Shoot, Print, And Frame A Massive Peter Lik Style Photograph On A Budget

Shoot, Print, And Frame A Massive Peter Lik Style Photograph On A Budget

If you have seen Peter Lik's work in person then you understand that it's impossible to put into words the look and quality of his prints. Peter's photography (and his post production) is fantastic, but what really makes his work stand out is his printing and presentation. If his images were printed on standard photo paper at a standard size, his work would not have the same "wow" factor.

Right before a trip to Italy I went back into Peter's studio for a little inspiration. After studying his work and speaking with a sales rep about his printing process I decided to shoot, print, and frame a shot in Italy for the absolute cheapest price without losing the "wow" factor that Peter's work has. This is how I did it.

Today it is so easy to stitch images together that you could shoot a picture like this with practically any camera with manual control and the more images you take, the more megapixels the final prodcut will be. Don't think that you have to have some ultra expensive camera to get quality images. I went to Italy with only 1 camera (D7000) and 1 lens (Sigma 17-50mm). If I had brought a longer lens I could have zoomed in more and taken even more pictures for a higher megapixel image but I was so far away (and I could only zoom to 50mm) so only 3 images fit. 3, 16mp images combined into one made for one ultra sharp image though.

The metallic print from really did look like it was printed on metal and it definitely has that "backlit" look that people say Lik's work has. The print in the video can not come close to the way that it actually looks in person. As I said at the end of the video, this paper looks fantastic but it is so reflective it has to be perfectly flat to look it's best. I would highly suggest bringing your print to a professional, getting them to mount it on gatorboard and then using the mirror for something else (it actually is a really nice mirror).

I hope you guys enjoyed this video. It is very different than our other stuff but we thought we would give it a try. We are really ramping up our video production and in the near future we hope to bring you an original video each week.

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Yohan Vervatwala's picture

Thank you so much! That was a awesome video! 
looking forwards to more FS originals :) keep em cominl 

yohan v 

Chris Duarte's picture

Thanks for all your hard work!

Lee Morris's picture

Thanks guys, glad you enjoyed it!

Great video. Anytime I am in Vegas, I stop by Peter Lik's stores and check out his work.

I am going to try this out and see how it works. Thanks for the advice and a great site.

Nice! Thanks for sharing!

Wow, what an adventure! The finished product looks amazing, even on film - I can only imagine for it looks 'in-the-flesh'. Thanks for sharing that, Lee.

Very nice Lee ! I have 3 question here :
1. Why dont you use an anti static gloves while you taped the picture ?
2. If you put a thin plexyglass in front of the picture would it be better or not ?
3. Are there different kind of metallic paper ? 
Just a tip i hear from my friends, sometimes they bought an used frame or mirror in flea market, polish or paint it then you have your new frame for your picture :)
Thank you !!!

Lee Morris's picture

1: I didn't have any and I didn't feel any static.
2: plexi and the mirror would be too thick to fit and way more expensive.
3: that I do not know, I've only heard of kodak metallic.

Wayne Leone's picture

Great video Lee and great shot of Rome. Print looks amazing.

John MacLean's picture


Nice image!

I know you were posting a budget minded clip, but if you want the ultimate in flatness, I suggest mounting on aluminum and finish it with a protective lamination and a wood liner on the back side to hang it. My friends at Weldon Color Lab do this and more. They also make spectacular Lightjet prints onto most popular papers including my favorite - Fuji Flex. They're not a budget lab, but the attention to detail down to the packaging is very fastidious. 


Lee Morris's picture

Any way you could get a quote on a 58x24inch print for us?

John MacLean's picture

Hey Lee, Sorry I didn't catch the email reminder for this. Your best bet is to call or email the lab directly. 


Patrick Hall's picture

Just checking in with Weldon and their 8x10 prints are $25?  Is this for real?

John MacLean's picture

Yes Peter it's for real.

Great job Lee! I'll definitely be doing something like this in near future. I like to get my frames at Ikea as they are pretty inexpensive and are always the same and I can keep a unison flow with my frames instead each being different. Are there any pros or cons to printing large format photos like that on a glossy vs matte paper?