Preferred viewing distance?

Started 3 months ago | Polls thread
MCLV Senior Member • Posts: 1,144
Re: Preferred viewing distance?

Tom Axford wrote:

Suppose you are in an art gallery and you enter a room filled with images (photographic or other) hung on the walls. The images are all 60 cm wide and 40 cm high (24" x 16" if you prefer feet and inches). How far away from each image do you stand when looking at it?

More specifically, what would be your preferred distance to view the image as a whole? Of course, you will need to go closer to view fine detail, but I am asking about your preferred distance when viewing the whole image to get an overall impression of the composition, atmosphere, etc.

I voted for 50-80 cm but I find this range to be rather broad since it goes from 0.7 to 1.1x of print diagonal. I would look from the longer part of this range.

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