What photo should I print?

Some photos will print better than others. Seeing your photo on a backlit screen can give you an incorrect impression on how your photo will print. Here are some basic rules for picking a digital photo to print

😍 Good Photo


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β€’ A photo that is very bright will print well.
β€’ Also, how happy does Joe look!?!





πŸ™ˆ Bad Photo


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β€’ A photo that you took at night or in a dark room like a bar or restaurant will not print well. The dark colors in the photo will come out making it look fuzzy.




πŸ‘ Good Photo


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β€’ A photo in which the source of light is behind the camera will print well.




😱 Bad Photo


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β€’ A photo in which the source of light is behind the subject will not print well. Also Ben is out of focus.
β€’ Tim thinks this photo is rich with details and textured with the color of life like a Carvaggio painting. While Tim's view is valid, this photo still will not print well.


☝️✌️Rule of Thirds

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β€’ Good photos follow the "Rule of Thirds" which decrees that "an image should be imagined as divided into nine equal parts by two equally spaced horizontal lines and two equally spaced vertical lines, and the important compositional elements should be placed along these lines or their intersections". Source Wikipedia.
β€’ Though in the words of Captain Jack Sparrow, this rule is more of a guideline.


οΈπŸ’© Bad Photo



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β€’ Very small photos look bad when printed large.

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β€’ Apparantly this is Colby's cousin, but you can't see it here!



οΈπŸ’– Good Photo

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β€’ Instead, find the largest version of the photo to print, like the original image on your mobile or digital camera.
β€’ Oh hey, is that Colby's cousin?


οΈβœ‚οΈ Cropping Advice

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β€’ If the subject of a photo is looking at something, a large portion of the photo should be taken up by what the subject is looking at.
β€’ What is Chris looking at!?


οΈπŸ“ Better Crop

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β€’ Here is a better crop of the same photo. See how you see what the subject is seeing? It's just better.
β€’ Chris agrees.
β€’ You can crop you photos after you upload them to our website by clicking on them and using our native cropper.

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οΈπŸŒ– Brightening your photo

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β€’ You can use photo editing software to brighten up a dark photo for printing. For best effect, adjust the brightness and contrast in the photo until the white parts in your photo appear pure white.
β€’ You can usually adjust the brightness and contrast on your smart phone, or with computer software like Preview, MS Paint, LightRoom and PhotoShop.
β€’ PicMonkey is a great free online tool for photo editing that Tim is always going on about.



οΈπŸ’– Good Photo

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β€’ This dog looks happy.


οΈπŸ’© Bad Photo

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β€’ This dog looks sad.



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Good luck!