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Digital Printing vs. the Traditional method in photography
by: kay zetkin
For the past years our technology has been continuously evolving and it has completely improved graphics, artworks and printing. This new breakthrough in technology has made printing affordable and easy to use. Printings for photographers have been made very easy and consultative. More photographers have switched from the old style to the modern enlarged printing with the digital use of inkjet.

Before photographers used to go through the process of scanning of the negatives from the pictures they have taken while the modern use of digital cameras are now taking it into effect to make perfect digital shots. This is the very reason more photographers have been switching to the digital age. Digital image printing is developed in corresponding softwares like PhotoShop, CorelDraw and may other softwares. But among them all, Photoshop is the commonly used software application to meet the standard and demands of clearer and precise digital prints. So it is now difficult for photographers to sell out the equipments they used in the darkroom.

With the growth of printing technology, there are also issues on the rise whether digital printing compared to the old way of printing is useful and lasting. Some have been pondering over that question. They also ask if digital printing will contain the same level like that of the traditional image outputs. For other critiques, they said printing in inkjet is printing sort of an imitation for the original because they are being printed with the use of ink while the old style contained natural mixture for photography purposes. But even with the advancement in digital photo printing, still others appreciate the old way of printing.

The issue of this digital printing has started when they began questioning if inkjet prints will give a long-lasting effect as that of emulsion printouts. They have questioned if inkjet prints will endure the exposure longer and still maintain its quality. But some have quite proven that the traditional prints have not lasted that long and have slowly been fading in time and also with the belief that there really will be no image to withstand a long period of time. Since the enhancement in digital technology is ever growing, questions and issues regarding its performance have been lessened for it has played its role.

Inkjet prints have contributed much to giving an eventual effect in the uniqueness of images. The printing of inkjets have divided tiny dots into the paper making it appear more realistic and attraction. This is just to say that these new printing technology has done their own way and part to the creativeness and finesse considering their own defined artworks.

The acceptance of inkjet prints has been very unpredictable. In some exhibit and art galleries, they allow the inkjet prints for their designs, but some ignore them. Some designers would still prefer the traditional emulsion prints to be part of their artworks. For those who rely on the digital printing, they rather use it for long and not switch back to the old method. It has been found out that in time, when digital printing will continue its rise in the technology, many will be clinging and will switch on to it.

The use of digital printing requires refinement with art skills and a little extra effort as that of the traditional method of printing. Accuracy and preciseness should be followed and maintained. To enhance printing abilities, the aid of Photoshop learning is very useful. It has been found out that the use of application of digital printing has made enlarging of prints and images easily which traditional printing cannot perform.

Dealing with the newest trend in the new technology of printing has been very time consuming and produce outputs faster but still these issues cannot be overcome easily. But no matter how these issues arise, it is still up to you to make a pick whether to rely and stay in the old darkroom method or advance your way through.

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About the Author

Kay Zetkin discovered the pleasure of writing through her daily journals as a teen-ager. Writing in it helped sort out her thoughts, relieve her feelings and record what she observes of the world.


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