" 65 pictures.

    I have no regrets about ordering them from Snapfish because 50 were free and the other 15 were 9 cents each, but if I had to pay for all of them, I would be really mad at myself for not using Shutterfly instead. Here's why: Although I straightened, cropped, and lightened a lot of photos before uploading them to Snapfish, the edited versions did not upload and I got the ugly originals instead. So next time I will pay more to Shutterfly and hope that does not happen again.

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    I use my phone to show off my pictures to everyone.......

    Andrea, it sounds like a user difficulty, not the fault of Snapfish. You do know that when you edit a picture, it is usually saved as a different name? Check your folders for the modified picture names and I bet you will find them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nealberk View Post
    I use my phone to show off my pictures to everyone.

    Andrea, it sounds like a user difficulty, not the fault of Snapfish. You do know that when you edit a picture, it is usually saved as a different name? Check your folders for the modified picture names and I bet you will find them.
    First point: I don't even talk much on my phone so I did not pay to have the photo message feature activated.

    Second point: When I edited pictures in Picasa, they did not save as a different name. Their names were IMG_ and a four-digit number To change the name I would have to use another photo editing program that is not built into the computer.
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    Andrea you should be able to right click and rename almost any file you want including your picture files on your computer.

    I know computers, but all the younger folks passed me by with the other gadgets.
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    Andrea, what I meant is that I take the pictures off my camera dwnload them to my computer, and upload them through the USB interface to my phone. Then I just show off the pictures on my phone if someone wants to see them. I really do not use photo-messaging. My phone has a fair camera but my camera camera is much better! I did take a picture of a part in the store and sent it to Deb once to see if that was really what she wanted.......

    I have not played with Picasa preferring ACDSee, Paint shop Pro, and my old Micrografx Picture Publisher. In all of those programs I can save under a different name so I was assuming that Picasa had a similar feature. In fact, ACDSee has a neat bulk feature where you can apply the same editing technique to a bunch of pictures and it will automatically rename them for you.
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    I only use Picasa because it is part of Windows 7 software.

    I asked Shutterfly via email if the edited version of a photo will be uploaded. The answer was yes if I don't edit with Windows photo software. In other words, anything except the program I used.

    One thing I have been wanting as long as I had my red camera is a digital photo frame. When I do get one it will be used for cruise pictures taken on the West Coast.
    Stay tuned for my review of the Sapphire Princess northbound repositioner

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    Andrea, I do not see how Shutterfly can determine if a photo has been edited. As long as it is saved in a format Shutterfly can recognize, the photo should be able to be edited to your hearts content.

    BTW, digital photo frames are nice. I have one in our den showing a collection of my cruise pictures.
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