Before i started my photography career, I used to work full time in a food manufacturing business, after biding my time their for a few years i acknowledged that a career in food was not an accolade of mine.
Sitting at home for a few months brought nothing in the form of career opportunities and it was not until a friend from America
arrived that i took a giant step into pursuing a career in photography.
I had never shared an interest in photography before but i was inspired by my friends photographs and the scope of features available to enhance a simple photo.
A few months later and after money well spent on a camera and studio, i created a knack for photography ( especially portraits )
and i find my self travelling every where with my camera .
To further develop my photography skills i joined a college where i met other keen photographers and the following portfolio of photographs were taken by me as part of my first assignment.
I hope you enjoy them!
Presenting Photo Images
Explain the choice of presentation method.
There are a wide variety of ways that photographic images can be presented, and a number of considerations to be made in choosing the best format.
The options available to photographers have expanded over the past few years with the expansion of the internet and use of digital media. The options range from the traditional printing and framing for presentation in a gallery environment, to the more modern slide show or creating of an ebook.
The choice of material and technique will partly be driven by cost, but the main consideration may be the audience you want to reach, and the purpose of the photograph.
I will review a couple of techniques and the cost involved for presenting the images that I have taken as part of my assignment on Location Photography.
The different techniques that I want to review are:
1 . Creating a book of images
2 . Sharing images through the internet to achieve each of the different outputs, potential costs and what type of audience the technique will reach.
3 . Canvas blocks
Describe the methods used to present the final images.
Presenting Photo Images - Creating a Book
Increased access to the internet and the use of digital media has opened up the ability to create books from your images - a book may be appropriate to group a set a images together to create a story that can preserve your images for personal memory, or as gift.
Professional photographers may be lucky enough to have their work created into a book for sale - as a way of generating revenue, and providing the consumer with an opportunity to own the images - as in the example below of studio photography.
Amateur photographers can also use this format to present images for their own memories or as a present.
This book has been created through BLURB. The photographs of friends and family have been taken in my studio.
I created the book in hardback to give it a professional feel, and make it hardwearing.
The software gives you total choice over how you arrange the photo's on the page - you can choose to tile a number of photo's or dedicate a whole page to a single image.
There is also the option to add titles and text's to make the book personal, add stories, quotes or details about the photo itself.
The total cost of the book was £40 - for 22 pages, and 18 images -
You may be able to create photo books directly from your photo editing software, or blurb an internet based company.
The options are endless allowing - hardback, soft back, you can choose the size and style, add stories or notes - creating a lasting book of memories that is highly personalized - and suited to your budget.
Choosing to design and purchase your book through your software package may be easy - but not the most cost effective and if cost is a high consideration there are numerous on-line retailers who will provide you with the same creative options at a reduced price.
For example Photo Box: http://www.photobox.co.uk
In summary - photobooks are easy to design and provide a lasting memory of your work but this has to be considered alongside your cost, and the audience that you want your photographs to reach.
Contrast the presentation method with an alternative method of presentation using different materials.
Presenting Photo Images:
Through the Internet is a very personal way to produce images that endure, but as an amateur photographer limiting to the audience that you can share it with, and potentially costly.
The internet has created greater opportunity for photographers to share their images with a wider audience. This has the benefit of reducing cost and increasing circulation.
There are a number of opportunities to share images through the internet - for example - flicker, on line photo management allowing you to share your images with as many people as you want: http://www.flickr.com/ where you can create your own gallery to promote your work, or through specific website's such london festival of photography: http://www.lfph.org
You can make your images available to all, or restrict access to your chosen few.
I have uploaded a selection of my ( A trip to manchester) images to flicker and created my first on-line photo stream. Click on the link below to view.
Flicker allows you to organize your images into sets, add descriptions, titles and tags. Tags are important if you want your photo's to be found and viewed by others when searching for images on a specific theme.
Flicker is free for the first 300mb of photo's stored and displayed - after this, or for more flexibility on what you can do there is a charge of $25 US dollars per year.
Another way of using the internet to share your photographs is to look for groups or institutions that use the internet to manage their membership. London Festival of Photography is an example of this. click on this link to view: http://www.lfph.org/
This website also provides information on exhibitions, workshops.
In summary the internet can be an excellent media for sharing your images and progressing your interests in a cost effective manner. It opens up endless possibilities, gives easy access and provides potential unlimited audience.
Presenting Photo Images on Canvas Blocks
Canvas art blocks has been very popular in the last few years and now photo canvas blocks also are available.
These are canvas prints stretched over a wooden frame, so they are ready to hang, wherever you desire.
These come in a range of different sizes and shapes, to attract any eye.
Find at, http://www.canvas4life.co.uk/
Window blinds. You can add a photo roller blind to create a really personalized feel in your home,which can be made to fit any windows.
Find at http://www.bagsoflove.co.uk/blinds/photo-blinds.aspx
Engraved glass. Having images etched on to glass is the latest innovation. The image is created by a laser, which makes tiny, but visible fracture points in the glass.
These products include plaques, key rings, tumblers and jewellery.
Find at http://www.skydesign.biz/default.asp