Oct 10, 2012

For His Glory Alone

Below is the handout from our last night at September @ The Studio

Our creativity and inspiration is from God and should be used for His glory alone.

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10 (NIV) 

“Here’s my thought: We are here for a reason. We each have abilities, and the trick is to search them out and figure out a way to use them. Someone famous once said that the only really tragedy in life is not to use the gifts and talents that God gave us…It is a tragedy, too often
realized, to under utilize your abilities.”

Caroline Sharp, A Writer’s Workbook

Okay, we've spent the month exploring different topics that pertain to photography. Now we are going to talk about presenting your images in a professional  and God honoring way. As a curator, nothing saddens me more than a stunning photograph in a frame that has seen better days, when the photo is in crooked or it's highly wrinkled. We value the creative gift God has given us, now we need to value the way we present our work to others; from editing to printing to framing. Here are a few of my favorite sites for editing and printing, followed by some suggestions for framing.
X  Photo Editing Web Sites X

à picmonkey.com

à pixler.com

à fotoflexer.com

à befunky.com

à ipiccy.com

à lunapic.com

à picasa.com

à animoto.com - for making movies with your images

X  Photo Editing Apps     X

à Snapseed

à Filterstorm

à Pixlromatic+
à PS Touch
à ReTouch HD
à Photogene
X  Photo Editing Software     X
 à Adobe LIghtroom

à Adobe Photoshop

à Adobe Elements

à Aperture - Mac

X  Printing Your Images      X

 à Mpix.com

à Meridianpro.com

à Snapfish.com

à Shutterfly.com

à Canvasondemand.com

à Yorkphoto.com

à Postal Pix - App for iOS and Android

à The Camera Center on Beaver Street, York
X  Tips from a Curator     X
You've spend time, effort, and money on taking a nice photo, editing it to your liking and printing it on quality paper. Here are a few things to keep in mind when presenting your finished piece.
à Take it to a reputable framing shop, if you have the funds.
à Spend a little money on a good frame, you won’t regret it. Michaels has good sales, watch for them. Using a mat creates an nice touch, but not always necessary or needed.
à You can have your photos mounted to decrease chance of warping
à Otherwise tape your photo to the mat with two pieces of tape and only on the top of your photo. Do NOT tape your photo on all four corners as it needs to expand and contract with temperature and humidity. If you tape it on all four corners, it has a greater chance to warp and ripple.
à Clean BOTH sides of the frame glass.
à Blow out any dust that may be on the glass and on the mat before you assemble the frame.
For best results, loop and wire are the best way to hang your work. Buy picture loops and screws from Michaels or AC Moore. Measure 1/3 the way down from the top of your frame and put the loops there. Wire them with picture wire, nothing else. I demonstrated how to correctly wire your frame. Here is an example (then pull the knot tight, I left it loose for illustration purposes):
I hope you'll stop in to LWCC for the November Exhibit which is titled: Seeing Beyond the Obvious. It will feature the photos taken during the exercises and homework of September @ The Studio.
Grace & peace,

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