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First Photo Exhibition

What a journey it has been registering for my first public display of my photos, in print and in frames.


I had to choose six photos from the hundreds that I have taken over the last 11 years. Tedious work and I second guessed myself most of the time. After a pause to remove urgency and clear my thoughts, it dawned on me. Don't choose pictures you think people will like, let alone buy. These six pictures need to represent me and what I choose, not what I think others might choose. No market research needed here.


Speaking with other photographers in the club I belong to, advise was to export the photos in a full resolution tiff file. As an avid Lightroom user (and recently Lightroom CC), I soon discovered that exporting as a tiff in Lightroom CC isn't available. Luckily I subscribe monthly to the Adobe Photography suite that included Lightroom CC and Photoshop.

6 files over 72mb each loaded on the thumb drive, off I go to my default local print company.

#supportlocal #community


Limited to a 16 x 20 frame size for each of my pictures, next question was, how large to print these pictures?


The 3 black frames that I had purchased had a standard 11 x 14 opening in the included standard white matting. So I decided to print as large as the 16 x 20 would accommodate as well as 11 x 14 and see what I preferred.


After a week and a half, only two pictures were printed (full size) and I was called to come view them before we continued. Deadline for framed pictures was less than a week away.

The size was huge and impressive. The paper and the print quality was incredible. The colour however, was dark and I wasn't really happy with the lack of "pop" off of the paper. Telling me that "Of course it is dark. You are used to seeing your photos on a backlit screen" didn't seem like the issue.


Disappointed and also panicked for time and lacked know how, I remembered another local print company and headed over. After explaining my predicament to the owner and handing over the thumb drive we sat down and he walked me through the first basic step.


#printingtip : Not all frames need to be black and the colours in your picture have heavy influence on your colour of frame, and matting. I expressed what I needed and Gabrielle confidently and quite easily explained what we were going to do and how it was going to happen. These prints are in black frames (pre-fabbed) and these 3 will be in white frames, and If I brought all my frames and pictures in on Monday, they would done the next day. Custom framing and matting. Completely.


In less than 24 hours from that tip, I had 6 full frame and 6 11 x 14 prints, wonderfully fully of colour, detail and that "pop" that I wanted.


Whew! Ok. back in the game.


The other 3 black frames had yet to arrive. Yes, I went pre-fab. Yes I went as inexpensive as possible as this was, after all, my first time.


More advise from a fellow photographer whom I told my tales of woe to suggested that I reach out to a local custom framing shop, Gulf Island Picture Framing and speak with Gabrielle, and as I remembered her as a client in a previous job, I shot right over.


#framingtip : Not all frames need to be black and the colours in your picture have heavy influence on your colour of frame, and matting. I expressed what I needed and Gabrielle confidently and quite easily explained what we were going to do and how it was going to happen. These prints are in black frames (pre-fab) and these 3 will be in white frames (custom) and If I brought all my frames and pictures in on Monday, they would done the next day. Custom framing and matting. Completely.


#omgthisisactuallygoingtohappen. The price for 3 more frames plus matting was a surprise for me compared to the pre-fab that I wanted. If you want something to look REALLY GOOD, be prepared to pay for it. It was so worth the money spent for the service, knowledge and results.


Now all that is left to do is name the pictures and oy yeah, decide on a price. How does one decide on how much to charge for your work. Yes, cost of framing is obvious. I found much help here: https://darkroomgallery.com/submissions/pricing-guidelines


I'm ready. Tomorrow at 3:00, I will be proudly hanging my prints, in frames, named, priced, and ready to be viewed at Embe Bakery from June 13-26, 2019 for Photofest 2019



#lightroomcc #ilovemynikon #pnw #nikon #saltspringisland

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