Printing Your Photos

Taking photos is just the first step! Make sure those photos don’t waste away on a hard drive never to be seen. Studies have even shown that displaying family photos in the home has a positive impact on a child’s self-esteem! How awesome is that?!? Your all-inclusive session comes with a print release that allows you to print anywhere of your choosing, but as your photographer, I need to give you some tips to get the best printed photos you can outside of a professional print lab.


Print Guide

Aspect Ratios & Cropping

Aspect ratio is related to the size of the image you print. Most people print 4x6, 5x7, 8x10, etc. If you look closely at your files, you will notice that none of those ratios match your photos. I crop all of your photos to an 11:15 ratio. Why? 11:15 sits exactly between the standard 2:3 and 4:5 ratios that are the most common for printing. This means that all photos will be cropped a little before printing, but none of your images will be cropped significantly before printing. Since there will be cropping to all images, verify the final crop of your image before checking out and pushing the order through to the printer. I try to ensure that there’s enough room around your family in the images so that no important parts are chopped off by different sized crops.

Photo courtesy of Rachel Nielsen

Photo courtesy of Rachel Nielsen

Budget Print Labs

Professional labs constantly calibrate their printers to ensure correct color and sharpness and overall quality. Budget, convenience labs, such as Walgreens, Target, Costco, etc. do not have the same quality standards and the prints reflect the difference. Your gallery was delivered via Shootproof, an online ordering platform; if you choose to order through the gallery, those prints will be printed through my preferred professional print lab, Millers Lab. If you choose to print on your own elsewhere, I highly encourage you to use a consumer lab associated with a professional lab as they will have many of the same quality control mechanisms in place to ensure you receive top quality products. I recommend, which is the consumer lab associated with my preferred professional lab, Millers Lab. As mentioned in the print release, I can only guarantee prints ordered directly though me.

Rachel Nielsen breaks down the comparison nicely for you on the Click Blog.


Large Prints & wall art

The larger you print, the more the details in the image matter and the more the quality of the print matters. Any print I order is sharpened individually based on the size and the print medium. A 4”x 6” glossy print requires a different preparation than a 30” x 40” canvas. While sharpening for print isn’t always necessary for small prints, it is essential for large prints, which is why I recommend ordering wall art through me so I can optimize the image for the desired outcome as well as print through a professional lab for the best results. I cannot guarantee the quality of prints larger than 8” x 10” that aren’t individually prepared for print.


Image Manipulation

Your contract with Kate Luber Photography explicitly prohibits any alterations to the image files outside of normal cropping. Editing any aspect of the image is not allowed. I cannot guarantee the quality or color of an print or product if the files are altered. Please refrain from adding filters to images when sharing to social media as well as the images are a representation of my work.


Print Release

Kate Luber Photography

Photographer / Kate Luber

Print Authorization:
I do hereby declare and warrant that I, the copyright owner of the photos, have given permission and license to the client(s) to submit said photos for processing and reproduction. I hereby grant a non-exclusive license to this client to reproduce these photos for personal use only, and I represent that I have a legal right to grant such a license.

You may use the image files to produce prints for your family and friends, for personal use only within that group of people. You do not have permission to make copies for sale or for the purpose of circumventing sale of the images by the photographer, nor will you authorize any reproductions of the images for commercial use or personal use for monetary compensation. You are personally responsible for communicating the limitations of this contract to any person who receives a copy of the image files.

As the copyright owner of these photos, I have the right to use said photos for promotion, portfolio, and website, unless explicitly agreed to prior to your session. Please credit photographer when sharing images on social media or elsewhere.

For best quality, I strongly recommend using a professional photo lab for your prints such as I will not be held liable for/nor can I guarantee print outcome, unless you print directly through me; however, using a quality lab will greatly reduce color error and undesirable cropping of prints.

Thank you,
Kate Luber

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