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Ophthalmologists as Photographers?

Photos in the Eye Doctor's Office


photos on wall

It shouldn't come as a surprise that a physician who treats vision and eye diseases is interested in the color and majesty of photography. Beginning two years ago, I began rescuing my best shots out of my computer and gave them life as prints.

What camera do I use? The one that I have on me. Nikon, Fuji, Mamiya and even my iPhone.

With ChromeDigital.com's help, I've settled on these parameters. I'm sure that other labs that use the Chromira photo printer do similar work.

RA Print 20" x 30", Ultraboard 1/2" with polystyrene back frame, Fuji Crystal Archive Lustre paper. I like a 1.5 x 1 ratio for most of my photos, but obsessive engineers will prefer the Golden Rectangle ratio of 1.618.

The Fuji Lustre is such a nice print paper, my patients sometimes think these are paintings.

There is no picture wire, nor way to install picture wire on these. On plain wall, because the prints are not heavy, they mount beautifully with 3M Command Medium-Sized hooks, which have the benefit of leaving no marks if you ever want them removed. (Just make sure you install them correctly and pull the sticky adhesive strip DOWN...then they fall right off. Never try to merely pull the hook off the wall.) I use a laser light leveler, which makes placing the hooks a breeze.

On wallpaper, you need standard picture hooks, but I actually mount them on the nail, which I don't fully tap in.

Make sure your photo is just to your liking (I tweak with an outdated version of Aperture, but also good are Adobe Lightroom, Apple Photos or if you're a real wiz, Photoshop) before uploading the image using Chrome's FTP uploader link at the top of the homepage.

I know some people shoot in RAW format, but I can't be bothered. All my images are JPG's.

It's not lost on my patients that these photos are found in a doctor's office that specializes in vision. And people love to talk about their own experiences with painting, sculpting, and most of all, travel.*

Paul Krawitz, M.D., President and Founder
VisiVite Eye Vitamins
Assistant Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology
Ophthalmic Consultants of Long Island

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