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Top Reasons to Print Your Photos

Updated on November 10, 2015
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In this digital age we are often content to share our photographs through email , on social sites and to post them on a blog but there are still some very good reasons to print those moments that you capture on film.

This is especially true if those images are special ones or are remarkable good pleasant ones that people tend to admire.

Printing photos is really not that expensive and if you like to hang pictures or paintings to decorate your home or office or even to sell, then printing, and mounting your images is a perfect alternative.

Let's not forget that anytime you save or edit in anyway any digitalized image, you lose elements, albeit small portions at at time.

In essence that original loses parts of it every time you do something with, especially if you convert it to another format like from raw to Jpeg or the other way around. | Source | Source
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A print is tangible. It can be held in your hands, it cam be appreciated even more than simple looking at a much smaller version on your computer screen.

It can also be hung on your wall, be part of your portfolio instead of showing them to a potential client in the computer screen and you do not need electricity or any other connection to do so.

Looking at your finished products while holding a specimen in your hand is also a great way to learn by observing all those little details that you can improve upon.

A large printed image can show you little details that may not be readily visible in a smaller version and if it has texture then even better since you can appreciate the little nuances that a print can offer you instead of what you see in the screen on your laptop or PC.

Don't forget that if you end up displaying your images on a gallery, then this is the only way that they will allow you to show them.

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Your prints are also personal statements of who you are and how you see the world. It not only shows what you are capable of doing with a camera but brings to the forefront your creative talent and shows others views of things and subjects that they may see differently and often shows viewers an angle that they might have not been aware of.

It is also final because you really cannot lose it like if your computer crashes like mine has done on several occasions, it cannot be deleted or corrupted.

This is especially true when you prints images of everyday items and are representative of your conceptual thinking.

The printing of an image is a final step that shows something that you appreciate and that it means something to you whether or not others see this. | Source

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Having a printed photo is more social than any digital social network. You can hold it, you can have others hold it, stare at it and point out the fine details.

This is something that does not work that well from a distance like the way most social sites work.

You can immediately judge how others see your image and how they like it or don't like it.

You and your guests are looking at the photos and there is no distraction between you.

People do not have to congregate and fight for space when looking at a printed image like they do when looking at a computer screen or fighting to get a better angle not obstructed by reflections or lack of space.

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Whenever possible make large prints. Larger photos can be used to decorate your home or work space and they make a statement when first seen.

Although it is not necessary to make large prints doing so is often more gratifying than looking at them in smaller versions.

I remember once when I took photos of some models to be used by a saloon.

The impressions that the large prints mounted on the walls created were gratifying by themselves but the fact that they were certainly conversation starters was the most enjoyable aspect and to see clientele spot and admire your work was the final "icing on the cake".

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    • LuisEGonzalez profile imageAUTHOR

      Luis E Gonzalez 

      5 years ago from Miami, Florida

      teaches12345: Thanks. Yes it makes it easier to see flaws but it makes it better to look at and admire.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      5 years ago

      Great advice. I think printing would help to see any corrections that are needed.


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