Re: Viewing Distance for Prints

From: R E Redman ^lt;[email protected]>
Date: 05/01/05-02:18:47 PM Z
Message-id: <017d01c54e8a$fc371990$160f4f51@computerno1>

Thank you all for your opinions on the 'correct' viewing distance. I have
printed them all off and I am going to read through them all again
carefully. I tend to agree with Eric that the distance depends on the viewer
and his/her reasons for viewing.

Bob (UK)

----- Original Message -----
From: "Eric Neilsen" <>
To: <>
Sent: Sunday, May 01, 2005 6:15 PM
Subject: RE: Viewing Distance for Prints

> 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
> 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
> it.
> 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
> appeal.
> 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
> > raised recently in my local camera club. Some suggest that it is wrong
> > 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
> > that the workmanship and technique can be fully enjoyed. Does anybody
> > any views on this ?
> >
> > Bob (UK)
Received on Sun May 1 14:19:27 2005

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