Landscape Photography: Printing Your Own Photos

In the days of film, printing your photos was the only way you could actually see them. With digital photography, of course, you can conveniently look at all your images instantly on any screen. Does this mean printed photos are dead? Definitely not! If you want to get serious in photography, prints remain a crucial part creative process. In today’s exciting video, photographer Gavin Hardcastle takes you deep down the rabbit hole of photographic prints, how to display them and the challenges and costs involved.

On the subject of why anyone would want to make prints of their photos, Hardcastle boils it down to two reasons: satisfaction and self-improvement. Images you take are your creations. Holding a printed copy of your image can feel like holding your baby in your arms. It’s that emotional, and it’ll give you a sense of pride, too. Similarly, looking at a print will make you see things that you could’ve missed when viewing on a monitor. You can spend more quality time with it and better critique yourself.

When you finally decide on getting your work printed, there are many other things that you will need to consider. For instance, do you get your own printer, or do you use a third-party printing company? You’ll also need to be aware of the results you can get when using different types of media. If you decide to take matters into your own hands, having color-management expertise will help you deliver accurate results. And remember, it is not only about producing the prints—even things like how you decide to frame it and what materials you’ll use matter a lot.

We’ve merely grazed the surface of what Hardcastle shares in his video. Be sure to watch the whole thing and you’ll definitely get answers to almost every question you might have with regards to printing photos.

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