Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Why and How to Showcase your photographic work

Have you realised that garnished food, presented in an attractive manner tastes much better or maybe you feel more like eating it, compared to much tastier food which is not well presented! Well, We like things which are presented better. We consume and adore things which look good.


The key is "Presentation".


Why not presenting your own photographic work. Photo Exhibitions don't confine to only professional photographers. Upcoming, hobby, part time photographers can also do it. Here are few points WHY you should show case your pictures and HOW to do it in much easier and economical way



Why to showcase:


1. Awareness of your capabilities:

By showcasing your photos many of your friends, relatives and guests would start  associating you with photography and they will have an awareness of your strengths.

It also works as an advertising strategy. You can have a signature in all your images which builds a brand of your own. This might be one of your steps in marketing.


2. Get motivating energy to sail forward:

When people appreciate your photographs, you get inspired to work towards bigger journey. A Pat on the back is always needed


3. Promotes improvements:

When presented  to the world, you can see how others perceive at your pictures.

Haven't you got some shots which you feel very good, but others don’t feel so. Also you might have average pictures as per you which many others like a lot. This generates new ideas which you can use for further creations.


4. It decorates walls:

It may be your walls or others, your photographs can decorate them. Think about it !


5. Making money:

Of course when you exhibit, there may be few people who would love to buy them or may give an opportunities to work for their creative needs.



How to Showcase - Easy way:


Its good to have Big exhibitions, Photo magazines etc, but those might not be for hobby and semi professional photographers. So here are few points how you can showcase your photographs easily and  in a  much economical way!


Online is good, faster and easy way to showcase your pictures. Photo-blogs, Online portfolios and Web sites, photography clubs surely will help to do so. And most of us are also doing it.

However I feel printing your photographs gives completely a different and better approach. People see your photos and feel them better when printed than on screen. Following are few ideas which you can adopt.


1. Hang them on your own walls:

* First be proud of your photographs and decorate your own walls with them. Frame your own photos and display all over your home and office. Your guests and colleagues might ask for few prints or look for your service.


*   Setup a pin board to showcase your best photographs. Print them on paper and collage them on to the board. It is not expensive, yet gives a great impact. Show them to your friends and visitors 


2. Gift your photographs:

You would have occasions where you have to gift something to your dear ones. Why buy from shops, you can gift your pictures. I am sure they will like it.


3. Create a portfolio:

Create a printed portfolio album in bigger size and keep it in your magazine stand. Let your guests and friends have a look at it in leisure.

You can also keep an album of your best shots in your car and let you co-passenger view at it while driving.


4. Make few free photo shoots:

Why not offering few friends a free photo shoot. What you need from them is their time. Give them beautiful pictures, frame few best shots and I am sure they will show case it further on your behalf.


5. Another way showcase is to print your pictures on T-shirts, Tea mug  and  what not.



Note: These are some of the ideas I personally thought. These are not the only ideas for showcasing your work.

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