The digital age has made photography so much more accessible, but so often all these digital images get lost and hidden away in the depths of a hard drive. But, printing your work has so many benefits that we forget about between the 0’s and 1’s.
1. Tangibility – There’s a reason that printing is often termed “photo finishing” – because having a tangible finished print is a whole different experience than just looking at a screen.
2. Visibility – You go on vacation with your digital camera, take 3000 photos, get home and download them, and you never look at them again. Sound familiar? Choosing a few favourite images and printing them simply means they get seen. Whether it’s framed above the fireplace or filed in a photo album, physical prints allow you and everyone around you to actually enjoy them.
Photo by Mike Drew
3. Longevity – Hard drives fail. Computers fail. Though not completely foolproof, there is still a certain permanence in a physical print. You don’t have to print every image – but having a tangible copy of your favourites, the most cherished and important ones, means that those images aren’t lost in the case of a failed drive.
4. Quality – Nothing highlights the level of today’s technology like a print. From megapixel counts to optical sharpness, all the best qualities of your gear contribute to a great print, and it really is the best platform to make the most of your camera.
5. Selectivity – Printing photographs forces you to analyze your photos and narrow them down to the best few. The more you do this, the more you look at what makes a photograph work, and the more you apply that in your work. Over time, this makes you a better photographer.
There’s nothing quite like a photo print, and creating one yourself brings its own rewards. Using a dedicated photo inkjet printer, like the Canon Pixma Pro-100 or Pro-10, can make printing easy and accessible, so that your cherished memories get the value they deserve.
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