It has been quite a few years since we last had a ‘panel of’ competition at the club. With the return of a competition round on the 10th March 2014 that is dedicated to panels Roger was invited to share his thoughts and experience.
Before Roger started I let him know that my using a ‘phone during his presentation was to make notes that would form the basis for this blog post. He was openly happy for people to be taking notes. So, here is a summary of my interpretation of the key pointers that Roger gave us. I’ve left them in the order on the evening rather than an order of importance or for flow.
Panel of 4 better than 3 since other competitions tend to be 4 and can choose between linear or square arrangement. The club competition was intended as a 3 but now might be open to 3 or 4. This will be discussed at the next committee meeting at the end of November.
Consistent content and tones running through the images.
If different orientation then odd one out in the middle. With 4 split 2 & 2, on the diagonals.
Outline map of the arrangement of them on the back of the prints. Lettered in the sequence ( not numbers, confuse with Christine’s numbers ). Alternatively, left, middle, right for a panel of 3. For a panel of 4 in a square: top left, top right, bottom left, bottom right. For 4 in a line: left, left middle, right middle, right. It will be decided at the next committee meeting which of these systems will be used.
Mounts same colour and tone. Prints same size and finish / paper type.
Features in outer photos leading into the middle. Panel of 4 in a square – point into the centre is also good.
Triptych of one image split into left, middle and right are not usually considered to be a panel. Selecting different elements in one abstract image can work and makes consistent tonality easy. Need to be careful that you are not pushing the pixel count too much. Panel of different views of the same subject can work.
If you are doing a panel that involves movement, such as running water, ensure that you use the same shutter speed or take other steps to have a consistent amount of blur or sharpness in the water. For some other things, keeping the same depth of field can be useful.