When I started taking pictures digital pictures didn't exist yet. All was analog. I shoot films that I took to a shop later to get the pictures. This was expensive. I always wanted to have the printed pictures dull and not polished. Often I got them back polished, because this was the standard. From creating a picture till one could see the result often more than a week was over.
After a while I panicked. Diligent as I was the pictures became more and more. I bought files for them and special inlays, so that the pictures stick on the paper. This was expensive, yet I wanted to have organized these expensive pictures. Soon I realized that soon I wouldn't have enough room for all these files. What to do?
The digital area came and I didn't print anything anymore. Till now.
Since some time I know that digital pictures are like smoke and mirrors. Only what is printed remains.
To get pictures printed is so much better these days:
1. I can make a decision which pictures I want to get printed. And if it's only 5, it's OK, too.
2. Often I get the pictures the next day via mail.
3. I can print each picture in a different size. I can also decide quickly how many copies I want to have from each picture.
4. Knowing that I'll print a picture later makes me much more attentive when I edit the picture.
5. Live with your picture is a precious advice if one wants to improve this art of taking pictures. Do I still like a picture when I see it day in, day out. What do I like, what do I not like? All these questions are easier to answer if one has the result of the work in front of the own eyes as printed form.
Nevertheless I postponed to get printed copies of my best work. Perhaps a routine was missed. My plan is to go every last day of a month through my pictures and I'll decide which ones I like most. Perhaps it's one picture that I want to have printed, perhaps 10. I shall see.
An order is made already. I could take pictures of friends and relatives. I'm so sure that the joy doubles when they get mail from me with the pictures in it. This has another quality than getting an Email with the contents: You can download the pictures from dropbox now. (Dropbox??? Not everybody is familiar with all the online tools that are available these days.)
I can't wait till tomorrow. Of course I'm also excited if the color tones come out as I wanted to be them.