Rediscovering The Joy Of Photography Prints

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I hit a new milestone with my photography last week…I know this might not sound a like a big deal to most, but to me, it was huge:

I made my first proper art print from one of my digital images.

When I attended Scott Kelby’s “Shoot Like A Pro” seminar here in Los Angeles a few months back, one of the perks was that we got a coupon code for a free 16×20 print from one of the sponsors, Mpix, on some madness they call Fuji Pearl photo paper. Regardless, I couldn’t bring myself to do it.

Despite the fact that I took photography in high school, my father taught it, we had a darkroom at the school that we’d use on the weekends, he had a darkroom at home that I wasn’t allowed to touch, and hell, my first science fair entry was a shoebox pinhole camera, and from all of this, I spent a good chunk of time developing film and photos, all in black in white, none of which I still have before taking off to college where my time got eaten up by…ahem…studying, I held off for a while because I was nervous about how it would come out – perhaps dealing me a blow if it came back and thought to myself ‘this is shite!’ I had made 8x10s at Costco and they actually turned out fairly well (especially considering the price at $2 per), but twice the size? Never. Will the pixels and my processing hold up?

But I finally suppressed the nerves to a level low enough and for long enough to upload the image and hit ‘checkout.’ And boy am I glad I did! I got the thing delivered to my door in a few days, opened it and just stared. Smiling. Immediately hit up target and grabbed me a frame for the sucker. I’ve been so caught up in devices and screens and i this’s and i thats strewn about from our pockets to our coffee tables to our desks, I forgot what it’s like to hold up a tangible physical print. It felt great. And hanging it up on the wall felt good. Real good. Was actually a nice little confidence boost.

I don’t need to say it, but it’s pretty apparent photography has come quite a long way since them there high school daze. As has the paper. This stuff was slick, shiny, and elegant. I purposely chose an image (that you’ve all seen here before) that i thought would best do that sort of feel justice – my ‘Slice of Yosemite Layer Cake’, an image that has 3 starkly contrasting layers and textures; a background of slick snowy mountainside, a foreground comprised of a set of silhouetted pine trees, and a layer of rolling clouds that just hovered right in between them. Proved the perfect centerpiece for a few other 8x10s from that infamous winter Yosemite trip…

Onward and upwards!! Next stop…canvas?

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2 thoughts on “Rediscovering The Joy Of Photography Prints

  1. You should have more pictures printed. I’m about as far from professional or even a good amateur as possible but being an old fashion kind of female I like prints!! So far I’ve only had an 8 X 10 made!! There is something about having the prints that I like. Great subject.

    • Oh I completely agree. It’s been since high school that I’ve printed photos that were specifically made to be displayed, and I’ve kind of caught the bug again…did several 8x10s, but that mpix.com 16×20 was definitely a treat. Thanks for reading and for the comment Donna!

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