In the second of my collaborative posts with Canon I’m sharing photographs and a video that show three simple, quick and inspiring ideas for printing and displaying personal photographic prints. Using Canon’s PIXMA Printing Solutions app I was able to access and print remotely from my tablet the Santorini pictures I wanted to display, and then send them directly to the PIXMA printer.
Talking about the new printers, I would love it if more tech brands created white products because they are so much easier to work into an interior scheme, don’t you think? Exterior aside, I was genuinely impressed by the quality of the prints: the colours were very true to life and the touch screen makes selection easy, too. My partner and I are excited that we can now send the pictures we like to print while we are still away on holiday. It’s amazing to think that they will be ready to collect, display and share before we’ve even walked in the front door and the madness of daily life takes over again.
I took inspiration from my Creative Ideas For Photo Displays board on Pinterest to create some fun DIY display ideas – the first is to create a hanging photo line. Using bakers twine and brightly coloured pegs, I strung a series of my Santorini prints across an exposed white brick wall. The appeal of this idea is that it’s an eye-catching and inventive way to display photos, while also making use of otherwise unused wall space. The key to making this look work is to ensure there is a theme flowing through all of your pictures, for example I made sure the same Greek blue hue appeared in each picture. To achieve the most effective look you want to be sure to create visual interest with a relaxed yet cohesive look, so try to switch up the orientation between portrait and landscape, as well as a mix of close up and establishing shots.
The second DIY photo display idea is to the easiest of the lot – simply place photos into stylish frames and admire. I know it seems odd to include this (it’s so obvious, right?) but when I asked myself the last time I actually printed and framed a picture I couldn’t remember. With our lives so caught up in digital technology and posting pictures online, it was refreshing to remind myself of such a simple and traditional way to bring special and evocative pictures back into the home. I rarely take time to click through an old Facebook album or scroll the history of my Instagram feed, so being able to see prints of my travels around my home reminds me of my cherished memories and adventures everyday. By allowing you to instantly print and then frame high quality personal prints at home, the PIXMA Printing Solution app utilizes modern technology to make an age old method of display that much quicker and easier. I really like the idea of painting frames to correspond or contrast with the main hues of the print in them – just like above where the yellow frame contrasts perfectly with the close up print of the distressed blue door.
Finally, why not make use of vintage glassware and Kilner jars to display your favourite prints? When I printed one of my Santorini sunset prints and placed it inside the glass jar it was like it came alive. I loved how the light flooded through the glass around it, almost making it look as though it was glowing. If you try this at home I’d advise creating a vignette on a windowsill so that you can utilise the natural light to enhance the prints. I’d love to know which idea you might try at home?
// Photography by Will Taylor | Shot with a EOS Canon 5D Mark III