Exhibiting your metal printed art

How to Exhibit Artwork

Taking the next step to exhibit your artwork or photography can be both exciting and daunting at the same time. Print 2 Metal can help – we’ll take you through the process and show you how.

There is much to consider when you’re ready to put yourself out there, and have an unknown audience view your body of work.  

The aim for most artists and photographers is to see red stickers underneath their work indicating a sale. However it can be very expensive to exhibit, so careful planning and a sense of purpose should maximise the feeling of achievement when the exhibition closes. Preparing for an exhibition step by step will help to ensure a more rewarding experience.

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And whilst you may choose to exhibit in a space most suited to your artwork or photography, don’t forget to keep in mind the additional opportunities available in the digital world to spread the word about your exhibition. Social media, art and photography websites, local papers and distributing emails are all extra means of extending your reach. For example, create an instagram account, and use relevant hashtags when you post your artwork (e.g. #artwork, #photography etc) to reach more people that may be interested in your work.

If you’re interested in saving time, money and stress when planning your artwork or photography exhibition, download our free Ebook now.

A beautiful photo of poppies, by Corina Ardeleanu available - free high resolution images from Unsplash

Where to Find Free High Resolution Images

Is your home or office décor in need of a lift? Or are you a designer, architect, art consultant wanting to bring colour and mood into an environment? 

If you don’t have your own suitable images to print, there are plenty of sites offering free high resolution images suitable for printing for display in homes, corporate and office spaces, medical suites, restaurants, for special personalised gifts and more.  

Many websites offer a huge collection of free photos, illustrations, paintings and vector drawings to give your wall space the latest look in contemporary artwork.

Check out some of the following sites for royalty free images:

Where possible, always choose the biggest file size available to ensure high resolution and high quality images when printed. Note that some websites may charge for extra large files.  

A beautiful photo from a boat looking at mountains - by Luca Bravo available - free high resolution images from Unsplash

There are many more stock image sites that let you enjoy up to a 30 day free trial of all their digital illustrations, designs, artwork and photos. Among their royalty-free images that you can download, there are sure to be at least a few that meet your exact needs, space and style.

And don’t forget the work of so many talented Australian photographers who although not generally offering free high resolution photos, offer their beautiful creative images online that will bring to life any lonely blank white wall. The AIPP website is a great place to start if looking for Australian professional and aspiring image makers.

There are thousands of beautiful, inspiring free images available for you to print as art. Choosing high quality and high resolution stock images free from all copyright restrictions from the comfort of your home can be that easy.

Print 2 Metal can even print your chosen stock image onto aluminium, or any of our other fine art papers. Get in touch today.

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10 Year Wedding Anniversary Gift Ideas

For many generations, the traditional 10 year wedding anniversary gift has been aluminium or tin. Made from copper and bronze, it won’t rust and is a symbol of the ability to last through time, as well as being flexible. 

Wedding anniversary gifts can be difficult to choose – how many special gifts can you find from aluminium or tin?  Well we have plenty of original ideas if you’re wondering what to give to that special person in your life! A 10 year wedding anniversary is quite a milestone, and worth celebrating.

Now is the time to print and gift a treasured photo on aluminium for display in your home. With a range of different surfaces, custom sizes and framing options available you can create a unique and beautiful print that will last a lifetime.

Metal prints can look either as natural as any photo when printed on a white-based surface, or look extra metallic when printed on a clear surface that allows the aluminium to show through. Your image on metal steals the attention of everyone who enters the room. 

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You may choose to print one of your favourite photos from your wedding to give to your partner. A printed landscape photo of a special spot you’ve visited together may also bring back happy memories. And collages including of a collection of family photos taken over the past 10 years will always win hearts – and we can also help you with that.

Your wedding invitation, vows, name or words of your bridal dance, songs that you both love, special dates, places you’ve been to together or first lived, family events and old photos, may also be inspiration for your custom metal art print.

We can also emphasise certain elements of your photo through careful selection of our ultra gloss, semi gloss, matt, white base and brushed aluminium surfaces.

You can even create prints from photos that are on your phone right now!

It’s easy to upload and order prints online.

Contact us and we can help you create your vision and we can discuss your options. We can help you celebrate 10 years of marriage by giving a stunning and meaningful anniversary gift that will last forever.

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How to Take Landscape Photos

In this article we provide our tips for taking landscape photos. There are many things to consider, however the main things to remember are to keep exploring, and keep experimenting!

The extent to which someone will go to take a good landscape photo varies. Some will travel to the right destination, wait hours in the one spot for the clouds to make just the right formation or the sun to shine at just the right brightness, whilst carrying an array of lenses, filters, a tripod and maybe more than one camera. 

Another keen photographer might just find themselves in the right place at the right time. They’ll pull out their phone and take just one shot that gets printed and displayed in pride of place in their office or home living room, with the photographer always keen to tell the story that surrounds the magical moment.

However, nature presents itself in so many ways that it can take a lifetime trying to master the art of photographing just a waterfall, the night sky or a sunrise or sunset.

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So without getting too technical, here are 8 things to consider when taking landscape photos:

  • Composition – Train your eye to look at the same view but from a different perspective. Is the section of landscape better viewed horizontally, vertically, zoomed in closer or panoramic? Using a phone to capture and play with images will help you gain a better sense of composition.
  • Lenses – Standard, wide-angle, telephoto, macro and other specialty lenses are available – each with different effects. Learn how they vary and which works best for you and your style of landscape photography. There are some fun lenses also available for phones.
  • Depth of Field – A landscape image generally aims to be sharp all over. Be creative and learn to get close to and keep your subject in focus whilst blurring the background and vice versa. 
  • Filters – Photographers may use filters simply to protect their lens.  Filters help to reduce glare and reflections, reduce the amount of light that enters the lens and enhance colours. With practice you can learn the effects the various filters available can have to improve your landscape photos. 
  • Light  – Photographing a sunrise (for example) will present unique challenges, however when it’s well done is awe-inspiring. Look at how clouds affect the way light and shade falls across a landscape to create an extraordinary image.  Learn how to use and capture natural light to add an extra dimension to landscape photography. 
  • Movement – Landscapes never stand still, so learn to capture the movement of water and skies to add drama and mood to images.
  • Tripod – Using a tripod will help to ensure high quality landscapes photos without handshake and with less noise. Stitching files together will also be easier when a tripod is used. A tripod also holds the camera allowing the photographer to be much more hands-free, so they can take their time setting up the shot.
  • Experiment and keep learning!

Print 2 Metal has had the opportunity to print award-winning land and seascape images (mainly of the Mornington Peninsula) for photographer Murray Thompson. Murray is passionate about the beauty of the coastline, and it’s varying weather and extremes. He uses Canon professional cameras, high quality German lenses and filters to bring fine detail to his large panoramic images. His choice to print to high grade metal gives a stunning appeal to his large pictures, and a clean edge for a modern look.

Find out more about how we work with photographers, or get in touch to find out other ways we can help bring your landscape photographs to life.

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7 Tips for taking the best family photos

Nothing beats keeping your camera with you at all times to be sure of capturing those special family moments. Of course these days even your humble smartphone you can take amazing images quickly.

The kids may complain at the time, but it is in the years to come that those candid images will really be most valued. 

Capturing the fun and spontaneous happenings today may at times be a drag, but get that one amazing image and you’ll be so pleased you made the extra effort.

Here are some tips and ideas to help you get the best out of every photo opportunity and create lasting memories you will love.

#1      Make it fun. Give the kids space to just run around and be themselves and shoot them naturally having fun. Have some props such as toys, books or balloons to help centre their focus. Shoot what happens there and then and don’t force anything.

#2      Get the light right. Morning or afternoon, rather than midday is when the light is evener. Photographing indoors near a window can throw perfect light onto faces. When outdoors be sure it’s overcast and there are no shadows across faces.

#3      Time of day. Pick a time when you know your kids are full of energy. Let the kids take a break whenever it’s not quite flowing so it doesn’t become a chore.

#4      Poses. Have some ideas in mind and try out those that you think will make your kids smile. 

#5      Combinations. Start by photographing everyone and then have an idea of other groupings you may want to shoot. If you’re a Mum shooting the family, pull Dad out of the picture first and continue to photograph the kids so as to move them around as little as possible.

#6      Legacy Shot. A snapshot that shows how tall each of the children are at a point in time against each other and Mum & Dad can be imaginatively captured. Have some fun with it.

#7      Composition. Watch backgrounds, don’t hesitate to crouch down to shoot at the same eye level as the kids, follow or don’t follow the rule of thirds, and most of all have fun.

Of course, when you have gone to all of this trouble you’ll be wanting to make sure they’re presented beautifully as well. Why not check out our printing and framing options, so you can keep your memories looking fabulous forever.

Oh, and you don’t have to just print them on plain photographic paper or canvas. There is now an enormous range of papers, fabrics and stunning metal onto which you can print some of the best memories of your life. 

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8 of the best reasons for printing on metal

Whilst today the choice of materials on which to print your photographs and artwork really comes down to personal preference, there are indeed some unique benefits of metal prints.

  1. The process of printing onto metal via a heat press, infuses the inks deep into the aluminium sheet, not on top of it and so will make your image on metal stand apart with it’s brilliant luminescence and vibrant depth of colour.
  2. Photos on metal have a hard scratch resistant surface that is both waterproof and weather proof. This makes them perfect to display in most places including commercial spaces, bathrooms and humid locations.
  3. Metal art prints are archival and you can expect them to last more than 100 years with little sign of fading. Tests on Chromaluxe metal panels have found metal photo prints to have an archival rating three times better than Kodak silver-halide prints.
  4. Fine art metal prints can be easily cleaned with a soft cloth and water or glass cleaner.
  5. Aluminium prints are lightweight so easily hung with removable hanging strips where nails and hooks can’t be used.
  6. Wall art metal prints have no need to be protected with glass. A frameless display style gives metal pictures a clean, modern look.
  7. Large metal photo prints can still have the timeless white matt and framed look. A framed metal print requires no glass and so allows the viewer to be more in touch with the image.
  8. Metal prints are available in matt and gloss surfaces. The added choice of a white coated base or the original aluminium base transforms files into custom metal art prints.

Print2Metal will make your image stand apart with it’s brilliant luminescence and vibrant depth of colour. By infusing inks directly into specially coated aluminium, your photos, artwork, graphics, signage and advertising will take on a unique, never before seen, crisp, clear, vivid finish.

The process is colour managed, available in ultra gloss, satin and brushed aluminium gloss or matt, with a hard scratch resistant surface that is both waterproof and weather proof, offering unparalleled archival quality.

These breathtaking metal prints are easily cleaned with a glass cleaner and microfibre cloth. Print2Metal also offer a number of unique hanging and framing methods to compliment your metal prints – contact us today to find out more.

Photographer Sarah Wood on Capturing Moments With Emotion and Intuition

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Photographer Sarah Wood spends a lot of her time behind a camera, capturing the special and emotive moments in people’s lives…

From photographing weddings to sporting events and everything in between, Sarah began her career as a nurse which gave her a unique perspective on the human experience that she is able to bring into her work as a successful, self-taught professional photographer. “Coupled with my naturally inquisitive and observant nature, photography organically evolved into the career that has given me a lot of joy as well as the freedom to run my own business and most importantly the flexibility to work around my family values that I experienced in my own life,” she says.

We caught up with Sarah to see how she juggles motherhood and work as well as finding out her take on the essential components that are required to take a beautiful photograph…

Can you talk us through your career path and what inspired you to become a photographer?

After school, I nursed at The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne which gave me a deeper insight into people’s lives at their most vulnerable – experiences that I was later able to incorporate into my photography. I then spent 12 years in Vaccine Sales & Product Management at Glaxo SmithKline.

I often felt I had a latent creative side to me waiting to be freed. Coupled with my naturally inquisitive and observant nature, photography organically evolved into the career that has given me a lot of joy as well as the freedom to run my own business and most importantly the flexibility to work around my family values that I experienced in my own life. I have such secure and warm memories of coming home after school each day and my mother being truly ‘present’ for us. She had the amazing capacity to listen deeply – no matter how ‘trivial’ or ‘longwinded’ some of my day to day stories may have been.

Photography has given me a perspective on life that is much deeper and broader than if I had not ventured into my passion and for this, I am very grateful.

What do you recall about those early days as a photographer?

I spent countless hours of learning through trial and error and scouring through endless photography books and magazines dissecting every image and camera setting. I also had invaluable mentoring by a professional photographer.   It was a great learning combination.  The burning desire to keep improving led me to take on almost every genre of photography that I could from sport to styling, from landscape to macro. It was a hard road with steep learning curves but the positive client feedback energised me.

Being self-taught it took me a long while to feel comfortable calling myself a professional photographer. Looking back I think I saddled myself with unnecessary self-doubt in those early days. As a result of my experience, I now enjoy mentoring a number of clients in their early professional photography days.

What makes a beautiful image? What are the key ingredients?

Genuine emotion is the key to a beautiful image so when one looks back, the feeling of that moment is accurately brought to life again. Combined with soft natural light and a clean composition, at the core, there is an unspoken trust between me and the subject. “Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… It remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything” — Aaron Siskind.

What advice would you give to aspiring photographers out there?

Look after yourself! Get lots of sleep, especially the night before a shoot. Photography can be deceptively demanding – physically and mentally. Devoting yourself to the job, being 100% present to capture the unique and often unexpected moments as they occur. At the end of the day guard those precious memory cards with your life! Personally, I shoot to two cards in case one fails. I literally sleep with one set after returning home late at night from a wedding.

What time of day is your favourite time to shoot?

Late afternoon on a still day in Autumn is irresistible. The beautiful backlight and long shadows give a warm feel to images. Even though early morning traditionally provides great light, I tend to think it’s a little unfair on faces and sleepy eyes! Tired parents especially don’t seem to ‘iron out’ too early…or am I just speaking for myself?

Where is your favourite place in the world to shoot?

Definitely, a place that involves a beach with sparkling aqua water, preferably palm trees, and if I’m really lucky, some sea turtles. Not coincidentally those attributes perfectly sum up Harbour Island, The Bahamas – my favourite place in the world. I’m looking forward to sharing the island experience and its warm and friendly locals at my photography retreat in July next year (for more details head to my website).

How would you describe your role as a photographer?

“One doesn’t just make a photograph with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved” – Ansel Adams. I see my role to observe and watch the tiny nuances of life that unfold yet often go unnoticed. I am by nature very inquisitive which probably drove my parents crazy. The same object can be viewed in so many different ways and I very much try to see and feel  ‘out of the box’ in a way that can tell a deeper story behind the obvious. For me, I feel my role as a photographer is one of nurturing a feeling of authentic comfort with my clients. I believe in gut feel and intuition. This relaxed connection brings out their emotions naturally.

Do you have a favourite camera?

For professional use I use two Canon DSLRs with my favourite the 70-200mm IS lens. The zoom allows me to unobtrusively stand further away from the action without interfering with the natural flow of events. In my personal life day to day, I take photos on my iPhone8+. The portrait mode is amazing. But ultimately the “best camera” is the one that you captured an otherwise lost moment.

What, or who, do you love photographing the most?  

I love photographing day to day life, not curated or contrived. I particularly enjoy photographing ‘a day in the life’ of people, for example, the extraordinary and energetic India Hicks or the insightful illustrator Kate Knapp (Twigseeds). Weddings stand alone as a unique blend of love, celebration and human interaction – and, as I often get asked, no, I can honestly say I have never had a bridezilla.

How, in your opinion, has the photography landscape changed over the last decade?

There are more photos being taken than ever before but my concern is that this generation will have the least to show for it. Despite the quantity, digital images are rarely printed and can often be lost, or devices corrupted. Each year I endeavour to collate a snapshot of my family’s life – warts and all, in a printed book. Assistance with preserving and printing digital images is a common request during my one on one tuition so they can enjoy their own beautiful images in their home.

Sarah’s little list of loves:

  • Springtime and my annual apple blossom
  • My private tuition clients – helping them to enjoy their innate creativity in not only taking great photos but also getting those memories off the computer and into print. It’s especially such a delight recently to help a home come to life with a stunning photo wall full clients images printed on matte metal & box framed at Print 2 Metal
  • Designing my new website and choosing a selection of my favourite images which will be available to purchase in my print store
  • Planning a fabulous programme for my upcoming Luxury Photography Retreat in the Bahamas in  July next year
  • Learning to roll with the ups and downs of living with teenagers (young adults) – another stage of parenting that despite its challenges often does bring a lot of warmth and fulfilment
  • Laughs with old friends, even if some black humour is needed at times; I’m always up for a good laugh.
  • Speaking of laughs Russell Coight being back on television – priceless!
  • I’m lucky enough to be able to call our previous longterm babysitter one of my closest friends. She has just had her first baby, called Kiki, and I’m loving her to bits already.
  • Ultimately… ‘the little things, the little moments, they aren’t little’ (John Kabat-Zinn)

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Best Metal Prints

8 of the Best Reasons for Printing onto Metal

Best Metal Prints

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The choice of materials on which to print your photographs and artwork today is simply amazing, and in the end really comes down to personal preference. If you’re thinking of doing something slightly different that will look even more stunning than traditional printed media then you really can’t go past printing onto metal.

Why I hear you ask?

Here are 8 very good reasons why….

  • The process of printing onto metal via a heat press, infuses the inks deep into the aluminium sheet, not on top of it. As a result of this your image stands apart with it’s brilliant luminescence and vibrant depth of colour.
  • The metal has a hard scratch resistant surface that is both waterproof and weather proof. When you print your art or photography onto metal it makes it perfect to display in most places where you couldn’t use traditional materials, including commercial spaces, bathrooms and humid locations.
  • Metal art prints are archival and are expected to last more than 100 years under normal lighting conditions. So your memories never fade and your art lives on for generations. (Test reports by ChromaLuxe  & Wilhelm Imaging Research can be read here.)
  • No more worries about splashes and marks because fine art metal prints can be easily cleaned with a soft cloth and water, or even glass cleaner.
  • Wall art metal prints have no need to be protected with glass. The frameless display style also gives your pictures a clean, modern look.
  • Large metal photo prints can still have the timeless white matt and framed look though. Because the framed metal print requires no glass, it then allows the viewer to be more in touch with the image.
  • Metal prints are available in matt and gloss surfaces meaning you can use your print in many more settings.

We kept the best to last though…

  • Aluminium prints are so lightweight they can be easily hung with removable hanging strips where nails and hooks can’t be used.

So what are you waiting for? A perfect solution to displaying your art and photography in a timeless and contemporary fashion. You can check out how to order here.

Dean Hohn’s Artwork Making a Difference

At Print 2 Metal we have been inspired to get behind a very worthy cause and assist with printing images to help raise much needed funds for the  Care for Africa Foundation.

Most of us in this country take clean water for granted. Walking 6-8 hour per day to collect dirty, infected water from waterholes shared by wild animals is just unimaginable. The added risk that women and young girls could be molested and raped whilst collecting water for their family is chilling.

Dean Hohn learnt of this back in 2012, when the Care For Africa Foundation were asking for donations of art to be auctioned off at their annual charity ball. When Dean found out about the work they were doing in 6 villages in Tanzania with no international aid, he felt he had to help.

Print 2 Metal have had the pleasure of printing for Dean since he picked up the camera again 5 years ago and began to indulge his passion for photography. He is a self-taught photographer who combines his photographs to create fine art images.

His ongoing study of Photoshop Artistry has led Dean to exhibit in multiple galleries around Tasmania and be selected twice as a finalist in the Glover Art Prize. Dean draws from nature for his inspiration and loves using colour, shapes, layers and textures when creating his images.

“I now use my art to help raise funds for the Care For Africa Foundation to assist with drilling water wells in the 6 villages they support in the Tarime District of Tanzania” says Dean.

Dean also raises funds for the Care For Africa Foundation using his images as designs on beautiful tops, scarves, sheer wraps, tote bags and pillow covers via Vida Clothing.

“Photography and Photo Artistry has become my life and it is a fantastic journey that allows me to create on a daily basis! I hope to make a difference in the world by changing the lives of people with basically nothing”.

Australia’s largest and most prestigious awards for professional print photography

People viewing Print2metal prints at the Chromaluxe stand

The annual APPA event was held by the AIPP on the 25, 26 and 27 of August 2017. Print 2 Metal were there to display some products and be part of the event along with Chromaluxe, the suppliers of their metal.

The Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP) is the country’s only photographic membership body. This event has been running annually for the past 40 years and is one of the largest in the world. It is the only professional photography awards in Australia that require physical prints to be submitted for judging.

Live judging takes place in front of the public and images are critiqued on the spot. A panel of experts anonymously assesses all category winners’ work side-by-side to determine the overall winner. Innovation, content, creativity, technical excellence and impact are the key criteria when the images are reassessed.

In 2017, more than 500 entrants submitted a collective of almost 2,000 images to be judged for APPA. An industry leading high-level of work is always part of the event, where photographic heavyweights weigh-in on the finalists images to determine who will take the crown for each category.

Judges viewing prints at Appa awards