It’s a simple question and one that can easily be overlooked. There are many reasons, and perhaps not the reasons you would most expect.
This post is the Why? If you’re all good to go then skip straight to the How.
As a photographer, hobbyist or aspiring professional, it’s all too easy to amass a catalogue of photos that rarely see the light of day. Sure, social media is great for sharing your work but it’s hard, or even impossible, to beat something you and others can touch, feel and enjoy without a layer of technology in-between.
Picture this – you arrive at a stunning landscape bathed in perfect light, stumble across an interesting street with plenty going on, or perhaps have the most amazing model booked for a portrait session. You start to visual the result you’re looking for, you adjust the settings, compose your shot and click the shutter release. Fan-bloody-tastic! You know you’re onto a winner before even checking the captured image.
Next, you excitedly download the photo and start editing. Remember the result you’d visualised? The edit gives just the image you’d had in mind all along. Perfect.
What now? You post to social media maybe, perhaps even show friends and family on your laptop but that’s where the journey ends.
To fully realise your photography, there is one more step.
Realisation of your photography
Photography as an art is a journey in many ways.
Digital photography does not, by default, create a physical piece of art. The tangible qualities of a physical print makes your art real. You can feel the texture of the paper,
Think about art on-display in a gallery, or even a home. The artist has gone to painstaking lengths so the framing compliments their art. Everything about the framing has to allow the art to shine and be at it’s best. Is your image a dark and moody landscape with stormy skies and a textured grass foreground? Was it dark and moody by choice? Accentuate the mood by using a dark grey frame and why not accentuate the grass textures with a lightly textured paper or mount?
POP, oh that’s looking good. Now you’ve taken your amazing art and moved it from the frame of a phone screen or laptop and elevated it to something truly special.
But I hear you say – why should I share my freshly framed photography?
That’s a good question. It’s easy to say “I’ll get around to it one day”. But will you really? Setting a goal and a timeline that can’t slip is the most powerful motivator, add that to the excitement of finally sharing your photography and no one can stop you!