Hi there, my name is Carolyn! I am a photographer and I print my pictures. It doesn’t matter if you call yourself a “professional” photographer or not, we all love taking photos. While there are many reasons we do so, one thing is constant; photographs are meant to be shared.
1. Digital Only Goes So Far
Sometimes it’s easy to forget that hard drives die, CDs wear out, memory cards fail and computers crash. If it’s not backed up, it can be hard to come to terms with a loss like that. And honestly, my Grandma will never use Snapchat or Instagram anyway. Heck, she still uses a landline at home! So even though the internet is an amazing tool for sharing, I still print photos out and send them to her the “old fashioned way.”
2. There Are Innovative Mediums To Choose From
Plus, there are so many awesome ways to print your work! In fact, it can be easy to be overwhelmed by all the options out there. Over the last couple of years I have had images printed on canvas, glass and metal. Even good old photo paper now has many more options than the traditional matte vs. glossy. Personally, I am partial to the Fracture glass prints and canvas. But the only way to figure out what you like best, is to experiment!
3. You’ll Uncover New Perspectives
Believe it or not, printing will actually help you to become a better photographer. When you view your images in a physical form, you view them differently than you would their digital origins. You begin to notice little details and all sorts of other fine points you might never have thought of before.
4. Tangible is Trendy
There is just something that can only be described as magic that comes with printed images. The tactile feeling of actually having a real, tangible object that you can hold and touch and stare at as long as you like. If you doubt this, just look at the recent swell in popularity of Instax & The Impossible Project.
Yes, you will have to invest some time. But how much time do you spend shooting and editing your photos? Shouldn’t all that time and effort be printed out? Don’t be afraid to ask questions and remember, this holds true for your family snapshots as much as fine art images, a photograph is not finished until you can hold it in your hands! It’s worth the effort to create something that you are proud of.