Creative Options for Printing Your Photos
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I have my photos hung up all over my home. One of my favorite past times is picking out photos with my kid that he likes and then showing him a ton of different options for what they could look like. While he isn’t that helpful actually hanging them up quite yet, or rather he isn’t helpful hanging them up correctly (he’s a fan of hanging photos upside down or ridiculously tilted), I know that he’s going to grow up and have really fond memories of this routine.
I think that’s likely why I spend so much time reviewing different printing companies. They’re definitely not all the same and it can be frustrating to put so much time and effort into taking my photos and purchasing prints, just for them to show up at my door with ink stains or, worse, to not show up at all.
In this beginner photography tips article, I am going to lay out 4 different creative options for printing your photos. Each one of these options is available through one of my favorite printing companies, ArtBeat Studios.
I wrote another beginner photography tips article a while back reviewing Snaptiles. Obviously, I really liked what I found because I’m recommending it here.
Snaptiles are a great way to create photo galleries on your wall. Each snaptile is a small canvas print that comes with magnetic sides and wall mounts.
You essentially mount your first Snaptile with adhesive strips and press it down. Once you’ve done that, you can start building different photo galleries by snapping each canvas print onto the first one.
I think this is one of the most fun options for people who have little ones, because none of the tiles have to stay in the same place on the wall. My son will play with them for hours, trying to build different shapes with the pictures.
If you’re just getting into digital photography for beginners, Snaptiles are also a great, cheap option since you can buy your first 4 for just $49.
Metallic Paper Prints
This is probably one of the rarer options for hanging photos on this list. I can’t say that I’ve seen a ton of metallic paper prints in my life, but they are shockingly pretty.
Metallic paper prints are just photos that are printed on metallic paper. One of my favorite beginner photography tips is to make your work look expensive for cheap, and that’s basically the point of metallic paper prints.
The sheen of the paper will make your prints look really dramatic and it will also ensure that your print is the focal point in any room.
Like traditional canvas prints, metallic paper prints look high-end and, since they aren’t very popular yet, I promise you’ll get a ton of people asking you about it.
Pricing for metallic paper prints begin at just $11 for a print the size of a sheet of paper, and even large prints to hang over your couch in your living room or your desk in your office are under $100.
Plus, so long as you keep your prints hung up in a frame, they will literally last forever.
HD Acrylic 360
I’ve noticed that a lot of beginner photography tips tend to skip right over display options for your photos, instead focusing on technical aspects of taking photos.
But, I don’t really think there’s any point to putting yourself through a ton of beginner photography tips at all if you can’t enjoy the product you’re creating.
That’s why I had to include HD Acrylic 360 prints in this article, even though they are definitely a bit more expensive than the other options.
HD Acrylic 360 prints are basically a step up from metallic paper prints because they take the same metallic paper and mount it on a clear acrylic sheet. The end product looks incredibly expensive. When you catch a glimpse of your print from the side, it almost looks as if it is cut out of crystal.
As you can imagine, this type of print is also heavier than the other options on this list.
You have the option of choosing a natural wood, black wood, or aluminum wall mount for your HD Acrylic 360 print and you can buy one for as cheap as $77.
Other beginner photography tips for displaying your photos will likely highlight options that you’ve seen before, like canvas or fine art paper, but I personally think those options can get a little boring, especially if you’re printing a ton of your work (as you should be).
One more fun option for printing your photos is metallic canvas.
Metallic canvas prints are wonderful because they work with just about any photo and they also work with just about any home aesthetic.
You can think of a metallic canvas print like a canvas print that adds just a little bit of shimmer. All of the whites in your metallic canvas print will catch your eye as you walk past it. For this reason, I highly recommend metallic canvas prints for wedding portraits, or for landscape shots.
Metallic canvas prints are also just a little bit more expensive than traditional canvas. You can purchase one starting at $48.
I hope that you’ve found these basic photography tips for hanging your photos helpful.