Are you concerned about printing your photos?
Do you always print your own photos? Or do you have them professionally printed?
Why would one way be any better than the other? Well, let’s take a look at some points to consider. And I’d like to say first……It has nothing to do with the camera you have. Printed images are only as good as how and where you have them printed. It matters not whether you use a point and shoot or have a fancy DSLR. Bottom line is that they all work on the same principle. The image inside will still come out the same depending on how it’s printed.
Points to consider:
- Printing my own is cheaper – but is it really? How much do you pay for ink and how long does that last? And how long will your photo last if you are using a low-cost printer or ink? Please note that I’m not suggesting you have to purchase a professional photographic printer. I have a basic printer that didn’t cost me an arm and a leg and it prints decent photos but I have seen those images deteriorate at a fairly quick rate.
- Printing my own is faster. Yes it is, but is it better? What type of paper do you print on? Is it professional paper? Or a cheaper brand of photo paper? And again, how long will that image last? What type of ink are you using?
- How long do you want or expect your printed photos to last? I can honestly say that I want and expect the images that I have printed to stand the test of time! I’m the curator of our family’s memories/stories and I want them to be passed down through generations to come.
Why are photographers so reluctant about releasing printing rights and copyrights to their images? Why should I have to purchase prints from THEM instead of printing my own?
The first answer I would have concerns the three points I’ve listed above. A photographer is passionate about their work and if they’re shooting images as a business to earn a living, they’re very skeptical about releasing their photos to the consumer and having it printed at just any print shop.
Have you ever had an image printed at one of these places only to find that in 5 to 10 years, it has faded and began to turn a different color? I certainly have and that image can’t be replaced. Yes, I can try to touch it up in my graphics program but I paid for that service and am truly saddened to see that image deteriorating so quickly.
Having an image printed at a “low cost, fast turn-a-round shop” and then having it be off-color from the get-go or fading away in several years doesn’t make for a good impression on the photographer. Does that make sense? It does to me. I’ve invested good money into my equipment and education to learn about photography and with just a couple of those images being shown to other people and looking nothing like what they were meant to be, my business could be destroyed.
The majority of professional photographers have researched and chosen a professional printing lab that uses specific techniques to ensure the images they print will last. The client has a choice in prints or packages and then the photographer takes care of the rest. They take the extra steps to protect themselves and their business. You may pay a little more in the long run, but you have a lasting image or images that you can be proud to display in your home and pass on to the next generation, ones that will stand the test of time!
This leads me to another point, the photographer’s fees. But that’s another article in itself.
If you read the entire article, I thank you from the bottom of my heart! I hope I’ve left you with some meaningful food for thought.
I’d love to know…..do you print your own photos? Or where are you most likely to have them printed?