Amateur Photographers Can Take Creativity to the Next Level

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If you are a professional photographer, you probably already know what a Gallery Wrap is. For the amateur shooter and those who happen to have an incredible eye for capturing that great family moment, gallery wraps should be your next endeavor into photography.

A Gallery Wrap is a photograph printed on high quality canvas, essentially the same type of canvas a painter would use. The canvas is wrapped tightly around a sturdy wooden frame called stretcher bars, giving the print a museum quality look of an original painting. A high quality wrap will be laminated with a UV protection that preserves the print from moisture damage and fading from the sun. This gives your piece an archival quality that allows the print to last for a lifetime. It can even be cleaned with a lightly dampened rag to remove dust from the surface.

Now, this is where you as a photographer can cross that creative line! Take your photos further; any image you capture can be made into a Gallery Wrap. Minimal preparation is needed and the end result is a photo, taken by you, that looks as if it should be displayed in a museum! Virtually any image will work well for a canvas wrap. Family portraits or photos of people will usually receive a white or colored edge, depending on the background qualities of the photo. If your family portrait is cropped too close, some elements such as hands and feet may wrap around the edge giving an undesirable look to the print. Leaving a background space allows the subject to stay centered on the canvas. This doesn't mean you have to have a boring blank space for a background, be creative! The possibilities are literally endless.

A landscape image will usually receive a Full Wrap Edge, this means the image will wrap all the way around the edge of the canvas frame. This provides great depth to the print and the image becomes part of the frame. As I said above, this allows yet another chance at showing your creativity. Shoot your image with some forethought of what it might look like as a Wrap.

Keep your image resolution high, make sure your camera settings are on the highest megapixels possible and be sure the image quality is set to Fine.

There are many size options for Gallery Wraps, the most common being:
8" x 10"
11" x 14"
16" x 20"
20" x 24"

I've seen some canvas prints up to 8 feet wide! This takes very sophisticated equipment and a rather large monetary investment into your project, but the end result is very much worth it. I personally favorite the 20" x 24" canvas, this is a very versatile size for most rooms in a house. It's small enough to fit the space of the average wall and large enough to be a very powerful image showing great detail, becoming an integral part of your room décor.

Most of us spend our time in one of two places, the home and the office. It is very important for us to feel comfortable in these environments in order to stay happy and healthy. One of our most powerful senses is vision, this goes without saying. The only time we aren't being bombarded by imagery is when we are in bed sleeping. In order to feel comfortable in our environment, it needs to look comfortable. It sounds like a simple concept, probably because it is! So why do most of us overlook this important aspect of our lives? That's not for me to say, I can't diagnose the problem, but I can try to help. A canvas print created from your own image is a perfect way to personalize your space, not only will it look great, but you will have the satisfaction of knowing that it couldn't have been done without you.

Most amateur photographers don't have the necessary equipment to make a quality canvas wrap, this is because typically they don't need it. Not only is it expensive to own and maintain this equipment, but how many people have enough wall space to hang up all of their favorite photos in a large format? Not many, and if you do have this much space, it probably means you can afford the equipment too! To fit most needs, an amateur photographer will only require a few prints to be made; buying the equipment just can't be justified as a good investment. You are better off concentrating on taking great photos and allowing a professional to create your canvas prints.

I hope that I have helped open up a new realm of creativity for some of the readers, so grab your camera and start shooting! The more images you have, the easier it is to find that great print to hang up on your wall for everyone to enjoy.

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