I've been thinking a lot about taking more interesting photos that stand out online. That means I've been noticing “different” photos as I come across them. Noticing and appreciating them.
Shirley Williams recently revamped her already-handsome website and added rotating images to her home page. The above image stood out in that set. It shows her gallery's name with her name underneath the word “Exhibition.”
Shirley doesn't need for people to wade through the credentials on her résumé. This image says it all.
Plan to Take Photos at Your Art Exhibit or Event
It's awful to wake up the day after an opening, workshop, or art show and think of all the photos you wish you had taken. Plan to shoot the photos you'll wish you had later.
Take pictures of:
- People looking at your art
- You talking with viewers, students, collectors, and passersby
- Party pics (smiling at the camera) of you and your VIPs
- You with the curator or gallery director
- You with other artists
- You in front of the exhibit title
- You in front of the sign to the gallery
- Your name in lights (like Shirley's photo above)
Carry a small notebook to note spellings of names and, if necessary, correct titles.
Enlist Your Friends
Enlist your closest friends to take pictures for you. Encourage people to take photos with their iPhones and email the pictures to you.
Stage the photos if you need to. “Action shots” aren't always the most usable.
Have a stack of your business cards handy. If you see people snapping photos, hand them your card and ask them to send you copies.
Are you capturing the Kodak moments? If you think you have an intriguing photo to share, leave a link in a comment so we can check it out.