Do traditional prints matter any more?

The professional photographer's job, in my opinion, now extends to teaching clients how to make the most of their entire collections.

The professional photographer’s job, in my opinion, now extends to teaching clients how to make the most of their entire collections.

I present still photographs in three forms: online, in books, and in videos. Click the link to view a 60 second video that consists of still photos.

My collection includes thousands of prints, but nobody wants to see them, not even the people who are in them.

If viewing photographs is going to be fun again we have to adopt these newer methods.

Online the images can be as large as your monitor depending on the software platform supporting them. In my case that is 27 inches.

Books can be made in many sizes, and a single book might contain hundreds of photographs, and they can be as large as the book itself at a cost that is far less than a stand alone print would cost. In addition, text can be added, greatly enhancing the value and the appeal of the image.

In a video there is the option for sound, pacing, panning, choice of visual transitions between images, and a flashy message about the photographer. You won’t get that from a binder of plastic sleeves.

These methods also deepen our appreciation of the images. How large should each one be? What order should they go in? Do they need captions, or other supporting text? Should certain photos be juxtaposed with others? It’s a whole new level of fun.

With software such as iMovie videos are easy to make. With Blurb and Apple, books are easy to make.

It’s a whole new world as far as the print is concerned, and for my money it’s a wonderful world.

I welcome your comments on what is working for you. For each comment I receive on this blog I will donate a can of food to the Pawsitively Cats shelter here in Tucson.

About Daniel

I emphasize natural light portraits taken on location.
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