So you've taken lots of great photos and they are just sitting on your phone or computer. What do you do with them now?
I am a huge fan of large prints. An amazing photo is not only furniture in your home but a conversation pice. It can bring a room together, and it will always bring life to a bland wall.
In the early years of instant camera photos I remember asking my parents to take me to the store so that I could have my film developed. The idea of taking a photo and not being able to see the finished product seems so foreign to me now but thats the way things were before digital cameras. I would thumb through the photos I took and over the years they would make their way into "the box" where all memories go to retire.
Once digital cameras hit the market the way we viewed our photos was now instant, and you had even more selective power on what you may or may not want printed. "The box" had been replaced with a CD for storing your digital pictures, and computers became ever more user friendly. As computers operating systems and programs grew so did your files. Computer photo albums replaced the albums your grandma or your parents had laying around the house. But even with all the upgraded tools of photography people still went out to get their photos printed.
Today we have cellphones, and making prints is almost non existent. Sure we have Costco photo, and even some online photo printers but we are living In the era of instant news, live stream, and snapchat. Our photos have gone from a tangible item to something consumed and discarded. I post my photos online, keep library of digital images, and my cellphone has over two thousand pictures (a small amount compared to others).
Lately within the past three or four years I started ordering prints again. Looking at a photo on a cellphone is not the same. I am reminded of the commercials just before the movie starts in theaters. Their is an epic action sequence, slowly the picture begins to shrink until it is the size of a tv or small device. Then the picture explodes and the commercial says something like "some things are meant to be viewed on a big screen". The emotion, the mood, even the feeling can be felt with a large format. It is something that just doesn't translate over to mobile devices, no mater what the screens resolution or color display is. A print is what it is. you see it the way the photographer intended it to be seen.
One of the things I think about the most when I post a photo online is "how does it look to everyone else?" Depending on the monitor, brand of phone, lighting conditions, screen brightness, and a number of other things that are out of my control. The way I see and post my photo may or may not be the way you see it. That is why I'm a fan of prints, and why Ive taken a renewed interest in them. Like all art photos evoke a feeling, and the bigger the photo the bigger the feeling.
What do you think? Do you still make prints? Or do you keep your photos on your phone or up in the cloud? Let me know in the comment section. If you are new to the blog, welcome! Be sure to head over to Facebook and add my photography page. Also you can follow me on Instagram links located above.