Framing Huge Pictures
Getting huge pictures framed is not as difficult as it may seem.Many new homes have very large walls that seem to beg for huge pictures. To meet this need, extremely large pictures are becoming more and more available from all kinds of artists. Not to be left out, Rocky Mountain Photography also has the ability to make some really large photographs, some of which can be as large as 150 inches long and even longer. Mounting and framing photographs this large presents some special problems. Below are some solutions.
Little Redfish Lake in the Sawtooth Mountains of Idaho. This picture can be printed 300 inches long.
Having the job done at Reed Photo in Denver is our best advice.
Before I go into other ways to frame huge photographs, I have to say that in my opinion the best option by far is to have the job done by Reed Photo in Denver. They have a product called a Gallery Mount which is a great solution to the problem of huge pictures.
Below are a couple of pictures framed by Reeds as Gallery Mounts. The pictures show here are not really large, but Reeds can frame pictures as large as 48x120 as gallery mounts. However, if you were to put several of these pictures toether as a triptych or as a four or five piece picture, we are talking about truly giagantic sizes.
Also, we offer pictures as large as 33x50 or 34x82 framed as Gallery Mounts on this website. You can order them directly from our web site without the hassle of first ordering from us and then having to deal with framing in another location. Many of these pictures can be order from us in custom sizes that are far larger than the two sizes mentioned above. Call us if you are interested in really huge sizes of our pictures at 207-604-2661.
Here is a huge photograph split into four pieces and hung in pieces.
Here is a picture split into three pieces and hung as a triptych.
Below are several other ways of framing huge pictures.
Don't Despair: Framing large pictures is not as hard as it may seem. There are definitely many framers who can handle the problems of framing very large images even though you may have to look a little harder to find them. Don't despair though, there are many, many framers who handle the problems of huge pictures routinely. Thirty minutes or so on the phone will usually solve the problem. I have found that it is usually more productive to use the phone than the internet; find a large and reputable looking framer in the yellow pages. If he can't do the job, he can usually recommend someone who can. Don't limit yourself to just framers. Often large photo labs and graphics presentation places will mount and laminate large photographs. If you are buying a very large photograph from us, we can often help you find a place to get the job done. Call us and ask. 207-604-2661.
120 inches long is a good limit: When pictures are longer than 120 inches, the problems multiply. Frame usually comes in 120 inch lengths although it does exist in somewhat longer lengths. Huge mat is also hard to find and probably nonexistent in lengths longer than 96 inches. (For larger sizes, mat can be pieced together however.) Also,the limit of a lot of framing equipment is often120 inches or less. Unless you plan to have me print the picture on canvas (see below), you should probably limit picture length to 120"; this will solve a lot of problems.
Lamination: One solution is to laminate huge pictures and then mount them on either 3/16" Gator Board, Rhino Board or Mighty Core. This is a solution that works quite well.. Laminated pictures are covered with a thin layer of flexible laminate material which eliminates all glare and reflections and completely protects the picture so it can be displayed without glass. See our article on laminated pictures for a complete discussion of the pros and cons of laminating. Many large photographic labs including Reed Photo in Denver, and Calypso Photographic in Santa Cruz and BWC in Richardson, TX routinely laminate pictures up to 120 inches long for very reasonable prices.
Our pictures printed on canvas are 15% more expensive than our regular pictures. You have to call us to order a picture printed on canvas; you cannot order them online.
A Gallery Mount done by Reed Photo is absolutely the very best way to frame very large photogaphs. This presentation is very beautiful and surely the most economical
This is another of Reeds Gallery Mount styles. This one is called
Displaying photographs:All sizes of photographs, large or small look vastly different under different kinds of light. If the photograph is framed with glass, try to situate it so that it is not facing a window or bright lights. This will eliminate some reflections and most glare.
Generally, the better the lighting, the better the photograph will look. Light from windows and nearby lamps will help, even though the reflections they add may prohibit this kind of lighting. We don’t recommend the small picture lights that clip on the top of the frame; these lights are generally too small to do any good and look clunky. However, they are certainly better than nothing.
Please don't hesitate to call (207-604-2661 ) or email us if you have questions about any of this.