Wednesday, May 24, 2006

On Clusters

One thing I like about 8x10s, especially 8x10s at a reasonable price, is that they cluster well. That is to say, you buy a little group of them and hang them together. The exact layout will depend on what kind of space you want to fill, but at the most basic level if you buy four and put them in a 2x2 grid they look pretty cool. Part of why this is practical is that you can get away with really minimal framing - usually it works best if everything is very clean or simple. So if 8x10s are $25 each, and you just get some basic $5 frames (just a black rim) even allowing for some shipping you'll have something cool for $125 which frankly doesn't even cover framing at the place I usually use.

Usually if you do this you want them to be clearly related. I've had people buy 4-6 pictures and mention they're hanging them together and if they do it right you can see what they had in mind - they'll all be of the same model, or different models but similar poses, or different models but similar lighting. Sometimes people will do this with different photogaphers as well but it can be a little harder to get it to work. I've had people comment that they're happy to finally fill in that last corner!

There's nothing wrong with just buying a 16x20 and being done with it, of course, it just depends on what kind of effect you're trying to achieve.

Anyway, something to think about. If you do it right the whole will be greater than the sum of the parts and it won't break the bank.


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