5 Reasons to Print Your Work

  By Kaitlyn Kerr

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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Kaitlyn is a craft beer enthusiast and self-labelled film nerd. Suitably, she is one of the hosts of Calgary's Beers & Cameras meetup group. She also drinks too much coffee and wants to see too many places. When not helping coordinate events or exploring whatever city, town, or backroad she can, she also works as a freelance photographer and assistant.