However good your photos might look on your screen, there’s nothing like holding a print in your hands or having it hang on your wall — and there’s a few other good reasons to have physical editions. Photographer Joris Hermans explains why you should be printing your work and has some solid tips on how to go about it.
Hermans is not wrong when he says that owning your own printer isn’t necessarily the right route to take, and landscape photographer Thomas Heaton runs through a few of the downsides in this video. The Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 will set you back just shy of $1,300, and there are ongoing costs — print cartridges — to factor in as well.
If you’re printing from a reputable lab, it’s worth calibrating the screen on which you edit your photographs. While you can buy something like a Datacolor SpyderX Pro Colorimeter for $170, keep in mind that some labs — such as theprintspace in London — will very kindly calibrate your laptop for you if you drop by when they’re not too busy, a process that takes about 15 minutes. You can then download and install the lab’s specific print profiles to give you confidence that what you see on your screen will be very close to what the printer delivers.
Something that Hermans doesn’t mention: there are advantages to putting images behind glass, such as UV protection and the fact that when it gets dusty, you’re not going to be wiping down the print itself.
What other tips would you add to Hermans’ advice? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.