I’ve been printing and storing physical-printed photographs since I first got my hands on a digital camera back in 2007. Once a month I would take myself down to Boots to spend my pocket money on photographs of me and my friends to cover my whole bedroom wall (sorry mum and dad for all the blue-tack). I am so thankful for all those years of photo printing because I actually don’t have any digital copies of any photographs from 2007-2010. That’s three years of memories, wiped! But luckily I’ve got my physical copies of my awful ‘teen-days’ to haunt me for the rest of my life.
Over the past five years, I’ve really made a habit to keep on top of my photo-printing habits, I try to place an order every one/two months. I usually do this all online now as it is SO much cheaper, and there are tonnes of sites out there which will give you big discounts and free prints. I have also become known as the ‘family photo printer‘, asking around if anyone needs any printing so it’s all done in one large order (this again makes it cheaper). So here are my reasons why I think you should be printing your photographs.
Seeing actual prints of your photographs helps you learn about how you can improve your images next time. It creates photographic-habits which you’ll make sure to remember when you’re next taking a photograph. Whether you’re a pro or not, knowing techniques on how to make even your holiday family snaps more appealing is a greater thing for everyone!
Unless you’re a digital photographic hoarder like me, you will be able to delete these images from your phones and computers after printing. Giving your hard drives a much needed clear out to keep them running smoothly. If you cannot come to the terms with deleting anything ever then you should invest in an external hard drive, The storage on those things are HUGE, I usually go for the 1TB (1000gb) memories. I can usually fill one of these up in a year (bear in mind I take photographs like crazy and have studied photography for the past 7 years so am a photographic perfectionist). Standard photographic use could probably last you much longer.
Who doesn’t love a thoughtful printed photographic gift? Placed in a complementing frame. I bet your Grandma would cherish an up-to-date photograph of you for her mantle piece over any other birthday related gift. It’s such a lovely gesture and really doesn’t have to cost much if you search for cheap frames online or at pound shops.
Instead of not knowing where half your digital photographs are, you can keep all your favourites or all from one particular event/time frame in one actual place… A PHOTO ALBUM! To be able to share and flick through with any one! This avoids the awkward ‘Nan has swiped left too many times and may stumble across something inappropriate any minute’ if you’re showing people images through your phone.
One of the best things is that you can easily look through old times without the need of any device. Physically feeling photographs in your hands or in an album honestly makes you feel the memories within them. It can take you straight back to the moment the camera flashed. Without these printed images how often would you look back through old images?
That’s right, every time you open and close your JPEG (the format most your images will be stored in) images they start to deteriorate bit by bit, slowly losing all the precious information that builds up every pixel of your image. Printing these before the years go on will ensure they are printed at their best quality.
Seeing your images in the flesh, in your actual hands, will release those happy endorphins. You feel an actual accomplishment for fulfilling each photos journey, from the moment the shutter released all the way to being a perfectly pieced together puzzle of tiny pixels on a sheet of glossy paper right there in your hands. You’ll feel like a proud parent!
There is SO much choice when it comes to printing now. You can go for the standard 6X4 size which will fit nicely in any album, or you can branch out to huge prints. Most online places will actually print 5X5 square photographs now, since the likes of iPhone’s automatic square-camera feature. You can also print onto almost anything now, again making perfect gifts. I find little magnetic squares for fridges make great personal presents for most people.
I hope that after reading this post you drive straight into your digital drives and start hunting around for photographs you certainly don’t want to lose and will get printed today. Most online photo-printers will give you ’50 free 6X4 prints’ if you sign up with an email address – then you only have to pay for postage! Here are some online places which I recommend, make sure you hunt around on their sites for discounts and offers! It also doesn’t hurt to do a google search for discount codes for your chosen site, it will really help bring costs down! Boots – Asda – Photobox – TruPrint