SSI Photography Club
April 13th 2016
Call to order: Wendy
Introduction of guests, new and former members:
Tom Shiffman – new; first meeting
Harold Bailey – returning
Greg Beatty – considering membership.
Michael Morse - new
Maureen Milburn and Sam Lightman: Images of Hawaii, ArtSpring till April 30
Maggie Argiro and Margaret Benmore: Up, Down, In, Out and Through ..., at Harbour House Hotel, till April 30th
Avril Kirby: SSI Roasting company, till April 30th.
Eclectic Visions: Jana reports 28 participants, plus one very talented GISS student, Ryo Sakamoto. Further information will be posted on website. Dates June 9th to 22nd.
Slide show assignment for next month’s meeting: Long narrow “mastheads”... i.e. photos in a ratio of approximately 2 x 10.
Chris Dixon: Presentation on matting and framing
Remarks presented in context of preparation for Eclectic Visions
Basic precept: Do No Harm!
Mats prevent image from contacting the glass; double mats and non glare glass can, however, slightly reduce crispness of image
Width of mat should generally be equal on sides and top, slightly wider at bottom
Black frames preferable
Small, dark images can lose detail if matted in large mats, especially when mat is bright white. Better to use off white or grey mat to minimize “reflection”
A professional framer, using high quality materials, will offer better value to the buyer than cheaply constructed Ikea type frames. The quality (or lack thereof) in a finished piece should be reflected in the way the work is priced. (i.e. if you pay more to
get it done right then you must charge more for the framed photo)
High quality printing by a professional will also give better results. .
If signing name directly on the photo, sign further in than 5/8 inch from border so signature is not hidden by the mat.
Use of colored mats is fine
If printing on canvas, will need a protective spray coating as well.
Taping of image onto mat backing: Use two points of tape rather than just one, suspending image from the top; use only art grade tape (acid free, leaves no adhesive residue, and lasts)
Images destined for a child’s bedroom should use plexiglass in lieu of glass to reduce risks of accidental breakage
Quality matting and framing is expensive, and wall space in most photographer’s homes is limited. Chris predicts there will be a trend in future to creating slide shows of images shown on large, high quality home monitors
Backing up images: One should always have three sets of back-up images, in two different formats (eg on a disc, back-up hard drive, or memory card), with one back up located off site (eg in a safety deposit vault). Important to minimize exposure to humidity.
Colton Preston: reported on a project he took on to document a marriage proposal. Beautifully executed, including two days of post-proposal shots in various sites on SSI, in addition to (secretly) capturing the moment of the actual proposal in a canoe on Cusheon Lake. Bravo!
Slideshow of sunrises and sunsets: Great images. Simon suggests:
Shooting with WB on “cloudy” or “overcast” to enhance the intensity of color
Shooting at a high f-stop to get a “starburst” effect from the sun.
Point of interest is often in the foreground rather than the sun itself.
Jana typically shoots with tripod and using her neutral density filter to enhance the color