by Laura Gardiner
Studio Manager, Tribeca Printworks
Can I Print Photos I Took on My iPhone?
The quick answer is, yes! Of course you can. The advent of mobile photography has revolutionized the medium’s accessibility and has exponentially increased the number of photos taken per year. With technological advancements, the capabilities of smartphone cameras keep improving and have now far surpassed that of early point-and-shoot digital camera technology.
The problem is, however, of these millions of photos taken each year, few rarely make it off the phone screen or social media. We’re here to break the misconception that photos have to be printed from a DSLR or high-end camera to be successful. If you want to print your iPhone photos at a significant size, we recommend you consult a professional printmaker. These photos can be printed in many different ways, and you can view some of the possibilities here.
How to Print Pictures From Your iPhone
We’d be willing to bet you carry your smartphone everywhere you go. Your phone’s built-in camera makes capturing life’s precious moments easy, allowing you to effortlessly snap images of your family, friends, vacations and everyday life with the click of your thumb.
With a digital camera in your back pocket, the concept of self-curation is becoming more popular. Rather than letting your cherished memories sit idle in storage, you can memorialize them by printing and hanging them around your home or office space. That way, you’ll never need to worry about running out of storage and losing documentation of life’s photo-worthy moments.
From capturing and displaying your family’s priceless memories to having an assortment of canvas prints for your next exhibition, printing photos on your phone provides endless opportunities. You can print your iPhone or smart device photos using a personal printer or by partnering with a photo-printing service. Read on to learn how to print pictures from your iPhone or smart device.
Printing iPhone Pictures With an Inkjet Printer
Smart device users can print their images at home with a personal printer. However, you’ll want to avoid using a run-of-the-mill printer that isn’t designed for photo printing. If you plan to print lots of frame-worthy photos and do so often, it’s best to invest in an inkjet printer and high-quality photo paper. Depending on the photo finish you prefer, you can choose between glossy, luster, satin or matte photo paper.
iPhone users should invest in an inkjet printer that supports Apple’s AirPrint. Like AirDrop, Apple phones and computers have AirPrint built into their software, allowing you to wirelessly transfer and print your photos in minutes.
To do this, make sure your AirPrint-enabled printer is turned on. Navigate to your iPhone’s Photos app and choose the photo you want to print. Select the share icon in the bottom left corner of the app. Scroll down and tap “Print.” Your AirPrint-enabled printer will automatically show up. Once you’ve selected your printer, hit “Print” in the top right corner.
Printing iPhone Photos With Tribeca Printworks
Another way to print your iPhone photos is to partner with a professional printing service like Tribeca Printworks. With our Online Print Studio, you can upload photos from your phone and have them printed and custom-framed by our Master Framers in no time. We offer various print options to upscale your traditional iPhone photo printing process — from fine art to canvas giclee prints.
Whether you prefer framed photo paper prints or frameless canvas giclee prints, we’ll help you bring your iPhone photos to life in a way that complements your space. When you use our Online Print Studio, you’ll select your preferred iPhone photo dimensions, choose from our print style and finishing options and select the perfect frame for your images.
Our cutting-edge, bespoke printing processes and high-quality printing materials ensure a crisp image and vibrant color payoff every time. Once you’ve designed your perfect prints, we’ll deliver them straight to your doorstep. You can also pick them up at our SoHo studio. Regardless of how you collect your iPhone prints, they’ll be ready to hang when you get them.
What Size Are iPhone Photos?
iPhone cameras create files you can print at any common snapshot size (i.e. 4 inches by 6 inches, 5 by 7 and 8 by 10). However, you can also print iPhone photos so that they’ll be massive. The iPhone model you shoot from is one factor that will determine how well your photos blow up without becoming pixelated.
The iPhone 6 and earlier models feature 8-megapixel cameras, whereas all newer models shoot at 12 megapixels. This means the actual photo files for newer iPhone models are 50% larger, letting you print them much bigger and clearer than photos from older iPhones. Astonishingly, the newest iPhone 14 Pro boasts a 48-megapixel camera!
You can read more about file size requirements in this article: How Big Can I Print My Photos and Artwork?
How Do I Enlarge My iPhone Photos Without Losing Quality?
Another factor to consider when enlarging photos from your iPhone is the conditions under which the photo was taken. The most successful iPhone photo enlargements will come from photos taken on newer models with ample lighting (flash or an abundance of daylight), perfect focus and a steady hand. The light sensor technology on iPhones has greatly improved over the years, but photos shot in low light tend to have a lot of digital grain or noise — something that becomes more apparent as you increase the output size. While the file size is technically the same, a well-lit, sunny shot of the ocean will always be more clear and more successful than a no-flash portrait in a dimly lit restaurant.
Lastly, it is important to consider your tolerance when it comes to image quality. We have seen iPhone photos enlarged successfully to 40 by 60 inches and larger, but with the understanding that the digital grain, inherent in all digital photography, would be greatly magnified and visible when viewed up close. Most people’s tolerance for what they consider a successful iPhone photo enlargement maxes out between 30 inches by 40 inches or 36 by 48, but again, it is case-by-case depending on what kind of iPhone produced the photo and how it was taken.
What Are the Best Printing Options for iPhone Photos?
If you’re keeping the prints of your iPhone photos relatively small, then all paper print options are advisable, especially fine-art papers if you want to add a touch of elegance. These smaller prints can be enhanced with custom framing and are great additions to any gallery wall. If you want to go big with your iPhone photos, due to the inherent digital grain that will appear at larger sizes, I recommend printing on textured fine-art papers and putting in a frame or a textured canvas print for a frameless option. Due to the grain, I recommend staying away from smoother print finishes like prints on acrylic, aluminum and other high-gloss mediums.
Choose Tribeca Printworks for Your iPhone Photo Printing Needs
We can help you turn your iPhone photos into professional prints. Whether you are a professional photographer or want to print some of your favorite iPhone photos, our team is here to help. We offer an array of options to transform your vision into a reality. Choose from various:
- Sizes. Along with our range of preset sizes, we can also customize sizes to your specifications.
- Styles. Whether you prefer ready-to-hang and framed pieces or loose prints, let us know and we’ll make it happen.
- Printing and framing options. Take advantage of our phone printing options, which range from canvas and metal to acrylic to plexiglass and museum-quality framing options.
- Pickup options. For your convenience, you can either pick up your professional prints made from your smartphone photos at our SoHo studio or have them shipped through ground or messenger shipping.
We have the solutions for all your personal and professional printing and framing needs.
Unsure of the right size and treatment for your iPhone photos? You are welcome to bring your files to our SOHO Studio or email them to us directly. We’re always happy to view and advise on what the limitations may be and recommend the best printing options by image to guarantee a professional print. If you would like to set up a consultation, call us today at 212-966-1976!
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