RE: Viewing Distance for Prints

From: Eric Neilsen ^lt;[email protected]>
Date: 05/01/05-11:15:35 AM Z
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I find it absurd to assign a proper distance even with criteria to use for
your club. One can certainly craft a print to meet certain criteria. But
does that print cess to exist out side the club doors? The correct viewing
distance can only be determined by the viewer. Additional viewers will use
different criteria to determine their best distance based in part on
technical quality or aesthetical qualities. It is ultimately up to the
crafts person to determine acceptable print quality. If that person is
driven by sales, or perhaps even driven by the buyer the prints will reflect

I understand that you are looking for a method to evaluate characteristics
in judging print quality but to what end? Are you going to break up your
prints into light through lens to film/emulsion/paper and also add the
digital workflow? Do you limit the camera and lenses used?

A print either works or it doesn't and it doesn't really matter if the
detail is there or not. Bad printing is bad printing. To define a proper
viewing distance, you need to standardize the receptor; the human eye and
brain. I don't see that happening today. So I suggest that you rely on print

Eric Neilsen Photography
4101 Commerce Street
Suite 9
Dallas, TX 75226

> -----Original Message-----
> From: R E Redman []
> Sent: Sunday, May 01, 2005 4:43 AM
> To:
> Subject: Re:Viewing Distance for Prints
> The question of what is the "correct" viewing distance for prints has been
> raised recently in my local camera club. Some suggest that it is wrong to
> examine prints closely and to get a proper impression of the print it
> should
> be viewed from several feet away (depending on its size). I think,
> particularly with alternative prints, a close examination is desirable so
> that the workmanship and technique can be fully enjoyed. Does anybody have
> any views on this ?
> Bob (UK)
Received on Sun May 1 11:15:47 2005

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