- Stunning reproductions with little or no framing required
- Sizes up to 3 ½ x 5 feet
- The éZi mount adjustable display system
The best gifts for photographers are a little hard to figure out sometimes. For example, if someone were to buy me a photographic accessory as a holiday gift, they would need to know what cameras I use, what format, what type of photography I do, and what I already have as gear.
In my opinion, the best gifts for photographers stay away from specific gear and lean towards something almost any photographer could use, a gift certificate for a printing service. Enlargements of our favorite images that we can display for others is a great holiday gift idea for photographers.
Pecan pies and bags of specialty whole bean coffee will also work just fine for me (hint, hint), you probably know what else would please the photographer you’re getting a gift for, it doesn’t absolutely have to be photography related.
What Type of Print?
This is a photo forum, so let me stick with my original holiday idea for photographers, the gift certificate for an enlargement of their own images. Now we are going to choose what type of print service to use.
There are all sorts of printing services available for us to choose from, from basic paper prints, to fine art printing, canvas wraps, acrylic prints and metal prints.
Metal prints are some of my favorite enlargements because of how the image is virtually the entire enlargement. Minimal or no frame, no matting, no glass over the print, metal prints look awesome.
Best Metal Prints
Some of the best metal prints I’ve seen come from MetalMouthPrints.com, a company based in Kansas City, Missouri.
Metal Mouth Prints is owned and operated by fine art photographer Ben Gasser of the Kansas City area. See our interview with Ben Gasser here on PhotographyTalk.com.
Ben has long been a fan of “alternative” display options for displaying photographic enlargements and created a proprietary system that is absolutely stunning in its ability to accurately portray color and contrast from high-quality digital files.
In addition to metal prints up to 3 ½ by 5 feet in size in a variety of finishes, Metal Mouth Prints also makes an exciting metal style print on slightly thicker material called FMK or Face Mount Killer. It is a metal print mounted to an acrylic base. These are extremely durable and look great as is or in a low-profile frame.
Metal Mouth Prints also works with Hahnemuhle Metallic Canvas and Chromaroll metallic media for more options to print your fine art image files. They accept high-quality JPEG files as well as TIFFs and their printing will match your finely tuned color and contrast for a stunning view of your own fine art.
One of the more interesting options available from Metal Mouth Prints that make them a great holiday gift idea for photographers is the éZi mount for quick changes of your personal fine art gallery.
It’s a patent pending interchangeable magnetic frame system that lets you move your metal prints from one position to another in a quick and secure manner.
Wrap It Up
photo by Pekic via iStock
A gift certificate from Metal Mouth Prints is a great holiday gift idea for photographers you know and love for three main reasons:
So, go ahead and send your photographer friends some nice coffee, a cute pair of novelty socks, and an ugly sweater they’ll wear for you at next year’s party, but also give them a gift that really pleases photographers, a gift certificate from a high-quality printing service. They’ll love it!