I’ve been writing in this blog about wanting to shift my focus away from photographic technology (camera specs and lens tests) and towards producing exciting images. Well, after about 8 years of playing around and another 2 years of being serious about photography, I reached an important milestone today — I framed two of my prints!
It might not sound like much to you, but to me it’s a big deal. Of course I could have bought a frame and put a picture in it much earlier, but I guess I was waiting for several things to came together. In the last 3 months I looked through all my images, deleted quite a few of them and rated and added metadata to the remaining ones. I calibrated and profiled my monitor and learned about color management. I slowly got the hang of image editing and sharpening, and I produced some decent images on screen. Then, instead of upgrading my camera, I bought a photo printer and started learning about printing. And lately I’ve also been shooting more concentrated than ever before.
But back to the prints. My first attempts on 10 x 15 cm and 13 x 18 cm paper looked good, so naturally I started thinking of framing the best ones. Although I can print as large as A2 (40 x 50 cm), my camera does not have enough pixels for that size and I my wall space is also limited. So I compromised on 30 x 40 cm prints in 50 x 60 cm frames. I wanted frames that can handle frequent print changes and that look good with black-and-white or color images, so after searching a bit, I settled on Nielsen C2 frosted grey aluminum frames and white passepartouts.
A 30 x 40 cm print fits nicely on A3+ paper (13″ x 19″), but before making the jump to that size, I experimented some with 15 x 20 cm prints on A4 paper (8.5″ x 11″). This makes for a thick white border, and I guess I’ll be building up my portfolios in this size and whenever I like something enough for putting it on the wall, I’ll go for the larger size.
PS: Of course I would have liked to start with three prints instead of two, but I don’t have three images with a similar topic, color scheme and quality, and damn that perfectionism — I didn’t want to wait any longer…