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Kawartha Photographers Guild

Why join Kawartha Photographers Guild and Why would you want to print your photographs?

Printing is a further extension of the photographic process, part of the ‘art of photography’. While in this time many share their photographs online through various social media platforms, printing results in a tangible, physical product proudly displayed for years. It is true that the target audience for the printed photograph is more limited than online display, there are additional benefits of the printed photograph associated with the choice of medium (paper, canvas, metal, acrylic, etc.), mat or no mat, mat colour, frame or no frame and so on – all part of the art. The printed photograph can be displayed at home or office, in galleries and a variety of other venues when associated with events such as photography festivals (e.g., SPARK Photo Festival in Peterborough ON and the CONTACT Photo Festival in Toronto ON). For those of us who do print our photographs, there is a certain satisfaction in being able to hold that printed photograph that we have taken through the process from concept to photograph (film or digital) to the final physical form.

Why would I want to take my printed photograph to an in-person meeting to be reviewed?

This is not about bringing a photograph in simply to be praised, but instead to help improve one’s photography and printing. A review is a process to get input/feedback from other, like-minded photographers to help improve both your photography and the printing of your photographs. Many members of KPG have years of experience as photographers, as well as printing their own photographs, experience that they are willing to share with others. All who participate in the discussions (both presenters and reviewers) come away having learned something.

Consider printing and review as a process of moving from a photograph towards a final printed photograph ready to be hung on the wall. Reviews/critiques involve looking at all aspects of the photograph – printing medium, print quality, sharpness, distracting features and compositional aspects. Reviewers might point out distracting features such as overly bright spots or distractions along the border of the photograph, things that might be overlooked by the photographer when they have invested so much time and effort into the photograph. Some of these might be elements that really do need to be addressed to improve the photograph, while others might be aspects that some photographers would change if it were their photograph but are really a matter of personal choice. The review / critique is not a prescription of what the photographer must do, but rather a suggestion of what others think might be done to improve the photograph, if indeed it needs anything at all.