Wow it's already November, this year has flown by. I haven't posted a blog recently because my regular job had been keeping me pretty busy and I have a hard time coming up with things to blog about. I've had a couple of client sessions since the last time I made a post but mainly just working the day job (well night job). I did add a new item to my camera bag that I am totally excited about, it is a Fujifilm X100s camera. This is probably the most talked about camera of 2013 and I have been drooling over it since it was announced in the spring. It doesn't replace my Nikon D600 but you will see me pull it out on photo shoots and put down the Nikon.
Above is my boy Miles and he had a blast helping me test out the new camera at Saulk Trail when it delivered. This camera is more for my personal use but I can see areas where I will be happy to have it with me on a photo session.
Now to the topic in the title of the blog post. To print or not to print, it shouldn't be a question. Out of the ten or so people who will read this blog post how many of you print every picture you take? Of course the answer is none theres no reason to print them all because there not all that good but remember when you would take a roll of film to the photo lab and they would develop and print all of the photos on your roll. Well those days are gone with digital you take some photos and put them on Facebook and thats where they die, 10 of your friends like it and tell you how cute your dog is or how yummy your pizza looks and thats it, it dies. Are lives are getting to be completely digital and our memories (photos) are becoming throwaway items that we like but don't do very much to preserve.
If you watch my Facebook page you've seen this photo and i'm effing proud of it. I am the best person at looking at one of my photos and tearing it apart, first I will love it then that love will fade to a point where i'm ashamed to show it. At that point my wife will come in and tell me that the photo is good and that I'm being to hard on myself. I then disagree with her but in the end agreeing that the client will like it and I will do better next time. This photo of Keely was different, I loved it straight out of the camera then after processing it I was really loving it and that feeling didn't fade. So what, if the ink doesn't hit the paper my efforts were wasted, sure it's on my computer and multiple social networks but the fact is that a photo isn't a photo until it's a print! It's just 1's and 0's taking up space on a spinning disk, it's not a tangible item and I can't hold or frame 1's and 0's in my hand or hang them on my wall (my real wall not my Facebook wall).
So what can you do about it? I would say make it a point to print your favorite photos even if it's taken with a smartphone. Smartphones are taking some pretty good photos and can easily be printed. I don't think that every photo should be printed 20x30 but if you take your favorites and print 4x6 or 5x7 prints you will be able to hold onto those moments and not lose them when you get a new phone or your computer dies.
2013 has been a good year for me, i've met some new dogs and their owners and completed the HCHS-K 2014 fundraiser calendar. I think 2014 is going to be better, there are a few projects that I want to get started on working with local animal shelters and rescues. Also my business is going to change and I will be offering print packages in 2014. I will have a whole blog post dedicated to that in the near future.
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