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How Professional Printing Can be of Use to the Amateur Photographer

June 15, 2012 Black and White 1 Comment

Written by: Charlie Borland

You don’t need to lug around professional equipment or have a fine arts degree to take some truly stunning photographs of nature. Yet when you’ve captured the delicacy of a first spring flower or the panoramic view of majestic fjords, you may want to print this image out for safekeeping.

A printed image can be added to your personal portfolio, displayed as artwork, or given as a gift. Many photographers use their own printers at home with matte or glossy photo paper to create prints, but it’s worth looking at what professional printing services can do to really make your images pop.

Types of Print Options

When you take your photograph to a professional print lab, you can present it as a digital file, negative, or slide. Today’s pro print labs use digital and laser technology to create high resolution prints, either in colour, or as increasingly popular black and white prints. You don’t have to worry about smeared colours or blemishes on your finished print when you leave it in the hands of the professionals.

A common problem for at-home printers is creating large prints, in particular. Your home printer may not have the capacity to print out a large-scale photograph, or the enlarged result may be blurry. You can also choose from different types of prints, such as the following:

  • Giclee prints – This printing process is used for fine art purposes, such as recreating paintings in a poster format. It can also be used to print out digital files, creating a smooth, high resolution final image with excellent colour matching capabilities. The process uses micro-bursts of pigment-based inks to achieve this smooth, gallery-quality finish.
  • C-type print – Another option is to choose a classic colour C-type print, which uses a silver emulsion developing process to create the final print. This is the most popular type of professional colour printing process out there. With laser printers, professionals can achieve higher standards of colour accuracy, shadow detail, tonal gradation, and durability.

In a professional photo lab, you can choose to print your photograph on a variety of different types of materials. Some of the top choices include glossy or matte photo paper, cotton canvas, and even various forms of thin plastic. Your photos can also be manipulated by the experts to heighten contrast and eliminate any flaws making sure your image matches their printing processes for a perfect print.

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