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#1 Cal

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Posted 18 May 2009 - 12:25 AM

Hey guys,

I want to have an exhibition in the next 6 months or so.

I'm really curious as to the process behind organizing an exhibiton.

Most importantly, I'm interested in the printing behind it.

I have dozens of questions so I thought i'd start with the major ones.

A) I shoot with a nikon d80 - Can I make large, exhibiton sizes prints from this? (10mp) - I know this is a subject of great debate.

B) if an image is cropped (which a number of mine are) can you still print them to a large size? (this varies with the degree of cropping I guess)

C) Who handles the printing - you or the gallery? (I guess thic changes with place to place)

My exhibiton would have no real theme other then Underwater photography. Have many people had exhibitions like this with a large scattering of seemingly unrelated images of wildlife?

I would really appreciate any advice that can be offered!

Cheers

Cal
http://www.calmero.com.au/ - Creative Underwater Photography

#2 ckchong

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Posted 18 May 2009 - 01:41 AM

Hi cal, i stay at Malaysia and i believe there is some different process with your country....
i only answer whatever i can...they may be have differents...........


A) I shoot with a nikon d80 - Can I make large, exhibiton sizes prints from this? (10mp) YES! u can.

B) if an image is cropped (which a number of mine are) can you still print them to a large size? YES! u can.

C) Who handles the printing - you or the gallery? (I guess thic changes with place to place) for my country is handle by Gallery (Advertiser)

normally for photo display is better print with photo paper like u develop a photo at yr photo Shop (is a shop not software), unless u need to print 20" x 30" or bigger...........

Pls correct me if i'm wrong............ :P

#3 Elainew

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Posted 18 May 2009 - 02:07 AM

Hi, Cal! I am slap bang in the middle of finalising an exhibition so I can share with you some of my experiences. Unfortunately, I think a lot of my observations on your questions will be "it all depends"! Nonetheless ...

a) exhibition size prints? Mine are printed at A3 and then mounted and framed - so if you add about 3 inches all round to the A3 that will give you the rough size. That is big enough for the gallery I am exhibiting in. The size of your prints could depend on the space available to you plus the surroundings of the space plus the number of prints plus, plus ..... Also in terms of size, I am hoping to tour my exhibition so a reasonably average size suits my purposes. If you are thinking more of a one-off, that could influence size.

b) cropping - yes but up only up to a point. Most of the images I have chosen are uncropped though I do have one or two which have been slightly cropped. The images come from 3 different cameras - I have a couple from a 5mp compact (Olympus 5050) which, believe it or not, are absolutely fine at A3. The others are from 8mp cameras (one SLR, one compact). I don't believe you need lots of megapixels and the latest DSLR to take good shots

c) I have arranged for the printing for my exhibition. To be honest, I wouldn't want a gallery doing it for me (unless you are talking about them paying for it!! I think that would be pretty unlikely, though).

I have 50 framed images which will be on display. They are all underwater - 40 of them are from Scottish waters and 10 are from overseas. The gallery is a museum and art gallery which has a permanent collection and then has temporary exhibitions throughout the year in one of its spaces. These temporary exhibitions are wide and varied so underwater for them is something different which they are quite happy with. Not all galleries would consider it though. I am aiming at a very generalist audience.

There are lots of things to think about in preparing an exhibtion and lots of tasks (designing posters, flyers, etc). It also costs money so it is a good idea to look for sponsorship or grants.

Below is a thumbnail of a printed flyer for my exhibition which opens next month and feel free to PM me with more specific questions.

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#4 Cal

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Posted 18 May 2009 - 05:25 AM

Brilliant!

Ok so if someone purchases an image, what happens then? Does the gallery take charge here?

Thanks

Cal
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#5 Elainew

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Posted 18 May 2009 - 07:49 AM

Brilliant!

Ok so if someone purchases an image, what happens then? Does the gallery take charge here?

Thanks

Cal


Yes. The gallery offer to administer sales and take a % of sale price. 20% from memory. Other galleries may vary. I am not putting the exhibition on for commercial reasons so I've not researched that in any detail.