And wow, what a revelation that was!
My clients rarely need prints, and even more rarely large prints. As a result, the maximum size I usually view my photos is limited by the size of my monitor - 21". I have printed a couple of large, 60x40" canvases for personal use, but generally speaking, it is extremely rare that I see my photos at any size larger than the monitor.
Well, let me tell you, it was a revelation to watch my own photos on a 46" TV screen. I strongly suggest that you do it (if you don't want to get Chromecast - although, it has my vote, it totally rocks - just use a USB stick, if your TV has a port).
You might think that the reason I'm suggesting this has to do with revealing flaws that you would not otherwise see. It's the exact opposite: Displaying and viewing your photos on a large screen/surface, allows you to see, quite literally, the bigger picture. When your photos are displayed on a 46"+ screen, and you're sitting comfortably on the couch a few feet back, you no longer care about chromatic aberration, about per-pixel sharpness, about micro-contrast. When you have an image that big in front of you, the buck stops there - it's just you and the composition. All the sharpness and contrast and vivid colors in the world won't save you if the composition is meaningless, dull, without emotions.
|Before seeing this on a big screen, I thought it was a pretty decent capture. It's not. Once the living room is enveloped by your photo, you realize it quickly if there is no powerful story to be told|
Photos you thought were great, no longer seem so. They might be eye-candish, with saturated colors, but seeing them displayed makes you painfully aware of their lack. Conversely, photos you did not consider anything special, strike you with their meaning. It is a humbling as well as rewarding exercise, that will teach you a lot.