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Relationship between subject and print size


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ericbowles Moderator Awarded for his in-depth knowledge and high level skills in various areas, especially Landscape and Wildlife Photoghraphy Writer Ribbon awarded for for his article contributions to the community Donor Ribbon awarded for his very generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2015 Nikonian since 25th Nov 2005
Sat 27-Jul-13 01:25 PM

How does the subject influence your choice of print size?

Many of the old masters of photography made relatively small prints. Part of that was the technology of the day, and the expense of making a large print. But part is the size that works best for the subject.

How do you think about the optimum size of a print? Of course, viewing distance is part of that thought process. And so does the size of the intended display space. But what else is involved?

I find that landscapes - particularly big landscapes - need a larger print. Small birds tend to work better as small to medium sized prints, while large birds tend to need larger prints. But wildlife tends to overwhelm the viewer if it is presented in too large a print. Do you really want a very large print of a buck with antlers on your wall? And macro (especially semi abstract) seems to work well with large prints but close ups of flowers work better as medium prints.

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