Digital photos are so important. It’s incredible that we can make photos almost instantly, see them almost instantly, and share them online almost instantly- across the globe. You need the digital files, and I need you to have them!
Your online image gallery gives you immediate access to download your images. The files can be saved to your computer, on a usb, disk, or wherever you’d like to keep them. And you get to keep them forever, as long as you care for them.
A Crash Course on Image Resolution
High resolution files are optimized for printing, and may be printed up to 30×40″, or sometimes even larger, without losing quality. The reason these files are high-resolution has to do with the actual size of the file (megabytes) as well as how many pixels, or dots, per square inch. High resolution files are usually saved at 300dpi or 250dpi (dots per inch). You can use these images online, however some programs may need to “downsize” them and quality may be lost in the process.
All of the files you receive will be high-resolution.
Low resolution files are for online or digital display only. They are smaller, more efficient files, and most of the time will look awesome when displaying on any screen, but not printed. Have you ever taken a picture with your phone and then tried to print it, and the print looked all blotchy or pixely? That’s probably because it was too low of resolution. Low resolution files are usually saved at 72dpi (dots per inch).
How can you tell what resolution your image is? On your computer, open a photo. Right-click on it, and go to Properties, then details. It will tell you the image size and resolution.
Taking Care of Your Digital Photos
Digital image files can be shared online, used to make prints at home or at a photo print lab, and used to create photo cards, books, or other photo products. Your files will be accompanied by a print release. This is a legal release that allows you to print and use your photographs that I created. You should have to show this when printing your photographs at a lab, so keep a copy of it with your files.
When you receive your files, I’d like you to immediately make a backup copy of them. I recommend the backup copy be stored somewhere separate from the originals. If you are storing the originals on your computer, then make a backup copy on an external hard drive, usb stick, disk, or other computer. Online cloud storage is also a great way to backup your image files. Computers and hardware can crash, and have problems, and it’s always better to be safe than sorry. I keep original copies of your photos, but only for a few years. So it’s up to you to take care of your image files.
Over time, technology will improve, and new forms of media will replace the things we use now. Like how cassettes and compact disks are now being replaced my streaming and all-digital media. So try to keep your image storage media up-to-date as it changes over time.
When you share your images online, I really love it if you mention Lume Photography. Word-of-mouth and referrals mean so much to me, and I love to be able to see my work on display! You can tag me @lumephoto, use #lumephotography, or just add Lume Photography as a caption.
Please refrain from changing the photos in any way if you post them- like adding filters, text, frames, and cropping them. My photographs are the result of my personal vision and artistry, and to change them, well it’s kind of like if you visited an art museum and started adding paint strokes to the works of art there. Thank you for respecting my work!
As always, if you have any questions about this information, just let me know! I’m happy to talk about what I do!
Tangibles > Digitals
I can’t share this information about digital photos without bringing this up- I am a firm believer in the power of printed photographs. To hold a photograph in your hand, to share it with loved ones around the dinner table or at a family gathering, is magic. I’m lucky because my parents and grandparents have tons of big old heavy photo albums, completely full of photographs. Most are yellowed, faded, and stuck to the plastic covering the pages. But they are treasures. When I look at those photos, all the photos from when I was little, all the family trips and hilarious and sad events, I am taken to that time. I can still feel what was happening then. Digital photos aren’t the same. Digital = now, tangible = forever.
I encourage you to please print your photos! Whether it’s prints, an album, or an image displayed on the wall, it’s a treasure.