Framing Sampling

I decided to utilise Adobe Express ipad app, to gain an insight, or sampling of the different frames and how they would appear on my selected photographs… below are some sample frame ideas.

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After much reflection, I have decided that a black frame (as seen below) with white mounts suit the photographs collectively… I am due to visit the framers tomorrow, to drop the A2 images off, I will see what options the framers offer at this moment I am intent on using black frames…

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Vistaprint Business Cards

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I opted to create my own business cards, for the sole purpose of showing my online portfolio. I selected a 250 pack of folded business cards; although this is not a high-quality preview, vistaprint do not provide a high quality sample in case customers decide to print at home, which would take business away from vistaprint…

I feel this design and layout is effective as it is eyecatching, informative and supports the work which I shall exhibit on the wall.

Now I am awaiting the arrival of these cards, they shall be delivered during this upcoming week.

Vistaprint Business Cards – Sample Pack.

I received the Vistaprint business cards sample pack today; it is great to view the different sorts of business cards that this company creates; especially to consider when creating my business cards as well as for future circumstances where I may want to update my design.

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An example of the various business cards Vista Print offer, alongside different paper options they offer, such as the creation of flyers or brochures.
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Gloss (top image), Spot effect (middle image) and matt (bottom image).
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Spot effect.

Images Selected For Exhibition Printing.

What images are going to be shown or exhibited in the Novus show?

I have chosen x5 A2 Photographs to exhibit in the Novus exhibition

Paper Stock?

I selected Oyster paper, and had a sample of my photography printed on this by a printing company prior to committing to the A2 prints.

Thoughts?

I am thoroughly pleased with the high quality printing and the level of detail which has been maintained throughout the printing process; initially hesitant to source an outside printing company, due to the lack of control or input that I would have on the images. On reflection I must admit that I do not regret this decision, and it has developed my confidence in my photography, knowing that the work I am producing is of a wonderful quality, my images can be sent away to be printed – in the future I hope to print more regularly.

Book Production #1.

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Breakthrough book.

I received the first copy of my photographic book from Blurb in the post today. I thoroughly feel the book is effective in terms of book layout, image quality and use of text as well as being successful in compiling a wide range of my work in an order which expresses my thoughts and feelings in such a manner which is ordered and accompanied by text.

However, in the introduction I would realise that there was a major typing error.

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Typing error in book

Throughout the book, some of the images appeared twice, as the images are so detailed it can be confusing in recognising which image you have previously seen; despite proof-reading multiple times. On further research on Blurb’s website, I have been enlightened to find that Blurb do not proof read and work but rather they print what has been submitted, as well as that Blurb will not accept any returns as a result of typing errors. Furthermore, being unfamiliar with the ‘Book Wright’ program which Blurb offer, the navigations and options of the program in my opinion are confusing and not very user-friendly.

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Image repeated twice.

Learning from this mistake has been a costly one, I rectified the errors which were present within the first copy, have sent this to print and now I am eagerly awaiting its arrival on 24/25th of April, ensuring that somone else has also proof-read the book this time, not just myself.

As the book cost £60 for the large landscape size, this time, upon reflection I chose a standard landscape size book: one with a hardcover for the purpose of my portfolio and a soft cover as I felt a soft cover book would be more easily accessible to those attending the exhibition and decide to view my work. Furthermore a smaller format book (as the large book…is large!) would offer a more intimate, personal experience for the viewer.

 

The Post-Production Process

This process, although simplistic was applied to all of the photographs which have been selected for exhibition and book presentation; the principle works extremely effectively at creating an escapism, a new location.

The intention was to complete as much of the work as possible, in camera. Therefore ensuring the settings, exposure, lighting, etc is a close to final as possible was intrinsic to remove the requirements of lengthy post-production in Adobe Photoshop.

The photograph process includes:

  • Initially opening the images in camera raw to adjust any settings in a non-destructive manner.
  • Remove Chromatic Aberration.
  • Enable Profile Corrections – to ensure any lens distortion is corrected.
  • Open the photographs into photoshop as Smart Objects; for quick linking to and editing of the saved camera raw settings.
  • Open the images in Photoshop.
  • Changing the blend mode to overlay.
  • Save the photograph file in the appropriate format.

Below are a few examples of this process.

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Ωzz Making adjustments.
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Dehazing the photograph.
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Opening the photograph in camera raw.
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Editing Process Sample.
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