We all have hundreds of pictures saved in our smartphones and computers. Why should we bother to print the best images? Here are 5 reasons to print them before it is too late.
1) Prints are tangible
Unlike the digital version, you can actually touch, feel and smell a print. There are so many different texture that you can physically enjoy such as canvas paper, metal, acrylic, wood just to name a few.
Studies have shown that our brains prefer the printed version of a photo, as well as of books. It seems that we enjoy them in a different way.
2) Prints last a long time
According to modern print labs, the ink and paper currently used to print may last up to 200 years before it starts to fade. Of course you have to keep them away from direct sun light and excessive humidity.
On the other hand, the hard drive where you store your photos will eventually crash, get a virus or get corrupted. The images in your smartphone could be accidentally deleted or your phone lost or stolen. And your photo CD could get scratched by all the little things you store in the same drawer as the CD.
3) Prints won't be forgotten
That family portrait you have hang on the wall of your living room will be passed from generation to generation for years to come.
If you believe cloud services such as Dropbox will keep your files safe forever, just think about have many companies come and go over the years. Even worse, if you die and take the password to the grave then those photos will be gone forever.
4) Prints won't get obsolete
Remember those floppy disks from about 20 years ago? Yea, I haven't seen them in a while either. Well, the same thing will likely happen with that CD or USB flash drive where you currently store your precious photos. That is what technology do to us.
If your great-grand-son finds a thumb drive with pictures 60 years from now, he will have no way to see those photos because the technology will be so advanced that USB devices might no longer exist.
5) Prints are beautiful
If your photographer gave you a CD with your pictures, you will obviously not hang it on the wall. It will just end up collecting dust in a drawer unless you take the time to take it to your favorite photo lab.
Once you hang a framed photo on your wall you will definitely beautify your home. Or you can create collages, or decorate your office, or print a photo book.
If you want to see some frames, metals, woods and many different paper textures that can be used for your photos, then visit our studio in downtown Santa Ana and we will show you some samples.
Most clients hire photographers for their images and the prompt service they provide, not for the brand of the camera they use. Yet, a few prospect clients sometimes ask me about my photography equipment.
As a photographer I believe the best camera is the one I have at hand, whether is a Canon, a Nikon, or a smartphone. A camera will always be as good as the one who uses it.
In a nutshell, these are the most common items photographers carry in their bag when doing a photo shoot:
As I said before, those are only tools to me. More important than the tools is to know how to use them. That is why you don't give a hammer to a baby.
Now that you know what is typically inside the bag of a professional photographer, rest assured that he or she will do a much better job than your uncle Joe who has a nice camera.
If you are curious of what other gadgets photographers use, then come check us out at our studio and we will gladly show you how we paint with light.
Aaron Alvarez is a professional photographer with his studio in Orange County, California specializing in portraits, and events.