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The right print for the right job!

Many photographers offer a service to their clients where they have images on a disc, or usb memory stick, that they print for themselves.  There is nothing wrong with this – I too offer the images on a pen drive, but it does limit the chances of success of the client getting what they really want from the shoot and displaying it to it’s full glory on their wall!

When choosing a photographer to do some work does the client think about the initial price of the shoot above all else? Do photographer and client work together to produce something in particular?  Does the client have an idea of how they want the final product to look?  Would they know how to choose a reputable printer who didn’t leave them with faded images 2 years after purchase?  Does the photographer have experience of displaying their images in large gallery presentable format?

Take, for example, these three different formats of print taken from the shoot of Roxy in the milk bath recently.  The image below is an iPhone ‘snap’ of the images taken in overcast daylight.

All the prints below were taken from the same file, and all are beautifully printed by a premium printing company based in Germany.  They are expensive options for an art print  with the photograph on the right pricing up at approximately £1.20 per cm squared.  Doesn’t sound a lot but look at the arrow key on your keyboard and thats the approximate size and then add that up to the size of the product you want!  However as an art piece that is a respectable price and they are guaranteed for 5 years from purchase and ink colours (if displayed correctly) are guaranteed not to fade for 75 years!

All these products below are correct, and correctly printed.  The differing ‘looks’ are those individualities of the print style and choice of medium but you can see that the top left is a direct print under acrylic glass and is softer in focus.  The top right is super clear high definition print on gloss paper and defined and is slightly differently coloured, and the product at the bottom is mid way between the 2 above in clarity, but the effect of the print onto the aluminium itself gives it a different tone depending upon the angle it is viewed at.

What I am trying to say is that do you (whether you are the photographer or the client) know what is the best product for purpose?  Do you think that your photographer should be sufficiently qualified to guide the client in their options?  Would you pay top end for a qualified photographer who could guide your choices or are you guided by price?

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Top left is a direct print under acrylic glass, top right is an HD print on gloss paper, and bottom is a direct print on aluminium di-bond.

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Exploring the concept of ‘spaces and places to just sit and breathe’ within the National Trust.

I was interested to explore if the National Trust had any concepts surrounding ‘spaces and places to just sit and breathe’ which is the main concept for my short timelapse for the induction project for the Local Context project.  A Google search of time, space and breathing for the National Trust bought up this interesting link, in which the Trust are hosting a photography competition specifically looking for the celebration of open spaces and places to relax.  The quote below is from the site and explains in detail what the National Trust competition judges are looking for.

“Breathing Spaces

This category celebrates open spaces and the places where we love to relax and enjoy the feeling of well-being. It could be that people are the subject of your photography or it could be animals or plants; perhaps a landscape – a wide vista or a favourite hideaway.

The judges will be looking for those images that express peace, contentment and enjoyment.

You can enter your photographs of Trust properties freely into the competition, but your entries can be of any open space or green location.”

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/article-1355846619310/

I also found it really interesting that the National Trust has a specific set of awards (The Octavia Hill Awards) that are dedicated to ‘green champions’, local hero’s, green space guardians and the like.  It was always my opinion in the past that the National Trust was about preserving stately homes and ‘old things’.  It never occurred to me, perhaps naively, that they had a vast interest in conservation of green spaces and our coastlines.  In fact I often wondered why they would have purchased such places as Crantock Beach in Newquay, or Bedruthan Steps as they had nothing to preserve.  It wasnt until listening to Jon Cummings, Visitor House and Enterprise manager Trelissick, and John Lanyon, Garden Manager Trelissick, Trerice and Glendurgan in their talk about Trelissick that I realised that they seek to keep the beautiful spaces alive for all to enjoy, as opposed to allowing tourist attractions to build on the areas making them commercial sites.  The more I learn about the ethics and day to day management of the Trust properties the more I understand how they are all underpinned by the very essence of the founders intentions… “for places, for ever, for everyone”.

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/get-involved/competitions-and-offers/octavia-hill-awards/

I also found a lovely quote from in the National Trust magazine which describes perfectly the idea of conservation as opposed to preservation.

 “Conservation is about managing the process of change, not about preserving things exactly as they are now.”  Helen Ghosh, Director General, National Trust. Bulletin, Page 16, Autumn 2014, Number 133