Magazine article Newsweek

Technology: A Digital Photo Finish

Magazine article Newsweek

Technology: A Digital Photo Finish

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Byline: John Sparks and Karen Springen

For the best snapshots, photographers are now clicking more with their computers. Credit online photo sites, which are growing in a ... flash. (We couldn't resist.) This year, U.S. consumers will spend $300 million ordering prints or photo booty--mugs, mousepads, calendars--over the Internet, up 50 percent from 2004. Many of the sites now offer other bells and whistles, too. Where should you send your vacation photos? We put them to the test:

Shutterfly.com earned $84 million last year, and has almost a billion photos on its site. Cost: 19 cents per four- by six-inch print (or 12 cents if you prepay). Pros: The easiest to navigate. The site just launched new image-editing software that'll cover most of your needs, from adjusting color to brightness. Cons: Unlike its major competitors, it won't let you order the prints online and pick them up at a nearby store. You've got to shell out for shipping (from $2 to $22). Rating: 3 cameras

Kodak EasyShare (kodakgallery.com ). Cost: 15 cents a print. Pros: Still easy enough to use, if you've got the Web smarts. You get 10 free prints when you create an account. For $25 a month, get your own personal URL (like kodakgallery. com/john ) that stores all your photos in a gallery that friends and family can see. Kodak also offers the best accessories. This Christmas, for example, the site is partnering with Martha Stewart Living for photo greeting cards. Finally, it keeps alive the treasured ritual of picking up your photos at the drugstore--CVS, Meijer or Wegmans. …

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