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What is the largest print size you have done? (stitched panoramas count!) Long edge:

11" / A4 / 280mm
2 (3.4%)
19" / A3+ / 483mm
15 (25.4%)
24" / A2 / 610mm
12 (20.3%)
36" / A1+ / 914mm
15 (25.4%)
50"+ / 1.27m+
15 (25.4%)

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Voting closed: October 06, 2013, 09:11:07 PM

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How big do you print?
« on: September 26, 2013, 09:11:07 PM »
I'm on a tear printing things, and I keep reminding myself that looking at a photo on a screen of any type really isn't looking at a photo properly.  Screens are backlit, where as prints are frontlit. 

So, how big have you pushed your images?  Stitched images count, so if you're abusing a roll feed printer, admit to it now.
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How big do you print?
« on: September 26, 2013, 09:11:07 PM »

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Re: How big do you print?
« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2013, 09:34:50 PM »
I just had 24 prints done ranging in size from 24x36 all the way up to some 7 foot tall banners.  All images were 5D III, 5D II, or 7D.  Mostly 7D.
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Re: How big do you print?
« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2013, 10:18:26 PM »
I use a 17" roll printer, my standard print is 16"x24", not huge but considering many people never print now it isn't too bad. I have done 16"x42" panoramas from a single ff image but prefer to use two stiched as there ias no doubt IQ falls off and people expect to view everything up close. I did make a  46"x31" from a single 21mp capture, it worked fine for the intended use and I have posted crops from the print file before.

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Re: How big do you print?
« Reply #3 on: September 26, 2013, 10:25:04 PM »
Generally I print anywhere from 8x10 up to 20x30 and 24x36 depending on the image, who it is for, etc. I have an Epson SP 7890 so I have a lot of flexibility. Largest was a Grand Canyon stitch my daughter shot that I did on canvas at 60"x20 for her.
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Re: How big do you print?
« Reply #4 on: September 26, 2013, 10:55:35 PM »
I've printed matte photo paper Fuji 50x70 cm, the picture I did with the old Rebel XTI (10 megapixel) ISO 200 and was wonderful. :D A human being could not see with the naked eye, no noise, no serrated contour, no JPEG compression artifact, no chromatic aberration. :D :D :D It was a portrait of the head and chest, where could see the skin pores of a 15 years old girl. The only thing I corrected was the lip that had a lack of pigmentation in the skin. If the makeup artist had used color strong lipstick, would have saved me the job, but she used transparent lipstick. ::) The lens I used was Tokina 16-50mm F2.8 stopped down to F4.
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Re: How big do you print?
« Reply #5 on: September 26, 2013, 11:52:48 PM »
I have the Epson 4900, So Printing is generally 17" x 24" from 50' Rolls.

I use only Museo Paper, but I do use 3 different types of Museo Paper, Silver Rag, Portfolio Art & Archival Fine Art.

Most of my Printing is for Family & Friends and just for the enjoyment of seeing a reasonable sized print of an Image that I've put some effort into achieving.
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Re: How big do you print?
« Reply #6 on: September 27, 2013, 01:18:25 AM »
I have a 200cm print hanging in my son's school. I regularly print A0 (119cm) canvas for clients.
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Re: How big do you print?
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Re: How big do you print?
« Reply #7 on: September 27, 2013, 01:28:50 AM »
I just received a request to resize a 3 megapixels photo shot with a point and shoot to a 96" x 96" wall portrait. The printing company wants a 200 dpi uncompressed tiff. So I used  Genuine Fractals and photoshop to resize and sharpen it. The resulting photo was 386 megapixels and 1.02GB in size. That is the largest file I have ever worked with and yes the resulting images will be very soft.

The largest single print I have ever done is 60' long, it was a building sign.

Most of work is 20x30 and smaller, usually much smaller.

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Re: How big do you print?
« Reply #8 on: September 27, 2013, 02:04:09 AM »
Printing big is addictive!
If you haven´t, do it!

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Re: How big do you print?
« Reply #9 on: September 27, 2013, 03:59:39 AM »
Printing big is addictive!
If you haven´t, do it!

A few years ago I did a landscape photography tour.  It was absolutely brilliant!  When I came home, I decided it was time to decorate the walls with the photos I'd taken.  I installed picture rails in almost all rooms and purchased a dozen or so custom frames of various sizes from 12"x18" through to 20"x40" in aspect ratios of 3:2, 2:1 and 3:1.

Now, everytime I head out on an expedition, I remove some of the older images and insert some new ones, and I'm getting one pretty big portfolio folder.  Yes, its addictive.

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Re: How big do you print?
« Reply #10 on: September 27, 2013, 04:30:14 AM »
Printing big is addictive!
If you haven´t, do it!

Ditto.

There is something special about seeing one's photographs on huge prints/canvas.
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Re: How big do you print?
« Reply #11 on: September 27, 2013, 04:37:59 AM »
The largest prints I've done so far, are some 28x18 inch canvas prints, a couple of which were from the 40D, the others with the 5D MkII. Generally, I only print to A3 though, as that is the largest I can print myself (at least untiul I get some A3+ rolls). I have been tempted to get some larger prints done, but I would need to research quality printers that print that big. The ones I've had a couple of things done with before also used to be limited to the same size.
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Re: How big do you print?
« Reply #12 on: September 27, 2013, 05:14:22 AM »
At Building Panoramics we use a K3 Ultra Chrome Epson 7880. All our (building) pictures are produced for printing as these are sold by the various institutions that we shoot for. Our standard picture size is 39" wide and the preferred medium is high quality cotton based canvas, though we do print on 'art' ( water colour ) paper as well. Printing is always from a 16 bit tiff file in Adobe rgb. Having said that we have on two occasions actually cocked up and shot in medium jpeg. Luckily as the images required very little pp they printed just the same. We produce the box mounted stretched canvases ourselves. The largest size that our pictures have been printed at is 118" across for display in visitor centres etc but we cannot do this in house. Because they are all stitches some of our images have been around 230 mp, but to be quite honest this is unnecessarily large and we actually have to dump resolution to make the files more manageable. We don't actually print at the highest resolution of the printer either.

I always print my own personal stuff with a desktop Epson, even if it is only 6x4. To me a picture has to be tangible.


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Re: How big do you print?
« Reply #13 on: September 27, 2013, 05:29:06 AM »
Generally print for hanging at 10"x15"


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Re: How big do you print?
« Reply #14 on: September 27, 2013, 05:42:19 AM »
We've got some 20x30 canvas's, and a few large acrylics(24x36)...but we don't do our own printing haha, not yet anyway.

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Re: How big do you print?
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