Paper Print vs Metal Print

Have you ever considered a metal print for your home, office, or as a gift? Metal prints are a great option and many people are unaware of how unique metal prints are. Let’s look at what makes metal print a better option over a paper print for an image. 

When it comes to deciding to print an image on metal there are some important factors to consider. The most important thing to consider would be, is the image good enough to be a high-quality metal image? It is a good idea to use an image that was taken with a good camera or have a photographer take the image for you. A good photographer can use post-processing software like Photoshop or Lightroom to make an image detailed enough to put on metal. Plus, a good photographer's skills can come in handy by enhancing an image and making the image quality better for a metal print. The last thing you want to do is put a bad image on metal. 

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Regardless if an image is a beautiful landscape image or portrait image, a great image should contain a high level of sharpness. If an image is not photographed properly and is not sharp the image will not be worth printing on metal. The level of sharpness is very apparent for metal prints. It is important to keep in mind that the level of sharpness should be based on image and the effects used to create the image. It is important to be selective in what images you want to put on metal. Sharpness matters!

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The colors, contrast, and expose of an image is very important. The reason why the three elements are so important is because you want your image to really “pop” and you can make a great image come alive if you have the proper colors levels, contrast settings, and proper exposure for your image. Another factor to consider when printing on metal is the size of the image. Where do you want to hang the image? What should be the appropriate size? As with any image, the quality of the image is affected by the size and detail is lost if you attempt to print an image too large. That is true for any print option. However, many metal images do retain their quality and clarity up to some impressive size options.  

There are some great advantages for printing on metal. One of my favorite things I love about metal prints is they don’t have to be framed and they ready to hang up right out of the box. Framing can be a hassle for some people. Framing a paper print requires finding or ordering an expensive frame, selecting the proper glass, matting, and selecting the right hanging option. Metal prints do not require a frame (but you can frame them), do not require glass and ready to hang up where ever you like. Since you don’t have to frame a metal print, metal prints are lighter in weight. Metal prints are much more durable than other print options. Metal print do not break or bend and they are scratch resistant. Unlike paper prints, metal prints are even waterproof. 

Paper prints and metal prints do differ when it comes to cost. Metal prints do cost more. However, framing a paper print is not cheap. When you factor in the cost of framing, glass, matting and hanging options, the price of a metal print is not so costly. You save time and money in the long run by purchasing a metal print. When I talk to my customers and explain the cost differences between a metal print and paper print, most of my customers go with metal prints over a paper print. 

Metal prints can make a great addition to one’s home decor or office. They also can make a great gift. There are a variety of sizes and shapes to choose from when selecting a metal print. If you have any questions about metal prints, would like one of your images printed on metal, like for me to photograph an image for you, or would like to order a metal print from "The Store" or my "SquaredUp Store", feel free to contact me. Once you see a metal print, you will never want to print on anything else. 

Until next time, keep shooting!

Roger Younce

 

Enhancing a Special Image for an Old Friend

One of my favorite things to do in photography is to help an old friend with an old photo. Recently, an old friend sent me an old photo he has taken and wanted to know if the image could be blown up and asked if the quality of the image good enough to have it printed so he could hang the image in his office. He stated the image meant a great deal to him so of course I wanted to help my old friend out. Below is my friends story behind the image;

On my first trip to Amsterdam last April I was able to see some great sites; the famous channels, the thousands of bicycles, buildings, tulips and of course the home of Anne Franks. But it was my excursion to the northeast town of Volendam that made the trip. Volendam is a Dutch town on the Markermeer and is well known for the colorful wooden houses, traditional clothing worn by some of the residents and the old fishing boats in the harbor. The waterfront of the town is packed with seafood vendors, souvenirs shops and restaurants and let me just say the food is awesome. After my meal, I was walking along the waterfront and I wondered what it must be like to sail the open water and what that freedom must feel like. I was also impressed with the many old fishing boats that I had seen and when I saw this particular boat pull into the harbor after a day of fishing I was struck by its beauty and elegance for its age. Much like me this ship is old and still functioning in order for that family to keep fishing. An old boat is still very much the backbone of the family so they are able to provide that daily haul of fish. I took some pictures of the boat as it pulled in because it looked cool in the lighting and moved through the water like it had a purpose. This boat reminded me that even the old have a place in the world – we just have to keep moving with a purpose.  

As I looked at the photo I felt that the image needed some work. My friend sent me an image that had been edited and it had a moody feel to it. So I decided to do some work based on what had already been done. His edited image provided me with a starting point. I knew I was going to start by using some of my favorite presets in Lightroom to begin the editing process. I like to use presets because I feel they give me a quick start to the creative process of editing an image. I have hundreds of presets and my favorite presets are those available through Sleeklens. Sleekens has a variety of great presets for just about any effect I could ask for. I started the post-processing by finding a nice moody preset that would bring out the clouds in the image. The image also needed come clarity, sharpening, exposure corrections, color enhancement, lens corrections, and leveling of the image. My friend also wanted me to suggest what would be the best size for the image. I suggested a 10x20 print so the image would not have to be cropped and so the smaller boats would remain in the image. I also suggested that the image should be printed on metallic paper to bring out the moody colors of the image, depth, and details. Below is the original image and the edited moody image. 

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I truly enjoy enhancing old images. I understand that images that may not be a big deal to others are many times very special and have special meanings for others. It was an honor to help out an old friend and I believe the new and improved image will look great in his office. 

Until next time, keep shooting!

Roger Younce