Photos that Create a Bigger Picture

The somewhat different wall decoration.

Your own masterpiece in a large panoramic format above the sofa - a great wall decoration! There are even more exciting and exclusive ways to design your photo prints with the suggestions in this post. And the best part is, our suggestions offer many ideas; we even lend a hand and thus save you a few euros.

Panoramic images

Whether it is for large wall surfaces or manageable spaces, with a large picture you not only enhance the impression of space and spatiality but actually produce it, too. This works particularly well in small apartments! Natural landscape scenes are suited best for this format, but also pictures of major city centers and interior views of architecturally special buildings create captivating highlights in the room.

A photo in panoramic format creates space and spatiality

A photo in panoramic format creates space and spatiality

Modern technology makes it easy for us: Many digital cameras have a panorama feature, which even supports 360-degree images. Furthermore, you can find numerous inexpensive or even free tools online to help you achieve the same result by combining single images to seamlessly compose a finished panorama picture. Examples of freeware are Microsoft Image Composite Editor or the open source program Hugin by Pablo D’Angelo

As an ambitious amateur photographer, you perhaps already have a professional program such as Adobe Photoshop or Photoshop Elements. Both are, of course, also ideal for this task.

The photographic part

The first step is to arrange your personal picture in frames and then assemble them to a panoramic image by making use of "stitching" technology. Please note: large canvas prints require a correspondingly high resolution. Otherwise the enlargement will become "mushy" and blurry. Even ordinary compact cameras provide enough megapixels to be up to the task these days.

You can get such wide picture combining three individual photos

You can get such wide picture combining three individual photos

Even when modern panorama tools can compensate, the Camera position for the individual shots should, whenever possible, remain the same. The settings should also be, as much as possible, identical. Most programs correct different shutter speeds, zoom differences and focal lengths, but these features have their natural limits. Ideally, you therefore proceed as follows:

It is even possible without a tripod, though it is more difficult. Support yourself by, for example, photographing from a wall

It is even possible without a tripod, though it is more difficult. Support yourself by, for example, photographing from a wall

Size and finishing

Before you order a print of the image, you have to consider the optimal size and the finishing. Both depend on the room situation as well as the subject and, of course, the available budget (although you will get great and really cheap canvas prints from us). Although the investment for such a personal and exclusive room decoration is definitely worthwhile, you better order a print in a smaller format first to ensure that the colors really come out as they did on your monitor.

Split-Fotos

Surprising and intriguing accents can be set by splitting photos in large-scale pictures. Whether the picture is divided in two, three or even eight frames obviously depends on both the subject of the picture and the space available. Virtually, all imaginable motives are suitable. For this type of presentation, it boils down to a clever and exciting division. The principle is simple: You divide your photo in several sections and print them individually. The finished individual prints can be hung at small distance next to each other or, depending on the division, one above the other. That way you achieve a beautiful gallery look in your own room.

Divide your photo into several sections and hang the individual canvasses.

Divide your photo into several sections and hang the individual canvasses.

You can split simple landscape pictures, macro-shots of flowers or some abstract compositions in as many separate pictures as you like. When a particular image section needs to be emphasized, it will work very effectively if it is printed in a larger format than the remaining sections of the picture. The different heights and widths of the individual elements of the split image, as well as the combination, will draw the viewer's eye to the central theme.

A simple two-thirds to one-third ratio split can also achieve a very nice result in a limited space. On a large wall surface, you can really go wild. Here, the possible combinations are endless.

Divide your picture, and the focus of the picture, in several prints of different sizes

Divide your picture, and the focus of the picture, in several prints of different sizes

Preliminary work in image editing program

Preparing a mini-series from your own pictures is a little tricky as, under certain circumstances, the subject adjustment requires some preparation. On the other hand, this has a not-to-be-underestimated advantage: During the processing of your picture in the photo editing program, you can use the different variations option and see the perfect picture cut as precisely as possible. You can save the selected sections of the picture and can order them in the desired size.

The DIY method

This solution is certainly convenient. Alternatively, you can order a single large photo print and then crop the photo yourself. This saves you a few bucks and makes sense if you are less proficient with the image editor than you are with a ruler and cutter. This, of course, requires a lot of planning (otherwise the beautiful, expensive, printed photo is quickly and irretrievably ruined). The best thing to do is to firstly draw the desired sections on a small print of the photo and then transfer it to a larger scale on the back of the large printed format.

The clever alternative: Order your image as a single poster and cut it yourself

The clever alternative: Order your image as a single poster and cut it yourself

Be creative

The hanging of the final arrangements provides additional creative and unconventional design possibilities. We, mostly, automatically stick to a horizontal perspective. But if you are more or less creative, turning the pictures slightly or arranging them asymmetrically can, depending on the subject, achieve a surprising and wonderful effect.

It also works very elegantly when you frame each part of the whole picture in its own picture frame to let them appear even more clearly separated.

Conclusion

You see: you don’t always need a lot of money to create an exceptional and unique wall decoration for your home. Sometimes it depends mainly on your own creativity and of course on your photographic masterpieces!

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