Preparing Photos For a Fine Art Gallery
Over the time I’ve spent honing and working on my photography skills and work, fine art photography has consistently been one of my favorite types of photography to produce. I love doing portrait, product, and commercial photography, but there’s something about fine art photography that allows me to see an ordinary subject and create or tell a story about it. This week I had the opportunity to prepare an image to be hung for a fine art gallery on the campus of BYU-Idaho.
My subject for this photo was music/piano. Music is as a part of me just as my physical and personality traits make up who I am. Since I was little I took piano lessons and over the years it has become something that I cherish and have become more grateful for. With my inspiration in mind, I decided to create this moody, dramatic photo of my hand playing the piano keys. With a snoot and my camera settings I was able to create this spotlight of the piano keys and my hand–giving it the dramatic look I was intending. Here’s the original edited image:
In order to print this I had to do additional edits to create the feeling and mood I wanted for this photo in print. In post-processing I dramatically raised the shadows and blacks. Whenever you print, especially in large format printing, the photo will always print darker than you anticipate. Lightening the photo, especially the shadows will help compensate for the printers tendency to print darker. Another vital edit that needs to be applied to images before heading to print is sharpening. Printers will also print blurrier than what is seen onscreen, so sharpening the right amount is so crucial. After adjusting the shadows, blacks, and lowering the highlights, I sized the image to 16×24 and sharpened the image, while paying close attention to the texture of my hand. I wanted to keep the texture of my hand rough, giving the illusion of it weathered by time. Here’s my final Photoshop PDF file:
I decided to give this a glossy finish and had the print shop mount this to foamcore. Overall, I’m very satisfied with how this turned out. Come by the Jacob Spori building this week to see the print in person!