Why Choose Color Corrections?

Why Choose Color Corrections?

It’s happened to all of us: we head to our print lab of choice, select some of our favorite photos to print, and then wait for them to arrive. When they do, we open our packages only to be disappointed – the color on the images doesn’t match what we saw on our screens.

Not what you want for your precious memories, right?

The trick is that, in this digital age, how a photo appears on one screen – the back of your camera, your phone, your computer – can look different on another.

Photo prints stacked on table

To remedy this, we always recommend getting Color Corrections for your photos. To all of the novices out there, Color Corrections are, generally, a service that aims to achieve the most accurate colors in your photos. (It’s worth noting that Color Corrections include more than just color, like density, saturation, and contrast. Even black and white images need Color Corrections!)

When getting Color Corrections, our techs look at each individual image to review (and correct, if needed) aspects like the density, color tones, and saturation.

Whether you’re a seasoned professional or a novice iPhonegrapher, our Color Corrections are guaranteed to make you happy. That’s right – if you don’t like how your color corrected photos turn out, we’ll reprint them for free!

Photo prints on bed

Here are a few more reasons why you should choose Color Corrections:

Our Color Correctors are pros.

For us, Color Corrections have been important from the very beginning. Our team of Color Correctors are the longest tenured employees at Nations Photo Lab. They go through an intensive training program (think: triathlon training, but for color nerds) and run regular audits of each other’s work.

Plus, our Color Correctors don’t believe in automatic, one-size-fits-all corrections; instead, they go through each and every image with precision and care.

Desk setup with monitor

You don’t have a calibrated monitor.

A properly calibrated monitor is the first (and most important!) step in perfect colors and tones for your photos. But, a lot of people don’t have a calibrated monitor nor the software and hardware to do so.

You lack editing software.

Most photographers use Adobe Lightroom or Photoshop to edit their photos to perfection; however, not all own this (often expensive) software.

Want more information about Color Corrections? You can run through our Color Corrections vocabulary, or reach out to one of our Photo Experts!


  1. Very helpful article but I wish you had shown some samples of before and after photos.

  2. Daniel Clark

    Thanks for the info! That’s the first time I’ve seen color corrections explained. I’ve been happy with your work so far. I’ll give corrections a try next time and maybe I’ll be ever more excited.

  3. When I sent in my evaluation photo set, and a later 6X8 set, I ordered some of your color corrections. I did not like the results at all. Especially in color and B&W photos I’d taken at night. The fact that you give a guarantee of satisfaction (which is nice), doesn’t help, since if I don’t like the result, I then have to await the uncorrected version to get to me). I’m willing to give it another try, though.

  4. This is a great service and thank you for providing it. However, I find that for black and white photos, color correction does not make sense and degrades the print..

  5. Mike Kennedy

    Are all your prints from digital color corrected or do we have to ask for the service?

  6. I have recommended your lab to a lot of my friends, you are without a doubt the best lab I have dealt with throughout the years. 2nd to none!!!!

  7. Dave Alfvin

    In my opinion, the biggest mistake in a canvas print is when it is too dark when observing from a distance of 5-10 feet. NPL color correction is virtually perfect for my needs. Shadows are not black. The colors are perfect — vivid, but not “Technicolor.” I trust NPL to re-create what my goals are in each canvas. I have high standards, but I’ve never needed to return a canvas.

  8. I have a calibrated monitor and adobe products that let me target specific media. What I want to know is can you provide a .icm for metal and acrylic so that I can get exactly the colors I want?

  9. Yes before and after would be awesome!!

  10. I guess one could experiment and order 1 print color corrected and 1 not, then see the difference. Small sizes would be cheap to experiment with.


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