Have you ever ordered a large print of an image you photographed? “Large” can mean different things to different photographers, but for the sake of this post, let’s say anything 16×20 or above. If you are ordering a Gallery Wrap Canvas, Gallery Block, or large print for framing, you may curse, hit or even injure yourself when it comes back… My tip below WILL SAVE YOU!
For those on Facebook who saw this image, or if you read my blog post on Friday with the video of me editing the photo below, you will notice, I did not catch my error until today – just before ordering. Looking at the 4×6 proof and even looking at this image on my screen, you probably do not see a hair on her lips and chin. BUT…. It is there.
Looking at the 4×6 proof and even looking at this image on my screen, you probably did not see a hair on her lips and chin. BUT…. It is there.
Using hindsight as my guide, I zoomed into this image before ordering. The image below is what I saw. Years ago I ordered a canvas and my daughter had a big flake of dried, chapped lips that I missed in a 4×6 proof. I seriously was beside myself when I missed what would be a 2 second Photoshop edit using the patch tool – instead to this day, I look at this 24×36 canvas and see that above all else. Lesson learned – it will NOT happen again.
As you can see from the closeup above, I am so thankful I decided to inspect ever inch before ordering. To the left side, I see what looks like sugar from a donut and across her lips and chin – one loose strand of hair. It likely would not be a big deal in an 8×10 or certainly in a 4×6. In a large canvas, it would be very noticable.
So the lesson, quick tip to save you – ZOOM IN before you order BIG! I promise you will thank me later.