Welcome to Photo I
Today you'll be downloading your first Light pictures in class using a workflow developed for the Drew Digital Arts Lab. Here are the notes you’ll need. Refer to them every time you download until you have the steps memorized.
Custom name your image files during download, and name assignment folders, according to the guidelines in the Assignment File Names pdf. Thank you for following these conventions precisely and consistently! This pdf also outlines what folders and files need to be submitted on your USB drives when assignments are due.
Finally, review the Image File Guide throughout the semester as we manage other file types and processes.
For every assignment submission you’ll batch process your files to make small JPEG copies of your entire shoot. Here are instructions to follow along in class, and refer to until you have memorized the steps.
I'm looking forward to seeing your pictures! Here's a Q&A to help you prep for the first critique.
Q: How do I decide on the 6 pictures for critique?
A: Review the assignment PDF. Ask yourself: in which is the quality of light critical to the image? Does the picture allow us to experience something familiar in a new way? Do your six pictures show a range of situations: interior, exterior, different times of day and types of lighting? Do the pictures convey a sense of time through light?
Q: How do I save the 6 pictures for critique?
A: When you have decided on your 6 pictures, make note of their file numbers, and then:
1. Go to your "Smith_Light_JPEG" folder that contains your 200+ batch-processed small file copies
2. Click on one of the files you've chosen. Then click "command+d" (or go to File>Duplicate). It will make a copy of the file that ends with the word "copy". Move that copy file to your "Smith_Light_CRIT folder".
3. When you have 6 files in your _CRIT folder, go to that folder and rename the files in the order you wish for them to appear in the critique, like this: "Smith_Light_Crit_01.jpg" and then "Smith_Light_Crit_02.jpg".
Q: What should be on my USB drive when I turn it in at the beginning of class on Tuesday?
A: Nested folders with appropriate files, like this:
Do not put your RAW (.DNG) files onto your USB drive!
Q: I'm nervous about people seeing my pictures!
A: Don't be! We will talk about what is good in the work and what could be better. Relax and enjoy the feedback. You will all be required to talk about other people's pictures. When you do, you'll find ways to be sensitive, enthusiastic, and honest, so . . . there's nothing to worry about!
You are encouraged to photograph off-campus for this class—in Madison or neighboring towns, in NYC, in your own home town/city or when you travel. Your right to photograph is protected by the First Amendment, and you should feel free to do so respectfully. Here's an ACLU article with details about what's ok and what's not.
In class today we'll use the curves tool in Photoshop to adjust density, contrast + color in your image files. Have this PDF on hand for the lecture. We will also refer to the "Image File Guide," posted previously.
Here are instructions for resizing images in Photoshop for projected critiques:
Dorothea Lange, probably 1956, photograph by Arthur Dubinsky
Photographer Choice Ranked List due: Wed 3/1
Photographer Presentations: 3/29 + 3/31
James Van Der Zee, "Identical Twins" 1924
In addition to what you will find in your own research, here are resources I wouldn't want you to miss. In other words, required reading/viewing:
GENERAL RESOURCES: 1. Search the Metropolitan Museum's Heilbrun Timeline of Art History for your photographer. Take note of the Thematic Essays that come up in some searches. 2. American Suburb X : This site has an artist list with collections of articles for each. Most artists on our list are in this collection.
For Atget, Cartier-Bresson, Evans and Winogrand, there are essential essays in the book Core Curriculum: Writings on Photography by Tod Papageorge.
CONTEMPORARY PHOTOGRAPHER RESOURCES: Use these links to find photographers whose work you think has been inspired by your photographer:
Fraenkel Gallery Artist List
Magnum Photo Agency
Pace/MacGill Gallery Artist List
Yancey Richardson Gallery Artist List
Yossi Milo Gallery Artist List
Julie Saul Gallery Artist List
Flak Photo Online Gallery
Here is a pdf of printing instructions that we will go over in class, and for future reference.
I hope you are becoming confident with controlling overall exposure, contrast and color in curve adjustment layers. Now we’ll work on affecting selected areas of an image file using masks.
Stephen Shore's Four Elements of a Photograph