When you print an image and hang it on a wall, you’ll look at it more often than if you had left it buried deep in your computer. And if you look at your best pictures more often, you’re going to discover strengths and weaknesses about your craft that you may have missed otherwise.
The combination of ink and paper will reveal details and subtleties that weren’t apparent before. You’ll probably have more conversations about your work because it’s more accessible to visitors as they drop by. Prints provide us with much-needed “quality time” with our pictures. Be selective in what you print. Study your best work. Seek out comments from others.
Here are a couple of handy reference tables to consider when you’re thinking about the minimum resolution you’ll need for various paper stocks, and the different types of paper surfaces to choose from.