July 31st, 2015

Gallery wraps and square photos

Photos like this one, taken from an Instagram account, would look even cooler on your wall.

Photos like this one, taken from an Instagram account, would look even cooler on your wall.

If you’ve spent any time at all with us here at the Photoblog, you’ll know we devote a lot of time to walls. They’re probably our most popular topic after photography. You could say we’re on something of a mission: to educate the world about the limitless possibilities of using prints from your own photo library to decorate your walls. Why? As we mention in past posts like this one, since your photos are uniquely yours you’ll never have to worry about a friend or neighbour having the exact same print on their wall.

Since our focus this month is on square photography, let’s look at one particular type of print that is very well suited for it—canvas gallery wraps, which we’ve explained in detail here. However, even people who are familiar with gallery wraps may have a misconception that square wraps are only suitable for an accent wall. The truth is a square gallery wrap works equally well as the focal piece of any wall—especially if you’re planning on using multiple wraps to create a diptych or triptych. Get creative! If you’ve working with an interior designer, have them take a look at your photo library and get their thoughts on which images they might recommend to incorporate into the overall room design.

If you are thinking of a gallery wrap that’s on the larger side, you’ll want to make sure that the image you’re using is high-resolution (the Photolab website lists suggested file sizes for the larger gallery wrap sizes). Many DSLR cameras come with preset square photo settings; if yours doesn’t, you can always use the grid lines to frame your own square image. As always, your local Photolab technician will be happy to help you make the most of your photos.

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