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Submitting digital photos to online juried art exhibitions

Submitting digital photos to online juried art exhibitions

Thursday, August 23, 2012

A few ways to make submitting your digital photos to online juried art exhibitions, catalogs or studio brochures easier. Online art competitions or submission sites will almost always be very specific in the requirements for submitting digital files to them. Read through, make sure you have 1) the best sized file for the job, 2) the correct file type and 3) the right colour mode and you'll be amazed at how many online art applications you can submit to!

1)  Always use the best resolution to display your artwork
Image resolution - describes the detail an image holds. The term applies to both digital photography and film. Higher resolution means more image detail. *Always submit the highest resolution photo of your work possible. It would be a shame to not be included in an art show because the file you emailed was too small. Common resolutions for printed art images should be 300dpi (dots per inch). Always check the art submission specs to ensure you're submitting the correct type and size of file.

2) Make sure you have the right file type 
Digital File Types
RAW - data as captured by a camera
TIFF - an uncompressed digital image; acronym for 'tagged image file format'
JPEG - a commonly used method of compressing photographic images. The degree of compression can be adjusted, allowing a selectable tradeoff between storage size and image quality.
PDF-  one of the easiest document types to open on all computers. 'portable document format' 
DOC -Microsoft Word document.Unfortunately Word does not support graphic formats for use in publishing. Though Word is fine for copy submissions, DO NOT use it for layouts, ads, charts, or heavily formatted or graphic laden content.

You can tell what type of file it is by the last 3-4 digital extension at the end of a file name.
Ex "landscapepainting.jpeg" is a jpeg photo file
3) The right colour mode
RGB - acronym for 'red green blue'; the RGB colour profile is best used for viewing digital images electronically (think television or computer)
CMYK - acronym for 'cyan magenta yellow black'; the CMYK colour profile is best used for printing digital images (think of the colour wheel and colours used to mix paint)

*Always remember to document ALL your art work either with a film or digital camera as you'll be surprised at how often these photo references will come in handy for many years and exhibitions to come.

by Erin, our guest blogger.

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