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Why Is Printing Your Digital Photos So Important?

Why Is Printing Your Digital Photos So Important?Printing your digital photos is so important for a number of reasons. Let’s take a look at some of them.

Have you ever been at an event at your child’s school, a birthday party, or another special occasion and want to shoot more photos but the media card in your camera is full? Your only choice may be to delete photos if you want to continue shooting. If you never printed those pictures in the first place, you will now be losing them forever once you hit the delete button.

What if all of your digital image files are on the media card in your digital camera and the camera gets stolen? You just lost your images. The same could happen to your home computer or laptop. You may never get your digital image files back again. If you don’t have prints, they could be lost forever.

If all of your digital photos are on your computer, media card, or other digital device and that device crashes, your images may be lost forever. You may be able to send your computer to a company that recovers digital files, but they are expensive. They also may not be able to recover every file. Photographic prints are relatively inexpensive when you think of the money you would have to spend to fix a broken computer just to get your photo files back.

Many people chose to archive their digital images on websites that offer such services. Sometimes you have to pay a fee; sometimes there is no initial fee. This may seem like a great idea because the images are not physically in your home, so they can’t be lost or stolen. But what if the company goes out of business? This happened a lot during the boom. It happens today as well. Sometimes the company will notify you that they are going out of business so you can download your files or transfer them to another service. But sometimes they do not notify you—the website may be up one day and gone the next. There may be nothing you can do to get your images back. This even happens to professional photographers.

The best way to archive your digital images is to have them printed on high quality photographic paper. The next best archival method is to save the files, either on removable media like a CD or DVD or a removable hard drive, and keep copies in multiple locations. For example one set of files in your home, and another at your business. This can become expensive. You also have to remember to consistently update the files in each backup location as well. Otherwise you may lose some images, if the copies are not up to date.

What happens, though, if you save your files to removable media like a CD and in 5 or 10 years you can’t read the files? The lifespan of a CD is suggested to be five years or so. The lifespan of a DVD is supposed to be 20 years. But, what if the media was not made with quality materials? Then your images may be unreadable. Experts suggest that you constantly migrate your files to the newest, most stable media formats as they are introduced. Images on CD should be transferred to DVD. In a few years, we may be transferring files from DVD to Blu-ray or a newer media format not yet developed.

Let’s take it one step further and assume the media is stable and your image files are ok. What if computers in 10 or 20 years can’t read the media your images are saved to? Then they may be lost. There may be service companies that will offer to transfer your images to the most current type of media, but that could be costly. Think about the Floppy disk. It was only a few short years ago that every PC came with a Floppy drive. Now hardly any computers have them, and almost no one uses Floppy disks anymore. They’re obsolete. So are Zip disks, Jazz disks, and SyQuest disks. If you have files on any of those disk formats, you may not be able to find anyone with the equipment needed to read them, so those files may as well be gone forever.

Think about this scenario: you’re cleaning out your attic or that of a parent or other older relative and find a box of old family photo prints.  Wow, what a great find that you can share and learn from! Now try this scenario: your kids or grandkids are cleaning out your attic and find a box of old hard drives, floppy disks and CDs. How likely do you think it will be that they can access and enjoy the digital images trapped inside? Probably not likely. Which scenario has the better outcome?

Print Quality is Important
The best way to archive your digital images is to have them printed on a high quality photographic printer. If you have printed photos on a home printer, you may have already noticed those prints fading. It would be hard, and expensive, to recover the images from badly printed photos if they have to be restored. The type of equipment used at a photo lab was designed to print high quality prints that will last for decades. Some black & white photos from the early 1900s still look as they did when they were created.

Making prints on a home printer can become costly too, when you add up all the money spent on ink and photo paper. A home printer can be great for a quick print or two, but who wants to have to sit at a computer and print 50 or 100 or more photos from a vacation. Your photo lab can quickly, easily and affordably print all of your digital photos, in a variety of sizes. And, you can create wonderful photo gifts at your photo lab too, like mugs, shirts, canvas prints, posters, and much more.

A Generation Without Photos
Without prints, your children and their children may have no photographs to look back on. Think of the great experiences you’ve had looking at old photo albums with your parents or grandparents. Without photographic prints of the images you are capturing today, your children and their children will not be able to reminisce with or learn about their heritage from printed memories. An entire generation of kids may not have the legacy of family photographs if they aren’t printed.

Think of photographic prints as being Green! No Electricity Needed. Prints are great because they are easy to view, and even easier to share. You can bring photographic prints with you practically anywhere; you can’t say that about a computer. You can put photographic prints in a frame, place them in an album, and put them into a scrapbook about your children, travels, and much more. Many older folks don’t like viewing photos on a computer; some may not even own a computer or use e-mail. How else can you share your photographic memories with your parents or grandparents if they fall into this category?  With a print! When you have photographic prints made of your digital images, you are creating an insurance policy, if you will.  If you ever lose your digital files, we can always scan your prints and make more copies if you need them.

Hampton Photo Arts can help you do so much with your photographs. We can help you make high quality prints that you can view, display and enjoy for many years to come. Let one of our associates show you how.

Printing on Canvas

Canvas Printing

Printing on canvas is incredibly versatile and a great way to create a ready-to-hang image or artwork. Every canvas that we print  is protected with a UV coated acrylic finish to guard the print from dust, moisture and fading. Do you want your canvas stretched on bars or non-stretched? Framed or unframed? Customize the work to make it truly your own.

Art Prints – How are they made?

Photography by Laurie Barone-Shafer
Nowadays just about anyone can take a good quality photographs with a digital camera. Or take a few hundred pictures and the chances are few will be good, and even one or two outstanding.

Here are a few tips, tricks and techniques on how to make art print poster ready photographs and print ready digital files. Don’t get overwhelmed, there is a lot of information here, but a lot of it is just intuitive. Well, a bit of patience will always help.

First thing – Photo Size

If you taking a digital photo of you family or friend the largest size you would print is usually 5 by 7 inches, maybe 8 by 10 at the most. Even small size digital photographs (2MB or less) are ‘good enough’ to create a decent print. But if you want to create prints that are 16 by 20, 20 by 24 inches or larger you need more pixels (in pixels 20 by 24 inches photo is actually about 40 times larger than 3 by 4 inches photo assuming they have the same resolution).

Learning to Paint Watercolors

Watercolor is an easy, fun medium for creating art.  Color theory, composition and design can be explored freely with watercolor paint, paper, and brushes.  Several techniques may be used with watercolors for varying effects including painting wet on wet, wet on dry, layering washes, and more.

Watercolor paper comes in cold press, hot press, and rough.  Rough paper has the most texture, and its hills and valleys can result in interesting effects when paint is added.  Hot press is the smoothest and has the finest texture.  Cold press has a moderate amount of texture and is the paper most commonly chosen by watercolor artists.

Watercolor paper comes in several weights ranging from 90 lb. to 300 lb. based on the pounds per ream of paper.  Most artists prefer to use at least 140 lb. paper.  Papers vary somewhat between manufacturers, so sampling different papers is advisable.  Paper can be purchased in pads, in blocks or in large sheets.  The large sheets are usually the most economical and can be torn into whatever size is desired.

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