Prints vs Digitals…What is the Difference? – Grimsby Newborn Photographer

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One of the most common issues I hear people being confused by is the difference between prints and digitals. So allow me to explain.


A print is an image printed on photographic paper. You can choose many sizes for a print, and its always best to consider how you’ll be displaying a print as it will need to be protected in a frame. I use a professional photographic lab to print your images, and they are of very high quality.

When you order a print you are not simply paying for a bit of paper. You are buying a copy of an image, and its the image ON the paper that gives its value, just like a bank note.

A print is for you only, and it is illegal to attempt to create more copies from it.


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I shoot using a digital camera and the images I capture are in digital format. I then edit those images on a computer, and create the final image you then purchase.

These digital files are what you may then choose to buy, and are usually supplied to you on a USB, or sent to you via email.

When you choose to buy digital images you will pay more than for the same image as a print. There is a good reason for that.

With digital images you also have printing rights with them which means you have the right to print from those files for personal use as often as you wish. With a paper print you have one copy only.


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There are limitations with digital files too. You can print them but you cannot alter them in any way.

It is illegal for you to add a filter, change the colour, or do anything else to them, and I’d like to think you love it as it is and wouldn’t want to change it anyway.

Also, you do not own the copyright as by law that always stays with me. Don’t let this worry you though, as the copyright would be of no use to you anyway. Printing rights are all you need.

Digital files you pay for are quite big, and you will need a computer to download them if they are emailed to you, not a phone.

If you have your files on a USB you COULD simply take it to a shop with a printing machine, but I would advise against that due to quality. High street printers who print paper prints from digital files are NOT the same high quality as the professional lab I use and may well ruin your images.

Images I post online have my watermark on them to help prevent theft.

Do NOT remove an image from my Facebook, even if it is of your baby. It is my image until such time as you have paid for it in some form, and images I put online are watermarked and will not print well due to being of poor quality. Its better for you to wait to get the full resolution version and print from that.

You are free to tag and share it though, and when you get your own digital images you can pop them on your Facebook if you’d like to.

Once you pay for an image it will not be supplied to you with my watermark on.

There is no such thing as a digital print.

I hope this helps, but do email us if you have any questions.


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