A photo exhibition is a beautiful way to showcase your artistic skills and gift. It does not need much effort or time, so you can easily do it yourself! There are many ways to organize and curate an art show.
In this article, I will talk about how to create a free mini-exhibition in a weekend for our topic.
Photo exhibitions are a great way to display and sell your work
An exhibition is not like putting up a shop sign or holding an open house, where you invite people to come see your work. With an art exhibition, everyone who wants to view your work must do so at a specific time and place.
This is different from displaying your work in a gallery, where people can visit you at any time and you can promote yourself for it. Both types of exhibition are good ways to showcase your artistic talent, but one should be more deliberate than the other!
Opening night of an exhibition is always fun to watch, and there will usually be a reception or party afterward to celebrate the show’s success.
Check the dates and times of any exhibition you are interested in attending
It is very common to find yourself with no clue what to do after work or during off-hours. If you want to go see an art show, you will need to know when it takes place as well as if it is free or not.
Art exhibitions usually have a set date and time for them, so checking this out before hand can save a lot of wasted energy and money!
Some shows may also have early entry options, where you can come right at opening night to check everything out and soak it all in more quickly. This is especially helpful if you cannot make it until later in the day.
If there is a speaker affiliated with the event, that would be great way to connect with other people attending or listening from home. You could even bring your own device and use it while the talk is happening.
Prepare your photos in advance to help identify any faults
It is very important to prepare your pictures ahead of time to avoid this. If you are taking photographs at home, use an off-camera flash or no light source to reduce exposure times.
If there’s not enough natural lighting, take into account what level of intensity is needed and cover with black cloth or use a flashlight! This will also prevent overexposure.
On the day of the exhibition, make sure your camera is fully charged and check that it works properly before starting. Once again, if there’s not enough light, apply the same tips above!
Once the show is over, don’t forget to save your photo quickly and easily. You can do so by using the ‘Print’ option from your computer or phone and having it sent directly to Instagram.
Ask your friends about the exhibition to see if they are going
This is an excellent way to organize an art show! By having people spread the word through social media, blogs, or direct conversations, you can easily get many attendees for your event.
Some artists will agree to do free work or donations for the attendees of the show so this is another way to gather money.
If you’re too busy to coordinate the event yourself, there are companies that offer event planning services including putting up posters, creating flyers, finding the venue, and booking the guest speakers.
These services usually cost around $200-500 depending on the size of the event and how much outside marketing you have planned.
Research the exhibition location, and what there is to do around it
When organizing an art event, one of the hardest parts is deciding where to put up the decorations. For your event to run smoothly, you must check out the venue well ahead of time!
You should definitely look into how much space the venue has for events, if they have their own decoration supplies, and what kind of food or drinks they offer. All these things factor into how many people you can invite!
If possible, try attending similar events that the organization hosts so you get a sense of what size groups are comfortable with and what types of decorations they use.
In this article, we will talk about some ways to make sure your event does not suffer due to lack of decorations.
Dress comfortably, and wear shoes you do not mind getting dirty
Many professional photographers will tell you that having great pictures depends on your photographer as much as it does on you. Setting up for a photo session can be tricky to coordinate if you are not in charge of those settings!
Photographers usually bring their own light sources (lamps or flash), camera equipment, and they’re always prepared with enough batteries. Lighting is an integral part of taking good photos, so making sure your lighting is adequate is very important.
When photographing people, finding natural light is our best bet, but when there isn’t any, then Photoshopping some out or using off-camera flashes is needed. This way, you don’t have to worry about buying or bringing extra lights, and you save time prepping for the shot.
If possible, try to schedule the meeting at a location that most people already have access to, like a restaurant or house. This helps reduce the amount of work involved and limits the number of places where someone else needs to help you take good pictures.
Bring your own photo equipment
While it’s not necessary to bring your own camera, do feel free! Most of us are familiar with taking pictures with our phones or other small devices, but if you have an old DSLR or newer smartphone that takes good quality photos, why not bring that?
If you don’t have any photography experience at all, there is always someone else in the community who can help teach you! There will be lots of opportunities to take pictures during the event so you don’t need to worry about running out of material.
We also recommend bringing an extra battery for your device as well as photogenic paper to take some group pictures on.
General tips: When taking photographs, keep still things steady and avoid holding the camera too tightly as this could cause blurrs. Use slow shutter speeds (longer exposure times) when taking night time images or moving ones.
Make an agenda
An exhibition is not a good way to spend your time if you are a busy person or work in an industry that does not allow for much down-time. Most artist develop their skills by experimenting with different styles, exploring new techniques, and looking into various art fundamentals.
If you want to see all of these things at the exhibition, you will have to make it yourself. You can either go as often as possible to view a show, or you can organize one yourself!
There’s no wrong choice here, but going to an event without planning ahead may be difficult to navigate. So what are some easy ways to plan your visit?
Making an online appointment
Many museums offer an app or website where you can schedule an appointment to visit. This helps you avoid the long lines like you would outside the museum during normal hours, and gives you more time to explore other parts of the city!
Some apps even let you pay using credit cards which is very helpful because you do not need to bring extra money with you. However, there is usually a cost involved per person so check out both free and paid versions before buying anything premium.