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Over the years, people have asked us, time and again, how to take strikingly beautiful photographs. The answer to that isn’t all that complicated: it takes skills, hard work, and practice. Let us teach you the fundamentals of photography, so you can start capturing beauty today.
Photography is the art of capturing images. Of course, that is a bit reductive. As the adage goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. So, in essence, photographers are nothing more than storytellers. With each shot, you are able to convey a myriad of emotions and narratives.
Of course, like with everything else, there is a right way to tell a story through pictures. We have been doing this for a long time and we can confidently say that we have a grasp of how you can do just that. We’ve made it our mission to teach our readers how to become great photographic storytellers.
There are two methods currently used for metal printing. The first and most common is a process known as Sublimation and the second involves a “light-table” process technique that uses UV light. The UV light is used to harden or cure the ink. At this stage, the Sublimation process is the most popular method.
Aluminum is the metal that is used for printing images on metal. This mostly has to do with its strength and weight.
Sublimation metal is frequently used for producing decorations, trophy inserts, name tags, and signage. The main metal used is aluminum, but copper along with other metals are also used. The aluminum sheets used for metal printing, also come in various finishes. Some of these include brushed silver, bright white, mirror silver, brass, gold, satin silver, and copper.
Sublimation metal is usually sold in sheets, but it is also possible to buy the metal in pre-cut shapes that are available through sublimation-metal suppliers. Most of these suppliers also sell different finishes like rounded corners, self-adhesive backing, holes to accommodate screw fixings.
Depending on what supplier you decide to buy from, sublimation metal sheets are typically 0.5, 0.7, or 1.1mm thick. These sheets are resistant, durable, and lightweight. Similar to other “sublimation-ready” items, the sublimation metal sheets feature a clear polymer coating over the surface of the sheets (this coating must be removed before printing).
The sublimation ink bonds to this coating during the heat-press process. This creates a bond that is permanent that is UV, scratch, and waterproof-resistant. Printing on metal using the sublimation technique is a simple process that provides amazing results.
The pressure of the heat press is the most important part when it comes to printing on metal. For this reason, you will probably need to experiment on a few sheets to arrive at a favorable result. Most printing experts suggest a low-to-medium pressure will work the best.
It is important to ensure the size of the design is correct to match the sublimation metal sheets. If the background color is solid, allow for a 2mm bleed around the edges to make sure you achieve complete coverage.
Compared to Regular Photo Prints
Regular photo prints are a lot less complex and require less equipment, but to do it right you still need some high quality products. A high quality art printer is crucial (don’t expect a basic office printer to do the trick). You’ll want to look for high quality laser printer, high resolution, and most people will want wide format as well (many printers are only as wide as office paper, or about 8.5 inches).
You need to understand that communicating through photographs is often a complex endeavor. After all, there are subtle and effective ways to shape an image to effectively convey the emotion you are going for. At the end of the day, your final photograph is a combination of different elements interacting with one another.
To be more specific, we are referring to the different compositional tools that you can use when using your camera. Presented below are some of the most important things you need to remember:
- Rule of Thirds
- Negative Space
- Depth of Field
- Leading Lines
A well-composed picture takes all of these elements and blends them in a way to create a compelling image. Of course, to do this, you will need to hone your skills and practice consistently.
Aside from the technical criteria that you need to meet, one of the things you must always remember is the purpose of your photograph. You need to ask yourself: why am I shooting this particular subject in this specific way? More importantly, you need to ask: What are you trying to achieve with this image?
Remember that photography is a highly subjective art form. You are capturing a part of the world through a very specific lens, framing it in such a way that its inherent features and characteristics are highlighted in a striking way. That said, you need to be aware of the meaning you are trying to create with your imagery.
You can have beautiful images, but devoid of meaning, they are empty. So, as a photographer, you need to ensure that you are able to communicate your message to the viewer.