Digital is great BUT Print is KING!!!

Written by: Glyn Dewis

Published: August 15, 2013

Category: General

Hey Everyone,

How’s things?

I hope all is good with you and yours.

Ok so today I’ve got a question for you…

When it comes to your portfolio what do you have / use ???

  1. Digital Version eg iPad
  2. Printed Version
  3. Both

The reason I ask is that up until fairly recently I was only using a digital version on my iPad ; colours looked great, it was convenient, you could zoom in and so on, however that has now changed as I’m now going back to having a printed portfolio as my main one. I can’t say though if the reason for the change is motivated because I lost left my iPad 3, sorry New iPad on a plane when coming back from Frankfurt and now have an iPad Mini which I love now I have the Logitech Ultra Thin Keyboard.

Sure I’ll always have my portfolio on my iPad too but having had some prints done lately I can’t help but feel that there’s just no comparison. It’s kind of hard to define why but there’s something special about actually holding a physical print.

I notice it with people I shoot for. When I show them their final images on the iPad sure (thankfully) they like the results but when I then turn up with a 24” print on board the reaction is on a whole new level…there’s a beaming smile, they hold it up, walk around with it to see it in different light, almost press their noses up against it looking in close; as a photographer and retoucher it just doesn’t get better than that 🙂

So from here on in I’m on a printing mission; both for the portfolio which incidentally is A3 in size for now as I’m toying with the idea of it being bigger, and for prints to hang on the walls.

All I need now is an equivalent MPix here in the UK to offer similar products, quality and service. Oh and a Metal Murals and Artistic Photo Canvas would be cool too 🙂

Bottom line I’m very much of the opinion, despite being a self confessed geek, that print is still KING!

Have a good one and I’ll catch you back here tomorrow.
Enjoy,
Glyn

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9 Comments

  1. John Skinner

    Nothing…Zero compares to paper. I think it’s engrained in who were are. We read magazines, newspapers, menus, instructions.. All without thinking of it. Maybe in 10 years when the kids of today come up and do all of this, paper will hold less of that ‘tactile’ meaning.

    But I know when I open my case and lay it out, the eyes tell the whole story. The reactions of a tactile piece of paper..all shiny and colors popping, vs. a digital whatever on a tiny screen. There’s no holding a candle to the two.

    Good for you Glyn. It’s a tad more bulky. But it sure makes the right impression. I hope one day to actually see one of your prints in person…

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  2. Joe Wilson

    I have to wholeheartedly agree with you, Glyn. Print is way better. iPad and website are handy and necessary in my situations, but print is the KING. 🙂

    I’ve heard the same thing from commercial photography buyers at ad agencies, PR agencies and the like. They prefer print for the serious stuff.

    BTW, it appears that I may be able to swing a trip to Vegas for Photoshop World in a few weeks if I can make it a working trip, i.e. at least one day of shooting headshots for models/actors while I’m there to finance the trip. I’d love to buy you a beer when I’m in town, but I know you’re a busy guy. I’d love to thank you in person for everything you’ve done to jumpstart my commercial photography career.

    Have a safe journey across the pond! 🙂

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  3. Jason Hicking

    What a way to start the day! Brilliant article on the value and impact of good quality prints. Great to see someone of such standing in the industry promoting the virtues of quality prints! 🙂

    As someone who prints for others I always get a buzz from seeing the variety of images that come through my print studio. Nothing beats seeing or hearing a customers reaction when they get their prints.

    Many people seem to think that print is dead now that we’re in the ‘digital age’ but it doesn’t take much to convince them of the values of the printed image.

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  4. clipping path photoshop

    I job at printing company, in previous of this day I had no idea how it works. After seeing your photos and print it seems to me a plenty easy task. Nice looking all are.

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  5. Keith Hammond

    if you are hawking your portfolio around to say magazine editors and commercial clients they still like to see a body of work in a printed portfolio, i have heard of cases when a photographer turns up with his ipad and doesn’t even get seen.
    Instead of leaving your pics to languish on a hard drive why not make up photo books, much better than a box of 6 x 4’s but you can’t beat a big ole print on your wall

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  6. John Ashton

    Your MPix point is so true. The times I’ve heard Scott Kelby and crew banging on about MPix and then looked for something similar. It’s not that there aren’t good printers. It’s the convenience of their ‘you send it today we ship it tomorrow’ mantra. I’m sure all of us would print more if we had that kind of service.

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  7. Patrice Michellon

    Hi Glyn,
    Couldn’t agree more with you. Print is indeed a different dimension. Especially with all the new products available out there (e.g. acrylic, aluminium, …).
    I’d love to have Mpix in Europe but in the meantime I use another company which job and products are amazing: https://uk.whitewall.com/ (I’m not linked to them in any sort, just a customer).

    They ship everywhere in Europe, are probably a bit expensive but the result is certainly one of the best out there. Your Aston Martin shots on a large acrylic board would be amazing! Cheers, Patrice

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  8. Patrice Michellon

    Hi Glyn, Couldn’t agree more with you. Print is indeed a different dimension. Especially with all the new products available out there (e.g. acrylic, aluminium, …).
    I’d love to have Mpix in Europe but in the meantime I use another company which job and products are amazing: https://uk.whitewall.com/ (I’m not linked to them in any sort, just a customer). They ship everywhere in Europe, are probably a bit expensive but the result is certainly one of the best out there. Your Aston Martin shots on a large acrylic board would be amazing! Cheers, Patrice

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  9. Simon Fleming

    Great post Glyn, and I’m with you 100%.

    I am a photographer who also runs a print lab, so I regularly get to see and deal with all of the options we have before us these days, and whenever I see my own work or one of my clients images in print it always – without fail – feels like it completes the process. Especially when it’s a big print.
    Cheers, Simon.

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