What do you do with your pictures?
Do you have some which are so nice you want to display them on your wall? Or are your images always stuck on your computer? Okay, to be fair in many respects it comes down to what the image content is. Most images taken, generally supported by what I see on social network sites and photo-sharing sites, are snapshots – images where little or no attention has been taken about subject, composition, etc, and taken just to record the moment and share (I will say here there is usually an opportunity to spend a fraction of a moment or two composing a photo, and this is one of the things that sets good photographers apart… taking the time to frame and compose, but I am getting sidetracked so will just have to make that the subject of another post). So most snapshots are taken to be nothing more than a visual image to share with others as a memory and these images become part of a virtual photo-album to be occasionally dug out and reminisced over. Nothing wrong with that… BUT what happens to the image that has that quality about it that you want to do something more with it?
At this point I should add that the special image could be one you’ve taken or one you had taken by a professional. While a digital image is great for sharing with others, it rarely gets from being displayed via the computer screen, most usually printed out at home. The problem with this is that most home printing is done on plain paper, using printers which do not have good resolution. Certainly these do not do an image justice enough to want to display it permanently and the main reason why a professional photographer does not like selling the digital version. Photography is an art and we like our art to be appreciated, not buried away or presented poorly. It’s like comparing say the actual Mona Lisa with a photocopy of it. No contest!
I was also very tempted to title this post “Size does matter” (if only to provoke people to investigate), but as this blog is about photography and not about more intimate details I refrained from giving it this title. However, in photography and presenting images, size does matter… a lot! If you are not already aware of this, try a simple experiment, take a sheet of A4 paper. Now close up this looks large, but if you put it on the wall and stand or go and sit where you usually do, you’ll realise that A4 which is close to the equivalent to a 12″x8″ print is not all that large visually. So size does matter. A large print of an image has much greater impact than a smaller one.
The presentation of the image is also important. This comes down to your own individual tastes, but some images lend themselves to being displayed in one way while others are better in another. For instance take the image of Benjamin here [toddler in check shirt sitting on floor playing with a phone, floor and background are totally white]; personally while I feel it would work well in a frame, the white background creates a frame by itself and this lends towards this style of print to be presented as an acrylic, or canvas or a floating mount. Something where a frame does not distract from the image.
So if your photographer has a reluctance to providing you with a digitial image, just remember they like their work to be appreciated.