Let's see .... Boxes and boxes of slides, big storage box of negatives, hard drives with digital images. A few photos get put up on the wall. Some are sent to others (from my free event photography discussed in another thread). A few get printed up big on canvas and are hanging on people's walls.
What do recreational photographers do with all their photos?(30 posts) (22 voices)
I enjoy printing, and printing large. I find the whole process of profiling printers and monitors to be interesting and a satisfying extension of the photography process... I used to enjoy the darkroom as well, so this is (I suppose) the 21st century equivalent. I have a pair of high quality printers and print and stretch my own canvas. I also will print and frame, but frame costs add a bit.
I really enjoy participating in PAD.
In addition I participate in the flickr award groups and I find it very interesting to see how other photographers react to my images. Some that I like a lot are unpopular whereas some that I feel ho-hum about seem to be popular. ... A nice insight.
As with others, I have to force myself to cull those "B" level images that I will never use.
I encourage folks to print and hang their work. There is nothing quite like having photos on the wall to allow you to really feel the difference between them.
I download pictures to HDD and upload selected ones to Picasa for sharing with family and friends. Few of them are published on Facebook.
I have been waiting for a thread such as this to respond to for several years now. Does any one on NRF live in, or have occasion to visit downtown Chicago at all ?
As my fiancee' was born and raised in Chicago, and her daughter and one of her sons live in the Chicago area, we go to Chicago every chance we get; quite often, when we go to visit, we take the Metra downtown to "sightsee", and just "poke around". On one such trip a few years ago, we made an amazing discovery.
I'm something of a "building nut"........I love looking through interesting buildings; and on one of our visits to downtown, we found the most interesting buildings in the entire world, and absolutely the most beautiful building I have ever been in. This fabulous building was built in the 1890's, originally to be the main Chicago Public Library; it served that purpose until the 1980's or 1990's, when the Library "outgrew" the building; it sat empty for almost 10 years, during which time there was talk of tearing it down to build yet another "skyscraper", but fortunately the late Mrs. Richard Daley, ( the wife of then Mayor Richard Daley ) managed to "save the day", and after a 10 year, ten million dollar renovation, it re-opened as......The Chicago Cultural Center.
The C.C.C. is bounded on one side by Michigan Avenue, one end by Washington Street, the other end by Randolf Street. It takes up half of a whole city block of some of the "priciest" real estate in Chicago. Here's why it's so "special"..........
First of all, the whole interior was designed by Louis Tiffany & Co. and it houses two of Louis Tiffany's greatest works of art......the Great Tiffany Dome, (which is the biggest art glass dome in the world), and hanging beneath the great dome, is the biggest Tiffany chandelier ever made.......(which is known fittingly enough, as The Great Tiffany Chandelier). But that's just "the beginning"......the great dome is the "centerpiece" of a "room" known as, "Preston Bradley Hall". It would require a whole book to describe "PBH".....suffice to say, it is a "destination" in and off it's self; (it's mind-bogglingly beautiful !) ( Possibly why my mind is always so boggled)
So far, we have a fabulous building; it is a venue for all manner of performing arts; ( they have free concerts and recitals in PBH one or two days each week. Then, there is an art gallery; and a photography gallery; and here's the very "best part".......unlike almost ALL big, fancy public buildings, the C.C.C. is completely "photography / photographer friendly !" They even ENCOURAGE you to take pictures ! With tripods ! With electronic flash ! ( you can even "do macro" on the beautiful mosaics);
On my first visit to the C.C.C. (which was almost accidental), I was mid-way between shooting Fuji Velvia with my Nikon F-5, and "playing around with" an inexpensive digital Fuji "mega-zoom" that I bought to see if I still had enough enthusiasm about photography, to justify buying a decent D-SLR; On that first visit, I had no tripod with me , so all my shots were hand held; the lighting (a dreary December day) indicated a tripod and flash; a few of the shots were fairly good, "considering".
Then two more things "increased my enthusiasm"; (one being hard to explain); the other "thing"......I happen to have a friend in the sign business; like most sign shops, he has a great big ink jet commercial printer; (cap[able of producing banners 48" wide, by 100 feet long. (more "experimenting") the thing also makes "pretty good" photo prints; (the software running the printer cost roughly what a new D 4 goes for)
So.....I made some "big prints"; 18" X 24", 24" X 36"......(all from my hand held, cheap camera, poor lighting photos from first visit to C.C.C.
On my next visit, I took a few "samples" with me; several people looked them over; their reaction was......."Wow ! You MUST "do a show" !
People from all over the world have exhibitions of their photography, their "art", (in all of the many forms you hear of, being "art"......and many I have NEVER heard of, (and will be delighted if I never hear of them again). Now that my "enthusiasm" has been "brought back to life", I have a decent D SLR, and other necessary equipment; I have learned quite a lot about digital photography, and at some point, (and this discussion about "what does everyone DO with their pictures"), prompted me to write this, I plan to re-take all of my photos of the interior of the C.C.C., print them, cut matts and frame them, and exhibit them in this lovely old building.
( If I ever find time to do it.)
Anyone having hands-on experience and / or knowledge of framing and exhibiting photography in a gallery setting, I'm ALL EARS !
In the meantime.........if you already have a lot of great pictures, and would like for "the world" to see them.......check out the C.C.C. on Google; the place is beautiful, the people are friendly, and an AWFUL LOT of people visit the C.C.C every day, every week, and every year !
Some of the photography I saw exhibited there was pretty good, some was great, and some was............."pedestrian"? But I sense that it's not "that" hard to "show" your work there.
Did you say "visit Chicago"?
Actually, the point here is not the photo, but to mention at the Art Institute of Chicago, one can take your camera inside and photograph all but a few items... nice to get some shots of folks looking at the art work.
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