University of Sheffield Photo Soc

Be in our Exhibition! Details here :D

Dear Photosoc members,

Photosoc is having an Exhibition!

In Bank Street Arts, from the 23rd until the 28th of February 2015.

Here are the long awaited guidelines for submitting your photos to the exhibition!

  • Firstly all printing, mounting and framing must be submitted by Thursday February 19th.
  • There is no minimum or maximum size for your submission. – In regards to sizing of prints, we have printed a few at 12? x 8? and others at 9? x 6?. This is down to personal taste, as 12? x 8? won’t mount on an A4 piece of card, but I think a good size to look at.
  • Each paid member may submit up to 4 pieces
  • You do not have to frame your submission(s), but theymust be mounted. Foam board and card are both allowed.
  • Clip frames are not allowed as these are awkward and look messy (example of what a clip frame is)
  • When submitting, please supply us with yourname, the title of the piece, and the date. This is so we can make some labels up and credit your work.

We strongly recommend Peak Imaging (http://www.peak-imaging.com) to print your shot. It’s an online service, it’s based in Sheffield, and it’s one of the best for quality printing. Don’t get it done from Boots just because they’re average, Harrison’s are fine but Peak Imaging have got a reputation for being better. Good printing is a lot to do with making sure the colours are the same as the colours as they appear, Boots are average because they don’t pay the attention to this process that Peak Imaging do.

These are some good online mount and frame sellers:

http://www.mapleframing.co.uk/

http://www.pictureframeworld.co.uk/

For mounting, there will be a short demonstration in a meeting next semester (most probably the 12th of Feb).
In short, mounting is gluing a photograph to a piece of card or foamboard with a bit of card left around the outside. There is a wealth of youtube videos on this, but basically,

  • Print photo at Peak Imaging
  • Buy some black or white card (ivory shade of white is my personal preference, but consider black for effect too)
  • Get some spray glue (you can buy both card and glue from Staples (directions from the IC here). You can also get glue from WHSmith in the town centre, but not from Wilkinsons as they don’t stock it.
  • DO NOT GET STAPLES TO MOUNT IT FOR YOU BECAUSE THEY ARE RUBBISH.
  • Use a ruler to cut your card with a scalpel/other cutting device it to leave an inch or so around the outside of your photo (that’s about 2.5 to 3cm if you’re metric, but use what you think looks best).
  • Consider using pencil guidelines to help you stick the print straight.
  • Cover surfaces, maybe open a window to ventilate
  • Spray glue all over the back of the print. Wait about 10-15 seconds until the glue becomes tacky.
  • Stick carefully.
  • If you mess it up, act quickly, peel it off and stick it down again. (If it’s seriously bad, cut round the print so no mount is showing and stick it on another bit of card, no one will know)

You may supply a price for your submission if you want viewers to be able to buy your piece. However, keep in mind that in the event of a sale Bank Street Arts will take a commission from this (more info to come soon on % of commission).

I think that just about covers it. If you have any questions email the Photosoc account at shefuniphotosoc@gmail.com or post on the group.

There will also be an Exhibition night held at Bank Street Arts itself on the evening of Friday 27th of February to celebrate the exhibition. This is your exhibition made of your work, so invite your friends to come along! I will be emailing further details and a link to an event page and poster at the beginning of next semester.

Much Love Photocats and enjoy your Christmas vacation,

Joss

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