Last year I gave two canvas prints and an 8x10 as Christmas Gifts . They were images that I love.
While looking at the test print I did on one of the images it made me realize a few things. One it was now a "real" photograph not a digital image . Two to print the image I had to make some tweaks to the edit so it would show what I wanted it to show better and to be honest the printed version looked less than good on screen. Three in 2018 I wanted to print at least 12 4x6 and 3 different 8x10 images. One is really cheap the other is still inexpensive. Well an online photo printing service made me an offer I could not pass up. 20 prints and shipping for $0.00 .
I have a folder with images I like and wanted to print but it was no where near the 20 images I had so I flipped through my lightroom catalog and found a few more images to print and a few I wanted to see how they would look in print. Overall I am quite happy with the prints. The boardwalk shot (near 12o'clock) I need to pull some blue out of the shadows . The Macrons I need to play with the white balance because I did not notice the yellowish cast to the plate. There was a piece of cathair (head explodes in anger) on one of the images . Several of the other images I just love and several of the food photos would look great printed large .
Have you printed any images this year even if only 4x6 inches or maybe an 8x10 ?
If your answer is no I would challenge you to take an sd card put a few of your favorite images on it and then go to the wal-mart or other cheap printing service and get them done. It will cost less than a cup of coffee and the feeling of holding a print that you did is a great feeling . Also looking at it in different light shows features or flaws that might be missed on the screen. Take the image of the bagels it was not one of my favorite shots on the screen but the print I like much more or take the granola shot I like it on the screen but not so much in print. If this inspires you to have a few prints done let me know and I would look forward to seeing a photo of the photos.