Whether I like it or not, juries look at the quality of photos to
select participants. That is the process and I understand that.
Like I said earlier, I have taken some of my own photos, but it is
simply not my passion. And so the quest continues.........any
suggestions in the Atlanta area?
Arghhhhhhh. It shouldn’t be that hard. I’m so sorry to hear your sad
saga. I have no suggestions for the Atlanta area. I do know many good
photogs do things in thru the mail. Contact Larry Berman:
www.larryberman.com/ and see if he can offer any photogs near you.
There are many fine jewelry/jury photogs out there. You got 2!
To add to your story of woe, I had a friend get a bunch of pictures
taken, and then every time she wanted to use them the photog would
charge her more money (this was in the days of film…). My artist
friend didn’t realize that the real jury photogs just give us our
images to use as we need. She has changed photographers.
It is imperative that you find a photographer that understands what
is needed for jury images and can shoot jewelry. A product
photographer was a good call, but to not clean up his scratches was
a real red flag. You did good dealing with him.
Noel…contact Greg Lawler and share with him your concerns with
the virtual jury. I’ve only heard positives about this service.
Elaine…regarding you thoughts on having Bruce look at your
images…are you saying that while he was harsh, you eventually
came to agree with his assessment? Bruce does shoot from the hip (and
On other reasons for professional photography:
We use our images for all sorts of marketing. I work with a show
that gives scholarships to student artists. Those students whose work
has been shot professionally or who have good images is often used
for publicity, put on our website etc. Same with our guest artists.
Don’t underestimate the usefulness of a good image in many areas. It
is those great images that newspapers and magazines pick up to
feature in their stories.
Doing it yourself:
Personally, I would avoid too much photoshopping of my image. In the
Lark jurying directions they specifically asked for images that had
NOT been photoshopped at all. At a ZAPP jurying our small jewelry
images have the potential of being blown up to a 2’ or 3’ width!
Arghhh. Any photoshopped work that is not very well done could be
apparent at this enlargement. So if you photoshop do it well.
This is one of the many reasons I no longer, shoot my own images.
Shooting work is very complex, requires a whole 'nother set of
skills, and lots of equipment, and software, that I don’t want to
buy, learn, use. I’d rather let the photogs do their jobs, while I
Goo & others:
Check out http://www.zapplication.org for one of the larger online
jury systems. The apply digitally online idea has already been
implemented by many shows around the country.