When cameras were analogue in nature, based upon the use of rolls of celluloid film, the process of photo printing was a long, complicated and expensive one. The journey from the click of a shutter to holding the photo prints in your hands was a lengthy and arduous one, and this had a negative effect upon the number of photographs which most people felt able to take.

Prior to the advent of digital photography, cameras worked around the principle of a physical roll of film which had to be exposed to light and then developed. Because of the complicated nature of this process, and the specialist equipment and chemicals which had to be used, photo developing was something which the vast majority of people felt unable to carry out on their own behalf. This meant that it was left to specialist professionals to print photos, a fact which had a negative knock on effect on the length of time the process tended to take, and the amount it cost people. If you wanted to take a look at the photographs you’d taken during the course of a holiday, for example, you had to wait until getting home and then hand the roll of film over to the nearest chemist, a specialist lab or even post it to a plant based in another part of the country altogether. There would then follow a wait until you finally got you photo prints in your hands, and if you wanted to get the process done any more quickly it would involve paying a premium on top of what was already a pretty steep price.

All of this tended to militate against people being able to make the most of their cameras and meant that few of them took as many photographs as they would actually have liked to, or had multiple copies made so that they could share favourites with friends and family. Digital photo printing, on the other hand, has been made as simple as it can be and works in a way which means that people with digital cameras feel free to take as many photographs as they wish, safe in the knowledge that it will then be easy to go through these images and select the ones which they wish to keep. Once they’ve done this, turning the images stored electronically on their camera into actual prints is so easy that anyone with access to a computer and a printer can do it in the comfort of their own home with only a few clicks of the mouse.

Digital technology, however, doesn’t only make it easy to turn your images into photographs, but it’s equally simple to take these photographs and then use them to create a wide range of photo gifts and bespoke items. If you have a particularly pleasing shot of your family, for example, or a stunning landscape shot, then uploading it to the right website and then using the simple software provided will enable you to turn it into a stunning canvas print, produced to the standard you could usually expect to see on the walls of a gallery or art shop.

The world of photo printing has now been opened up to anyone who wishes to take part in it, whether that means producing multiple copies of your favourite images, or turning photo prints into top quality personalised items to share with family and friends.