Reasons Why Photo Printing is Still Needed
While it’s true that there are pros and cons to digitalized photos, in our digital age, almost all photographs are into soft copies, yet, photography enthusiasts, especially those who take meticulous evaluation of their work, would rather prefer to have their captured photos printed.
While a digitalized, soft copy of a photo can be edited digitally, yet, after editing and examining the results on the computer screen, some of the finer details are actually still not visible, but with a print copy, a photographer can take a better close attention to the imperfections as printed clearly, thus this approach makes a photographer a better editor as he/she can make the necessary corrections in his/her future photo shoots.
Let’s face it, Photoshop technique does not make one a professional photographer because the editing done loses the art process of capturing a picture as realistic as can be and with much reason that if one desires to be a better photographer, one must have his/her photos printed, especially on a magnified scale, to reveal the problems that contributed into an imperfect picture, which must be valued as part of the learning process in the art of photography.
There is something emotional an experience about looking at print pictures and we feel good about going over our old albums and as we leaf each page, panning over photos that seem to bring back to life memories of old, such experiences are tangible, that is why it becomes an emotional thing, while with digital pictures, it just doesn’t give the kind of intimate appreciation as compared to when you go over old albums looking at old photos that bring back life and memories.
Getting the utmost satisfaction of a photographer’s work is more felt when all his/her captive pictures are printed and put either in an album or exhibited for others to view and appreciate the hard work done to present an art form that is not easy to produce than by a simply uploading them on Instagram or Face Book, which after a few minutes of viewing by, perhaps, a million followers will be left forgotten in their mental archives. The ultimate satisfaction that a photographer gets from his/her pictures is when these are printed and sold to appreciative people who would love to hand them on their favourite walls at home. Such emotional experiences can further inspire a photographer to experiment more on his/her art and compels him/her to create more images.
Finally, the best benefit that can really be derived from printed pictures is revisiting these old photos and reviving stories that go with the them which can bring a smile on people’s faces or a teary-eyed experience, whatever it is, the rediscovering process cannot succeed that well had these pictures not done in print.