Print Is Not Dead

When I moved home recently, I seriously considered dumping all my printed photos. I have folder upon folder of printed shots, all A4 and A3 size, which takes up a lot of space and weighs a freaking ton. I have them all in a digital archive, anyway so I’d not be losing anything. Yet I couldn’t bring myself to do it. So they’ll just sit in a new cupboard in a new flat, never to see the light of day. Print is dead.

Except, it’s not. There’s so much you can do with your digital photos these days. Cups, cushions, mouse mats, bags, calenders, photobooks and, best of all, canvas prints. There are always offers on Groupon or Wowcher or similar site for a discounted print. I recently gave Dip Into a go on Wowcher. It cost me £5, with a further £7.95 for shipping for a 24″ x 16″ canvas.

The photos don’t do it justice. In fact the photo shows up one of the flaws of smart phone photography, which I have been ever so resolutely defending these last few days – chronic barrel distortion. The photo I chose? I took the photo a year or two back, probably with the E-PL1. In fact, that’s the toughest part of the canvas printing process. The cost is a no brainer. But I spent hours looking for a decent photo that I’d like on my wall. I’m looking out for more discounts. I have in mind a panorama split across three canvases.





5 thoughts on “Print Is Not Dead

  1. Kim G says:

    I’ve never ordered a print on canvas, though I’ve been tempted. They tend to look quite nice, and the surface texture is rather forgiving of not-totally-sharp photos.

    The photo you did print looks quite nice.


    Kim G
    Boston, MA
    Where we have a bunch of empty frames and mats just waiting for prints.


    • It’s not the photo I would have chosen to print, truth be told. I was attempting to make it a ‘joint decision’. Having explained that the successful candidate must have been taken in the last two years (in other words, since upgrading from the Panny TZ5) for quality reasons, Mrs P chose numerous shots from prior that date.

      My own choices were summarily rejected. I let it be for a bit, then just ordered one with a photo that hadn’t been rejected. So this was kinda 30th on the list!


      • Kim G says:

        Ah yes. The price of domestic tranquility.

        My ex at one point drew a line on the color of the grout we had in the kitchen on the floor. “You’ve picked everything! I want LIGHT grey grout.” Well, what choice did we have? I wanted dark grey so as to better hide dirt. Well, he’s long gone, but I’m still living with light grey grout.

        So maybe you shouldn’t ask next time. Just get what you want printed. It’s not like you’re buying a car, scooter, or bike fer crissakes!!

        K G
        in B


  2. Andean says:

    My daughter sent me a print on canvas and people are convinced it’s a painting. I really like the effect. As an artist she knew how to pick the right photo for that specific reason. I don’t think all photos would work as well.


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