Digital Photography

Schedule & Assessment / Examples / Set 1st Assignment

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Digital Photography
An essential element in visual design and layout & good career path More available - adaptable Take many different forms application New technology - increasing at a rapid rate (hardware + software)

DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY

HANDBOOK
AVAILABLE AS A PDF TO DOWNLOAD / PRINT VIEW ON MOODLE AND ON MODULE BLOG

DPHOT

HANDBOOK
Unit

2013/14

HAND-IN Friday 25th April by 3pm

This handbook provides essential information on the tutorial tasks, blog, tips and helpful guides for the Digital Imaging

Unit Blog

http://dphot.tumblr.com/

Flickr Group http://www.flickr.com/groups/phot/

SESSIONS - due to large student
numbers we have had to adapt the delivery Module essential information / set assignments Core subject information and research important to come to class and show your work examples of work / keeping blogs & sketchbooks practical sessions - walks around the city guest speakers from industry software sessions - run by CCI Skills Centre

Digital photographic imaging flow Chart
URBAN MOTION MUSIC / GIG DIGITAL DARKROOM NIGHT LIGHT CANDID PORTRAIT SEASIDE WEATHER LANDSCAPE / CITYSCAPE COMMERCIAL NATURE ARCHITECTURE FASHION / CULTURE ABSTRACT HUMAN FORM SELF - INITIATED
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FINAL OUTCOME 30 PHOTOGRAPHS PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATION SUPPORTING JOURNAL YOU WILL BE SET ASSIGNMENTS THROUGHOUT THE MODULE TO BUILD UP YOUR CONFIDENCE AND GET YOU TAKING PHOTOS THESE CAN ALSO THEN BE USED AS PART OF YOUR FINAL PIECES OF WORK.

Digital Photography
DPHOT HEMIS Code U20192
ABSTRACT This course introduces the underlying principles of digital photography. Students will learn how digital cameras work and how to create digital images, appreciate experimental, abstract and traditional photographic techniques and learn how to display, compress and store photographs on a variety of platforms. AIM 1. To enable students to appreciate the fundamental principles, the technical resources and the creative potential of digital photography. LEARNING OUTCOMES On successful completion of this unit, students should be able to: 1. Demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of the application of Digital Photography as an integral element within design 2. Understand the physical technology and methods responsible for creating digital images 3. Identify how digital photography benefits the industry and aids the print process Hand In Date: April 25th by 3pm ASSESSMENT PATTERN Coursework (100%) – The students will produce an evaluative, working journal and a presentation of photographs. The work will be unsupervised and tutor assessed. You must choose and present your work with close attention to the relationship/theme. There will be a series of assignments which all relate to the unit aims and generate content for your final body of work. Students MUST select core subjects from the 18 listed in the handbookt. Students will then produce photographs from their selected core subject areas. (a max of 30 photographs) Delivery 1. 2. A working journal (blog or sketchbook) A presentation of final images either printed, exhibition or online.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

SHOW HANDBOOK

Students are expected to produce a portfolio of photographic work and associated journal of process experiments, image plans, drawings, written and visual material, demonstrating both thematic and technical research and experimentation in technique, format and media. This needs to be completed either in a blog or a sketchbook format. Completed photographic prints and online showcases should be executed with high regard to presentation and photographic convention and wherever appropriate work should be fully edited and presented in a professional manner.

DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGING ASSESSMENT 2013/14
NAME -

MARKING

Assignments - Have these all been completed to a professional standard?
Magazine Publication | Interview | Techniques | Promotion (40%)
References / URL’S / Credits for inspiration / Research / Production & Processes.

Blog / Sketchbook - Is the Production / Ideas Process clear? (20%)
Screengrabs (video and/or still) / Idea Process / Behind the scenes / Planning / Editing / Subject Analysis & Feedback / Software Use. Use of blog /sketchbook to present the above effectively.

Presentation / Evaluation - Is the final presentation of photographs
suitable for display as a showcase? Have you evaluated your final photographs? (40%)
Presentation Quality of work / Relevance / Advertising - online & offline / Display options and professional presentation of work / Flow Evaluation Have you described your subjects processes clearly and concisely ? Have you considered and examined the merits and problems of the subjects? Have you evaluated your subject matter, equipment and editing? What you would do differently?

OVERALL MARK FEEDBACK

Core Subjects - help sheets
SUBJECT EXAMPLE TIPS

CORE SUBJECTS
SUBJECT
Urban

Portrait

Close-up, portray character in environment, lines on face/ abstract, movement, candid, head and shoulders

EXAMPLE
city, decay, street, industrial, bridges, city people, Blur, panning, freezing. Motion can also be implied in a picture by the use of dynamic composition - for example using powerful diagonal elements in the frame, or showing people or objects leaving from an edge of the frame, perhaps even cut off by it. Sense of movement, passion, singer and mic, capture energy and mix of lights, crowd shots, instruments. Backstage.

TIPS
Always carry your camera, shoot from the hip, turn off sounds - be quiet, get dirty
At Play Leisure activities, sport, playing with animals, children, beach games, running, jumping

Motion

The technical aspects of shooting motion are easy: a fast shutter speed (or the action or sports setting) will Seaside freeze motion, a slow one will introduce motion blur. Don’t be afraid to experiment with extreme cropping or split into 3 sections.

Sand, sea, close-up, landscapes, splashes, waves, bucket and spade, amusements,

The!3 general types of portrait photography are: close-ups or facial shots, upper body shots, or environmental portraits (where you focus on the subject and the surrounding environment that gives the subject character).! Some of the best portraits are where the subjects look completely comfortable like their not looking at a camera.! When people try to smile or make a certain kind of face for the camera it usually SUBJECT EXAMPLE doesn't seem very genuine.! The trick is to capture the image when the subject(s) aren't necessarily focused on the camera.! The main purpose of portrait photography is to capture the essence of the subject(s). ! Commercial Photography made or licensed for the purpose of selling a product, Laughter and expressions are sometimes key with this core service or idea where fine-art subject. Close-ups might work well to convey a feeling ofphotography a is created as an end playful nature in itself. Product pack shots, high street photography - weddings, portraits, fashion, travel etc Many people take shots looking out to sea so why not turn around at the seashore and look for interesting opportuniNature Taken outdoors and devoted to ties. One common problem with landscape beach photo-displaying natural elements such as wildlife, plants, and graphs is that while they might capture a beautiful scene landscapes, they close-ups of natural scenes and actually have no point of interest and can as a result be textures. rather empty and boring. When taking a shot look for a point of interest or focal point that will give those looking at your photo a place for their eye to rest. Perhaps it’s a pattern in the sand, a set of footprints, the crashing of waves over a rock, a pier etc. Also look for the little things that tell the story of going to the beach like shoes at the waters edge, sand castles, sunglasses, etc. Architecture In and outside a building structure Lastly protect your camera against the salt..it will kill it! or environment. Old and new, modern and traditional, small or large scale. Bridges, doors, Try to capture the atmosphere as much as possible. A forest windows. Industrial, Ruins. early morning - mist - could work better as black and white to capture the atmosphere. A close up of a wave and splashes of sea water could convey a storm? When it rains you will probably have to use either a longer Fashion Trends, culture, clothes - think in the shutter speed or a wider aperture because the clouds tend to broadest sense. What is also block out direct sunlight. considered fashionable? Experiment with having something in the foreground and use this as your basis to frame the shot. Doing this adds scale to the overall image. Abstract Real subjects, sharp focused and un-manipulated except for normal Timing and opportunity play an important part. darkroom adjustments such as contrast, exposure and dodging and burning. Angles, texture, macro, reflections, shadows, mirrors, glass. Has no rules. Human Form Photographer Greg Gorman specialises in Human form. “I dissected each person’s face individually with different techniques,” such as lighting, camera angle, the focal range of various lenses. “You can always hang a light over someone’s head and get an image that looks like the person. To me, the more interesting images are ones that leave something to the imagination.”

TIPS
Work to the client brief and understand the audience that you are pitching to. For this unit you could look at images of the city (postcard task or tourism department of the council). It is important to always make sure that the product that you are selling is visible and of the highest quality.

Music/Gig

The low lighting environment of a live gig presents several problems to be overcome, the most troublesome being exposure and focus. Film speed 400 and f2.8 will give you a good overall shot. Unless you are familiar with the band then you cannot determine what the lighting will do. Take a spare battery and shoot as much as possible. Also take a small torch to check settings etc. Experient with slow shutter speeds to make the lighting streak. Remember to save your work as a photoshop file (psd). Be subtle and don’t be afraid to use as many layers, colours and styles as possible. www.computerarts.co.uk is great for ideas.
Weather Snow, wind, rain, sun, storms, sunsets/sunrises, the effects of weather on a building, erosion, melting ice-cream, water on a window, puddles and reflections, sun rays after a storm and through trees. Skies, mountains, valleys, trees, rivers, and forests. A landscape is a section or portion of scenery as seen from a single viewpoint. Scenery is the subject of a landscape image. Typically, people and animals are not shown in a landscape, unless they are relatively small in the image and have been included in the composition to show scale. Normally 3 styles of Landscape representational, impressionistic and abstract. Cityscape is the same as landscape but includes all the features of an urban setting.

Photographing Nature Requires Attention Whether you’re photographing wildlife, plants or a wondrous sunset, be aware of your surroundings. Follow these tips to capture the best opportunities for nature photos: Be aware of all of your senses: your ear may hear something that your eyes have missed. Maintain perspective: when changing locations, check out where you have just been so you know where to travel next to get another amazing shot. Pay attention to your surroundings: look up and down, as well as side to side. Study your subject’s habits: know how to anticipate an upcoming photo opportunity or when to flee. Be careful of your angles. Look at the shadows at every angle - this can help with the mood/texture and also add depth. Slow film speed, large depth of field, slow shutter = tripod essential or find a sturdy and straight wall. Look at abstract, BOLD shapes that pop out. Use a mirror to reflect light and also add a new perspective. Look at unique settings to showcase the model and the clothes etc. Don’t confuse this with Glamour Photography. From the early days to the present Fashion Photographers were/are always the risk-takers and experiment constantly with light, subject and colour. Use colours/non and patterns to create an images. Let the viewer be intrigued as to the subject. Use your imagination

Digital Darkroom

Pushing the limits using photoshop etc, change the entire look of an image, extreme cropping, masking and montage. Stitching various images together to make one final shot. Taking layers from several images to make one. Car headlights, architecture lighting, flash outdoors/portrait, action shots with flash, the moon, cityscape,long exposure, lasers, copper

Night Light

A tripod and slow shutter speed to capture headlights. Cityscape Or you could rest the camera on a wall for the long exposure. Experiment with your camera flash settings and take shots of portraits with car headlights in the background. Painting with light - use a torch and slow shutter speed to capture the effects. Technical equipment successfully employed for candid photography is typically lightweight, small and unobtrusive rather than big and intimidating. Timing is so important with Candid photography so always be on the look out for an opportunity and carry a small camera with you. Be sensitive to your subject. In some countries people will shy away from the camera as they feel you are taking their soul away by capturing their image. Don’t use flash!

Landscape/

Candid

Un-posed and unplanned, immediate and unobtrusive

Get in close and look at obscure angels. Use a macro setting to photograph the texture of the skin and highlight skin tones. Play with shadows on the skin.

Self Initiated

Open

Open

Module Blog

http://dphot.tumblr.com/

Flickr Group

HTTP://WWW.FLICKR.COM/GROUPS/PHOT/

Journal Examples. This year you have a choice - keep a sketchbook or a blog. For blogs only use Tumblr
HTTP://WWW.TUMBLR.COM

Sketchbooks - Art Shop in Eldon - no smaller than A4.
HAVE TO SEE ALL YOUR PROCESSES - DOCUMENT AS MUCH AS YOU CAN

Examples

sketchbooks
MAKE SURE YOU TAKE SCREEN GRABS

HTTP://LUKEOBRIEN.CO.UK/WORK/LUKE-OBRIEN-PHOTOGRAPHY.HTML

HIGH QUALITY PRESENTATION OF YOUR WORK IS VITAL

HTTPS://VIMEO.COM/64166809

HTTP://JACK-DALY.TUMBLR.COM/

HTTP://PIKCHURSUNIT.BLOGSPOT.CO.UK/

Examples - sketchbooks

Examples - show processes

Examples

MUST EVALUATE YOUR WORK AT THE END. THIS COULD BE VIDEOS

Examples - sketchbooks

Examples - blogs

http://sd-digialphotography.tumblr.com/

Examples - blogs

http://jack-daly.tumblr.com/

Examples

Examples

BLOG EXAMPLES

Student Work

HUMAN FORM

Student Work

HUMAN FORM

Student Work

DIGITAL DARKROOM

Student Work

ARCHITECTURE

Student Work

FASHION

Student Work

MOTION

Student Work

LANDSCAPE

Final Showcase examples

BLOG EXAMPLES

Please.....
Think before you shoot - no snaps Unique images Need to push yourselves to deliver the work to tight deadlines and high quality More in your next scheduled session on basic info for this module and more about the 1st assignment.

Constantly look . . . .
ROBIN RHODE

RESEARCH CONSTANTLY - LOOK AT STYLES / PROCESSES AND EDITING TECHNIQUES

JAN VON HOLLEBEN

SPACE SHOW - 2009

VIDEOS OF WORK

VIDEOS OF WORK

Books

GOOGLE BOOK SEARCH HAS A LOT OF CHAPTERS

HTTP://BOOKS.GOOGLE.COM/BOOKS? ID=2VTO4HP9JDUC&PRINTSEC=FRONTCOVER&DQ=PHOTO+IDEA+INDEX

PHOTO IDEA INDEX Explore New Ways to Capture and Create Exceptional Images with Digital Cameras and Software By Jim Krause Edition: illustrated Published by HOW Books, 2005 ISBN 158180766X, 9781581807660

Books - AVA
HTTP://WWW.AVABOOKS.CH/

EXCELLENT QUALITY AND SIMPLE TO FOLLOW

Workshops
SPLIT INTO 2 GROUPS SESSION IN CLASS EVERY OTHER WEEK SET ASSIGNMENTS - START PLANNING JOIN BLOG http://dphot.tumblr.com/

JOIN FLICKR AND FLICKR GROUP HTTP://WWW.FLICKR.COM/GROUPS/PHOT/

1st Assignment
MAGAZINE PUBLICATION 10 weeks to complete Form groups of 4 people - ASK ABOUT SKILL SET - NEED THE RIGHT MIX OF PEOPLE THAT CAN DELIVER WORK TO HIGH STANDARD

BRIEF In groups of 4 form a magazine company, create an identity/brand/mission statement and identify a subject matter in the city to deliver a photo essay in 10 weeks. The outcome must include at least 20 final photographs that act as a narrative for the subject matter. The style of the final images must also include text and be formatted to work as an editorial and presented either online or in printed format. Compete against each other for the best read. Gain sponsorship? Open for business.
1st Assignment - 10 weeks Digital Photography Module 2013/14

Photography Magazine Publication
BRIEF
In groups of 4 form a magazine company, create an identity/ brand/mission statement and identify a subject matter in the city to deliver a photo essay in 10 weeks. The outcome must include at least 20 final photographs that act as a narrative for the subject matter. The style of the final images must also include text and be formatted to work as an editorial and presented either online or in printed format. Magazines could compete against each other for the best read. Gain sponsorship? Open for business. Explore your neighbourhood - shop keepers, workers, transport, the docks, sports, dog walkers, tattoo parlours, coffee shops, music venues or students? - could choose a fine art or illustration student in their studio - photograph the processes. Intense detail required in your subject.

RESEARCH
The weekend Guardian newspaper, Sunday Times, magazines like Local Quarterly, Refueled, Huck Magazine Photographers - Todd Selby, Jason Travis
http://www.huckmagazine.com/ http://www.refueledmagazine.com/current-issue.html http://localmag.us/ http://blog.noplasticsleeves.com/?tag=self-promo http://www.selfpublishbehappy.com/ http://arkitip.com/magazines/ http://www.japancamerahunter.com/2013/06/photography-zines-andbooks/ http://www.stackmagazines.com/featured/we-are-here/ http://www.itsnicethat.com/publications http://www.coolhunting.com/culture/open-book-tbw-books.php http://issuu.com/ http://www.blurb.co.uk/ http://www.magcloud.com/ http://www.newspaperclub.com/ http://www.jasontravisphoto.com/ http://theselby.com/

Explore your neighbourhood - shop keepers, workers, transport, the docks, sports, dog walkers, tattoo parlours, coffee shops, music venues or students? could choose a fine art or illustration student in their studio - photograph the processes. Intense detail required in your subject. TOOLS & SKILLS - Camera, lenses, Editing package like photoshop, gimp, lightroom, design editing - indesign for layout and illustrator - text and vector graphics (logo creation)

OUTCOME - PDF (Printed or Online) TOOLS & SKILLS - Camera, lenses, editing packages like photoshop, gimp, lightroom, design editing - indesign for layout and illustrator - text and vector graphics (logo creation)

Remember to document your role, progress and add this to your blog or sketchbook.

Note : These Assignments are designed to help you during this module. They will help you gain confidence and start to build up a library of photographs to work with for your final hand-in.

1st Assignment - 10 weeks Digital Photography Module 2013/14

In workshops - we will need to see progress. By next workshop - group’s formed ideas shown - plan of action for 10 weeks. Research - there are links to get you started. Think about subject, collate add to blogs/sketchbooks

Photography Magazine Publication
BRIEF
In groups of 4 form a magazine company, create an identity/ brand/mission statement and identify a subject matter in the city to deliver a photo essay in 10 weeks. The outcome must include at least 20 final photographs that act as a narrative for the subject matter. The style of the final images must also include text and be formatted to work as an editorial and presented either online or in printed format. Magazines could compete against each other for the best read. Gain sponsorship? Open for business. Explore your neighbourhood - shop keepers, workers, transport, the docks, sports, dog walkers, tattoo parlours, coffee shops, music venues or students? - could choose a fine art or illustration student in their studio - photograph the processes. Intense detail required in your subject.

RESEARCH
The weekend Guardian newspaper, Sunday Times, magazines like Local Quarterly, Refueled, Huck Magazine Photographers - Todd Selby, Jason Travis
http://www.huckmagazine.com/ http://www.refueledmagazine.com/current-issue.html http://localmag.us/ http://blog.noplasticsleeves.com/?tag=self-promo http://www.selfpublishbehappy.com/ http://arkitip.com/magazines/ http://www.japancamerahunter.com/2013/06/photography-zines-andbooks/ http://www.stackmagazines.com/featured/we-are-here/ http://www.itsnicethat.com/publications http://www.coolhunting.com/culture/open-book-tbw-books.php http://issuu.com/ http://www.blurb.co.uk/ http://www.magcloud.com/ http://www.newspaperclub.com/ http://www.jasontravisphoto.com/ http://theselby.com/

Rob Luckins will be on hand at some sessions throughout the year http://www.welcometothedarkslide.co.uk/

OUTCOME - PDF (Printed or Online) TOOLS & SKILLS - Camera, lenses, editing packages like photoshop, gimp, lightroom, design editing - indesign for layout and illustrator - text and vector graphics (logo creation)

Remember to document your role, progress and add this to your blog or sketchbook.

Note : These Assignments are designed to help you during this module. They will help you gain confidence and start to build up a library of photographs to work with for your final hand-in.

HTTP://WWW.ITSNICETHAT.COM/PUBLICATIONS/

FORMAT - DELIVERY
Lectures with Gary Bown - technical side Workshops with Claire, Gary and Rob assignments - looking at your work and progress Seminars - used for practical - locations, subjects, techniques Guest Photographers Software help - CCI SKILLS - you should have been informed that you need an intermediate understanding of software skills to join this module for help with this http://www.port.ac.uk/departments/faculties/cci/cciskills/creative/

Lastly . . .
This module requires you to take photographs throughout the year - on average about 100 a week. The assignments are there to help you start to compile a body of work. Carry your camera with you at all times. A little notebook is also good. Try to think about a consistent style - research other photographers Constantly seek feedback on your work Plan ahead - photographs, locations, equipment, software, storage, blog, sketchbook, tasks Students that dedicate time and effort will be rewarded

before next session
join blog http://dphot.tumblr.com/ get into groups as we will be kicking off the assignment straight away start to think of theme for magazine and pitch your idea to other group members skills - you will ALL be taking photos to form the content of the magazine but you will also need to assign group member to design logo for cover and magazine title, write, design layout (indesign) and all edit your photos for entry.

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