I took 400 pictures during our trip to New York City in April. For some of you, that may be child’s play; I know a lot of people who take upwards of 1,000 to 1,500 or more photos during a week-long trip.
But 400 was still a lot to me, and judging by the fact that the photos from my last trip to NYC (taken three years ago) are still on my hard drive, I was fighting against my lazy nature to leave the digital pictures in digital limbo.
Luckily, I’ve known about – and have been religiously ordering – photo printing from Groovebook for several months now, and realized that they were the perfect solution for taking our vacation memories and bringing them to hard-copy life.
Groovebook is a free app for iPhone and Android that helps you upload up to 100 photos/month to their service, then they print the photos and ship them to you for just $2.99. If you need more than 100 photos – like I did after our vacation to NYC – you simply email Groovebook support and they will allow you to upload an addition 100, and then another 100, and more and more and more – as many as you need (*note: you can actually do less than 100, too)! You still pay the $2.99 for each book, and they ship to you in about 10 days.
I realize that some people love the online services where you can actually print a more decorative, personalized photo book that comes to you already made. I’ve used those before and like them, too – to a certain extent. In my experience, when you get into the hundreds with the photos, the photo book creation process can become a little cumbersome, and it will certainly cost more than $2.99-per-100 photos.
I also decided this time around to do a comparison between Groovebook printing and the photo printing at my local big-box-store. Again, Groovebook absolutely won for being cost effective – at roughly 3cents/picture, it was FAR cheaper than my store’s 14cents/picture. And how did the quality compare? I will say, printing on a glossy finish at my big-box-store made the photos a little more vibrant, but not significantly (to me anyway).
Every single picture I took in New York City was on either my iPhone or my Samsung Galaxy Camera, so it was a cinch to upload via the Groovebook app. But if your photos are on a non-smartphone digital camera, Groovebook has some ideas for how to still use their services on their support page.
Want to give Groovebook a try?
If you try Groovebook, make sure to come back and tell me what you think!
*Totally unnecessary non-disclosure disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. Not in any way, shape, or form. I am a customer of Groovebook and love their services. I pay my $2.99/month, just like everyone else. The free promo code comes in my photo book each month, and I can share it with as many people as I want. I love Groovebook and want you to know about them, and I love you, so I want you to try them for free!