Couple of my thoughts today on getting prints made.  In general, I opt for whatever has the most “pop” to my eye, but there’s a few things to consider.

  1. Price!
  2. Medium
  3. Size
  4. Where to get them done

For price, this is the obvious one.  I may want a 5 ft x 6 ft print laser-etched into a solid marble frieze, but until I win the Powerball, it ain’t going to happen.

Medium-wise there’s more options these days.  Of course you can just get the prints on good old photo paper, but you also have options like printing on metal (a big favorite of mine), and gallery wrap, a.k.a. printing on canvas.  The latter two are also nice in that it comes frame-attached, and you don’t have to go spend on frames and mattes.

Size depends on what you want.  It can be from wallet size to giant posters or billboards (but again price is an issue).  Bear in mind: not all sizes will exactly fit your image proportions, so there will likely be cropping needed.  Make sure you have control of that, because it can make a big difference.

See here

Good Crop
Good Crop
Lousy Crop
Lousy Crop

See my point?

Now once you have all this, you have to find someone to do it for you, or buy potentially VERY expensive gear and supplies.  This can be the corner photo hut (an endangered species these days it would seem), online outfits like Bay Photo, or just done at Costco or the local drugstore.  I have done all the above; it usually depends on what I want and how much I’m willing to pay for it.

Happy shooting!

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