Creating Photos to Hang For Fine Art Galleries
This week I had the awesome opportunity to prep, print, and hang a large format fine art print in the Jacob Spori building on the BYU-Idaho campus. The last few months I’ve learned so much from Caryn Esplin about landscape, fine art, and nightscape photography, so I was really excited to have a large fine art nightscape photo printed. Check out her awesome fine art and landscape photography here!
To prepare my image for print I had to take into consideration a lot of factors to ensure that I got the results I wanted in my fine art print. Here’s the original nightscape photo I took of some grain silos in Rexburg, Idaho.
In my original image it was very dingy, dark, and lackluster, so I had to do some edits in Adobe Photoshop to get it ready for print. Printers will always printer dark and fuzzier than what shows up digitally, so significant edits were added to have this fine art photo prepared properly. In post production I had to significantly increase the exposure–for the silos and especially for the night sky. I clone stamped out the power poles and other distracting elements so that my night sky combined with the light painting of the silos were the focal point of my nightscape. With several hue/saturation adjustment layers, curves adjustment layers, and camera raw filters in Photoshop I finally got the color I wanted for my fine art print. With my exposure and lighting ready I sharpened my entire image, but I mostly focused on getting the night sky sharpened.
My next step and concern was to get the right sizing for the printers. Using the crop tool, I adjusted the crop to 16×24 to get it to the size I would be printing. In the image menu I also corrected the sizing to 16x24in. With final checks in my editing I exported the file as a Photoshop document and took it to the printers. I was really anxious to get my fine art print back, but it turned out so much better than I anticipated. Here’s my final edit of my nightscape, “Idaho by Night”.
I love sharing my fine art photos online for others to see, but there’s something about preparing photos for a fine art gallery to be displayed and to see your work in physical form. I’m so happy with how my fine art print turned out and hope you’ll check out my print in person at the Spori Art Gallery in Rexburg, Idaho!