As a photographer, making prints not only allows you to turn your digital images into a tangible asset; it also provides you with a great way to display them. Compared to the facilities our parents had, today’s photo printers are light years ahead in convenience, economy and durability.
Digital photographs that have been taken with a high-resolution camera using the highest resolution and quality settings are too large to be emailed directly and can be inconvenient to include in PowerPoint presentations. But it’s very easy to re-size them and there are a number of ways to do so.
How big should you print your photos? What media should you use? These questions are important to photographers at all levels.
The first step to achieving colour consistency involves calibrating your computer monitor and creating an ICC profile that can be used by the editing software as a working RGB colour space. The objective is to make the image you see on the monitor look as close as possible to the print you make from it.
The issue of print permanence is an old one and a great deal of research has been done on printing technologies, all the way from silver-halide films and papers through to the latest inkjet and dye-sublimation media.