For a fine art photographer, choosing the right print format for your photos is just as important as capturing stunning images. The wrong print medium for the subject matter can distract viewers from seeing or fully appreciating the beauty of the work.
Since my art is created in the camera, it has to be printed to be exhibited. And, unlike painters and sculptors who create one-of-a-kind original pieces of art, photographers must create our own prints or find reliable printers who specialize in our needs.
Because there are so many print options out there, it can be overwhelming trying to narrow them down. It’s important to think about the subject matter and the focus of the work; the substrate should reflect its subject and themes. I encourage everyone to do some research and shop around for the best printers for their own needs. Visit printers you’re considering in-person to see and feel the materials for yourself.
Because my subject matter is water reflections, I don’t want any extra glare or light reflections on the surface of my art pieces. Glass and metal prints look stunning in person, but for me, they add elements to my photos that distract from what I want the viewer to see. For my Puddle Reflections series, I prefer a matte finish that complements the art more by providing a glare-free presentation. Keep an open mind and weigh all your options before choosing the right print format for your photos.
Just as it takes time to find your own unique artistic style, it also takes time to figure out the ideal approach to printing. Through personal refinement, audience engagement, and even conversations with print professionals, you’ll find your perfect print format. It’s well worth the effort, allowing the viewer to gaze and discover the art for themselves… maybe even inspiring them to take home a piece of your art for their own collection.