Saturday, August 05, 2017

Snapshots with Printiki

{I was sent a voucher for prints from Printiki.}

I really like the idea of Polaroids - instant film, a square snapshot, a capture of a moment in time.  What I don't like is the expense of film and a single function piece of equipment!  Call me a millennial who's been raised in the age of digital media, but I like the flexibility of multi-functional devices.  A phone that takes texts and takes photos?  Great.  A DSLR that captures both stills and moving picture?  Even better!  

Even in the digital age, however, I can appreciate the physicality of holding pictures in my hands and mounting them on walls so it was an easy yes when Printiki asked if I'd like to try their prints.  Those closest thing I have to an instant camera is Instagram (and I'm sure was the idea behind the original app).  I was offered 30 Square M Prints.  Once you're on the website, you have the option to upload photos from your computer, Facebook, Google, or Instagram.  I opted to get all my prints from Instagram because they're the perfect square, instant photograph shape!

Square M prints - 4 x 4 inches. 

The prints arrived about a week after I ordered them.  I like that they're printed on photo paper so they aren't flimsy to handle.  There is the option to put text on them when selecting photos, but I prefer to hand write my own.  The resolution of the prints were pretty decent, as you can see!  Your resolution will be correlated to the quality of your original image, but I had no problems with pixelation or blurriness.  I think the prints stayed fairly true to color and saturation as well.  One of my favorite photos taken of Manhattan Beach Pier (see above) turned out beautifully!

I'm waiting to move in to a new place to hang these prints up.  I'm envisioning a grid of friends, family, and pretty landscapes.  In some ways, like an Instagram grid brought to life on my wall.  I'm thumbtacking a few up on my cubicle at work as well,  I mean, look how pretty the images look just arranged next to each other!  I appreciated this collaboration a lot more in hindsight.  Almost all my photography work is in digital media; it becomes easy to forget how satisfying it is to hold real images in your hands.

Has anyone else tried Printiki before?  What do you think of have physical prints of your Instagram photos?  Let me know in the comments!


  1. I used to print out my own photographs and tack them to the wall! Good old school times. I haven't tried this before - I've seen a few services floating around doing square prints and they always look great whenever someone else does it. I think my only 'problem' would be when I get sick of the photos - does this mean I need to toss them and get new ones / rotate them with other things?! Hahaha, but I guess that's just the nervous person that I am!

    Cherie ✿ sinonym

  2. When I was still in undergrad, I wanted to buy a polaroid because the of how cool they look! At the same time, I rather lug around a DSLR than a polaroid soooo it was a harder decision XD. Though, the fact that there's a service out there that brings the best out of both worlds sounds neat!

    UGH now I definitely want to make a "polaroid" board whenever I move out XD. With your legit photography skills, your prints will look super legit as well. I've never had Instagram prints before (mostly because I rarely post on it) but wouldn't mind having them!

  3. This is so cool, Alyse! I have two Polaroids (I'm so hipster, I know) but I don't really use them as much as I would've wanted to because the film is so expensive. I think printing out the photos this way would be a more feasible option.

    Ugh, your wall would look so pretty once you hang these up!!

  4. They look nice! Man I like the idea of having physical prints so much but the last time I updated my photo album was... 2014, probably!

  5. Wow these prints look like great quality! So far, I've been buying my prints from Shutterfly but the shipping is insanely expensive for such little photos that I buy. This reminds me, I need to update my photo albums ;)

    Simply Lovebirds

  6. These prints turned out great! It's been way too long since the last time I had my photos printed, which is kind of a shame. Looking at a screen never beats the experience of physically flicking through photo albums :)

  7. Oooh, these look great! As much as I like printing out photos with my instax printer, it always made me a little sad that my photos were getting chopped up to fit the small size. This looks like a great way to keep the instagram photos with the original composition intact! :D

  8. This will look great in a wall! I have an instax camera, which is nice but the film is just so expensive!!

    Teesh ♥ Adventures of Cupcake Girl

  9. Completely jelly over those prints! They look lovely <3

    Tienne -

  10. Oooh, this sounds like such a nice idea! I get what you're saying about the appeal of multifunctional devices -- and sure it's nice to know that a picture worked out nice before getting it printed on an expensive piece of film... but it's still so nice! :P