Preferred viewing distance?

Started 3 months ago | Polls thread
MCLV Senior Member • Posts: 1,144
Re: It's variable. Start far and move in close.

Aaron801 wrote:

tbcass wrote:

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 have no preferred distance. I start at a distance that is just close enough to easily view the whole image and then move in close to see detail not visible from that distance.


I think that in your case, Tom is asking about distance highlighted by bold above.

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