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Motivation is a photography blog that discusses the creative aspects of photography. The posts will include thoughts about images and their interpretation, photographers and their work, technique, workflow, my ongoing projects, and perhaps even the occasional off topic rant.

Project Considerations

I am strongly considering undertaking a large photography project.  I have completed small projects before, but not large ones.  I started considering the issues that would need to be sorted through when approacing such a project.  Not the issues involved with deciding upon a subject or actually photographing the project, but in the output.  More specifically, what should the project look like. It turns out that it can actually take some time and experimentation to consider the possibilities and come to some conclusions.  If the project is to contain many images, and if the project is going to end up as prints, there needs to be some sense of consistency and coherence to the images.

I thought it might be worthwhile to relate some of the issues that I have been thinking about:

1) Color or Black & White (or both)?  This one seems pretty obvious, but it is a major fork in the decision tree that will define the appearance of the project, where it will potentially be exhibited or published, and, to some extend, who the audience is.

2) If the project is to be printed in Black & White, should it be toned....and, if so, warm, cool, sepia etc?

3) In the case of Epson, if printing in black and white, should the prints be made using the straight printer driver or using the ABW driver.  This will, of course, determine how the toning is done.

4) What paper should the images be printed on?  Matte, semi-gloss, glossy, warm toned, bright white, etc?

5) Should you happen to have more than one available profile for the paper, which one should be used?

6) Are there other multi-media options that might enhance the project, such as video or audio accompaniments?

Here is another issue I have been thinking about.  Help.  As in another set of eyes.  Sometimes one can become so emotionally involved in a project that it can become all to easy to lose perspective and objectivity.  I definitely think it is worthwhile to have a photographer friend who is willing to help with unabashedly objective feedback.  What you don't need is someone to tell you that everything is perfect.

These are a few of the things that have run across my mind.  Any other thoughts?