Somewhere along the way, you will have taken some photos that are really, really good, and now deserve to be viewed by all who come and go into your home or office. So, what is the best way to do this? That is what we want to accomplish in this blog today. Take a look at this article provided by PictureCorrect and see what great things that you can do with your photos today:
Almost every photographer has had the urge to mount and display his or her photos as wall art, either at home or maybe in the office at work. At one time or another—we’ve nearly all done it—we took one of our ‘best shots’, had an enlargement made, and framed it. We brought it home or to the office and hung it on display. Then something depressing happened; the picture became unsatisfying, then boring, and finally, wall clutter. What went wrong?!
Tuscan harvest” captured by PictureSocial member David Hobcote
Perhaps a favorite shot beguiled us and we overlooked a basic fact: many good photo’s are better suited to a book or a magazine. They’re simply not appropriate for hanging upon a wall. Sometimes pictures with strong contrasts and vibrant colors can look very pleasing at first, then start to grate on us after a while if displayed as wall art.
So, now we are a little sadder but what we really want is to become somewhat wiser. We realize that what we need are photo’s that can be displayed as prints and stand the test of time, right? Definitely. Prints with lasting interest! So, how do we go about successfully shooting for that specific goal? Well, there isn’t any simple sure-fire method. But there are a few basic things to keep in mind which can definitely help in making and displaying wall art prints with lasting interest.
If you do a bit of looking around in your local decorative art & poster galleries, and ask a few discreet questions of the sales staff as to which kinds of photos are most in demand for home decor, you’ll likely discover, as I did, the following:
You can readily see that most of these factors will usually add up to a ‘painterly’ looking print. They will provide subtle pastel colors. Since such pictures already have a proven track record as successful (i.e., enduring!) wall art, why not use the above info as a set of guidelines for shooting wall art photos of lasting appeal?
If you want to display some of your photos as prints on an office wall, here’s the scoop on ‘commercial & business area’ photo decor that wears well:
These pictures often feature strong color and a near-graphic look
These type of prints yield brighter colors and stronger contrast for a bolder look. Here too, you may want to make use of marketing info as practical guidelines for your own wall display shooting.
Rather than leaving things to chance, plan your lasting decor landscapes and close-ups. First of all, search out some local places that are unspoiled and natural, with few signs of human presence or activity. Check out your nearby parks, conservation areas, or wildlife refuges.
A number of photo apps provide information as to when and where on the horizon the sun will rise or set in your area. Same for the full moon. Taking note of these things as well as what’s around you while scouting will help you foresee good photo opportunities well in advance.
Check the local weather maps for what’s upcoming in your area. Do it frequently. Remember, bad weather is good photo weather, especially during the clearing-up hours after a storm; it’s great for injecting mood into your images! By the way, online weather sources will also give you precise local sunrise and sunset times.
For close-ups with dew, just keep in mind that a hot sultry day that ends with a cool and clearing evening usually guarantees heavy dew conditions the next morning.
GO FOR IT:
Start out well before sunrise and get on location early. Set up and shoot at first light, early light, etc. If you’re shooting a landscape that includes sky, be alert for clear strips of sky at the horizon with clouds immediately above them. This situation will often yield terrific cloud effects! Alternatively, start out well before sunset and be on-site to shoot through sundown and twilight. At either time it may be possible to shoot both landscapes and close-ups if circumstances allow.
TOOLS AND TIPS:
By all means take your tripod. Also a cable release, perhaps a polarizer, or a neutral density grad filter. Use either a low ISO setting or else slow speed transparency film. And, perhaps most important of all, take along a resolve to go back to your favorite spots again and again. And again! When you know a place like the back of your hand, and you’re frequently there, you’ll be surprised at the photo ‘breaks’ that come your way!
Your personal ‘seeing’ and camera skills will undoubtedly improve as you persist at shooting both frequently and regularly. You should have no difficulty acquiring a considerable number of shots well suited for wall art.
MOUNTING AND DISPLAY:
Once you have on hand some images you feel will keep their appeal as wall decor in the long term, select one or two and make a 5 x 7 or a 8 x 10 print of it and tack it up somewhere that you’ll see it frequently. Give it a couple of weeks and see how well it keeps its appeal. If it passes the test then get a larger display print made, tastefully mounted and display it appropriately.
To assist you in these regards, why not turn to one of the many reliable guides available on the subject such as, for example:
Such publications will provide numerous fine visual examples, as well as explanation of useful guidelines, tips, and techniques, and also offer helpful advice on many related topics such as print location, fading, lighting, etc.
The presentation info in such publications, together with the above shooting guidelines, will put you well on your way toward appropriate, enduring, wall art with long-term appeal, instead of disappointing and depressing wall clutter.
About the Author: John Maxymuik authored this article for those photographers who want large prints of their work for display, either in a residential or business setting, but they want the results to have enduring appeal, instead of soon turning into disappointing wall clutter. To see examples of photography suitable for wall display go to his fine art photography website at ambienceimages dot net.
This last article about “HOW TO DISPLAY ART IN YOUR HOME” is courtesy of PictureCorrect.
Thanks to PictureCorrect for the great articles they allow me to share with my friends.
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And now to talk about this weeks subject: How to take great Landscape photos. Now, sometimes I know people will think that landscape photos just come by naturally, and you don’t need any special training on this. I think if you have ever seen a photographic exhibit where the photographer took nothing but landscape photos, you would be in awe. How do you get landscape photos like that? Well, hopefully with this weeks blog, we can help you understand how to capture some amazing photos. I will admit that doing this subject will cause you to be entertained with really incredible photography, which is a great thing.
Point #1: Don’t be lazy. Don’t just get out of the car and shoot from the road. Get out and move around and see what is the better shot. Some people that have been to that location before will be in awe when they see that it is more beautiful from another angle.
Point #2: There are golden hours to take pictures. About one hour after sunrise, and one hour before sunset. Those two hours will give you the warmth and color that make the pictures just glow. It makes them just that much better.
Point #3: If you can, use a tripod. This will make your pictures sharper and clearer. Especially if you ever decide to enlarge them.
Point #4: If it is hard to show someone the impact of the scenery, then include something of size that you know, like a person. That way, you can get a feel for what kind of scope the scenery has.
Point #5: Don’t be afraid to shoot in bad weather. It can produce some spectacular pictures. But, make sure you do protect your camera equipment.
Point #6: Take pictures of animals in their own habitat, not the zoo. See how much more spectacular this is. The animals in their natural habitat is a bit tricky, but, it takes practice, but, stay your distance from the dangerous animals. Get big lenses for your camera if possible.
Point #7: If you can get different lenses, or can get your camera to do different angles, then do it. Wide angle lenses for wide scenery shots makes all the difference sometimes.
Point #8: Add different layers. Add something in the foreground, as well as the background. Adds a story to your picture.
Point #9: Watch for false meter readings. Whether in snow, clouds, or beaches, your meter in your camera has a hard time seeing white, and will interpret that as gray. Be able to over expose your camera so that the snow, or clouds come out white instead of gray. Especially in winter, we see so many winter scenes where the snow is gray or blue instead of white. That is because your meter in your camera thinks everything in the scene is gray. It is calibrated to do so. So, it takes practice to know how to get that right, and as we get closer to winter, we will spend some time, with a special course on how to make your snow pictures with white snow.
Point #10: And the last one. Watch for leading lines, if you have them. Your eyes follow these lines, and they make for great composition. Even in landscape photography. If you got them, then use them. It will make spectacular photography.
No photographers names were posted on these photos collected off the internet. But, if the photographer who took these photos will claim the photo, I will be glad to give them credit.