Choosing the Best Photos to Print

article by Sandra Trentino
June 26, 2019
It’s easy to click and publish a photo, but sometimes a social share is not enough. Sometimes you might come across print-worthy events in life, like weddings or vacations. But not everyone is a photographer. What can you do to ensure the pictures are as print-worthy as the moments themselves?
We have some tips to help you decide which photos to print from your most memorable days. Some considerations are technical, some are not. Photography is art, not an exact science. But it’s possible to strike a balance so you can proudly display memories in your home. Paying close attention to these details will also improve your photography skills.

Mastering the Skill – Resolution and Focus

It’s important to know definitions first. Resolution is information. The higher the resolution of a photo, the more information, or detail in the surface area of the print. Sometimes high-resolution is important, like in a close-up. Action shots or shots from further away tend not to need the highest resolution. Pixels are more noticeable in low-resolution prints. When choosing whether to print a photo, make sure the resolution of the picture is acceptable.

Focus relates to how light is captured through the lens of a camera. A picture that is in focus is sharp and clear. An out of focus image is blurry. Every part of an image should not be in focus. In a portrait picture, the background should usually be blurred/out of focus and the subject’s face should be sharp. When choosing what to print, make sure the image reflects the parts that you want to be in and out of focus.

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Mastering the Art – Other Factors to Consider

 If you’re printing photos, you have a goal. Consider that after you’ve chosen the best quality pictures.

Are you using a photo printing service to make an album?

If so, a budget is really your only limit. Try to choose a theme or decide on a narrative to narrow down a large number of pictures. People will be more engaged in your album if the photos tell a story.

Are you deciding what images to turn into canvas prints?

First, you may want to decide which room you’re decorating. Then you can decide what photos match the décor and complement colors in the room. A photo mounted on canvas makes a statement. Choose pictures that capture the most important moments if using this medium.

Time Is of the Essence

You have a busy life, and after a vacation or big event, you may be anxious to get back into the swing of your daily routine. Make sure you set aside time soon after the event to choose and print the pictures, no matter what your goal is. This is the best way to make sure you actually end up printing the pictures that deserve a better home than Instagram.

Photo printing services like Snapfish, Shutterfly, and Walgreens make it fast and easy to print photos for an album and even guide you through the process of making and ordering photobooks, shipped right to your home. There is no excuse for neglecting beautiful memories tucked away on your phone.