Professional Photographer's tip week: Exhibiting, tip 1
This week’s theme is all about exhibiting your photography and we will be discussing tips on planning, preparing, exhibiting and promoting your work through exhibitions.
Today’s tip is about the theme and focus for your exhibition:
Exhibitions are a great way of getting people to view your work up close, instead of just looking at high-res images on your online portfolio. With people stood in front of your work and appreciating it in the flesh, chances are they’ll be more compelled to purchase prints of the shots they like. And there's the obvious networking potential - an exhibition is a social occasion, and one that should be made the most of.
If you’ve never held an exhibition of your work before, it can be difficult to decide what exactly to put in it. An exhibition should say something about your work and style and it should give viewers a clear message, carried forth by your images.
It may be tempting to overload the exhibition with as many images as you think appropriate, or perhaps you find it difficult to choose your favourite images. It is always important for a photographer to remain focused.
The important first step is to decide upon a theme and collect a decent, but not too large, amount of images for it. Think about how your viewers will identify with your images. Not everyone will like your work, but this is something that happens to all artists.
Try putting together a selection of images and ask other photographers to tell you what they think the theme is and whether the photos compliment each other and that theme. Most photographers get attached to their images, so getting somebody else's take on what to choose and where things should go can help you make better choices.
Tell us your thoughts below about any experiences you have had with exhibiting your work in the past or tell us about an exhibition you’re thinking of putting on.
This tip week has been inspired by Matt Henry's roundtable in Professional Photographer. In September's mag, on sale now, he sheds some important and insightful light on how to get your work into galleries. To find out more, pick up a copy of the magazine now, or buy it online.
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