Ho Ho Ho Christmas Decoration
7 SUGGESTIONS FOR CHOOSING WHICH IMAGES TO PRINT FOR YOUR HOME
Within the last month I established a goal to print some of my work and utilize it to decorate my home. As professional photographers, we spend our time and abilities to build up our skills so that eventually we can create artwork! I love to think of images as the icing on the cake. After all of the hard work, there is nothing more worthwhile than discovering your images in print and shown as art!
Ho Ho Ho Christmas Decoration
There are many tips out there on how to build gallery surfaces, and choosing the right casings for your keyword. They are important decisions that need to be produced definitely as well. But since I'm a shooter, not an interior designer, I want to focus on deciding on the best images (that will best go with your projects) for the spots you are filling up.
7 tips to help you choose which images to printing for your space
These are not design guidelines, just ideas from a photographer's point of view.
Produce a folder on your desktop where you save your favorite images. Be selective and only save the ones you absolutely love. Through this folder create other folders to break down the many types of images. i.e. macro, food, lifestyle, portraits. Because you edit your photographs, save your favorites to these folders. This will keep them in one prepared place so they are no problem finding if you are ready to printing. And it'll save you time of time you would normally spend on combing your archives to get the right image each time you want to print out.
Match the colors in your photographs to your d?cor. This is only a suggestion that may or might not exactly be your look. I needed the colors in my own prints to compliment the colors of my design. As you search your archives, either look for images that contain certain complimentary shades in them, or you can change them in Photoshop or Lightroom to complement!
The bouquets in these structures were actually more of a dark pink when these were photographed. I altered the tones to become more peachy and gentle to match the lampshade these were next to. You are able to do this in Lightroom in the HSL and COLOR tab by tinkering with the hue, saturation, and luminance of the many colors in your photography.
A quick way to change colors in Photoshop is by choosing Image, Adjustments, Color Balance in your menu. Then test out the colour sliders for your shadows, middle tones and features. Make sure Preserve Luminosity is inspected.
Other ways you can match your designs to the colors in your home is to plan your next photo procedure with your screen area in mind. What is the look and feel of your house? Choose a time location and/or clothing that will go with the design of your home or the area where the designs will be exhibited.
When utilizing a collection of different colored and textured structures, choose black and white images to keep them from looking cluttered. Dark & white images can also supply the display a far more unified look. I had fashioned my pal Kristen from Studio room7 Interior Design help me choose ornamental frames & art for a small gallery wall in my entry.
This is a wall that would normally go un-noticed. I needed to carefully turn it into a focal point. I held all my images in black & white except the family picture in the center. The target was to bring the attention there first, then to the black & white images in the exterior frames. Likewise as effective would be to choose bright colored images for sturdy black structures or sturdy white framessuch as this wall, also created by my friend Kristen.
Choose larger size images and canvases for areas where you can see them across the room. What's the point in producing small 4x6's and 5x7's if you cannot see them if you don't walk up to them?
The prints on my mantel needed to be big (at least 16x20) to be able to enjoy them from over the room. The top the first is a 22x27 inches size. I actually might well have gone bigger for the space available, but I didn't want to cover the decorative trim-work of the complete mantel. So, naturally, consider the area you are filling when deciding how big you can go.
I also opt for more timeless, imaginative image of my family walking, rather a huge portrait of your faces. This was a personal decision when i was taking a more artistic feel that travelled with the style and colors of the room. Even though our faces continue to be unseen, we are very well represented by the composition in the image as well as in the up close of the kids in the image next to it.
Too many portraits all over your home? Try switching a few of your images into skill using the Waterlogue app! This is a sensible way to use your images, but provide them with some other look. My home design friend recommends displaying art or still life/food in your kitchen, rather than portraits. A graphic altered through this application might be a good solution. Here's an example of an image turned into artwork using the Waterlogue app. (Image by Liz Behm)
Choose photos to show that were used that one room of your house. For instance, food picture taking in the kitchen, lifestyle images in the family room, bath images of your children in the tub shown in the bathroom, plus more personal photographs in the bedroom.
Last week I made the decision I had a need to fill the area above a doorway in my kitchen with some food images.
Considerations I made before I required the images:
How much space I had a need to fill and how many images.
Appropriate size with the space.
The style/colors that could go well in my kitchen.
How those images would look from across the room.
Because I couldn't go bigger than a 10x10, I chose to use my macro zoom lens and tried to fully capture close-up textures of the super fruit vs. a far more styled shot with atmosphere that could be harder to see from over the room.
Edit your photographs to match the design of the space it will be in. For example, light and airy, rich in color & contrast, dark-colored & white, etc. Also, if you are displaying images mutually, edit them hand and hand in your editing and enhancing program to ensure they mix well and the colour is constant from image to image.
I did this with my fruit images. I shifted them around in Photoshop to help me visualize how they might look hung. I separated the blueberry image (mostly blue) and the grapefruit (blue background) with the yellow pineapple in the middle so each image would stick out and look well-balanced next to one another.