Photo printing used to be a simple case of popping your roll of film in the post and waiting a week or so for the prints.
This was great if you weren't in a hurry or didn't mind not having much control over the final print. If not then the only option open to you was to set up your own darkroom and print them yourselves.
Things have changed somewhat over the years and now since the advent of digital cameras and technology the options available can be a little bewildering.
It's all about choices; many many choices but there will be one that will suit your own particular photo printing needs.
It's well worth looking into all of the printing options for several reasons:
Not all of the photo printing options open to you will be able to carry out some of these requirements, so by doing a little homework first you could be saving yourself a lot of time, money and frustration.
It could be that you are getting ready for a exhibition and want some professional large scale prints.
Or you may just want to print some snaps for your family and friends, either way the guide will highlight the best options available.
If you decide that you would like to do some printing yourself of your digital images, there is also a page taking you through some of the options for home printers.
Often deciding which printer will serve you best can be a rather nail biting one, especially when you consider the cost of the actual printer and it's maintenance. Making the right decision first time will save you money over the life of the printer.
Which printing paper to choose for your prints may sound like a simple task, unfortunately once again there is a myriad of options open to you.
Knowing how your prints are to be used will help to decide the correct paper to use but also knowing that certain papers will help to enhance different image subjects is also a consideration.
Lastly, something that is often over looked by the photographer printing at home is their monitors calibration.
Lots of paper, ink and time can be wasted if the print that comes out of the printer doesn't give you the correct colours and tones just because your monitor screen is showing you incorrect colours etc.
Monitor calibration will help to ensure that the colours and tones you see are correct and will give you natural and realistic colour matching.