My clients, friends and family have asked me in the past about this topic many times....so here it is for all of you!
Too often people try their handiwork with quick print machines at local retailers and small stores that have "photo printers" and trust these machines with life's most precious pictures. (Insert cringe here!!) They have paid the .32¢ per image or less and get an image out that doesn't look like the picture on their USB! Was my wedding dress really purple? Hmmm...it is often cropped incorrectly too! Or maybe you can't even make an 8x10 because it is blurry and there are little boxes...what are those? Sometimes Uncle Bob's head is cut off because he is 6'5"and everyone else in the family is under 5'7". Or what about little Johnny and the family dog? The dog is cut in half and has no legs? But he did in the picture? Why does this happen?
Now, I know that isn't what you want displayed on your mantle in your home! Or, at least I don't think so...?
I understand that most professional labs and ordering from your photographer is much more expensive when it comes to printing but the old saying..."You get what you pay for..." comes into play with this. As photographers, we use the most reputable labs in the country and not only that but we ensure that your images turn out the way you want them and you get the quality you are looking for. Personal Service means a lot when you are printing images that have documented moments in life that cannot be replaced. Professional Photographers also have the knowledge about how to take a picture to give you room to print your images later at any size.
Here is a guide to give you an idea of how images are cropped and the sizes they are. The standard size everyone prints is an 8x10...however, most people do not realize how much of the image is actual lost when printing an 8x10! Check it out below!
I hope this has helped you understand a little bit about printing and cropping and that you cannot entirely trust the impersonal machines for your fine art prints that you want displayed in your home. Hire someone who is knowledgeable in this as well as a professional photographer to capture the images correctly so you can have the images that you desire forever in your home.
A giant "THANK YOU" to the bride and groom (Erika & Joe) in the image displayed above. :-)