Wataphoto can turn your photographs into high quality Easy Gallery stretched canvases for very affordable prices.
Wataphoto is a professional photo lab which offers unbelievably cheap prices on 4x6s, 5x7s, 8x10s.
Wataphoto strives to ensure that you are happy with our affordable posters, offering unique customer service and quick turnaround.
The Wataphoto Story
The world of photography has seen a remarkable series of advances since it began over 150 years ago. From photosensitive plates, to film, to Polaroids, to digital, an enormous amount of research and innovation has driven this industry. All along, there have been three driving goals:
· Quality images
· Easy/quick production
The challenge has always been achieving all three. For instance, the Polaroid system provided quick and easy production, but at a higher cost and with a lower quality final product. Large format film cameras provided the best in quality, but 35 millimeter cameras provided affordability.
The challenge continued into the digital age. Digital provided the ability to take, instantly view, and delete endless images without processing costs. This made capturing great shots easier—especially for amateur photographers. While quality of image started out poorly in this new medium, in time better cameras at lower costs allowed anyone to create high resolution photos. But production remained a challenge. Ink jet type photo printers provided a quick and reasonable affordable way to see those great shots in hard copy. But with today’s cameras that shoot 8, 12 and higher megapixels, great images are best reproduced with traditional “wet” processing, also known as chromogenic color printing. Kodak developed this processing system (which they call RA-4) decades ago and it remains the best solution for producing stunning photo prints and enlargements.
So chromogenic photo printing tackles the quality issue for today’s digital photographers. At one time, the easy/quick part was widely available too. Major retail chains invested in the machines that produce these prints, machines that can cost many 100’s of thousands of dollars. But the process of maintaining the chemicals and operating these machines proved too cumbersome for many businesses, and they either exited the business or opted for dry processing machines. These are cheaper and easier to maintain, but quality is the trade-off.
Wataphoto was committed to chromogenic photo printing from day one, and uses it exclusively for all photo prints and enlargements: 5x7, 8x10, and 8x12 sizes in both glossy and matte finishes. Yes, it takes a skilled work force, but our staff is specially trained to do it. Naturally, drug stores and grocery chains might find it difficult to train staff to run this type of machinery. Photo production is our only business.
To turn out the highest quality of photo prints and enlargements, we use only the best of chemicals, re-calibrate our systems frequently, and employ stringent quality control. We also proudly use Fuji Crystal Archive paper exclusively. It is costly, but we believe the quality is beyond compare.
Users upload their photos via the web at www.wataphoto.com, and within 1-2 business days, quality photo prints and enlargements are en route to them, carefully printed and packed in-house by our own staff.
With quality and easy/quick production covered, the only remaining objective is affordability. And we are proud to say that our prices are routinely reported to be the best available, both when compared to brick and mortar stores and on-line competitors. We have developed streamlined processes that allow that competitiveness and we are committed to remaining both the quality and price leader in our industry.