Why and How: Finalizing the creation of artistic photographs – Part 1
Let’s say you have begun working on an exciting new photographic project. You have now established the first installment of an interesting series. Through this work, you have defined and applied your artistic approach.
Perhaps you may want to convey messages, translate emotions, or reveal aesthetic works. Before you can complete these projects, you must finalize your photographic approach. This process occurs through participation in either an exhibition or in a photo contest.
Editing: An Essential Step to Finalize the Writing of a Photographic Series
All the photos you create exist in digital form. You discover them with your photographic conscience. Currently, these photographs are only accessible to you because you are the author.
Now is the time to ask yourself a question: “How can I propose my work to viewers in an effective way so that they might fully understand my message.” The answer to this question lies in the creation of a unique method that makes your work accessible to others.
As a photographic author, you have had many unique creative options to choose from. You created your photographs on the field, taking care to utilize those natural elements available to you. When framing and composing, you meticulously fashioned harmonious pictures in distinct tones, colors, and shapes. You balanced masses and technique with precision.
You certainly created your photographs with great care, thus defining a solid photographic consciousness. You adopted a precise artistic approach by defining your artistic vision and your photographic style. You chose a photo project, and then expanded it to a homogeneous series so that it better reflects all the messages you wished to convey.
Perhaps, you have accomplished all of these things, only to arrive at a crucial stage where you come back from a photographic session, trip, or series. Where should you go next?
You must begin the editing step as I described in this article.
The editing is the reading phase of the photographs. It allows you to thoroughly read each shot, verifying it to see if it corresponds to the artistic approach chosen for a project.
Editing is a lonely stage for you, as it is for all photographers. All the photos were made in the field. You most likely used all the natural elements and tools at your disposal to create your photos. You transmitted messages and reflected your emotions with your camera.
You already downloaded tens or even hundreds of photos from your camera onto your computer, now you must identify the singularity of your artistic approach. You will determine which pictures to include in your series, website, exhibition, or book.
Your series must be consistent. All of your photos should have the same atmosphere. You must find a balance point between the photos to create a harmonious suite to colorfully and eloquently tell a story.
Editing is a phase that will cause you to doubt yourself and your abilities enormously. Thus, you should consider several tracks and choose the most appropriate choice for your artistic path before beginning a project. This phase of questioning is very time consuming, which signifies its importance. Masterful editing will always save you time during the development phase. Indeed, if editing is poorly completed, you will develop a whole set of photos that will not be interesting. Time spent on editing will enable you to proceed more quickly later on. You will be able to spot the inconsistencies of photos that have been edited well and those that are not. You can then choose which ones to include in your series and which ones to leave out.
The editing phase is essential because it determines the photos that you wish to permanently retain in your project.
Editing is the first phase in the photographic writing process of an artistic photo project. It must conform to the photographer's vision. It determines the final direction of your artistic work.
This phase refines the eyes, reinforces the artistic vision, and teaches your mind to think maturely from a photographic perspective. It helps you to decide which photo is most appropriate for a specific project, so that it might bring value and meaning to a photographic series.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 has 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, and how it reinforces the photographer’s vision. Once your photos have been developed with your vision, you will print them. I often say that a photograph only exists when it is printed. The digital form is an unfinished form of the work. It is not the end. Printing is a difficult step that requires experience, time, patience, and many other skills. A photo can be printed in many different ways. You must choose that which best suits your needs.
Exhibition: An Alternative Destination for Your Work
For most photographers, the exhibition of photographs is the true destination for an artistic project. Regardless of whether the project was created for a festival or for a gallery, your project deserves to be recognized. It holds a great importance.
Creating a photographic exhibition is quite difficult because you need enough photographs to accurately and masterfully tell a story. Your photographs must be technically perfect. Once it is printed, any defects such as noise, or errors in framing or composition, will be magnified in front of the viewer.
Keep in mind that the crucial phase for an exhibition is the choice of order in which they will be presented. Every story has a beginning, a development in plot, and a conclusion. You must model a similar rhythm when exhibiting so that viewers can be carried through the flow of the story you have chosen. This allows you to share your artistic photographic approach.
Remember, your photos are a two-dimensional representation of a three-dimensional space. Shooting on the field with modeling accounts for the three-dimensional space of reality.
Setting up an exhibition with scenography accentuates the 3D effect that both you and your viewers are looking for.
Choose Your Paper with Care
The second phase is the choice of paper. Few photographers can distinguish when to use a certain kind of paper for specific photos. 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 laboratory and establish a relationship with a specialist. Explain your artistic approach, the desired rendering, and the lighting that will be used during the exhibition. The specialist can better assist you when your explanation is detailed. The more exhibitions you participate in, the more experience you will gain in choosing printing papers.