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While I'm working to tweak my photography booth shot, here is one of my paintings.  I show work in a variety of sizes.  Should my booth shot reflect that, or should I reshoot it without the small pieces and just give the bigger ones more breathing room?

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More important is showing a unified body of work. Then arrange the paintings symmetrically in the booth, keeping the smaller sizes under larger sizes. Though you have smaller in the booth, they should be played down for jurying. Also if you're setting up the booth for the photo, try not to use a French wall. Keep it simple using three 10 foot walls with your stronger pieces on the back and right. In other words, shoot from the opposite angle that this booth was taken from so it features back and right creating a right hand book end. When images are projected, the booth is always on the right hand side and be creating a right hand book end, it forces the jurors to look back to the left. Forgot to tell you to lower the back canopy wall to eliminate the backlight under the back wall.

Larry Berman

Thanks, Larry. I’ll have to put it all back up after I get the photography booth sorted out. I only have 8 panels and one is bent at the top. That is why I do the French door. I usually put my desk where the opening is.

Hello Jane,

No... and Yes. No, no need of the smaller pieces... can't see them anyway,  And yes, re-shoot it.  With that said, I have this same issue... I want to show everything I have; after all, no one is going to walk it and ask, "Do you have a [very specific] thus-and-so?".  So do show them at a show, but again, with as little clutter as possible.

Secondly... YIKES!  When I first scrolled the newsletter down to read your post, all I could see was your rug!!  No matter how much you -- or your customers -- might love oriental rugs, they are not shopping for rugs and a rug like yours just usurps attention.  Go with a completely plain, no pattern, no texture rug.  Maybe gray or tan to go with your panels.

Just my 2 cents.  Hope it helps,

--Chris Fedderson

MacroFine Photography

HI Jane,

Chris beat me to it.  Your rug is totally distracting from your work!  That struck me immediately as your most urgent issue to solve.  Get a solid color rug or those connecting tiles that some artists use and it will have an immediate effect of improving your display.


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