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Set your prints free

Posted By Earl J On April 15, 2010 @ 7:00 am In Photo Tips | 7 Comments

“Help, I’ve Been Left in This Shoebox!”

Your imprisoned prints are calling to you. They want to be set free. Some are in your shoebox, others are on your memory card. Either way, they deserve better. To encourage you to introduce these deserving images to the outside world, I offer the following tips.


I once attended a conference on improving picture-taking skills, and the last lecture has stuck with me.  The leader titled his talk “Celebrate Your Photography” and I (thanks to the help I get from Shutterfly) have been trying to “Celebrate” since that lecture.


One thing very clear to me is that, great as Shutterfly processes my 4×6 prints [1], the results are only as good as what you can see in that small size. Here’s an example:

Diane, my wife, took this scene on a visit to Apalachicola, an oyster fishing village in the Florida panhandle.  There’s a lot of detail here and, nice as it is, it kind of looks cluttered when you see it in the 4×6 size.

I had Shutterfly print an 11×14 enlargement of the same scene, and what a difference – truly a celebration of what Diane saw.  The photo you see above is a cropped version of how this section of the enlarged version would look, and you can see it becomes a powerful statement that makes you want to mat and frame it.  What a great way to “Celebrate Your Photography”.


Matting boards and glassed frames are easy to find and often on sale at hobby stores. The pictures above are a part of a “Photo Wall” in my office with 11×14 shots anchored by a single, mounted 16×20.  (You can check Shutterfly on-line to consider joining their prepaid print plan [2]).

Free the prints trapped in your shoe box or in your memory card, and receive the thrills that come when you “Celebrate Your Photography”.

Earl Johnson


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