While photography is a fun hobby, it also comes with a steep learning curve. Not only do you have to master the technical details, like the best lens to use, but you also need to educate yourself about perspective and lighting. You might feel so overwhelmed by taking photos that you don’t think about printing them.
But every photo you take is another step on your journey to becoming an expert. That is why you should print them out to commemorate your progress. It turns out that printing your photos is its own art form.
There are all kinds of places that can print your photos for you. CVS, Target, and Walmart can all do the job, but it costs you a ton of money over time. Here are some easy ways to get the job done from the comfort of your own home.
Follow these tips
There is no better feeling than holding a photo in your hand. It looks more solid than just admiring it in your camera’s photo gallery. Here are some quick ways to optimize the photos you print at home.
1. Use high quality paper
You’ve spent a lot of money on lenses. You’ve spent time learning about resolution, color schemes, and other elements of a good photo. If you want to keep the results of your hard work in your hands, invest in professional paper.
Even the most beautiful photo won’t look its best on regular printer paper. So check out the different types of paper that can make your photos more beautiful, such as matte, glossy and metallic paper.
2. Calibrate your screen
It’s a fancy way of saying, “Adjust your monitor settings.” Your current settings may not accurately reflect how your photos will look after you print them. Go to your settings and adjust the brightness, contrast and color balance of your monitor. However, this can be difficult on your eyes, so we recommend that you use a hardware colorimeter to make your screen colors as accurate as possible.
3. Test your photo on the screen
It’s an easy way to see what your photo will look like when you print it. You can make additional adjustments to sharpness, color balance, and saturation, so that the version on the computer looks like the original photo on your camera.
You can do this in Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom, as well as many free programs. For example, GIMP has its own print simulation function.
4. Use a printer without traditional ink cartridges
Money is one of the main reasons that many amateur photographers do not print their own images. Using traditional printers means you run the risk of wasting precious ink. Replacement cartridges are expensive which means you are wasting money in the long run.
That’s why Kim loves our sponsor, the Epson EcoTank. It comes with a ridiculous amount of ink right in the box. Instead of cartridges, Epson uses refillable ink bottles. One bottle provides enough ink to print 6,000 color pages.
Find Epson EcoTank printers at a Best Buy, OfficeMax, or Office Depot near you, or buy online at Epson.com/EcoTankKim.