Digital Images Vs Prints


My photographs look much better in digital form than they do in print. What am I missing out on?

Answer by: Jayanth Sharma, Wildlife Photographer and Educator

This is a common problem. A couple of things need to be taken care of.

  • Calibrating your monitor correctly.
  • Understanding colour space and realising that most monitors display sRGB colour profiles, while printers can produce colours in the Adobe RGB Colour space too. So, either use a monitor which shows Adobe RGB colours, so that the print and display are matched, or take test prints in smaller sizes to tweak pictures to approximately look the way you want it to, in print. Using an sRGB monitor and printing Adobe RGB pictures will always have this problem.

If you are not printing at home or at the office, then go to a professional print store, borrow their colour profile to process the picture according to their profile, so that what you see is what you get. Also, when you process the pictures, avoid brightening the monitor to the fullest. Backlit monitors definitely add to the view, while a print is not going to have that kind of light.

This article originally appeared in the June 2019 issue of Better Photography.