[alt-photo] Re: No more scanning at Walmart

jason at lucidperceptions.com jason at lucidperceptions.com
Tue Apr 3 17:02:32 GMT 2012

I've told my students to avoid Wal-mart for several years for photo
processing - but rather than because of poor equipment, I've told them to
avoid them because of their processing agreement you have to sign.

If you read the fine print on any film processing form through Wal-mart,
they reserve the right to save your work and reprint it for any purpose -
even commercial use.  Their form also says that they retain the
photographical rights to your work and that if your work looks "too
professional" that they reserve the right to refuse to serve you as a

Granted, I can't reference any photographers I know who have had their
work stolen by Wal-mart, but any film processing form with that sort of
fine print is one to avoid.

J. Jason Lazarus
Adjunct Instructor
University of Alaska - Fairbanks

> It could very well have been a worn out cutter and when the film was
> sleeved, it got the scratch marks in it. There is a pro photo lab not too
> far from my studio. Years back I had a customer that shot film and had
> them
> process it proof and bring it to me for prints. ALL his film had fine
> scratches because their cutter left very small particles on the cut edge.
> When they were placed into the pages, the bit would come off and get wedge
> into the sleeve and scratch the film. It took me a while to show not only
> my
> customer but the lab what was going on. Always had to print his film in my
> diffusion enlarger.
> Eric Neilsen
> 4101 Commerce Street, Suite 9
> Dallas, TX 75226
> 214-827-8301
> www.ericneilsenphotography.com
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> Diana Bloomfield
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> Subject: [alt-photo] Re: No more scanning at Walmart
> Slightly different, but I just did a bunch of digital printing for
> someone recently.  I also scanned their film.  Fortunately, I have a
> really nice Epson scanner, but I did notice that on every single piece
> of 35mm film, there were scratches all down the front (as though
> someone ran a gravel-filled squeegee down the front of each strip).
> My scanner and I managed to eliminate those scratches, but I did ask
> this person where they had their color film processed.  It was
> Walmart.  I suggested they might want to go someplace else.
> Diana
> On Apr 3, 2012, at 11:26 AM, Robert Hall wrote:
>> It's not like Walmart would ever give a you know what about longevity,
>> but I think we will lose an entire generation of photographs due to
>> the digital influence, not to mention what the same influence has done
>> to art and image literacy.
>> Robert Hall
>> www.RobertHall.com
>> www.RobertHall.com/workshops
>> www.facebook.com/robert.g.hall
>>> clippy...
>> That means that people's memory printed today may be gone 30 years
>> from now. What is going to be the longivity of a Walmart inkjet print
>> in 30 years.I know that people use digital now and keep photos on
>> their phones and hard drive. what about in 30 years. Where are going
>> to be the phone photos or the hard drive photos..
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