Martin with Itoya Profolio 18x24" Archival Folder

Archiving Photographic Prints (Podcast 499)

I hope you love to print as much as I do, but when you print a lot, you pretty soon run into the problem of storing your prints safely and efficiently. I solve this in a number of ways, which I'll share with you today. I recently received a question about...

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Martin Bailey is a nature and wildlife photographer and educator based in Tokyo. He's a pioneering Podcaster and blogger, and an X-Rite Coloratti member.
  • Owner
    Posted at 02:01h, 01 December Reply

    Dear Martin,

    Congratulations on making it to episode 500! I won’t be able to join the hangout but wanted to say how much I’ve appreciated your podcast as a place from which I’ve gained a ton of knowledge. Also, as I said in an email to you, thanks to you introducing me to Offset Images I applied to and was accepted as a member, attended a fun hangout in central London (where I got to eat plenty of free canapes and get a lovely Offset pen) and have made, to this day, $771 from selling my images. None of this would have happened without your podcast!

    Here’s to 500 more episodes!

    Best wishes,

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 11:32h, 01 December Reply

      Hi Steve,

      That’s all great to hear. I am over the moon that Offset has worked out well for you, and I am always grateful and humbled to hear that the podcast has helped others like this.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, and continued success for the future Steve!


  • Janet Webster
    Posted at 13:44h, 01 December Reply

    Thank you so much for all the information you share with the photographic community. This podcast was so timely for me as I have just purchased a printer – Epson SureColour P600. I have only printed a few images (learning about printing – your ebook ‘Making the Print’ has been most helpful) but was beginning to wonder about storage. I do like the idea of the Itoya folders. As I live in northern Canada (Yukon), I really appreciate the links you provided to B&H.
    Congratulations on reaching 500. Before you know it, you will be up to 1000!!

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 14:03h, 01 December Reply

      You’re very welcome Janet. Thank you for stopping by and for commenting.

      I’m pleased this information and the links are useful for you. Thanks for picking up my Making the Print book too!

      It took me 10 years to do the first 500 episode, but I imagine when I look back in 10 years time when we hit 1,000 it probably will have gone pretty quickly. 🙂

      All the best!


  • Murray Foote
    Posted at 16:05h, 01 December Reply

    The Itoya Art Profolios look like a great idea!

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 16:11h, 01 December Reply

      I’ve been happy with them for a number of years now Murray. I’m sure you’d be happy with them for storage and casual presentation if necessary. I use a beautiful portfolio case for full presentations, but these are nice to whip out and show friends stuff.

  • renambot
    Posted at 05:10h, 02 December Reply

    Any chance you have or will look at the new Canon printer “imagePROGRAF PRO-1000” ?
    I know you have a larger printer, so it might not interest you much, but I would be curious to get your opinion.


    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 09:00h, 02 December Reply

      Hi Luc,

      Unless Canon send me one to test, I personally won’t be getting a Pro-1000, but they look like a great printer. If I was getting something smaller, this would probably be what I’d buy now.


  • Nick Nieto
    Posted at 00:51h, 03 December Reply

    Hello Martin. As I don’t have access to a private place to record a message I thought I would comment instead.

    First of all, congratulations on Episode 500 what an accomplishment! Listening to you over the years has been such a great learning experience for me. I particularly love hearing the approach and thought process you go through when working on photos and shoots. Hearing how methodically and with care you approach things really has helped me with how I approach my images both during editing and shooting. Looking at the nuances and the details with much more care then I did before listening to you.

    Thank you again for all the effort and time you put in. Congratulations, and here’s to many more episodes to come.


    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 09:05h, 03 December Reply

      Thanks so much for the message Nick! I really appreciate this, and I’m so happy to have helped with your process.

      I hope you continue to enjoy the blogcast as we work towards the 1,000 mark!


  • Charlie
    Posted at 05:45h, 27 January Reply

    Thanks again for spending so much time on these podcasts Martin! Great Stuff. I have one question that’s slightly off topic. What is your opinion on Dry mounting large photos? To some up what I’ve found after hours of reading is Dry mounting means hurting the prints longevity but not dry mounting means waves will eventually form in a large print.

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 08:57h, 27 January Reply

      Hi Charlie,

      You’re very welcome for the podcasts.

      I have only ever seen large prints form waves when they were printed on cheap media. Years ago I had an old photo on my office wall made with cheap media that rippled, but that’s the only one I’ve ever seen it happen with. I put this down to the fact that I have since only used heavy fine art media.

      My advice would then of course be, use heavy fine art media, and you shouldn’t have to dry mount to prevent the print from rippling.

      I hope this helps some.


      • Charlie McDonald
        Posted at 00:59h, 03 February Reply

        Very nice to hear you experience in the matter. Thanks Martin 🙂

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