It's no secret that I love getting photography printed, after all, I would say it's one of the most rewarding experiences of being a photographer. Often times the client will ask me for my opinion of what will look best for the photo that piqued their interest and I get to ask them questions about what they want. I've sold a number of prints and most of them nowadays are printed on metal so these are the reasons why I recommend metal prints for almost any photo.
Glossy Metal Prints are Tremendously Beautiful
This is one of the first and foremost reasons that I recommend metal prints in the first place, a lot of my landscape photography is meant to be seen with rich and vibrant colors. I recommend Fuji SuperGloss to all of my paper prints customers for this reason too. The look of a glossy metal print is hard to beat, especially when the colors of the print go with the theme of that room. Whenever possible I prefer a glossy finish over a matte finish because when I'm editing photos, I'm visualizing what the end result will be and I want deep blacks with rich colors. I compare it to a wine or beer pairing with food, yes you can make your own decision but the recommendation of the wine or beer is going to complement what the chef had in mind when creating the dish.
There are times when I will not recommend a glossy metal print or might even recommend another medium entirely, it depends on the photograph for the most part. Black and white pictures without deep blacks are not going to display as well on metal, so if there are a lot of gray tones be cautious about ordering a metal print.
Metal Prints Arrive Ready to Hang
When I worked in marketing a term that we reminded ourselves was "don't underestimate the value of convenience," and that is true when it comes to artwork. As a photographer, I do not prefer getting my work framed unless necessary or requested. When a metal print arrives, there will be a metal block attached to the backside of the print that will have a sawtooth hanger so all you'll need is a place on the wall to hang the print. Metal prints are also very light and weigh very little so they are a breeze to hang or reposition! In the photo below you can see the sawtooth hanger or if you'd prefer a wire hanger can be added as well. I get asked this question all the time, "will the print come ready to hang?" because more often than not client does not want to deal with the hassle of getting a print framed.
Also, because the metal print comes ready to hang with a hanging block or wire hanger, the print will "float" off the wall giving the print an added depth and will quickly become the focal point of any room.
Metal Prints are Going to Last a Lifetime
Because the ink isn't actually on top of the metal but rather embedded within the metal, metal prints will last a very, very long time as long as it's not displayed in direct sunlight. They are weatherproof and waterproof which gives the prints an extended life up four times as long as archival ink and paper. The printing process is known as dye sublimation and that is what gives the metal print such tremendous durability, they are even scratch and dent resistant.
One recommendation that I will give is to make sure that you hang the print on a secure mount, I had a metal print slip off its screw and fell onto a coffee table. The edge that hit the coffee table first was crumpled quite a bit and thus ruined the print, they are not impervious to damage of course, but keeping it out of direct sunlight and securely mounted to a wall will prevent almost all damage.
Well that's why I prefer metal prints for displaying photography, I sell prints here on my blog and I'd love it if you consider supporting my photography.