Isn’t photography incredible? You get to take those moving, sometimes chaotic moments in time and distill into a single shot. You capture the emotions, the movement, the colour. And then the image sites on your memory card for months, until you eventually either wipe it or upload it to the cloud. This digital age offers so many amazing opportunities for photography, but it can also take away some of the magic. Remember the old days of developing your images and carefully displaying the best? Here are three reasons to recapture that spirit by printing your photos.
It makes a wonderful gift
Nothing could be more personal than a homemade gift. Photography is the perfect medium since there’s no limit to what you could capture for that person. It could be a portrait, a landscape that’s meaningful to them, or even an abstract piece that captures their personality and taste in some way. Whatever it is, your loved ones are bound to be thrilled by a personalised gift. Websites like Snapfish allow you to print your images onto a range of items, so you can create gifts suitable for different people and occasions. Choose from mugs, canvases, cards, or even calendars.
Unique home decor
Decorating your home can be hard. Have you ever had something in mind, but been so frustrated when you couldn’t find that exact thing in the stores? Well, when you’re creative enough, you don’t need to go searching for your ideal home decorations, you can make them yourself.
Hanging a shot that you’ve taken is one of the most satisfying parts of learning photography. You alone know the backstory behind that image. You know all the hours of study, practice, patience, and editing that went into capturing it. And you’ll be transported back to that wonderful day every time you glance at your living room wall.
If you’re framing your photo, there are a few things to consider. You’ll want to get the right size and thickness to complement your art. A3 frames can be a bold feature piece, while smaller frames could be placed free-standing on a coffee table. Colour is important too since a carefully chosen frame can make aspects of your image really pop.
You could make money
Ever thought of selling your art work? It’s true that you can sell the digital format, but selling prints could potentially fetch you more money. What’s more, with prints you can take your shop offline and out into the real world. Your local coffee shop, community hub, or even a local gallery, might be more than happy to display your work for sale. It’s about being bold enough to reach out to them in the first place. Don’t be shy about pricing. You should consider how much time and effort went into producing the image and price accordingly. You might ask if you can display a short bio, or a link to your website and social media, next to the print. Creativity is everything, but so is marketing!