We receive excellent questions from our professional printing clients all the time! One such question was posted by Beth recently as a followup comment on one of our most popular blog posts, “How to Print Like Peter Lik”, specifically requesting that we share more in-depth information about how to “properly light” acrylic photos.
In fact, “How do I achieve picture perfect gallery lighting for my new acrylic photo prints?”, is actually a frequently asked question that we receive all the time – from both beginner photographers as well as from seasoned photography pros who have been in the business for some time.
How to Achieve Gallery Effect Lighting For Your Acrylic Photos
So, what IS the best lighting setup for this style of professional print? Well, there are a few elements to consider if you’re looking to achieve a “gallery effect” when displaying your acrylic photos…
The most important consideration is, of course, the lights you select for lighting your art gallery display. In our professional opinion, the light gamut / spectrum should be as close to natural light as possible, to really bring out all of the vivid colour produced by a true LightJet exposed print created with FujiFlex Crystal Archive HD Photo Paper. This is why we recommend using SoLux 4700K Bulbs, which are universally recognized as the ultimate in D50 daylight simulation and can be incorporated into any standard track or art-light fixture that accepts a low voltage (12 volt) MR-16 bulb (2 pin socket).
In addition to the light bulbs you choose to directly light your artwork, the ambient lighting in your room can completely affect the overall look and tone of your artwork display as well. The soft glow of ambient lighting can be used to create drama and heighten the intensity of your image, pulling the viewer closer to ponder and enjoy the magnificent color and detail captured in your face-mounted acrylic photo prints.
ArtisanHD offers an ample variety of hanging and finishing options for you to select from when purchasing your face-mounted acrylic prints, which will also play an important role in the display of your acrylic work of art as well. For instance, you could choose to add a Museum Back, which gives your acrylic face-mounted print the appearance of “simply floating off your wall”. Or select our 1-inch stainless steel standoff mounting system, which provides “clearance” to allow light to fall between your image and your wall, to add a “glowing” or “backlit” effect to your acrylic print artwork display.
And finally, the actual wall colour behind your acrylic print can have a dramatic impact as well. Displaying your print on a wall colour that is in stark contrast (either darker or lighter) than the colours included within your acrylic print artwork can add even more drama or ‘POP’ to the final presentation of your artwork display.