Thursday, September 28, 2017

Thursday is a work day

Work on your narrative project today inside or outside of class.  Next Tuesday we have more class presentations, and the narrative project images are due Thursday.

Reading Assignment Blogpost - Chapter 2, Once Upon a Time (due 10/3)



In the comment section below write a 200 word minimum response to Chapter 2 "Once Upon a Time" Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

Which essay from the assigned chapter spoke to your own experience the most?  Summarize the main points of the essay and give a personal anecdote that elaborates on why this article spoke to you. Which essay made you think about photography in a new way, or spoke to experiences you may not have been as familiar with?  Did any of the work completely confuse you?  Which photographer(s) highlighted are you the most interested in?  Again, summarize the article and explain why this essay has reshaped your ideas about photography.

Alex and Kaitlin will be leading the classroom discussion on Tuesday 10/3

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Reading Assignment Blogpost - Chapter 1 - If Is this is Art (due 9/26)


In the comment section below write a 200 word minimum response to Chapter 1 that  includes the following topics in some order.  

Which essay from the assigned chapter spoke to your own experience the most?  Summarize the main points of the essay and give a personal anecdote that elaborates on why this article spoke to you. Which essay made you think about photography in a new way, or spoke to experiences you may not have been as familiar with?  Did any of the work completely confuse you?  Which photographer(s) highlighted are you the most interested in?  Again, summarize the article and explain why this essay has reshaped your ideas about photography.

Megan and Tristan will be leading the classroom discussion on Tuesday 9/26

Project 3 Narrative - Extended Version

You are to create a series of photos based off your narrative exercise done prior.  Each work must still be a self contained narrative, but now you will have a series of at least 5 photos.  Bring your 5 works to class on Thursday 10/5, and we will review them in class.

You must use at least one directional light source in your images.
Your narrative must be consistent across all images.
Your images must show understanding of strong compisition and contain no distracting elements
Each image must be high quality, lighting, compisition, story telling.
Consider the symbols you use in the image.


Monday, September 18, 2017

Semester Long Reading - The Photograph as Contemporary Art

Over the courses of Arts 3361 we will be reading the essays from The Photograph as Contemporary Art.  I will put a post on the website for each chapter that you are required to write a 200 word minimum response to that includes the following topics in some order.  

Which essay from the assigned chapter spoke to your own experience the most?  Summarize the main points of the essay and give a personal anecdote that elaborates on why this article spoke to you the most. Which essay made you think about photography in a new way, or spoke to experiences you may not have been as familiar with?  Which photographer(s) highlighted are you the most interested in?  Again, summarize the article and explain why this essay has reshaped your ideas about photography.  

For an assigned date each semester, you will be required to present your topics to the class for a 10 minute presentation.  You may elaborate on the themes you discussed in your essay and include pictures to be shown to the class.  You must however present on essays included in the chapter that you are listed under.

Each reading response is worth 25 points, your presentation is worth 100 points, totaling a final project worth of 300 points.

(times subject to change)

Chapter 1 - If This is Art (read by 9/26)

9/26 Megan and Tristan

Chapter 2 - Once Upon a Time (read by 10/03)

10/3 Alex, Kaitlin

Chapter 3 - Deadpan (read by 10/17)

10/17 Case, Jacob

Chapter 4 - Something and Nothing (read by 10/24)

10/24 Shelby, Sarah, Nikki

Chapter 5 - Intimate Life (read by 11/2)

11/2 Katie and Rachel

Chapter 6 - Moments in History (read by 11/14)

11/14 Olya

Chapter 7 - Revived and Remade (read by 11/21)

11/21 Jessica, Zach

Chapter 8 - Physical and Material (read 12/5)

12/5 Taylor, Julia


Thursday, September 14, 2017

Questionnaire due next Tuesday

do you honestly feel like your work is “finished”?  or do you feel like it would benefit from more time?  

was there a part of this process where you felt a sense of risk?  How did you react to it?  

what could you do next time to embrace a risk or challenge and use it to your advantage?  


do you feel ownership of this work, or does it just feel like something your instructor made you do and you don’t feel too strongly about it?  explain one way or another.  

info for submission email

Spescsubmissions@gmail.com

Name
Title
Phone Number (optional)

and image....saved under 2.5 mb and as last name_firstinitial_student_01.jpg

Monday, September 11, 2017

Iphone Photography Apps













Snapseed


  • Comprehensive set of editing tools to adjust exposure, color and sharpness
  • Customizable filters to quickly change the look and feel of your image
  • Ability to edit selected areas of an image

Beautiful photo filter presets that mimic the look of classic film
Integrated adjustment tools for exposure, color and other enhancements
Built-in camera with manual controls
Ability to share your images with the VSCO photography community

Precise control over manual camera functions, including ISO, shutter speed, white balance and focus
30-second timer option (3 times longer than the usual 10-second timer)
Full set of editing tools for improving exposure, color and clarity
Free filter sets, plus the ability to purchase additional filters


CortexCam
popularly known as Cortex Cam, seems a little bit like magic because it allows you to shoot low light photos without the need for a tripod.This app is perfect for shooting at night, or in very low light situations, because of a special process it uses to minimize digital noise (grain).




Musecam
Manual camera editor for smartphones, use your own aperture, iso, shutterspeed





Manual - another manual exposure camera app






Thursday, September 7, 2017

100 plus Creative ideas to ponder if stuck





Project 3 Narrative

Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison


Basic Summary

You are to create (at least) 1 image (up to 3) that implies a narrative.  You will bring your images to class for critique on Thursday, September 14th.  You will be entering your work to be exhibited at the SPESC Student Photo Exhibit at the Art Center of Waco in October, where your work will be seen by lots of cool people, including class textbook author Charlotte Cotton and the artist above, Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison.  

What do I want you to turn in an how?  

Bring at least 1 but up to 3 images to class next Thursday September 14th.  We will discuss how to prepare them for the exhibition after critique.  

Suggestions and ideas to get started

Use any approach to imaging; image acquisition, digital painting, digital collage, digital photo, scanning, vector imaging, mixed media, or a combination. The method you choose should align with the artistic goals you set.

By imply a narrative, I mean you can choose how literal or open ended you want the narrative to be. Images can only explain so much in terms of storytelling, but remember this is a powerful limitation. Generally the more obvious your narrative is, the less interesting it is. You must consider ever part of your image to offer clues as to the what the setting, conflict, and possible resolution of your narrative is.    I do suggest you pick a narrative that you find has a parallel with a personal narrative you have in your own life.  Your narrative must be original, it may be inspired by past works but not slavishly reproducing them.  

You have 1 image to work with.  Compose it with the greatest amount of intent possible.  Consider you lighting, and placement.  What do we see in the frame, what is hidden?  use a tripod if possible.  Compose your scene like a still life.  



Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Camera Exposure review

Exposure Cheat Sheet

You can find more online

Photocaddy app for android
or for Iphone

Project 2 - Exposure Checklist

Take a series of photos.... Make sure to follow the steps below. For the content, I want you to consider documenting your "home" or something like the 100 yard radius around your current home base.  Choose carefully and think creatively, as you have to stick to some rules here.

1. Everything in the picture in focus (deep depth of field)
2. Sharp focus on the subject, but everything else out of focus (shallow depth of field)
3. Bokeh - In at least one photo, nothing at all should be in focus. It's hard to take a good looking photo where nothing is in focus - be creative!
4. Stop action (fast shutter speed) The main subject should be frozen in time, be creative in finding a solution.  
5. Blurred motion (slow shutter speed) The main subject of at least one photograph should be motion-blurred, either due to movement of the subject or movement of the camera.
6. Long exposure (more than one second, maybe low light)
7. Backlit subject (silhouette)
8.  At least one photo must be poorly exposed. That is, most of the image should be either very close to black (underexposed) or close to flat white due to oversaturation (overexposed)

at least 8 images due Thursday September 7th, beginning of class

Web Applet for Exposure Basics