My favourite type of photography is wall art. This isn’t a true category in photographers’ circles. I am not sure if I can call my work “fine art photography” because I don’t sell or exhibit professionally. I’m not sure what the true definition of “fine art photography” would be. So “wall art” is what I call it in my head, and if it makes it onto the wall then for me this is the highest accolade.
For many years I got sidetracked into photographing people in the studio and at weddings, but I felt disquiet doing this. Really, I prefer to focus on that blank wall. And I do have a blank wall; a chimney breast. It’s a real problem because it’s a focal point. I wrote about it in my post “Can I get a picture“. Here’s the culprit.
We were going to buy a painting but to do that several things would have to come together.
- Finding enough time to visit a load of galleries.
- My husband and I agreeing on a choice (laughably difficult).
- My children not complaining loudly about what we’ve picked (no, I don’t want a picture of a panda).
That’s enough problems already. It’s held us back for months! So I am delighted that the lovely people at Printerpix got in touch to offer me a canvas to show off on my blog. I already have a portfolio of photos suitable for wall art so it was just a case of selecting one to fit with the decor. I tried to get my husband’s agreement when I chose the shot but he just found it too hard to decide. We have green accents in the room so I selected a shot titled “Little Launch”. I took the photo a few years ago in this lovely harbour at Mousehole, Cornwall.
Printerpix – printing tips
The Printerpix website was really easy to use. The maximum jpeg size you can upload is 20MB but I would recommend that you resize your image to a size close to what you are ordering. If you don’t do this yourself then the printing company will have to do it, and as a photographer I prefer to retain control of what the image looks like after compression or enlargement.
From experience I have learned to only send an image to a printer which is no less than 133 pixels per inch and no more than 300 pixels per inch. For example, for a canvas that is 10inches wide and 12 inches high, resize the image and set the width to no more than 3000 pixels and the height to 3600 pixels. Make sure you are happy with the result before you order (the website will tell you if the resolution is too poor). Printerpix has a handy chart to explain how to find the right size and image resolution click here.
When you order a canvas, remember that the edge of the image will be wrapped around the frame. Leave a little more space than usual when you crop your picture. The Printerpix website will show you a preview of this.
Our new canvas
Delivery from Printerpix was excellent, very prompt and extremely well packaged. Funnily enough our order co-incided with a colour glitch on their system so the canvas had to be sent again. The next delivery was also prompt and well packaged so it was definitely not a one-off. Printerpix tell me that they have recently invested in an expensive software upgrade for their canvas printing department so no more colour glitches.
Our canvas came with a protective coating and a brass hanging attachment, which was great. This is the first canvas I have ever had. Previously I have only used photo paper and often that would be behind glass. The advantage of a canvas was immediately obvious when we hung it up as there was no reflection in any glass from the ceiling lights. This used to be the bane of my life with our last painting on the chimney breast! Problem solved, thank-you Printerpix.
Doesn’t it look great?
One Hundred Pound Giveaway
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