The other night, we saw an intriguing 30-second commercial that promised 1,000 photos for free. But we wondered, what’s the catch? A visit to the Web site, freeprints.tv, provided the answer.
Our visit revealed that. indeed, you can get 1,000 4″x6″ photo prints for free with a limit of 85 prints per month. There are mobile apps for Apple iOS, Android, and Microsoft Windows Phone mobile devices that you can use to upload your photos. There’s an app available from the Microsoft Windows store, and you can upload your photos on the PhotoAffections Web site. There’s also an online preview tool. and the service includes free basic photo-retouching that includes adjustments to brightness and contrast, color correction, red-eye removal, changing a background color, and other quick fixes. There’s a charge of $25 for more advanced retouching and design services.
A visit to the well-designed PhotoAffections Web site revealed that this is no flash-in-the-pan outfit and has been in the photo-processing business since 1997:
Photo Birth Announcements, Birthday Invitations, Holiday Photo Cards and More!
PhotoAffections has been proudly serving your printing needs since 1997 and has become a top-rated destination for your photographically themed products. Our goal is to provide you with the most affordable and highest-quality designs thanks to our wide selection of Birth Announcements, Holiday Cards, Invitations and Photo Prints. We’re proud to be responsible for something as important as your family photos and we guarantee tender love and care with each order.
What’s truly amazing is that according to the PhotoAffections FAQ, “All FreePrints photos are printed on either Fuji or Kodak silver halide photographic paper to ensure high-quality, long-lasting prints that resist fading for generations. Silver halide prints provide the best quality images, vivid color reproduction, more natural skin tones, exceptional sharpness, and unsurpassed color stability.” PhotoAffections can also print on various other media types:
- Photo-Style Cardstock – A thicker alternative to photo paper, this cardstock features a protective UV Satin-coated front to make photos and colors pop. Small PhotoAffections logo prints on white back.
- Premium Cardstock – Available in two finishes, and the 16pt cardstock is manufactured with 100-percent post-consumer recycled materials operated by green e-certified wind power.
- Premium Matte – Ultra-Smooth, natural finish typically used for fine stationery.
- Premium Glossy -UV Gloss-coated on both sides.
- Photo Canvas – Square (8″x8″, 12″x12″ and 16″x16″); portrait (8″x10″, 11″x14″, 16″x20″, 20″x24″ and 24″x36″); and landscape (10″x8″, 12″x11″, 20″x16″, 24″x20″ and 36″x24″) are available. All canvases are printed with a premium 1½-inch photo-wrapped edge, are eco-friendly and printed using use environmentally friendly inks that are virtually odor-free.
- Photo Easel Panels – Constructed from high-quality wood with a built-in stand on the back. They’re available in 5″x5″ and 5″x7″ sizes, are ¼” thick, and can display Portrait or Landscape layouts. All photos are printed directly onto the easel with a UV-resistant coating.
What’s The Catch?
It turns out that there is no catch. You can get your free prints with no subscription or commitments. Of course, there are some limitations:
What You Get for Free
- Up to 85 4″x6″ prints per month.
- Limit 1 free print per photo.
- Maximum of 1,000 4″x6″ prints per year.
What You Pay For
- Additional 4″x6″ prints.
- Print sizes other than 4″x6″ (5″x5″, 5″x7″, 8″x10″, 11″x14″, 12″x18″, 16″x20″, 20″x30″).
- Shipping and handling (standard photo shipping starts at $1.99 and is never more than $9.99).
Other Services from PhotoAffections
Of course, PhotoAffections hopes that their free-photos promotion makes you want to use their vast portfolio of printing services that include:
Graduation Invitations and Announcements
- Birth and Adoption Announcements
- Custom Photo Cards
- Birthday Party Invitations
- Thank You Cards
- Announcement Cards
- Wedding Cards and Announcements
- Holidays Cards
- Custom Phone and Tablet Cases (iPhone 4/4S, 5/5S/5C, 6 & 6 Plus; Samsung Galaxy S3/S4/S5; iPad/iPad Mini; iPod Touch)
- Canvas Prints
- Photo Easel Panels
You’ve got to hand it to PhotoAffections when you consider the quality of the Web site and apps, and the hardware and expertise required to fulfill their vast portfolio of services. At the very least, you need to get your 1,000 free prints!