Challenging Photographic Image Size: Revisiting the Potential for Large-Scale Prints

The world of photography has come a long way since the inception of my photographic practice. From the traditional use of film to the advent of digital photography and mirrorless bodies, the technology has advanced by leaps and bounds. One such advancement that may revolutionise my stills based photography is the ability to capture high-resolution images. However, this was not the case in my practise until a recent development in mirrorless DSLR in body stabilisation IBIS introduced the capture of 400Mp images.

In the past, photographic image size was limited, and my preference was for low-resolution capture to enable smooth operation of my creative post processing workflow.

This was primarily due to the economic limitations of technology at the time. Affordable pro DSLR cameras were not capable of capturing high-resolution images. In the latest firmware release the mirrorless DSLR can. The cost of processing and printing high-resolution images was prohibitively expensive. The latter may still be the case except with a resolved body of work there is less risk of repeated iterations of the expensive process.

Despite the former limitations, I was able to create abstract works of art up to A4 size. I relied on my creativity and the ability to manipulate the image in post-processing to produce the results. In fact, like some other photographers we preferred the low-resolution capture as it allowed us to produce a more dream-like, painterly effect.

However, with the advent of digital technology, the limitations of photographic image size have been largely eliminated. High-resolution images, such as the 400Mp technology, became available in a recent firmware exploitation of IBIS control as mentioned.

When combined with tools such as Topaz Gigapixel, which uses AI to increase the resolution of images up to six times, the possibilities for creating large-scale prints should now be possible within my practise

This development has challenged an earlier decision to limit photographic image size. For example, in the past, A4 prints were considered large enough for most purposes. However, now the potential for creating extremely large prints is possible, with the ability to create prints the size of a house door. I will proceed to confirm the technical details allow this or at least find out the new maximum limits.

Some of my earlier work incorporated hand-drawn vector graphics which would scale if I reintroduced these ideas which I really enjoyed making.

The decision to revisit the intention from 2019 to produce work on the scale of Marc Rothko’s as immersive “Art as an Experience” now seems practical with the techniques now available here. The potential for creating large-scale prints that allow the viewer to stand close and experience the work on a visceral level is exciting. This is particularly true for photographic works that capture the beauty of the natural world of the human healing experience.

In conclusion, the advancement in photographic technology has challenged the traditional limitations of photographic image size. The potential for creating large-scale prints that allow the viewer to experience the work on a visceral level is exciting. The decision to revisit the original intention to produce work on the scale of Marc Rothko is a logical one, as it allows the creation of immersive art that can be experienced on a grand scale.

A revisit to colour at large scale: 2:1 prints around 72’ tall through newly available high resolution techniques

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