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    Posted: 07 March 2020 at 15:24
I would like to hang a couple of prints to show them off at their best so I welcome suggestions for commercial businesses, in the UK, who can take a high resolution file and produce a good medium to large display print. Looking for comment on materials, framing etc.


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Just a suggestion, you might want to retitle your thread as not to draw attention of the wrong type and call it
"Suggestions for Print Enlargments"
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I don't know who's hosting your photos for posting in the form, for me it's Flickr. I tried their print ordering service in different formats, all larger than 8in X 10in. A little pricey for me in USD$ but the quality was good. My usual printer is Blacks.ca and I've been satisfied with them.

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Hi Brian,

I've asked in the local camera club who people are using for their competition entries and the ones most commonly mentioned are:

simlab

loxley

digitalab

The last one might be worth looking at as they also offer framing services etc. which may be a deciding factor.

In all cases, it might be worth getting them to do an equivalent of a 'contact print' at a much smaller aspect ratio to see what the quality looks like.

Please update us on results as I have a few images from Utah that I would like to print up and would value others views on experience etc.

best regards, Neil.
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How big are you looking to print? 8-9 years ago, photobox had a offer for 30" by 45" prints for £2.99 so at that price I decided it was worth a punt. I had two prints done and was very pleased with the quality, but the challenge then was finding a suitable frame. In the end I had to have them professionally framed which came to around £150 each, but they've looked gorgeous on the wall since. My one regret is that their size made apertures unfeasible (the frames would have been huge!), so I would suggest printing smaller with the aim for an aperture.

Because of the above cost, I've also bought the largest frames from IKEA and then ordered prints from photobox to fit within those apertured frames. The aperture keeps the print away from the perspex which is important as I've had a few small prints end up stick to the perspex, presumably from temperature changes. That route is surprisingly affordable, and personally I'd rather have lots of my photos up than just one or two with numbers inhibited by the cost. I would suggest trying that first, and if you don't like the results, only then look to more expensive options.

RIBBA 61x91cm frame here is great for a 50x70cm print with nice aperture. you can also have the image sitting 2-3 cm from the front of the frame which gives a nice 3D effect. As with all things IKEA, they annoyingly resist conforming to standards so you will need to print at a slightly larger size and cut back, but photobox (as always it's worth adding) have a sale on, so right now a 56x70cm print is only £8.99 on photobox, through in postage of a few quid and add the £19 for the RIBBA frame you've got a 61x91cm piece of art for around £30.

IKEA RIBBA frame
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Many thanks @LAbernethy, @owenn01 and @Tricky01. All helpful responses and plenty of food for thought.

The images I have are not mine but taken by professional sports photographers. My DIL was in the British Olympic sailing team in Beijing and London and now she is the Olympic coach for the RYA. My son is also a top competitor and the two of them have had considerable success in the 505 world championships last year.

So the two of them have some pretty exciting action shots and we want to display them at their best. This link gives an insight into their sailing adventures.

So thank you again for your thoughts, Iíll let you know how they turn out on the walls of our new home.

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As Tricky01 mentioned the trouble finding frames for the larger photo prints, I think it is worth to mention that the alternative is of course prints on such materials (aluminium and other metals, acrylic and possibly combinations) that can be hung on the wall as such. Canvas prints are also one option, but I don't think that sort of textured material is the most suitable for sport pictures.

Of course, these solutions for prints that are ready to be placed on the wall can cost more (and prices rise alongside with the size). I don't know about British prices and availability, but at least this would be the easy approach.

And since the pictures were taken by pro photographers one approach could be also contact them and ask if they could provide these large photo prints for you. That would also ensure that the legal aspects of photographers' rights are not infridged.
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Originally posted by Tricky01 Tricky01 wrote:


RIBBA 61x91cm frame here is great for a 50x70cm print with nice aperture. you can also have the image sitting 2-3 cm from the front of the frame which gives a nice 3D effect. As with all things IKEA, they annoyingly resist conforming to standards so you will need to print at a slightly larger size and cut back, but photobox (as always it's worth adding) have a sale on, so right now a 56x70cm print is only £8.99 on photobox, through in postage of a few quid and add the £19 for the RIBBA frame you've got a 61x91cm piece of art for around £30.

IKEA RIBBA frame
Photobox poster prints


Hi Simon,

This looks rather interesting; how big is the 'window' in the frame mount (ie the paper/card the photo sits into)? I've used Photobox a few times and I;m very happy with them but I also couldn't track down the print size you mentioned either (may just be me - usually is...). I'd like to print up some of the Utah images and this seems a very cost effective way of doing that.

Thanks and best regards, Neil.
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Originally posted by owenn01 owenn01 wrote:

This looks rather interesting; how big is the 'window' in the frame mount (ie the paper/card the photo sits into)? I've used Photobox a few times and I;m very happy with them but I also couldn't track down the print size you mentioned either (may just be me - usually is...). I'd like to print up some of the Utah images and this seems a very cost effective way of doing that.

Thanks and best regards, Neil.

Product size on the IKEA website has these dimensions:
Picture without mount, width: 61 cm
Picture without mount, height: 91 cm
Picture with mount, width: 50 cm
Picture with mount, height: 70 cm
Mount opening, width: 49 cm
Mount opening, height: 69 cm

As someone who is a tad OCD, I find it slightly jarring that the aperture isn't a consistent distance from the edge of the frame on all sides, but for the price, I got used to it.

Regards to photobox, I'm not sure why the link I shared (https://www.photobox.co.uk/shop/wall-decor/posters) takes you to the homepage, but from the home page use the menu at the top
1. Hover over 'PRINTS' to bring up the menu items
2. Find POSTER PRINTS section
3. Click on CLASSIC POSTERS

From the classic posters page, you'll need to select 'Rectangle' in the 'format' menu that appears on the right, and then choose '30 x 20/76 x 50'. Remember the print will be 6cm longer than the frame, so either 'uncrop' a cropped image, or in photoshop or similar, you should be able to add a blank 3cm band either end to cover it (better to do 3cm either side as that will make it easier to stick into the aperture than have a 6cm flap one end and nothing the other ).

Hope that helps and look forward to seeing the results
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Hi Simon,

Perfect - thanks for the full and detailed response!

Now - the only critical question is can I get to the IKEA store when there are no crowds about....? We must try and keep 2m apart from everyone

Thanks again and stay safe and healthy!

best regards, Neil.
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Just to add another 2c as printing services are concerned:

Here in Germany CEWE offers a very broad range of options for printing. My experience with framing has shown me that glossy papers for printing don't create the best effect if put under glass. So I tried different options of matte papers. CEWE offers prints on Hahnemuehle Fine Art Matte paper and they look gorgeous under glass (museum glass, of course, looks best - it reduces reflections quite effectively).

CEWE has a branch in the UK - see here.

CEWE also offers a lot of other options (acrylic photo printing, printing on aluminium boards, delivering your print alreaday framed etc.). In Germany there is also a premium service for all these printing options, Whitewall. It has been bought up by CEWE and it also has a branch in the UK - see here.
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Hi Harald,

Yes - I should have mentioned CEWe; it's not an organisation I have used to date but looking at your feedback (and especially on the paper choice) then I really ought to give them, a try.

Thanks for the shared information and best regards, Neil.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote owenn01 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 March 2020 at 17:43
Harald - the link you posted for CEWE throws back an error:

Try This one for CEWE

Best regards, Neil.
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