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Canvas prints are an affordable way to decorate and add a personal touch to your space. But in order to get the best looking print on canvas it’s important to carefully choose the photo you want printed. Not all photos look great when they are printed on a large canvas.
Here are some professional tips to help you choose the right photo to make the final product picture perfect.
When you are choosing a photo to have printed on a canvas you should pick one that has a high resolution. High resolution photos have a higher DPI, or dots per inch, than other photos. Smaller photos that need to be blown up in order to be printed on a canvas will have a lower DPI and that can affect the quality of the canvas print. It’s best to start with a high resolution photo so that the photo won’t lose detail or sharpness when it’s printed onto a large canvas. The best way to ensure your photo is the highest quality possible is to use pictures professionally taken by photographers.
Most modern computers come with a basic photo editor like MS Paint. But if you want to get canvas prints that look great you need to use a high quality editing software to make the photo look as good as possible before you have it printed. If you don’t want to spend a lot of money on a high end professional photo editing suiting you can get watered down versions of Photoshop, Lightroom, Picasa for a smaller fee and those lighter versions should have all the tools that you need to edit your photos. If you are editing photos on your phone you can use the mobile edition of Photoshop for free if you download the Photoshop Express app. Remember, the best possible photos are professionally done. Any photo you receive from a family shoot should already be edited and ready to go, saving you from the hassle of doing that all on your own.
When you look at photos on your monitor or on your phone you see the photo as brighter than it actually is because of the setting on your monitor and because of the screen settings on your phone. People often set their phones and monitors to have enhanced brightness because that is what looks better when you’re looking at them all day. But that makes you see a photo as brighter and clearer than it actually is. If you choose a photo to print on canvas that has a dark background, then the background on the photo can look muddled when it’s printed on a big canvas. If you want to make sure that the background on the photo is bright enough to look good on canvas, print out the photo and look at it. That should give you a better idea of what the photo will look like printed on canvas and hung up in your home.
Filters like those you find on Instagram are best used on photos that are going to be displayed on a phone or monitor. Filters don’t translate well to actual printed photographs. They can affect the quality of the image and make it so that fine details in the photos aren’t as sharp or as visible as they should be once transferred to canvas. Make sure to choose photos for printing that are unfiltered.
When you start with a great photo you will get a great canvas print of that photo. The better the original photo is the better the final product will be.
Recently our owner at Complete Weddings + Events, Kevin Paladino, was given the opportunity to be interviewed by WeddingVenture.com. In this wedding photography Q&A, Kevin was asked a series of questions all based around being a resource for brides as they build knowledge and educate themselves in the pursuit of selecting a photographer to capture their wedding.
A relational connection is key as you strive to select a photographer. Areas to consider in your selection process:
Review history? (Across multiple platforms)
What’s included in packages/pricing?
Is a signature release included?
What is the turnaround time frame?
Do they have an on-call or back up plan?
What planning tools do they provide in helping couples articulate their expectations?
Just as a rainy or overcast day affects us in normal every-day life, so does it on wedding days. But it doesn’t have to ruin the day. Overcast days provide unique and softer lighting conditions that make for some amazing photos. I prefer sunset light when shooting outdoor photography. And the fall season is my favorite to capture some amazing photos.
See more of Kevin’s responses in the full wedding photography Q&A here.
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