How to Print Landscape Photography to Hang on Your Wall

Printing can be difficult but it can make a big impact. Even in the digital world, there is nothing like seeing an image printed and hung on the wall, but preparing images for print is a whole other process.

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Images Currently Hanging in the Spori Foyer at Brigham Young University-Idaho

Preparing to Print

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Nikon D3400, focal length 145mm, f/11, 1/125, ISO 200, Original Image with no edits.

One of the most important things when you are printing fine art photography, or with any image, is to do nondestructive editing. That means that when I first pulled this image into Photoshop, the very first thing I did was make a copy of the original layer. That way I can always go back to the original. Throughout the process, especially as I change tools, I make layer copies before I move to the next step. One of the best ways to do this if you are using masks, is to make a copy of all the layers beneath by citing Command+Shift+Alt+E on a Mac.

I then always start with the edits that I know I will want on all the layers, such as sensor dust spots, facial blemishes, or in this case, the white lines in the water on the left that I find distracting. To get rid of most of these things, I use the Spot Healing Brush Tool. I then continue with a levels adjustment layer and a vibrance adjustment layer. Lately I have found that I am bumping up the vibrance to pull out the blues and dropping the saturation slightly to mellow out my reds.

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Digital Finished Product

The digital finished product of my fine art is beautiful, but depending on where I am printing, it would probably print too dark. When printing fine art photography it is very important to know how the printers where you are printing work before you print a larger, more expensive print.

In this case, I was having my picture printed at Quick Ship & Copy due to a short amount of time. I knew from previous experience that I would need to lighten my shadows quite a bit before printing if I wanted to keep any of that detail. Below is the copy that I printed, even though the final product looks much more like the digital version.

I printed my image on a 16×24 mounted on foam core in a gloss.

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Image to Print

Finish with a Frame

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Me in front of my framed image in the Spori Foyer at Brigham Young University-Idaho

To finish it off, it is important to frame it in a frame that adds to the fine art, rather than distracting from the image. In this case, the dark wood matched the theme of the picture well. I titled it “Gliding Through Glass,” and it is currently on display in the Spori Foyer at Brigham Young University-Idaho.

For more advice on printing fine art photography, American Frame Co. has a great article.

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