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Best Size Prints for a Gallery Show


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#1 Michael Erlewine

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 20:45

I may be doing a show of some of my macro photos. These are large images, shot with the D800E for the most part.

Last year I did a show of rock-concert posters, matted and framed and it was just too time-consuming and expensive to mat, frame, etc all that work.

For these photos I am considering just putting them on foam core or gator boards, but I have some questions. They will neither be matted or framed, but just large images on board.

What is the optimum size for gallery display of nature photos?

Is it best to use matte prints or glossy or what?

What about hanging these on the wall? They are light.

Also, any web-based provider of taking the digital files and sending me mounted photos that do a good job?

Any suggestions?

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Edited by Michael Erlewine, 16 November 2012 - 20:48 .

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#2 Rags

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 04:18

I would recommend putting a white border around the shots (1/4" three edges 3/4" on bottom); the bottom leaves room to sign in case someone wants it. That was recommended by an old dog and it looks good (to me)

Today I tried a torn edge on a couple of shots, just trying something different
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Posted 17 November 2012 - 06:03

Optimum size depends on a lot of factors:
Best for high impact display or best for sell-able size?
As the D800 delivers a lot of detail, I would go big (A1 or so). But If you want to sell, then the speet spot for selling is probably a smaller size (A3).

For foamcore there are little metal thingies that can be pressed into the foam that provide hooks. One is sufficient for a 5mm thick A3 print. Using thicker foamcore and larger sizes will just need more of them.

Definitely leave a white border, it looks more classy.

Matte or glossy is a matter of taste. Have some samples printed and then decide. As your colors are not so intense, matte might work well. But you really have to experiment there me thinks. I had quite a few surprises in that area that proved my preconceptions wrong.

If you do not frame them, make sure they get coated with a protective spray (Hahnemühle and others provide it). It will not change the look of the image but protect against UV and make the images less sensitive to handling.

I have not used US print services, so I don't have any first hand experience.
I heard WHCC and bayphoto mentioned in positive tones and they seem to offer what you are looking for: http://www.whcc.com/...splays/standout or http://www.bayphoto....hing/gatorfoam/


@Rags: Torn edges on flower macros? Hmm....

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#4 Michael Erlewine

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 06:08

I don't care about selling them, and just want impact. What sizes do folks suggest for impact, in general?

Thanks for the information everyone.

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#5 Alan7140

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 06:20

For impact: 44"x8'. Hard to beat. Impractical, yes, but after seeing something well printed that size, everything else looks like postage stamps. :) For an immersive experience, there is no substitute for resolution and size, just as it has always been.

Depending on the size of the walls they're going on, I generally print my non-pano shots to either 24"x17", or 24"x36", however. I reckon the D800E will easily handle the larger of these two with aplomb, so it will boil down to the wall size and the framing method (stretched canvas allows bigger images than paper prints with mat & frame, for instance)

#6 Michael Erlewine

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 06:33

I don't need super-huge, but I get the point.

The two smaller sizes make sense. Thanks.

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Posted 18 November 2012 - 17:25

I think the size of the space you are planning to use for showing them plays an important role too.

What do you think the average viewing distance will be? 24X36" should be big enough for impact, but a bit too big for tiny spaces if people don't have some room to step back.

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Posted 14 November 2013 - 16:18

If you decide not to use a white border, then you may want to investigate the use of a black foam board. This provides a very nice edge treatment rather than the white. It can set your work off and separate it from the wall color which most likely will be a neutral white tone. 

As for size, Mexecutioner has it right. depends on viewing distance and wall space not to mention printing cost and print reuse after the show!



#9 stenrasmussen

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Posted 14 November 2013 - 16:50

If you decide not to use a white border, then you may want to investigate the use of a black foam board. This provides a very nice edge treatment rather than the white. It can set your work off and separate it from the wall color which most likely will be a neutral white tone. 

As for size, Mexecutioner has it right. depends on viewing distance and wall space not to mention printing cost and print reuse after the show!

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