How To Print Photographs

By: Muna wa Wanjiru

It doesn't matter whether you're printing photographs at home or at a professional developer's, you still have a few printing options which to choose from. These options are mainly about which type of paper to use, and which size you want your prints to be. As to the option of papers you have various options open to you, with the two most common ones being matte paper or glossy paper.

As you can guess from their names, printing photographs on a glossy paper gives you photographs with a shiny look to them, while matte paper does exactly the opposite.
If you're giving your shots in to be printed for you, you won't have much of a choice in anything else other than the size of the printed photograph.

If you're printing photographs at home however, you always have the option of doing a little bit of editing to your photograph first to maybe enhance it a little bit.
This isn't necessary but sometimes a little tweaking doesn't hurt, and if they are family shots then you'll want them to come out the best possible way.

Another great option you have with printing photographs at home is being able to make cards if you want to. You can have the right card for any occasion and all with only the minimum of fuss. The only thing that you'll need to have on hand is card paper and this can be easily obtained at any photo printing shop, or arts and crafts store.
You can even get the matching envelope with ready-creased cards if you want further convenience.

Yes, you can do all of that at a photo printer's but that doesn't necessarily mean that you can cut and chop and make a collage of your favorite pictures, or even that you'll get exactly what you want when you want. The service you get at these places is good, and in most places you can now just plug in your memory card to one of the machines and start printing photographs at the touch of a button, but your choices will be necessarily limited when you're doing this.

This option is a very good one when you're in a hurry and the generic prints are what you want, but part of the fun of having a digital camera is that printing photographs for yourself becomes so easy, not to mention being able to tweak them a little first.
After all, what's the use of having a digital camera if you're going to do the same thing with those pictures that you do with a normal film camera.

True, you might not have the time or the inclination to tweak every single shot you've taken, but there's no denying the fact that there are some photographs are worth taking the time over, and which would look simply stunning if you could just adjust a few things here and there.

So don't throw away the idea of printing photographs on your own just yet. There could be some fun implications for you to look into, and at the very least it always make a great gift idea for the photography buff in your life.

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