When most photographs were analogue in nature, based on rolls of celluloid film which had to be taken from the camera, developed and then printed, then there was really only so much that you could do with your favourite photo prints. They could be framed, perhaps, or stuck onto the pages of photo albums, but the images which are now captured digitally are much more flexible, open to multiple reproductions, flawless enlargement and the creation of items such as unique photo cards.
In the old days of photo developing, turning the images you’ve captured in your camera into tangible prints which you could show off and enjoy for yourself was incredibly time consuming and complicated. It was so difficult, in fact, that it required handing the film itself over to a specialist laboratory, or even posting it off to the other end of the country and then waiting for it to be posted back to you. This was down to the nature of the process that was involved. Firstly, the roll of film itself had to be removed from the camera and then handed in to the specialists.
They would then develop the film, turning it into a strip of negatives, and then print photographs using these negatives. When you received the photo prints back you usually received one copy of each image, or two at the very most, and had to keep the negatives in perfect condition if you wished to order more prints at a later date. Not only was the process long and complicated, but it was also prohibitively expensive, which meant that people limited themselves when considering the number of photographs they took in any given situation. Where digital photo prints are concerned, however, the situation could hardly be more different. Because of the nature of digital technology it’s possible to store huge numbers of images on a single camera and then go through them at your leisure and select the ones which you wish to keep. Not only is turning your images into tangible photo prints incredibly simple, requiring little more than a pc and working printer, but it is also almost as simple to take the next step and use your favourite images as the basis for a wide range of top quality products.
The items which you can produce using your photographs range from things such as mouse mats and novelty mugs, all the way up to top quality canvas prints and bespoke full colour photo books. Not only are these items the perfect way for you to keep your favourite images in a form which will mean you get to see them every day, but they also make fantastic items to give on special days to those who mean the most to you. There are many things which you can make which represent excellent gifts for Mum, for example, because they demonstrate the time and trouble that you’ve gone to in constructing them, and because they’re built around images which will warm her heart each time she looks at them. Whether you print a book full of touching family images, or a calendar built around her favourite beauty spots, you’ll be giving a gift which combines a large emotional impact with production values of the highest quality.