In our age of digitalized technology and process, while the procedures have become more convenient to use, there are still features of previous or old methods that are beneficial and useful to gain a perfect print and this principle applies to photo printing and why this process is still preferred by avid photographers.
Having a print copy of a recently captured photo makes one into a better editor because compared to the computer screen output, one can easily detect details in the photo if it is in print copy which were not clearly noticed on screen and would probably need to require adjustments on future photograph undertakings and, thus, one can begin to realize that print photos can help a photographer pan around the images inspecting for problem areas.
It is a humbling thing to go through the process of perfecting photographs one step at a time, thus, even using Photoshop technique will not be the appropriate answer to producing the perfect work of art, but that it takes tedious steps in perfecting it, one of which is using hard print copies in magnified sizes to examine well the flaws so remedies can be done with in the next future undertakings.
Having your photos onscreen may take effort, but the appreciation of your captive pictures lasts for just a few minutes and all the hard work, chasing after the perfect natural light or whatever captive happenings you endeavour to store in your camera, are left in the hard drive archives later on, which is of an entirely different appreciation if you have print copies of your pictures as you have tangible proofs of photos which you have brought to life and reminiscing them tangibly is an emotional experience than clicking your computer and retrieving your works in the computer archives.
There is just no comparison with that kind of emotional satisfaction that a photographer experiences when his/her works are put into prints and displayed in either an album or exhibited for people to appreciate it as compared to uploading the pictures in the computer and for some precious minutes, the pictures may earn a huge following, but then afterwards these are eventually left forgotten into the computer storage, which is not definitely a tangible satisfaction that can allow a photographer to feel that euphoric feeling. The real test of art being well appreciated is when your print pictures are bought and hang on the walls of people’s homes. All these experiences make for an inspiring endeavour for the photographer to do more and experiment on his/her art form, creating more images on print that can continue to inspire more and more people.
Finally, the best benefit that can really be derived from printed pictures is revisiting these old photos and reviving stories that go with the them which can bring a smile on people’s faces or a teary-eyed experience, whatever it is, the rediscovering process cannot succeed that well had these pictures not done in print.