Vintage print photography is a way of capturing images that can be printed on paper or displayed in a frame.

It’s different from digital photography because it uses film instead of a digital sensor, which means that you can’t share your photos online or make them into prints right away–you have to get them developed at the photo lab first.

The history of vintage print photography goes all the way back to 1839, when Louis Daguerre invented daguerreotype (the first commercially available photographic process).

Invented just two years later by William Henry Fox Talbot, calotype was another early type of camera that used paper negatives instead of glass plates like daguerreotypes did;

this made it easier for people who weren’t wealthy enough to afford expensive equipment like telescopes or microscopes yet still wanted their own pictures taken!

The Basics

The basics of photography are simple.

You need a camera and film to take pictures, and you need to develop the film in order to see your images.

There are many types of cameras that can be used for vintage print photography, but some are better than others for this type of project.

Film cameras with a manual mode allow you to set your own aperture and shutter speed settings, which allows you to achieve more consistent results when shooting in low light conditions or using long exposures (which we’ll cover later).

Digital cameras are also an option–just make sure that they have manual controls so you can adjust exposure settings as needed without relying on automatic modes like “auto” or “scene.

“Digital cameras have their benefits over traditional film-based ones:

they’re easier to use because there’s no need for developing chemicals or waiting days before seeing results;

however, digital files are often too large for printing purposes due to their high resolution compared with analog formats like 35mm slides or medium format negatives that were developed after World War II ended (more on this later).

Composition and Lighting

Composition is the art of arranging elements in the frame to create a visually pleasing and balanced image.

It’s important to understand composition for both photography and printmaking because it affects how we perceive an image.

Understanding composition can help you decide where to place objects within an image, as well as what kind of background or foreground you want them against (or without).

For example, if you have a large object like a person or vehicle in your photo, it might be better suited near one edge than right smack in the middle;

this will allow viewers’ eyes to move around more freely within your shot rather than being stuck staring at just one thing all day long!
Another consideration when composing is how much space there should be between subjects within each frame–and whether those relationships are symmetrical or asymmetrical.


You’ll notice that some photographers prefer having their subject(s) spaced evenly apart from each other across both sides while others prefer having them clustered closer together toward one side than another;

either way works depending on what kind of mood they’re trying create with their images.”

Developing and Printing

Developing film is a process that involves developing and fixing the image, which can be done in a darkroom or at home.

Setting up a darkroom is not difficult;

you simply need to prepare your space with proper lighting and ventilation.

There are many different printing techniques, including contact printing on glass or paper (where you place your negative directly on top of the light-sensitive paper),enlarging with an enlarger (a machine that projects light onto negatives),or using photoshop software to edit photos digitally.

The Art of the Print

Prints are a great way to display your photos.

There are many different options when it comes to choosing the right paper and mounting, but these tips will help you get started:

Choose your favorite print from the shoot and look at it closely.

What kind of paper do you want?

Do you want it mounted on foam core or stretched canvas?


Are there any spots where the image looks too dark or light?

If so, how can we fix that in Photoshop before printing again?

Once you’ve decided on what kind of print(s) and mountings/matting options work best for each photo, send us an email with all of this information so we can start working on making them!

Care and Storage

Keep prints away from direct sunlight and heat.

Use acid-free paper and envelopes to store your prints.

Store negatives in a cool, dry place (like a closet) or in an airtight container, like a film canister or plastic baggie.


There are many resources for learning more about vintage print photography. Here are just a few:



Types of Vintage Prints

There are many different types of vintage prints and they all have their own characteristics and applications.


The most common ones are:

Giclee Prints – Also known as fine art prints, giclee is a French word meaning “to spray”.

These prints are made by spraying ink onto the paper using an inkjet printer.

They have a very high resolution which makes them ideal for large scale projects such as murals or posters, but not so great for smaller works like greeting cards or invitations because they lack texture and depth.

Digital C-Type Prints-A digital copy of an original negative that has been scanned into a computer where it can be manipulated with software programs such as Photoshop before being output onto photographic paper using either an.

Epson Stylus Pro 3800 printer (the highest quality option) or any other digital printer that supports ICC profiles (which basically means any other good quality inkjet).

This process gives us the same results as traditional analog c-type processes but without having to spend thousands on developing equipment!

Vintage Print Photography Projects

Vintage print photography is a great way to add some character and personality to your photos.

It’s also a great way to get more use out of old photos that you may have lying around the house.

Here are some ideas for vintage print photography projects:

Portraits – If you want to make someone look like an old-time movie star, try taking their portrait in black and white with a sepia tone filter applied.

This will give them an aged look without making them look like they’re from another century!

Landscapes – If you take landscape photos using film cameras, be sure not to use too much light or else the colors will come out washed out on your film.

You can also experiment with different kinds of filters (such as yellow) which will create different effects on your pictures depending on what type of scene they’re capturing

Vintage Print Photography – Wrap Up

Vintage print photography is a great way to bring your memories to life.

The images you love can be printed in various sizes and styles, giving you the ability to frame them or display them on a wall for all to see.

With this article, I hope that you have learned more about vintage print photography and how it can help preserve your treasured photographs.