Print your images.

I went to my printer today and he gave me a little sneak peak on a project a local photographer was working on. I can’t describe the way I felt when I saw the prints. It felt as if I’ve never seen a decent photograph in my life. The day has passed and I can’t stop thinking about those prints and here’s why…

Thanks to our digital lives, it’s a known fact that we are exposed to hundreds (at times, thousands) of images a day. We’ve progressed with digital photography rapidly over the past 15 years and we’re constantly blown away by the images our gear is capable of producing. It may be hard to believe but within a span of two years, a 50 megapixel cameras won’t be uncommon in most households including yours. Isn’t it amazing? Not really.

We’re taking the right images with the right gear/toys but we’re looking at them on these tiny screens.

How are we really seeing these precious moments that each and every one of us capture every single day? I’m talking about those moments that you spend with your parents, children, friends, partners or simply those important events in your life that mean everything.

How are professionals (including myself) showcasing our work? We spend thousands of dollars on all of this high end gear and most of the time, we’re the only ones who see the details that make our images epic. Sure, our fans, clients and comrades commend our work but you know what I’m talking about. I know you know.

I’m well over a year deep with my relationship with photography. I love the compliments. I get this high everyday and it drives me in the right direction but regardless, it’s pretty frustrating seeing my images lose detail and it’s beyond frustrating when colour information isn’t rendered by our social avenues correctly. 

I think it’s very important that we take advantage of all of the depth/information that’s available in our digital images or all of those megapixels in your cameras. Our images may look beautiful on our screens but they’re breath taking when they are printed on art grade paper. I’m talking about the paper that masters use to showcase their work in museums/exhibits.

It’s available and affordable.

I guarantee that you’ll appreciate your images far more when you hold them or put them up on your wall because I believe when you hold something or touch something, it’s real, you know? 

It’s something that can be passed on to your children or it’s something that you can share as a gift and you know that it’s not going to be easily dismissed the way it is on your Instagram account or buried in your Facebook timeline.

I hope I didn’t go on a rant here. If I did, I apologize but you weren’t there this morning when I saw those images.

I can’t wait to get my prints this week.

 

Kabir Ali