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    Print size depends on a lot of things, not the least of which is subject matter. The majority of my images work best at large sizes but some are better if kept small. Several years ago I started printing large (24”x30” and 24”x36”) prints and they continue to be very popular. I think part of the reason is the WOW factor but beyond that, a 24x30 matted and framed to 34x40 is large enough to command a space above a sofa or credenza where it might take several smaller images in a grouping to accomplish the same thing. Because of that, I have sold a lot of work for use in offices or commercial buildings where smaller pieces just don’t have enough impact.

    My negatives are all 4x5 or 5x7 so the grain/sharpness factor is seldom an issue. My darkroom can handle up to 20x24 in trays and about 20 years ago I built my first developing tube for larger prints from plastic sewer pipe. I still use it but I have since acquired a Kodak tube that does up to 30x40.

    I do sell a lot of 8x10’s (that is about as small as I go) but I hate making them. My first print from a new negative is usually a 16x20. I feel that at that size I can judge the tonal scale etc. better than on a smaller print.

    Jerome

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    What an education. In my younger days I always had problems deciding on image and paper size. It wasn't until 1992 when I started printing 6x6 negatives that I learned that 11x14 paper was the perfect size for viewing, being intimate, and for impact. The image size ranged anywhere from 10x10 to 10x13 which was very nice. I even made some larger images from 15x15 to 15x19 on 16x20 paper and they still were fine. For the images printed on 11x14 paper framing was 13x13, 14x17 or 16x20 nice sizes for hanging on walls with limited space. For the larger images framing was 19x19 to 20x24.

    Thanks to all for sharing.


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    I print 8x10, 11x14, 8x20,16x20,20x24. negative sizes are 35mm,2 1/4,4x5, 8x10,8x20

    MJA
    "Capturing an image is only one step of the long chain of events to create a beautiful Photograph” See my updated website: mandersenphotography.com

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    I've only ever enlarged 35mm and I go for 8x10 size. Ocassionally I go higher but only with a very sharp transparency.

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    It depends what the print is for. For the wall, 12 x 16 or occasionally 16 x 20 paper used full neg (35mm or 6 x 7) and trimmed. More usually for file copies imprint size or 8 x 10.

    David.

  6. #76

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    The main reason I make my own prints is for the record-keeping, so a 6x9 print size on 8x10 FB paper works perfectly fine. But when I do exhibits, I go up to 11x14 and 16x20 sizes.

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    I print 5x7 and 8x10.
    5x7 is only for portraits of family and friends.
    I use only 35mm film now.

    In the past I used 120 film (6x6 to 6x9) and printed upto 11x14, but oneday I thought 35mm film and max 8x10 combination is enough for amateur like myself. It is easier to concentrate.

    I have no chance to exhibit my photos, but if I do I think I can do with 8x10.
    Last edited by butterflydream; 12-15-2006 at 06:37 AM. Click to view previous post history.

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    I feel that different photos look good in different sizes. one may only look good in 5x7 or another in 20x24. I look at the photo and feel I like to see it in a certain size. and sometime after printing it may look better smaller after I print it large. Just depends
    mike
    "Capturing an image is only one step of the long chain of events to create a beautiful Photograph” See my updated website: mandersenphotography.com

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