The Basic Facts Of Digital Photography Printer
Digital photography printing has opened a completely new world for amateur and professional photographers alike. For most photographers, the backup of digital photography printing offers unprecedented freedom to get the best shots. No more worrying about wasting that precious piece of film running out, in addition to not knowing for sure that anything worthwhile is on it.
However, when it comes to getting the actual digital photography printing done, there are some things to keep in mind to prevent wasting too much of your quality photo paper – not to mention your costly printing ink.
With digital photography printing in mind resolution refers to the ‘image-sharpness’ of a document, and is usually measured in dots (or pixels) per inch (DPI). It also refers to the image-sharpness that printers and monitors are capable of reproducing. Depending on your particular needs, documents can be scanned at various resolutions. If you end up with 72dpi (dots per inch) pictures, your print quality will be useless. A 72dpi resolution is only good for viewing on your computer screen, but 200 – 300dpi will give a good quality 8×10 print
By looking at the file size you will quickly learn to be an expert judge on quality. A picture of 100kb (kilobytes) or less, is most probably too low-resolution for good quality digital photography printing. Once you get up to a minimum of 400kb, you are working with a more useful resolution for an 8×10 print
When doing digital photography printing, you will mostly work with the JPEG file format, Joint Photographic Experts Group (JPEG) is a standards committee that designed this image compression format. The compression format they designed is known as a ‘lossy’ compression, as it deletes information from an image that it considers unnecessary. Keep in mind that every time you open and save a JPEG file, you lose some of the image information. You’ll therefore want to do all your changes in one sitting, and then save them only once.
If you’re proud enough of your photographic effort – or if you want those family shots to be available for the next generation – you’ll want your prints to be done on decent paper, just like you were used to in the ‘old days’ of photographic paper! In the end, your digital photography printing will be only as good as the paper you are using.
There are many new coated papers available on the market specifically for this purpose, and you should consider what is recommended for the printer you are using. Archival paper, popular in the world of inkjet printing, is the longest-lasting paper and it is acid-free. These printing papers don’t come cheap, so plan carefully.
If you can’t get good enough results with your own digital photography printing, especially if you’re printing larger than 8×10, you may want to try one of the brick-and-mortar, or even online photo labs which make use of dedicated photo printers with excellent results. Photo labs can easily handle digital files directly from your memory card. Take your digital camera, a homemade CD, or your camera’s memory card along for professional quality digital photography printing.
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