Month: May 2021

How To Get Your Photographs Noticed at Art Exhibitions

Photographers are always looking for people to notice their work. In an art exhibition, there are various photographers with different artworks. At art exhibitions, the photographers present their work, and everyone expects their photographs to be outstanding. The main aim of an art exhibition might be recognition, selling, or display. It would be best if you did various things as a photographer for the audience to notice your photographs at art exhibitions. Let us get to see how to get there.

Build Your Online Presence

Technology has taken over everything today, and online platforms are essential for anyone who wants recognition. Create a photography blog and use the platform to promote your work by posting your photographs. Once you have a solid online portfolio, people will know about your work. Everyone who gets to the art exhibition will want to come and see your work one on one. The social media presence will make it easy for people to learn about your work and your prices.

Reflect on Your Work

Various photographers have come together at art exhibitions, and you need to go the extra mile to be outstanding. Reflect on your work. What does your art speak? Is your work unique, creative, and eye-catching? Do you prefer abstract work with lots of color such as a fall foliage scene, or do you prefer a more pure and distilled look such as a black and white photo of a purebred dog? Make the audience want to display your artwork at their homes, commercial places, and offices. If the photographs are interesting to look at and create some inspiration, then the audience at the art exhibition will quickly notice them.

Join A Photography Contest

By joining a photography contest, it is clear that you are confident with your work. The confidence will get you to the limelight. You never know, maybe your photographs will be one of the best pieces at the contest, and with that everyone at the art exhibition will notice your work. Remember, you do not have to win the contest. Patience is essential – keep trying because, in every contest, you will get a new audience. If your photographs are good even without winning, they will notice your capabilities.

Research

Narrow down to your target audience and work on how to get their attention. Get all the necessary tools to get the work done. Use the most interesting materials and techniques you can find online—also, research how other photographers get their photographs noticed. You can pick one or two of the tips, which might work for you. Making the best photographs for the sake of the art exhibition will always be worth it.

Practice Positioning Yourself as a Photographer

At an art exhibition, photographers want to get their work noticed. It is upon you to make your photographs noticed by the audience. By looking at you, someone might not tell if you are a good photographer or not. Work on how you present your work. The moment someone walks to you, ensure you have the right words for them. Talk to them about your inspiration, your theme, and your photographs in general. Also, ensure you have your business card – you never know when an audience will want to have it. The story behind your photographs might make someone interested in your work, therefore, ensuring you have the words to say whenever asked about the photographs.

Photography comes from within and failing to get your work noticed at one art exhibition does not mean your photographs are not good enough. It might be interesting when art gallery staff walk to you at an exhibition asking to work with you. Throughout the art exhibition, remember what it takes to get decent photographs. Always try to find out about someone before working with them. Your interests should always be at their best.

5 Simple Tricks to Improve Lighting in Your Photographs

Before heading out for your next photo shoot, there are a few things every photographer must consider. There is composition, color, subject matter, and depth. All of these areas can be directly affected by the most simple and vital tool that is at their disposal: lighting. Here are some simple tricks to help improve the lighting in your shots and ensure a stunning capture

1) Front-Lighting

This is the least dramatic of the lighting sources, but it is the most useful. Having the subject of your photo pointed directly at the source to completely illuminate the area. If you are taking a portrait of a person, having the source directly in front of them can make them squint and ruin a lovely image. Instead, you can have it pointed at a slight angle from either the left or the right to get a better shot. 

2) Broad Light Source

Broad lighting is a technique used so that the brighter side of the subject you are capturing is closer to the camera. This will frame the subject very well, but it will cast a softer effect than if you used a more focused source. The broader range will also cast fewer shadows and may even fuzz the texture of your subject. If you only have access to narrow lighting, you can broaden it by using reflectors or diffusers like an umbrella to bounce the light from. 

3) Utilize Shadows

Shadows are another useful tool for photo savvy. They can help to define spaces, direct the eye towards what it should be focused on in the photo, and will even give a sense of depth. You can alter it in a photo editing program, but you can also do it by changing the light source’s direction and bringing it either closer or further away from the subject. Don’t be afraid to play with it to make your picture truly stand out. 

4) Color Temperature

Though, to the naked eye, a subject may appear as one color, when you take a photo of it the color may alter slightly. The best example of this is when you use the color white. When looking at it directly, the subject will appear to have no color at all. That is because our eyes cannot perceive it. However, when looking through a camera lens, the sensors within the camera will pick it up and record it as such. The best way to utilize lighting for this is to keep in mind what the color may come out looking like. Using early morning or late afternoons, the natural sunlight will add blush to colors and add a softening effect you cannot get artificially. 

5) Place Light Source Close to Subject

The further the light source is from the subject, the harder it is to define its features. Also, if it is too far away you will get more of a silhouette look than you will a portrait. By placing the lighting source closer, you will broaden it and make the subject of your photo so that it is illuminated evenly and naturally. It will also help to affect the flow of the image and direct where the eye is supposed to go as someone looks at it for the first time. Play with range to get the image you are looking for.

Mastering The Art of Black and White Photography

In order to take a quality monochromatic photo, you will need to keep a few things in mind. So, without further ado, here are the basic do’s and don’ts of black and white photography:

A dynamic color photo does not necessarily work in black and white. Monochromatic tones are a whole different story and can completely change the way the tones interact and the type of depth you will get in your picture. If you intend to shoot black and white, you should shoot for black and white–and that means checking the image in black and white to make sure it works.

Check how the photo looks before you take it if you can. If you cannot change the setting of your camera because your camera phone does not have the option to do so, then try switching to the monochrome filter on your camera. However, remember that filters are not the same as true black and white technology such as black and white film, as they are a preset filter added to an existing digital color image rather than the light of the image being interpreted by a series of chemicals. If you are shooting on a digital camera, you can switch to monochrome easily. 

If you are shooting on film, you will need a light meter–and education on the logistics of how to use one.

A beautiful black and white image have depth, dimension, and contrast. In black and white photography, the tone is simply where the shade falls on the scale from black to white. Because there are no color differences to visually separate objects and their planes and angles, objects which stand out as separate in real life can actually blend together and look dimensionless in black and white photography. For example, a bright red balloon will stand out with little effort in color photography, but in black and white, the red falls on the darker side of the scale and can even read as though it is a shadow if the surrounding area does not have sufficient contrast. Tones often blend together and it is more difficult to create a dynamic image that tells you where to look and what is most important. You will need an image that has a lot of tonal variation–which is not the same as a color variation. 

One way to create tonal variation is sunlight and shadow. Morning and early evening have strong sunlight and shadow, which will create the variation needed to clearly distinguish the dimension of objects. For example, if you are shooting a person’s portrait, you will need to create shadows in the right places so that the face has angles and does not appear to be without structure. A light from above will create a different structure than light from below, so experiment before shooting on where the light looks best (word to the wise, light from below almost never looks good). 

With this in mind, you will have to be aware that if you are shooting images that are not staged (outdoor, natural, etc), there will be an element of composition which you cannot fully control. Being prepared with a light meter is essential, and knowing these components to photography on a digital camera with manual settings and retractable lenses is also essential. Even though you will not technically need a light meter for a digital camera, a light meter is still more accurate than your camera’s sensor and you need to understand the exact amount of contrast that will be in your image in order to take a beautiful photograph with depth and dimension.