Does Size Matter? - Part 2 - Printing your own photos ?

This is the second in a series of posts to help you understand sizing of digital images. The first post can be found here. This post will focus on printing your lovely photos.

If you think that purchasing high resolution digital images is your best option for printing your photos, think again. There may be some things to understand before making the choice.

If you decide to purchase digital files with the intention to print them yourself (instead of ordering them through the photographer that created the photos for you), they might turn out very nicely. And they might not.

Let me share a story with you. A few weeks ago while visiting a friend of mine, I noticed the artwork that she and her fiancé had hung on the walls of their home. I asked her about them as she had some very unique pieces displayed! When I asked about the canvas wrapped prints I saw, my girlfriend told me that they weren’t happy with them because the company that created them “didn’t do a very good job”.

Hmmm. I took a closer look...

The canvas wasn’t stretched correctly. The corners of the prints were loose and had a “baggy” appearance. Their images didn’t look as impressive as they could have. They had purchased a “deal” online because they thought it was a great idea and would offer them a great money saving deal on what looked like a great product.

They hung the artwork anyways because the images were important to them as a couple. It made their home feel like home because the images were personal to them.

Yet, they aren’t happy with the final product because the quality was poor.

 (Don’t get me wrong, there is absolutely nothing wrong with online deals. There are some great ones out there! Unfortunately, in this case, it wasn’t so.)

To sum it up…sometimes things like this will happen if you don’t know what to be aware of.

I can tell you from experience that a print ordered from a reputable and professional photographer will exceed in quality from that of any prints ordered from a local photofinishing lab.

Up next…comparing the choices.