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Key Power Tips On Taking Amazing Photos For Printing

Posted by Michael Schacht on

Photography is a very intricate art, as it relies on a moment to generate the most passionate and expressive of works. The popularity of gadgets in the modern era have allowed to us hold powerful tools to capture moments in the palm of our hands. However, immortalizing them as printed images are an entirely different ordeal. Here are key power tips on how to make sure you can take amazing photos that are perfect for printing.

Assess Your Equipment

Your picture is only as good as the tools you take them with. This is why photographers rely on more than just the camera they have. Some of them carry cases of various sizes of lenses, while others come with entire teams with their own varying set of lights. If you want to take the best photo for printing, you have to plan everything from the beginning. This starts with the kind of equipment you have and what you want to use for your photographs - from your camera, to your accessories, to your printer, and even your post-processing device. All these tools, when used effectively, can make your photos just as amazing, as if everything is unfolding from the picture itself.

●Study the kind of formatting your camera does and the kind of format your photos will end up becoming. This normally tells a lot with the kind of printing that works best for those photos.

●What sort of devices are you using for post-processing? Make sure you know well what kind of colors your monitor can show, and that you understand the settings you plan on using on tools like Lightroom and Photoshop.

●What printer are you using, and what editing features does it provide? Some printers can preview screens, basic editing options, and even include rather intricate options such as cropping images and removing red-eye. Familiarizing yourself with your printer can help save time and money.

Experiments Work

We have to understand as photographers that if we want to truly see a good picture come to life, we have to learn how to experiment with them. We don't just experiment with taking photos, but printing them as well, especially if we plan on printing our shots ourselves. Not all printers work with all kinds of photos, so it's always important to take in mind what our printers could do and fitting the photos you want with the setup you have. If your printer can't handle the kind of photos you want to produce, then it may be time to consult a service that can provide such a printer and let you rent them, akin to how you normally go to studios to have your photos printed.

●Preview photos for direct printing, this is especially if you want to save your ink. Preview screens can help you get a quick assessment whether or not the output you like is going to be reflected when you print your photos.

●Try to mess around with random photos first and print them to see what kind of photos can appear with settings you plan on using with your actual photos.

What Output Do You Like?

Perhaps another important aspect of getting a good photograph printed is the kind of output you want in the first place. It's important to understand that there are various kinds of output available in your disposal, and it's not just about the size of the photo in general. You have to take into account the kind of paper used, the colors to be provided, and even the framing if ever you plan on framing the photo.

●What kind of output are you aiming to make? Certain output need certain compositions, depending on your tastes.

●Film has certain exposure values, meaning you have to adjust your camera to make sure the photos appear just as bright (or dark) as you want them to be.

●When printing ordinary photos, try to follow the rule of thirds, where the intersections of an imaginary 3x3 line always have the most important parts of your photos.

●When printing in large prints, assess the pixel value of your photos and make sure your photos are of high definition to avoid blurry output.


When you have an eye for digital photography, taking the photo is just half of the battle - it has to print good as well. The above tips are some general reminders for you to take note of when you want to take amazing photos for printing. It's always important to remember that not all photos taken by any device is fit for printing, as printing specifications can vary with photographs as well. Some photos are best for certain types of printing paper, which is an important consideration when you want to print your works and display them at home or at work, or submit them in a portfolio. Are you ready to take amazing digital photography for printing?

Michael Schacht

Michael Schacht is a portrait photographer and photography educator based in Chicago Illinois. As owner/operator of 312 Elements Headshot Photography located in Chicago's West Loop neighborhood, Michael overseas the day to day operations and has had the opportunity to photograph thousands of corporate professionals over the last decade. Through his direction, attention to detail, and people skills, he's helped these clients to craft a narrative around their personal brand. It's his belief that the headshot is the modern dad business card and that a better headshot is essential for a better career. Michael, his wife Meghan and his two daughters reside in Tinley Park Illinois where he is a community leader and active participant in the local business sector. Michael studied business at Ball State university and photography with world renown headshot photographer, Peter Hurley. It was Hurley that trained Michael in the art of human expression. Michael is now a Headshot Crew certified Mentor and active member of the Headshot Crew community where he was named one of the top 20 headshot photographers in the world.


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