I’ve been thinking about photography printing. We have many ways to do it, but how do most people do it? Or are they doing it at all?
I was at my father in laws funeral last week, and my husband and his sisters all got together on the couch with his mom for some last minute family pictures. My mother in law’s camera choice was a REALLY old 35mm film camera with the only “settings” to choose being on and off. One sister had a basic point and shoot digital camera. And the other sister and my husband gave me their iPhones.
This has me thinking about the choices we have to capture photographs. And I use that word loosely, because I know most people who take pictures with their iPhones never actually turn them into photographs. They just remain as images on their phones.
I see it everyday. Momentous occasions like 1 year old birthday parties, or the birth of a newborn, or a rare extended family gathering. Events we look forward to, know are coming, and will never get the chance to revisit. Except via memories. Triggered by looking at……photographs. So why are these events mostly attended with cell phones as the camera of choice?
As a photographer with another full time job, 2 kids, a husband, and a house to clean, I try to make my photography business as streamlined as possible, so I rarely sell prints, just the cd of images. I think this is the best option as a consumer. Get the cd, print however many you want, as often as you want?? Perfect! But I can’t tell you how many people I’ve talked to who do the same thing as I do, and they report that a crazy large percentage of clients never print ANYTHING!! I understand time constraints, and tough decision making, and let’s be real….laziness….but here again is an opportunity to print those photographs of your precious family, so you can hold onto those memories, and it just doesn’t happen.
I’m in a different school of thought. I overprint. I’ll download a whole session, delete the horrible ones and then order all the rest, throwing out the ones that weren’t quite the best. Or mailing them off to family, as if it was planned to order extras to mail to loved ones.
If my husband would allow it I’d cover every single wall in our house with photographs. And every time I take out an old photo to replace it with an updated one I have a little bit of heartache over the process.
I think iPhones are fabulous, and I love mine, and the iPhone camera definitely has a place in my life. I just know it’s a lot easier to take pictures than it is to have them printed.
So here is my plea….
Take millions of them
Take them with a NICE camera when it counts
And above all, print them, save them, share them, and preserve those memories that mean everything to you!
What do YOU take pictures with?
Do you print them out?
And if you don’t, do you wish you did??
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