In the past few years social media sharing has been constantly on the rise which is why people are more focused on presenting photographic evidence of what’s going on in their lives in virtual form rather than having a physical copy of their memories. I have to admit that I was one of them until recently too, but unfortunately, I learned the hard way that keeping my fondest memories in a digital format only is a huge risk. My computer broke down and all my precious photos were gone in an instant. Ouch! Well, lesson learned!

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If you are someone who wants to have their memories safely stored in their photo album so they are able to go through them even after many years, make sure to print them. I also strongly encourage all newbie photographers who have just started buying photography equipment pieces, to invest in creating a small digital dark room. This will save a lot of your customers from potential heartbreak. Plus, the effort and love you have invested while capturing all those stunning photos make them worthy enough to exist in the real world.

The holy trinity of digital photo printing: a reliable inkjet printer, the suitable ink cartridge for it and some quality photo paper. Epson printers dominate the market nowadays because they have many advantages that other printers lack when it comes to photo printing. To get the best out of it, make sure to choose some of the Epson ink cartridges which are specially designed to smoothly work with the printer. The photos made by Epson ink cartridges are long-lasting, more vivid in colour and with a far superior quality. When choosing the paper, it’s easy – any brand will do as long as it’s a thicker and smoother one.

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After you’ve gathered all the necessary equipment, the next step is to prepare the photos for printing. Sure, you’ve already edited and retouched them, but the printing preparation stage is quite different. There are some qualities of the photo that your eyes can’t perceive on a screen, but then you realize they do exist after you see them printed out. For example, you’ve probably seen many photos that for some reason scream “red” to you. This is because the person who printed them probably hadn’t taken much care of the saturation. To avoid photos with heavily pronounced red tones make your monitor as bright as it could possibly be and only then start tweaking with the saturation level.

Getting the perfect contrast balance can also be tricky. When viewed on a computer screen, photos appear to have less contrast. So, in order to not end up with washed up photos, it’s always a good call to increase the contrast level a little more than the normal. Another thing which a screen cannot genuinely convey is sharpness. Increasing the sharpness of the image will result in a clearer printed product.

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Printing photos today is totally different than it was years ago when photographers used to spend hours locked in a dark room developing films. Actually, the digital printing industry has evolved so much that the whole process takes only a few seconds. It has gone so far that now you can print out an actual art piece and it wouldn’t be easily distinguishable from its original. Imagine what this technology could do with high-resolution digital photos – it can spring life to precious moments from the past in an instant!