In the age of digital photography, few people still print their images. We are used to storing them on clouds, hard drives, and other digital mediums. But there are reasons why printing shouldn’t be forgotten and why it’s still an important part of the photography process. In his video, Peter McKinnon gives some excellent points about it. Even if you’ve completely switched to digital – there are a few good reasons why printing the photos is still relevant and irreplaceable.
Even in the digital era, there are still those who shoot film and hand-develop all their photos. On the other hand, there are those who can’t even insert a film into an analog camera, but create stunning photos with a digital one. German photographer, Andreas von Grabowiecki, managed to combined analog with digital and create something beautiful.
Almost all of us have photos stored in a box (or several) somewhere. We know we should be scanning them, keeping digital backups of everything, just in case. We know we should, but most of us don’t. Instead, those photos get left in boxes, and largely forgotten about, except for when that relative you haven’t seen in a decade decides to show up and reminisce.
The problem, of course, is that it’s often just so inconvenient. You’ve got to setup the scanner you’ve used twice since you bought it five years ago. Then figure out that you you’ve bought a new PC since then. Find, download and install the right drivers. Probably reboot. That’s all before the slow monotonous task of scanning actually begins. Google’s here to solve this problem with the help of your mobile phone and their new app, PhotoScan.
In a post to Amazon’s blog, the retail giant shares that they will offer 4×6 prints for $0.09, photo books starting at $19.99 and double sided cards for $0.75.
With this move Amazon is challenging the Walmarts and Targets printing service, but also online services like blurb and Shutterfly.
To promote the new service Amazon are now offering 50 free prints (though at $0.09/print, this offer is only “worth” $4.5).
Quality-wise, we will have to stand by and see how they match, if you tried the service, we’d love to know your impressions in the comments.
P.S. just make sure you don’t send anything shot against a white backdrop, Amazon has a patent on this.
If you’ve ever attempted to hang a series of prints on your wall, you know how difficult it can be to properly align the frames. Even with a steady hand, a laser level and a couple of hours to get it done, it’s darn near impossible to line up everything due to the inconsistencies between each frame.
It’s for this reason that Dean Greve came up with the Picture Perfect Hanger, a new product that promises to end the frustration and wall damage usually associated with hanging frames on a wall.[Read More…]
Admittedly, I don’t print out enough of my own photographs to either hang on my own wall or give away to family and friends. But this latest collection of videos from Epson might convince me otherwise.
Five of the world’s most talented photographers sat down with Epson to discuss their work and what it means to have their photos printed out on paper. Steve McCurry, Amy Toensing, Stephen Wilkes, Tim Tadder and Jeremy Cowart all get a chance to share their inspiration and insight into their respective worlds of photography.[Read More…]
(And then Missy took it way down regarding photography–so far down, that she referred to herself in the 3rd person. xoxo)
I’m not the sharpest tool in the shed.
I have no idea how to wear a scarf without looking like it’s 1974 and I am constantly changing my online passwords because I can’t remember them. I am not skilled at statistics and conducting a simple cost analysis makes me break out in hives.
But…I think about things. A lot.
And one of the things I’ve been thinking about recently is why photographers stopped selling paper prints. And I have a theory.
If you’ve ever compared inkjet prints to more traditional analogue prints, you’ll know there’s a different feel and aesthetic between the two. Specifically, traditional analogue prints tend to possess a certain type of quality that’s driven by the usually-thicker stock and the way in which the pigments are embedded in the fibers of the paper.
To bring that feel and aesthetic of analogue prints to the digital world, Ilford Imaging has announced Ilford Studio, a new lineup of inkjet paper said to be the ‘digital equivalent’ of traditional analogue paper stock.[Read More…]
Want to cover your walls in art, but the cost of actually doing so slowing the process down? The fine folks from Parabo Press (part of the trusted Photojojo family) have you covered. They’ve dubbed themselves as “print service for design-minded photo takers”, which makes a lot more sense when you see what they’re all about. In a nutshell, enabling photographers from all walks of life affordable access to various fine art printing processes. [Read More…]