The true essence of photography lies within the paper as capturing a moment is pure magic and collating your memories is a lifetime experience! 

Photographs have travelled a long odyssey – starting from papers to films and transitioning to digital images, they have completed a full circle. Having an eye to capture the unique moments is a talent that needs to be complemented with today’s technology to experience the magic of photography.

However, as every action of our life has an objective, the real objective behind clicking priceless moments is to keep them with you – almost for your lifetime. This is where technology takes a break and the importance of printing your photographs comes into the light.

While a majority amongst us are passionate about and are pursuing photography as a hobby or a professional commitment, only few of us are aware about some of the interesting facts about photography.

  • The Term photography has a Greek origin wherein ‘photo’ refers light and the later means ‘to draw’. Co-joined and you have drawing with light. Sir John Herschel coined the term ‘photography’ and was used in the 1830s for the first time.
  • The oldest photograph was created by Josheph Niepce in 1826-27.
  • James Clerk Maxwell suggested the first three-colored method (red, green, and blue) in 1855 and Thomas Sutton created the first colored photograph in 1861.
  • Printed photographs have a life expectancy of about 100 years. If kept in dark storage, they can also last up to 200 years.

In today’s fast-paced world, time is very precious and hence, embracing the digital innovation the world of photography has witnessed a paradigm shift. With all these advancements, one element that stays constant is the outcome – printing your click. Often termed as an ‘old-school’ concept, printing your favorite pieces keeps the charm of photography intact as well as enhances the overall experience.

For a photographer, the definition of photography is much more than picking up a camera, focusing it on a person, scenery, or an object and tripping the shutters. Apart from the precision of the lenses, finalizing the angles, focusing on the subject, it’s the printing – both in digital and analog format that undoubtedly stands to be the most exciting part of photography. We bring to you some of the best reasons as why printing your photographs is really a cool way to walk down the memory lane.

Physical Identity

Yes, you read it right – it matters the most! Sharing your anniversary picture on a social platform and then awaiting a full year to have a glimpse again is not the ideal way to celebrate your emotions. When you pick-up your album and revisit the printed images, you are giving the emotions a new life and living that moment brings back smiles on your face.

Makes you a Better Photographer

Photography is an even mix of art and science. Exploring the perfect ways to print out the photographs and acquainting with the various formats is a positive step ahead in mastering this subject. Eyeing perfection, printed photographs are the best way to showcase your caliber along with self-evaluating the ‘not-so-good’ prints – whatever it is; you are becoming a seasoned photographer with each passing day.

Technology Changes, Print is Constant

Today’s digital space is vast and hence storing countless images in the digital platforms in the form of social networking sitesor hard drives are a TECH thing. But remember we have innovated technology and it FAILS! If you have a printed photograph, all you need is an album that is a collection of yesterday, today and even tomorrow!

Completes your Family Wall

Tying people to places and emotions, these are printed, hung on the wall or compiled in an album seizing experiences like never before! From tiny wallets, to larger than-life posters or even mounted enlargement, you can print the cherished memories in any size and enhance the décor of your home.

The Satisfaction beneath your Hard Work

For a photographer, the eventual moment of satisfaction comes when they are able to analyze their collection and relate their emotions with that picture. Holding the paper print is just next to addiction for an ardent lover of photography. This is the moment for which it all started and eyeing the creativity is where it all ends!

Hoots and Cheers to the Memories 

If you have a catalog of photographs, printing them can be the catalyst in bringing memories back to life! Pictures are the flavor that helpyou walk through the memory lane – cherishing those ‘close to the heart anecdotes’. Adding more spice to your life, printing your photographs can help your children in learning and creating stories out of them. From first cry to nurturing the ancestral ethics, a printed photograph can make a larger impact than any other digital capture.

Learning from the Masters

In 2014, the legendary filmmaker Quentin Tarantino expressed his views on the increasing trend of digital filmmaking. At the 20th anniversary of Cannes festival, Quentin mentioned that ‘Pulp Fiction’ was the only film to be screened in 35mm at Cannes that year and all other films were screening digitally. “The fact that most films aren’t presented in 35mm means that the world is lost. Digital projection is just television in cinema” – quoted Quentin.

The Mega Shift from ‘Traditional’ Dark Room to Home Printers

Ever got a chance to peep into the dark room where the films are developed? The process of developing a negative is quite time-consuming and exhausting, however the outcome is what gives you the ultimate sense of completion. In an analog environment a darkroom is mandatory, that is further segregated into dry and wet rooms. Unlike developing the negatives, printing the photographic enlargements can be developed under dim amber safelights.In printed photographs, you are directly and physically interacting with your art and are totally responsible for it. There might be some tiny noticeable details that you may have missed on your computer screen. After print, just hold the photograph in your hand. Trust me, you will feel better, while working on your desk, bringing them alive in your physical world.

Today’s life is much different and thanks to the technology, printing images is not a daunting task anymore! The advent of customized printers has given us a bounty of reasons to be happy. PIXMA TS8250 is one of the latest offering from Canon that offers seamless connectivity and premium-quality photos, just strolling at the comfort of your home. It can be even connected with Alexa and you can get high-quality prints of your photographs through voice commands.

A New Way of Customization

3D Printing techniques are rolling out infinite opportunities for individuals passionate about photography. Thanks to the technology, as today this 3D printing is opening new avenues for customized gifts driving various celebrations like birthdays, anniversaries to name a few. These printed photos when placed on a window can add an extra plus to your home décor – as the characteristics of a 3D picture changes with sunlight. Also placing it with a color changing LED light can give an eye-pleasing effect to your home. Converting a lampshade into a 3D printed photo would make it more fascinating. To be precise, it’s time to take the advantage of 3D printing photos that provide choices of customization.

Paper Matters

When it comes to printing your photographs, you need to be selective in choosing the paper,which is a key ingredient to achieve a one-of-its-kind picture.Take a deeper dive into exploring the receiving layer, finish, and evaluating various brands would surely help you in attaining a long lasting impressions. Choosing high-quality papers can add an additional layer of character to your image that further uplifts the overall look and feel of the photograph.

Listed below are some of the essential principles you need to look out for before choosing a paper for the printing process:

  • The paper should thoroughly satisfy the ink-technology used for printing – dye, pigment, etc.
  • The paper should quench and suit the subject matter.
  • Lastly, go for the paper which suits your persona.

For achieving a photograph highlighting fine details use a glossy bright-white paper. This would give your photographs an elegant look. On the other hand, a photograph of a landscape with picturesque scenery would look beautiful on a watercolor paper. Further, a slightly off-white tint could be one of the best options to yield a visually pleasing black-and-white print of a portrait.      

The Parting Words!

Embracing new-age tech advancements and evolutionary changes are necessary in order to keep up with the recent times. But, not to forget the significance of the very known and familiar proverb ‘old is gold’.The above excerpt would have surely taken you on a roller coaster ride showcasing the importance of printing your photographs. Changing the whole canvas of capturing moments, images bring more life on paper rather than screens. So, if you want to experience the unexperienced, this creative piece can inspire you to print more andregret less!