All posts for the month August, 2011

Since nobody sent in any requests for topics for the next blogpost, I went ahead and picked one myself. Although the offer still stands, so if you have any topics you’d like to see in the upcoming future, don’t be shy, just let me know.

We spend a lot of time on this blog talking about how to take better photos, and which equipment to use to take better photos, but we’ve never really discussed what should happen to all those photos after you take them.

Sure you could go the traditional (boring) route of putting them in a frame and displaying them on your mantle, but for those who like to think beyond the traditional there are a ton of options for displaying your photos.

If you haven’t checked out finishing options with your photographer lately or wherever you get your prints made, you should definitely do so! In just the past couple of years alone tons of brand new exciting options for displaying photos have been created, and most are very widely available in a whole range of prices.

I’d thought we’d take some time in this article to go through some of the new cool options for making your photos look their best.

Standard Print
Metallic Print

There are so many great options these days for printing your photos. Did you know there were special papers available to print your photos on? One of the more popular options for Landscapes and any photos with bright colors is printing them on Metallic Paper.

Metallic Paper just as the name implies give your photos a shiny lustre that gives your photos a 3-dimensional quality. And don’t think just because it’s not your standard paper it’s not reliable. Metallic paper is very durable and resistant to curling, and when printed using the proper inks has an archival value of almost 200 years.

To the left you can see the difference between a photo printed on standard paper and one on Metallic Paper. Although I will say that seeing it on the screen absolutely does not do it justice, this is one of those things that when you see it in person will simply knock your socks off.

Metallic Paper isn’t the only game in town though when it comes to special printing, in fact did you know that there are several items you can print your photos on that aren’t even paper?

Metal Prints

Do you love the look of your Stainless Steel appliances? Of course, who doesn’t? Did you know that you can get prints made directly onto metal plates?

They’re called Metal Prints and are really something to behold. These are not just paper prints laminated onto a metal plate, no way, the photo is printed directly onto the metal substrate with special inks.

Talk about durability, these metal plates will never bend, warp, or get destroyed, you couldn’t bend them if you tried! Usually Metal Prints are available in several different finishes so that you can choose between seeing the metal texture bleed through your printed photo, or having a high gloss white finish so it looks exactly like a photo printed on paper.

They’re even available with different hanging options and thicknesses.

Again the photo pales in comparison to seeing the real thing, but it should give you a generally good idea just how amazing these Metal Prints are.

So what’s the difference between a photograph and fine art painting?

Aside from the paint it’s the wonderful canvas material that the painting is painted on. Now you can blur the line between painting and photograph, let me introduce you to Gallery Wraps.

Gallery Wraps

Gallery Wraps print your photos directly onto canvas and then stretch them around a frame, so it looks just like a painting!

Gallery Wraps look great, hung over the mantle or in a family room. They bring an instant look of nostalgic “fine art” painting to any photograph.

A Gallery Wrap hung in any room instantly draws attention, as the canvas is stretched on a frame 1″ or 2″ thick the Gallery Wrap stands off the wall and makes itself known.

From the nostalgic look to the modern. If sleek and contemporary is more your style then you might want to check out Standout Mounts to display your photos.

Standout Mounting

Standout Mounts are a frameless, sleek modern way to display your photographs.

Photographic prints are surface mounted to a rectangular foam box with finished edges. The Standout Mount comes in several thicknesses including 3/4″ and 1/5″ so the print stands out off the wall, hence their name.

I personally love the clean look of Standout Mounts and use them for all my photos displayed in exhibitions.

Standout Mounted photos are very durable, especially if you add a lustre coating to them, and since they are printed on photographic paper they are archival, which means they’ll be hanging on the wall long after you’ve left.

As you can see there are a plethora of options for displaying your photos for those that want to look beyond the traditional frame. We’ve just barely scratched the surface here.

All of these options and more are available right here at Dengrove Studios, so if you’re interested in taking advantage of our printing or display services contact us today!

Scott Dengrove is a professional photographer from the NYC area. Scott’s work has been featured in many national photography competitions and published in several nationally circulated magazines and publications. In addition, his work can currently be seen in 2 exhibits at Cosi® restaurants in New York and Connecticut and a traveling exhibit entitled “America: Coast to Coast”. For more information, and to see more of Scott’s work visit his website at and connect with him on his Facebook page at