Product Q&A

February 13, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

I'm often asked what do I recommend for hanging on a wall in term of size, framing and media. The short answer is "it depends." It depends of the wall, of the image(s) and more importantly, of what you like! Here is a short Q&A on that topic. If I did not answer all your questions, please add it as a comment to this blog, or contact us!

Q. What size would you recommend for hanging on our wall?

My first answer would be which wall? Show it to me! In fact, I recommend my clients to send me a picture of their wall before the session so I can design something that will work great on that wall.  The second answer would be, not so big as to not overwhelm the room and not so small that it becomes insignificant. You also need to consider the other art displayed on the wall.

With software, we can simulate the final result with the images scaled to the wall. We can do that with framed or unframed images, for a single image or for a grouping (several images grouped together.) This is very helpful as it helps visualize the final outcome of the prints on the wall when it comes time to order.

Q. Are your prints ready to hang?

All the framed prints, gallery wrap canvases and our metal prints will be indeed ready to hang when I deliver them to you. Because all the paper prints are mounted on an art board and coated, I can add a hanger on the back of small and medium prints so you can hang it as is, too.  

Q. What kind of framing do you offer?

You may choose between two types of frames: the classic and stylish hand-crafted frames or the more creative, whimsical, custom painted frames from Wild Sorbet.  All our framings are custom made and custom painted. 

Framing can make a whole lot of difference in a picture. The mat and the frame together will help the picture breath, while attaching it in its display environment.  For this reason, it is very important for small and medium size prints, outside a grouping.

Depending on the room and the frame style, you may choose to add a protective glass. If you decide not to, all our prints are mounted and coated to protect them against the effect of UV rays, so that they will not be subject to accelerated aging.

Q. Are you selling Canvas Gallery wraps?

Yes! Canvas Gallery wraps offer a unique look that is not available with regular frames.  Because the photograph is printed on canvas, which has more of a woven texture, the photograph has more of a more artistic look. The canvas wrap can also appear three dimensional. In very large prints, it offers a better rendering than paper prints.

Print stability is typically evaluated to be higher than traditional photo paper print. And considering that Canvas wraps do not require framing, it is a competitive option to the traditional framed print. 

Q. Are you selling metal prints?

Yes! Metal print is a somewhat new technique of dye-sublimation where ink is infused into a sheet of aluminum.

Metal prints have many benefits: the colors are extraordinarily vibrant and the depth of the coating gives photos a luminous quality that paper prints can’t achieve.

The prints have an archival value twice superior to paper print and durability without the need for a protective glass. In fact, metal prints are not only scratch-resistant, they are also waterproof. This makes them ideal for hanging in bathrooms, kitchens and other areas where paper prints would be susceptible to water damage. Displaying without glass has several advantages: viewing images is more intimate; there is no possibility of breaking the glass during shipment or while on display and the glare is reduced.

This product is also competitive compared to the traditional framed print.

Q. What about books?

With a long family session, it might be a great idea to create small collection of pictures to show at work or to give to the grandparents.  Mini Accordion books are perfect for that. They are portable (3” by 3” or 4" by 6"), displayable, and can hold 10 photos.  The price of the additional copy is heavily discounted to make it an easy gift.

Regular coffee table photo books are also available. Press printed, these books allow a great flexibility in size, number of images, and text that you may want to add to it.

Q. What do you recommend for Black and White?

If you’re like me and like black and white,  I would not recommend Canvases as they are not really appropriate for Black and White due to the risk of color shift, and they look somewhat unnatural.

Prints look just great on a true Black and White traditional Ilford paper, framed or just mounted on a 3/4” black foam board. They are also very impressive on metal.  You may also like the effect of metal print with a sheer finish that allows the surface of the metal to slightly show through giving the image a translucent luminescence.

Q. Are you selling CDs or DVDs?

You can most certainly buy digital images from us. You have the choice between HD resolution (5” by 7” optimized resolution) digital images, or full resolution digital images. 

The HD resolution images are perfect if you’d like to add the image your digital archives, to use the image in a third party book, to print on a business card, for posting on a website, for a card, for a profile picture on social media, or to add as a screen background or screen saver.  The full resolution will print better at larger size, will a go through a full large print editing, and thus will cost significantly more.

With the digital images, comes a license allowing you to use these digital images for personal purpose. For any 5” by 7” or larger print you ordered, you can get the matching HD resolution digital image at a greatly discounted price.  For any other Digital image, there is a minimum order of 10 units.

With new laptops shipped without DVD players, your image files will be delivered on a USB card.

All the images you bought in print and/or file will be posted for you on Facebook for free as well, if you’d like!


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