If you’re just back from holidays and have a camera-load of great photos, why not make the extra effort and print this year’s holiday photos and make an album. One of the main downsides of the digital photography revolution is that so few of our photos ever make it to print. If you’re old enough to remember, think back to the days when you’d excitedly take your film to be developed, only to wind up throwing away half the photos because they were either out of focus, missed the subject…or you just didn’t look how you hoped to?
Sadly, in some ways, the advent of digital photography rung the death knell of printed photos. Yes, it’s great that you no longer need to waste your money on printing photos you’re not happy with but isn’t it such a shame that you can no longer bring the albums out to laugh over and share together with your friends and family?
There really is no excuse. Home printers are now so effective, it means that even with a £30 Inkjet printer you can achieve super quality prints to put into your album. It really is time to bring the photo album back to life.
Printing your own photos at home is a convenient and quick job that you can do without even needing to step out the door. What’s more, with even relatively simple photo editing techniques and limited skill, you can get down and get creative with your images to produce some really spectacular effects before you print them.
Make it part of your post-holiday plans to get creative and build up a real and tangible, personal souvenir of your holiday. When it comes to choice of photo paper, choose from photo cards, which are sized 10 x 15 cm or 13 x 18 cm, which are often still referred to in their old imperial sizes: 4 x 6″ and 5 x 7″ respectively. If you fancy something a bit bigger, go for A5, A4 or even A3 if your printer can take it.
Once you’ve printed your images, you choose whether you buy or make your own album. Making your album would make it even more special, but if you feel this is a step too far, a shop-bought album is still something you can pull out and enjoy whenever the winter blues try to grab you. Printed photos in an album are here to stay and enjoy without the need to huddle round your computer.
- If you went on holiday with other people and they too have taken photos, make sure to use these as well. Together with the photos you have taken, you are sure to capture every important moment.
- Before printing, make sure to adjust your printer settings to the right type of photo paper media. Pay special attention to the size of the photo paper and finish (satin, matt, pearl & glossy).
- Fix any imperfections in the photos before printing such as red-eye, contrast and so on. There are plenty of free software around from Google Picasa to Picnik. Both have online and downloadable versions.