So, you’ve been happily snapping away for months, possibly even years, but the rest of the world has been oblivious to your art. What can you do to get your work seen?
It depends somewhat on where you see yourself as a photographer – a happy snapper or the potential for a career move. Another decision to make is whether you present your work online or as finished prints.
For online display Blogs are an ideal choice: there are many templates available through Blog Service Providers such as WordPress or Blogger. They are easy to set up, often free of charge and you can add a little writing to get a discussion going or just to inform your viewers. If you want to build a community you will need to update your content regularly (once a fortnight at the least) and keep it relevant and interesting.
Online photography communities such as Flickr are very popular amongst enthusiasts. You can join various groups that have common interests and compare and comment on each other’s work.
Another option is a low-cost or possibly even, free website. With these you can choose a theme and create galleries to showcase your work. You could try Yahoo or Mr. Site to get you started. You will need to pay for a domain name and hosting service, but this can start at as little as £30 per year. With websites, the less you pay, the fewer options you have for design and functionality.
You probably already know that images for web or email use need only be saved at 72dpi.
If you decide to print your images, they will need to be saved at a higher quality, preferably 300dpi. Your imaging software will give you an indication of optimum printing size, but this is only a guide and a good quality image file can generally reproduce to something you can hang on the wall e.g. 50 x 40 cm.
If you do plan to fill your home with pictures, take into account the frame. The ‘wrong’ frame isn’t going to ruin a good image, but it can detract from it. A photograph, like any other artwork should be enhanced by the frame, not overwhelmed by it. Choose a colour that compliments the image. A good rule of thumb is to keep it neutral.
If you feel your images need to be seen, get them along to your local craft fairs and events. Do some research within your own circles to check people’s preferences then print them up.
You could try selling photo-cards or small canvas prints to suit different tastes and budgets. If you don’t sell them quickly, you can always give them away as gifts!
Some local cafes like to have artwork on their walls as a point of interest for their patrons, so ask around and get your work seen.
Most of all, have fun with your photography, but do not expect to get rich quick by putting your work in the market place – it can be a long game!
Best of luck
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