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How Photographers Are Reducing Their Environmental Impact

Author : Sam Breece

First came digital photography, next is online photo proofing. The photography industry has made great strides in reducing its environmental impact with these two changes to the industry standards. Replacing film photography with digital photography across the nation has reduced the need for chemicals used in the development of film. Also, with digital previews, many photos are never even printed, greatly reducing the need to create hard copies for proofing purposes.

The next big step the photography industry can take towards becoming more "green" is to use digital photo proofing for clients. The traditional method of proofing photographs with clients is to print a set of photos in a sample size or format such as a proof book, to be viewed by the client as they make their purchase selections. These proofs are generally discarded when a client places an order for prints of their own, and the photographer then has high quality prints created for their client. The paper proof method results in wasted photo paper, ink, and energy. Photographers are likely to print proofs on a home computer, resulting in ink cartridges that are not properly recycled and inefficient use of energy.

The photography industry should be able to take another great step towards reducing their impact on the environment; the uprising of online photo proofing is helping to reduce the need for wasted print samples. There is a shift towards giving clients the choice to digitally preview a photographer's work and reduce printing to only those photographs actually purchased. While some photographers are still resistant to moving to an on-screen proofing model, online proofing is the way the industry is leaning, and hopefully in the years to come, it will become the standard, helping photographers to take that next step towards environmental responsibility.

After online photo proofing becomes the industry standard, the next steps will certainly evolve as well. Green printing may be next on the horizon for the reduction of waste and environmental hazard, though at the moment the options are not of a comparable quality as traditional printing methods. In addition to the quality options that are currently available for online photo proofing (surpassing that acheivable with a traditional "proof book"), a photography studio can take pride in letting their clients know that they are "going green" and reducing their waste in every way that they can.

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