Join Justin Reznick for an in-depth discussion in this video Working with diptychs and triptychs, part of Advanced Photography: Diptychs, Triptychs, and Aspect Ratios.
- [Justin] I want to move onto the next level. Let's push beyond the constraints of not only aspect ratio, but presenting an image in one single frame. The idea of taking a photograph, printing it 8x10, 8x12, putting it in a frame, and hanging it on a wall is a beautiful thing, but with a little creativity, a little flare, we can actually push beyond that, and when you do that you surprise people. And when customers and clients see unique ways of presentation, it does stand out, and it does encourage them to look into making that purchase, and I have to say from experience, when I present things in a unique way, positive things do happen and sales do increase.
Now I want to introduce the diptych and the triptych. Now the diptych is two images, and here we're looking at the panorama from a previous movie about panoramas and squares, but now all of a sudden, it's separated, it's two frames. Think about the presentation of this. I've got potentially let's say a canvas, I'm going to do a canvas gallery wrap. On the left we have a square of a tree, and on the right it's more of a 2:3 of the barn.
How you present that on the wall, you can do something like four to six inches apart, and it's this just wonderfully interesting way in which to present your work. So a diptych is two images separated, a triptych as you would probably guess by now is three. Now, there's more than just, say, separating an image, there's also taking three unique images. So, let's start with a separation, again we're looking at a panorama that we did of Seattle, and a new way to present it.
So we've taken the same image that I had talked about with the pano, now we've cut it into thirds, separated it, and now presenting it in a very unique way. This one I like to do in metal, I picture three 20x30 metal, shiny, bright, beautiful metal prints, presented side-by-side-by-side, maybe four to six inches apart above a couch, I think it's going to be beautiful. In a perfect world, you'd be able to do an experiment where you did one of these and you did a pano, and you were able to test the market and see what sold better, and that's something if you can do, great, but what I would like you to do, at least experiment with, is approaching some people and just asking them, which one do you prefer? Get some feedback and you'd be surprised how many people are really blown away by the originality presenting your work in a diptych or a triptych.
Now instead of just splitting an image, we have something like this. These are three unique images taken of the EMP building, and previously I'd mentioned a horizontal or vertical here, here we have three verticals, they are 2x3, so they are the native aspect ratio of the camera that used to make these, and they're presented one after the other. And there's a thread that ties them together, and when you have something that is so compelling it can be photographed at different angles and it gives you a different feeling, you don't have to limit yourself to just one.
This is a really freeing expression as a photographer. If you have more than one image of a location that you love and you want to share, this provides you the opportunity to share more than one, you can do two, three, you could even do four, and I'm putting it together in a presentation where somebody who either has a connection to that building, or just thinks these are beautiful images is able to have again, they get more than one. They look at it in a way that, I'm not just buying one image, I'm getting three, but of course we're selling it as a package, and we're able to charge quite a bit more because of the three images.
So the diptychs and triptychs are exciting and refreshing, and I really encourage you to give it a try and get feedback. Once you get that positive feedback, hopefully that encourages you to make some of your own. Now I'd like to talk about what makes a particularly compelling triptych.
In this course, photographer and educator Justin Reznick explores your options, covering both the aesthetic issues and Photoshop techniques used to make more interesting compositions. Learn how to combine images, split one image into multiple parts, prepare your work—including prints—for sale, and use the Shoot & Sell app to market your photography to clients.
- Understanding aspect ratios
- Working with multiple images
- Analyzing triptychs
- Splitting an image into multiple parts
- Selling image sets
- Using the Shoot & Sell app