Taking photos is so handy today that we can just do it anywhere at anytime with our phones and digital cameras. We don’t even need to worry about making room for storing lots of photo albums because we can simply store and even share the photos online.
We’re taking more photos but are keeping fewer of them physically. Should we be worried about it?
Rollfilm is not limitless like digital photos, so every single photo we took used to be very precious.
Given the many benefits of digital photos, you may not even consider printing out the images. It’s likely that if you really will print some photos, you’ll have a hard time deciding which ones to print!
However, some people do appreciate having physical photos, such as your grandparents who hang up framed family photos, or hipsters who like to cover their bedroom walls with Polaroids. To them, hard copies are much more special.
Such difference in attitudes makes us wonder why we’re taking more and more photos these days—is it just because it’s easy, or do we actually treasure our memories? Are we overlooking something about old-school print-out photos?
Here are a few reasons why you may want to consider printing photos again.
We’re taking more photos but we’re also losing more of them.
As we’re taking more and more photos, we may even forget about having taken them. Sometimes when we go through the photos in our phone, we may stumble upon photos that we don’t even remember taking.
It’s ironic how too many photos are making us worse at remembering precious moments in our lives, when those moments have driven us to take photos in the first place. That group selfie you took at a dinner party last week is probably drowned in the photo stream of your phone by now. Another week from now, you’ll probably have trouble looking for it—that is, if you still remember it.
On the other hand, prints are concrete. If there’s a photo you really like (that you have printed), you can put it in a picture frame and place it on your desk.
You can still see it even after you switch off the computer or lock your smartphone. It’s there, literally