Want to Print Your Own Photos? Here Are Some Helpful Tips

The digital age has pushed some of us away from printing our photos, but at the same time, better technology and cheaper prices has made it more possible than ever to make your own high-quality prints at home. This helpful video will give you some tips to help and mistakes to avoid in the process.

Coming to you from Nigel Danson, this great video talks about the process of printing your photos and what it takes to get it just right. Highly capable photo printers are now available to the average consumer, and with a bit of careful work, it's more than possible to produce your own prints. I personally think it's a very rewarding process to turn the string of ones and zeros on your screen into a tactile representation of what your camera captured, and of course, the further benefit is that you can then hang it on display in your home, gallery, wherever. As Danson mentions, it's of crucial importance to take some time to get your monitor calibration and printer profiles just right, as you surely don't want to waste expensive ink and paper reprinting things because they don't match what you see on your screen. Check out the video above for more helpful tips. 

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I use an Epson P-600 for my prints. With the advanced black and white settings it does a really good settings. Up till now all I have used are Epson papers. My favorite is Epson Ultra Premium Luster

I’ve been using the Canon Pro Lustre paper which I’ve been happy with but after watching your video I’m interested in branching out to new papers. Another useful suggestion was checking the brightness of my monitor. Thank you!

With latest generation printers using there paper and profiles should give a good result. I actually print on Epson luster to get a reference besides my screen, towards any custom paper with custom profile. So with factory paper you should not need to cope with calibration of paper.

A calibrated screen is a must if you want to have a representation of what really comes out. I doubt a iMac is a proper choice if you want to manage color tones good, an Eizo monitor or similar that shows 100% Adobe RGB is a better choice.

To me both printing and calibrating paper with low light in the room gave problems.
A bright daylight type of light source on the prints but not the whole room works best.
This was giving me a lot of frustration in the beginning.

I have used both Datacolor and Xrite, and to me Xrite i1studio gives good result. Just when calibrating have good daylight type of light in the area where you read in the paper as you calibrate.

Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Smooth Surface. Makes for beautiful prints.

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I am relatively new to printing and have only used Epson glossy paper but have had very little luck making the prints come out looking great, and now I know why. I wasn’t aware of all the different types of paper you can use besides gloss or semi gloss. I’m really looking forward to experimenting! Thanks for the great tips!

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Brilliant! Good luck with trying new papers 👍👍👍

I use Canon Pro Luster as my main paper on a Canon Pro 100. I also use a ViewSonic VP2468 monitor that I calibrate with ClorMunki. At this time I'm happy with the results, but will look into the FotoSpeed paper you suggested.