Hello friends, welcome to another installment from my pea brain. This month I’m going to “get on you a bit”… take this article like you would back in the days of high school. Pretend I’m your coach or your counselor. I know it’s hard, I’m not those things, and we are not in those times. However please think of this article in a good way.
WAY TOO FEW OF YOU PRINT YOUR IMAGES! I will be the first person to admit that I came to Digital Photography kicking and screaming from the film world. Now? I would never go back to film, there are way too many advantages with Digital Photography. However there is one key thing about Digital Photography that needs to change, and that is the decline of images being printed.
I believe this phenomenon exists solely due to the expense of our art. Lets face it, Photography has never been a cheap endeavor… however now the mass of new entrants into our art, are getting a wakeup call on that piece of the puzzle. They have that camera in their hand, and they have been bitten by the endorphins produced in pursuit of awesome imagery, but now they are hit by the expense of our art.
Those of you reading this article are more serious about your pursuit of awesome imagery, however I’ve seen it too many times. The expense of learning and perfecting our craft always seems to come into play. My suggestion is this… put a halt on your desire meter for more or different gear, and DRASTICALLY increase your printing. And I do not mean printing on a home computer, either. I mean chemically produced lab images, from a professional printer.
Trust me on this one… your “home” printer was sold to you just for the “right” to sell you a very expensive and high profit item… INK! In most cases just the cost of ink and paper alone will be more expensive than that print you have done in a lab. I also don’t mean Wal Mart, Costco, or any of the other “cheap” options out there. Your best quality images will be produced in a Professional Lab.
Now please look at the following statement and think deeply upon it. What are you saying to yourself about your art if you are not willing to invest in quality prints of that art? That statement is so important I’m going to repeat it… what is the subliminal message you are giving yourself by not investing in quality prints of your art? Are you helping yourself? I say no. You are treating yourself with a very negative paradigm.
This is why on a general basis our electronic competition has twice or three times as many images entered as the print competition. You are not willing to "invest the funds” in pursuit of your art! Or you say to yourself “I’m not good enough yet to print my work”, or countless other excuses out there. Think about it. You only have so much wall space and you only have so much to invest in your art. So that print is far more valuable to you!
That valuable printed image will also INCREASE your knowledge and the speed you improve your art exponentially! You can make TONS of mistakes with your imagery and your editing with images shown online, but print that image and then look at it… wake-up call! Printing your work is a whole ’nuther learnin’ curve!
And when you place that awesome image upon that wall in your home instead of FaceBooks wall?? Your Photographic life will change completely… Special shout out to Jim Stillson who was the only person who showed up a couple weeks back for coffee, and received a free 4 hour personalized Photography lesson. Thank you Jim. I needed a break.That was the most enjoyable time period I had personally in three months. Until next time, thanks for reading.