Using a digital camera as opposed to one which features a roll of celluloid film has an instant effect upon the way in which you take photographs, the number of photographs you take and the quality of the images captured. One of the main reasons for this is the ease and simplicity of the process of digital photo printing.

When actual physical film rather than digital technology was used to capture images, the process of photo developing was long and complicated. The techniques, equipment and material required meant that it was a highly specialized skill which had to be placed in the hands of qualified professionals. Usually, this meant handing the roll of film over to a developing laboratory, sometimes based in high street chemists, sometimes many miles away and requiring that the film be sent via the post. Once the film had been handed over it would be developed, thus turning it into a roll of negatives and these negatives would then be used to print the finished photographs from. Although it was sometimes possible to pay a premium price for ‘express’ service, most developing took at least several days, and the expense of the process, coupled with the cost of the film itself, meant that most people only ever has 24 or 36 photographs at a time developed.

When you are using a digital camera, on the other hand, the process is completely different. Firstly, the manner in which the images are stored, and the fact that even the most basic device can be capable of storing many hundreds, means that people are freed up to take as many images as they want to. Being able to look at the image an instant after it has been captured, and therefore go back and have another go if you’re not fully satisfied, means that anyone can take multiple versions of the same sight, going back later and choosing the one which they think is the best. This kind of editorial control was once only open to professional photographers with vast resources, but now it’s there for anyone.

Having captured as many images as you wish to capture, and stored the favorites on memory sticks, computer hard drives or websites, many people still want to turn their favorites into actual photographs. Despite the technological advances that have been made, there is still nothing more satisfying than actually holding a physical photograph in your hands, especially if it has the emotional impact of a picture of a child, for example, or a favorite place.

Luckily, digital technology means that online photo printing is as simple and quick as actually taking the photographs. If you have access to a computer and printer then you can do the job yourself with a few clicks of the mouse. Even if you don’t have a computer available, most supermarkets feature a device which will do the job for you. As well as being quick and inexpensive, digital printing allows for a far higher degree of flexibility. If you want more than one copy of a particular image, then simply say so, and making multiple images in differing sizes is equally simple. Basically you are in charge every step of the way, and whether you want to print off dozens of photographs, or just one treasured image, you will find doing so to be a simple and enjoyable task.

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Not only that but your favorite photographs can be used as the basis for a wide range of personalised photo gifts, meaning that you can create your own unique versions of anything from a mouse mat to a novelty t-shirt.