Why and How Finalizing the creation of artistic photographs – Part 1

You have started a real photographic project. You now have several interesting series. You have defined and applied your artistic approach.

You want to convey messages, translate emotions or show aesthetic works. You must finalize your photographic approach either by an exhibition or by participating in a photo contest.

Landscape in black and white of Island in the Sky in Canyon Lands in Utah.
Landscape in black and white of Island in the Sky in Canyon Lands in Utah.

Editing: An Essential Step to Finalize the Writing of a Series of Photos

All the photos you create exist in a digital form. You realize them with your photographic conscience. For the moment these photographs are only accessible by you because you are the author.

It is time now to ask you the question of how to put them in place to propose to viewers to understand you. You must consider a method to make your pictures accessible to others.

As an author photographer, you have some different options. You have created your photographs on the field taking care to write with the natural elements available. You took care to frame and to compose well to create harmonious pictures in tones, colors, shapes. You have managed mass balances well.

You have certainly created your photographs having taken good care to define a solid photographic consciousness. You have adopted a precise artistic approach by defining your artistic vision and your photographic style. You have chosen a photo project that you have cut into homogeneous series to better reflect everything you want to convey.

Now you arrive at the crucial stage where you come back from a session, a trip or a series of photo sessions during which you took photos.

You will begin the editing step as I described in this article.

The editing is the reading phase of the photographs. It allows to read thoroughly each shot and to verify that it corresponds to the artistic approach chosen for the project.

The editing is a lonely stage for you and for all photographers. All the photos were made in the field. You have certainly used all the natural elements and tools you had at your disposal to write your photographs. You have transmitted messages and reflected your emotions with your camera.

You have downloaded on your computer several tens or even hundreds of pictures. You must now identify the singularity of the artistic approach you have developed. You will determine the pictures that will compose the series that you will put forward either on your website or to an exhibition or a book.

Your series must be consistent. All the photos should have the same atmosphere. You will have to find a balance point between all the photos to have a harmonious suite that tells a story.

The editing is a phase during which you will probably doubt enormously. You should consider several tracks and choose the most appropriate choice for artistic path chosen before the beginning of the project. It is a phase of questioning. It is very time consuming. But a well-done editing will always save time during the development phase. Indeed, if an editing is poorly done, you will develop a whole set of photos that will not be interesting. You will spend time that will not be lost because then you will go faster. Once all your photos are juxtaposed, you will see the inconsistency of the series and you remove unwanted images.

The editing phase is essential because it is going to determine the photos that will be retained permanently

The editing is the first phase for the completion of the photographic writing as an artistic photo project. It must conform to the photographer's vision. It is will determine the final direction of your artistic work.

This phase makes it possible to refine the eyes, to reinforce the artistic vision, to learn to think in photography, to mature. It will help to find the most appropriate form and give full value to a photographic series.

Editing is a very precise methodology.

Once your editing is complete, you will begin the development phase. In this article, I explained the reasons for this very important phase because it reinforces the vision of the photographer.

Then, once all the photos have been developed with your vision, you will use them. I often say that a photograph only exists when it is printed. The digital form is an unsuccessful form of a work. It is not the end. Printing is a difficult step that requires experience, time, patience and a lot of skills. You have several ways to finalize the printing of your photos.

Exhibition: An Alternative Possible Step to Finalize the Writing of a Series

For most photographers, the exhibition of photographs is a real end for an artistic project. Whether it's for a festival or for a gallery, it's a project that deserves a great importance.

Creating a photographic exhibition is very difficult because you need enough photographs to tell a story. Your photographs must be technically perfect because enlargements accentuate defects such as noise, framing or composition errors.

You must keep in mind that the crucial phase for an exhibition is the choice of the order of the photographs because the story must have a beginning, a development and an end. You must create a rhythm so that the viewers can be dragged into the flow of the story you have chosen. This choice makes it possible to show at its best your artistic photographic approach.

Keep in mind that your photographs are a two-dimensional representation of a three-dimensional space. Shooting on the field, with the modeling, makes it possible to account for the three-dimensional space of reality.

The setting up of an exhibition and the scenography must accentuate the 3D effect that we are all looking for

Choose Correctly Your Paper

The second phase is the choice of paper. Few photographers really know the different papers and their uses. For example, a work in color should not be printed like an artwork in black and white.

The best solution is to go to a specialized laboratory but to get to know the person who will work with you. Explain her your artistic approach, the desired rendering, the lighting that will be used during the exhibition. The more exhibitions you will do have, the more you will gain experience with the choice of different papers.

Do Not Hesitate to Frame Your Works

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