IT IS said most digital photographs finish up on Facebook, Flickr or Twitter or some such service - but for the serious photographer this is akin to hanging the Mona Lisa in the outhouse. Proud photographers need better than that.
To make brilliant A3-plus prints that will not fade, a good-pigment inkjet printer is required. The best we have used is the Canon Pixma Pro-1 (about $1350 but now with $200 cash-back from Canon). This is a massive printer that, sadly, may be too big for some domestic spaces - make sure you check, and remember the printer has to have room to open up at the back. It takes 12 ink cartridges, which are held stationary in the printer and hold 2.6 times the volume of a conventional cartridge.
The prints are simply stunning, particularly the black-and-white images. This is one of those purchases where you will still appreciate the quality long after you have forgotten the price.
The photographic display medium de jour is the pad/tablet.
This year Apple took a giant leap in bringing screen resolution up to, and even surpassing, print.
The high-resolution Retina display on the current iPad has such small pixels they merge together into a continuous tonal palette at normal viewing distance.
The fourth-generation iPad still has no serious competition for the photographer's buck, for a few reasons. First, the default portrait orientation of the screen is better than the landscape default on Android tablets.
Second, the 4:3 aspect ratio is better suited to photo display than the 16:10 of Android - although if our primary interest were video we would go Android.
Most importantly, the iPad screen shows true black and white, essential for any accurate photo display device. The downside of the iPad is the awful file management through iTunes and the smug arrogance of Apple's devotees.