Creative Insight and Inspiration…

How To Be Creative | Off Book | PBS Digital Studios

Kirby Ferguson: Embrace the Remix – Ted Talk, video, 09:42
Nothing is original, says Kirby Ferguson, creator of Everything is a Remix.
From Bob Dylan to Steve Jobs, he says our most celebrated creators borrow, steal and transform.

The Schweizer Guide to Spotting Tangents
A tangent is when two or more lines interact in a way that insinuates a relationship
between them that the artist did not intend.

Towson University Access to Lynda.com
The Office of Technology Services offers free access to the highly-regarded online tutorial service

How to Understand ƒ-stops by Digital Camera World
What are the ƒ-stops on your camera or lens? And what kind of effect does changing them have?

The History & Philosophy of Copyright
Want to know the origins of the concept of copyright?
This video from Filmmaker IQ looks at the history & philosophy behind modern-day copyright.

Nikon D5 DSLR released on January 6, 2016.

ART 235 Photo Imaging: Creative Workflow

Creative Workflow is the foundation course for all newly declared photography majors, introducing students to the art of photographic imaging and digital asset management. Students will be working with DSLR cameras and professional level image-editing and management applications while exploring their limitless creative potential and focusing on their intellectual development.

Prerequisite: ART 103 2D Process

Adobe Creative Cloud logo.

Adobe® Creative Cloud™

Adobe Creative Cloud, is a monthly membership (subscription) that gives you the entire collection of CC tools and more. Love print? Interested in websites and iPad apps? Ready to edit video? You can do it all. Plus, Creative Cloud members automatically get access to new products and exclusive updates as soon as they’re released. And, with 20 GB of cloud storage and the ability to sync to any device, your files are always right where you need them.

Creative Cloud Photography Plan for those who just want Photoshop & Lightroom

 

 

Apple Photos for macOS icon.

Migrate your Apple Aperture or Photos Library into Lightroom

Schedule at a glance (subject to revision)

February

02 Introduction: overview of course and materials.


09Lecture/Presentation/Challenge One (selfie): historical overview of photographic imaging. Equipment check: bring computer, hardware and software. Getting started with Adobe Photoshop CC 2018 (version 19x). Investigate digital imaging fundamentals and various image editing techniques.

16Lecture/Presentation: continue with Adobe Photoshop basics, digital imaging fundamentals and retouching techniques. Bring computer to class.

23 Lecture/Presentation: overview of photographic imaging. Equipment check: bring computer, camera, manual and hardware & software. Getting started with your camera and basic operations. Discuss exposure: ISO, apertures (ƒ-stops) & shutter speed. Discuss shooting modes. Begin shooting and camera exploration.

Bring equipment, Getting started with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic CC (version 7x). Adding metadata to images. Non-destructive image editing. Individual critiques. Shooting in manual mode.

March

02Notice: class postponed due to weather conditions.


09Lecture/Presentation/Challenge One: bring equipment, Adobe Lightroom. Continue working with the Develop module. Investigate retouching in Lightroom and Photoshop. Discuss exposure bracketing and more about shooting. Individual instruction & critiques.

16Midterm – Lecture/Presentation/Challenge Two: bring equipment, Adobe Lightroom. Continue working with the Develop module. Investigate retouching in Lightroom and Photoshop. Discuss lens types (wide-angle, normal, telephoto and specialty glass) and more about shooting. Start thinking about The Other Side.

23Spring Break: enjoy and keep shooting!


30Class Canceled: keep exploring your camera and working in Lightroom. Take a look at the B&H Explora links further down this page – especially understanding aperture and shutter speeds :)

April

06Lecture/Lab: bring equipment, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. Working with your cameras and aperture-priority mode to explore depth of field. Individual instruction & critiques.

13Lecture/Lab: Bring equipment, Adobe Photoshop & Lightroom. Portrait photography: investigate shooting portraits and various lighting set ups. Continue working with aperture-priority mode. Printing demo in CA4006 Print Center. Individual instruction & critiques.

20Lecture/Lab: Bring images, equipment, Adobe Photoshop & Lightroom. Presentation on the power of cropping imagery. Introduction to symbolism in portraiture. Developing and image manipulation techniques. Individual instruction & critiques.

27Lecture/Critique: Bring files, prints, notes, equipment, Adobe Photoshop & Lightroom. Techiniques to get the most from your digital images and work on the final. Individual instruction & critiques.

May

04Lecture/Lab: Investigate typography in Adobe Photoshop. Exploring the Slideshow and Web modules in Lightroom. Discuss publishing services and merits of social media. Individual instruction & critiques.

11Lecture/Lab: continue working with Photoshop, Lightroom and final project with individual instruction. Bring in any borrowed equipment that needs to be returned to the University.

16 Final Exam: Wednesday, May 16th, 8:00–10:00 am in The Photo Studio, CA4010. Thanks for taking the class, enjoy your Summer and keep shooting & Photoshoping!

Note: The Final is the last opportunity to turn in any work for credit for this semester.

Notes & Projects

Illustration of multiple photographs composited together.

Taking Photographs

Students begin taking photographs (shooting) on the third day of class and capture images throughout the semester. It's really easy to shoot thousands of images for this course.

Digital images are date and time stamped upon creation and may be reviewed anytime class is in session, including critiques. Image creation dates will be examined for contiguity and will contribute to the student's final grade.


Shooting Dos & Presentation Don'ts

check markDo shoot (take a photograph of) everything and anything, anywhere and anytime. The more you shoot and think about photography, the more you will learn and the better you will become. All subject matter can be presented for individual critiques.

  • photograph people, places & things
  • photograph day & night
  • photograph light & shadows
  • photograph personal interests
  • photograph your stuff
  • photograph your world

A few more ideas about what to shoot…

  • photograph time
  • photograph weather
  • photograph motion
  • photograph emotions
  • photograph concepts
  • photograph desire
  • photograph passion
  • photograph dreams
  • photograph art
  • photograph life

 

prohibition symbolDon't present the following subject matter for project critiques. Photographs containing these subjects will not be discussed and will result with zero points for that project.

  • Babies & Pets – of any kind. We get it, they're cute!
  • Events – i.e. weddings, bar mitzvahs, little Johnny's birthday party, concerts, religious & political events, etc.
  • Snapshots – you know… phone photos, family & friend photos, spontaneous (or even uncontrollable) presses of the shutter release… say cheese!

 

Animated framed portrait.ART 235 Photo Imaging: Creative Workflow is an art course. It's about learning to use photography for personal expression and strategies for managing your digital assets and your digital lifestyle. It's not about photo journalism, family photos, event photography, documenting your life here at Towson University, etc. Be creative! Explore new directions and your personal interests with this medium. You'll be able to apply everything you learn in this course to all of your future photographic needs.

George Eastman House presents…

The George Eastman House International Museum of Photography & Film, located in Rochester, NY, combines the world’s leading collections of photography and motion pictures with the National Historic Landmark mansion and gardens of Kodak founder George Eastman. Eastman is heralded as the father of popular photography and motion picture film.

Inventions of Photography – Photographic Processes Series

A short introduction about the history of photography by The George Eastman House, released December 2014. Video, 63:49 in 12 short parts.

History logo.

Search History.com for more inforamtion about photography.

Modern Marvels – The Camera (A History of Photography)

History: The Camera (S2, E26) – Learn more about partnerships and rivalries in this documentary of the history of photography, originally aired December 15, 1996. Video, 45:44

Science + Media Museum logo.

Learn more about William Henry Fox Talbot's The Pencil of Nature online at the Science + Media Museum.

The Pencil of Nature – William Henry Fox Talbot, c. 1844

Cover image: The Pencil of Nature by William Henry Fox Talbot, published in 1844.

P Is For… ‘The Pencil of Nature’: A Wonderful Illustration of Necromancy
by Colin Harding, March 27, 2014

The Pencil of Nature, published between June 1844 and April 1846, was the first commercially published book to be illustrated with photographs. As such, it is a landmark not only in the history of photography but in the way that we view our world. Read the article…

Photograph of a hand holding a camera lens.

Factoid No. 9
Camera lenses are circular, but photographs are rectangular… believe it or not!

13 Mind-bending Thoughts About Photography

Photographer Matthew Rycroft put together this video containing 13 strange, random, and mind-bending “facts” about photography. These are short and seemingly obvious statements that may make you stop and think. Read more on PetaPixel…

 

 

How to Pose in Photos

HOW TO POSE IN PHOTOS - 9 TRICKS PROS USE TO LOOK PERFECT by Sorelle Amore, published on April 25, 2018. Knowing how to pose will help you look your best in photos and feel your best in life. There's nothing more crushing than leaving the home, feeling amazing, only to have your photo taken when you're out and thinking you must have been crazy thinking you looked good because the photo is horrible!

Explora, news, tips and reviews by B&H Photo, Video and Pro audio.

Explora by B&H Photo, Video & Pro Audio Information about everything photography – articles, new products and hands-on reviews. Check it out!

B&H Guides – Explora, News Tips & Reviews

New DSLR camera illustration.

How to get the most from your new DSLR – So, you just bought your first DSLR camera and you are interested in joining the ranks of image-makers everywhere who find pleasure and creativity in documenting the world as they see it. What are you gonna do now? Do you know how to set your aperture? Or what ISO is? Did you know that DSLR stands for Digital Single Lens Reflex? It doesn’t matter: what you do know is that you’re ready to step up from your point-and-shoot camera and create images over which you have more control. Read more…

 

Aperture illustration.

Understanding Aperture – Photography is all about capturing light. In order to make a photograph that we can see, we have to control both the amount of light that is exposed to a photosensitive surface, be it film or a digital sensor, and also control the sensitivity of that surface to the light. In this three-part series, we will discuss light and how a camera and lens combine to control exposure. Read more…

 

Shutter speed illustration.

Understanding Shutter Speed – As we said in our last segment, Understanding Aperture, photography is all about capturing light. In order to expose a photograph, we have to control the amount of light that is exposed to a photosensitive surface, as well as control the sensitivity of that surface to the light. Read more…

 

ISO illustration.

Understanding ISO – As we noted in our previous segments, Understanding Aperture and Understanding Shutter Speed, photography is the capture of light on a photosensitive surface, be it film or a digital sensor. In order to expose a photograph, we have to control the number of photons that connect with the image surface, as well as control the sensitivity of that surface to the light. Read more…

 

Metering modes illustration.

Understanding Metering Modes – If you already read the articles on Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO, you know how to utilize the three variables that control exposure in a camera. But how does the camera measure the brightness of the scene to set shutter speed or aperture automatically or tell you, as the photographer, how much to adjust your exposure settings to achieve a specific result for the final image? It achieves this with the in-camera light meter. Read more…

 

Focus illustration.

How Focus Works – Before there was autofocus, there was focus. The camera is a light-tight box that is used to expose a photosensitive surface (film or digital sensor) to light. In order to focus the light onto the surface, most cameras (and your own eyes) use a lens to direct the light. Read more…

 

Focus illustration.

Understanding Focal Length – The primary measurement of a lens is its focal length. The focal length of a lens, expressed in millimeters, is the distance from the lens’s optical center (or nodal point) to the image plane in the camera (often illustrated by Φ on the top plate of a camera body) when the lens is focused at infinity. Read more…

 

White balance illustration.

Understanding White Balance & Color Temperature in Digital Images – Many years ago, back in the days of wired telephones and film, most photographers did not give white balance (WB) or color temperature much thought. Those who did would carry around color-correction filters to screw onto the front of their lenses that would cancel out the color casts of the artificial or natural light illuminating a scene. Read more…

 

Balance and symmetry illustration.

Understanding Balance and Symmetry in Photographic Composition – For the viewer, an unbalanced photograph can feel, well… unbalanced. If leaving your viewers unbalanced is the goal behind your photograph then, by all means, keep your images unbalanced. There are certainly times when you’ll want to do this or when it cannot be avoided. However, if your goal is to create a pleasing and calming composition, you will need to achieve balance in the photograph.. Read more…

 

Tips for beginning portraiture photography illustration by Lindsay Adler.

8 Tips Every Beginning Portrait Photographer Should Know – Why is it that some people are considered photogenic and others are not? What can a beginning photographer do to circumvent this when making a portrait? To address this issue head on, we recently spoke with noted portrait photographers Lindsay Adler and Brian Smith, who helped us compile these eight essential tips for creating successful portraits. Read more…

 

Challenge One illustration.

Click image for larger version.

Challenge One

Three Shots (Shooting Mode: Auto)

Due: March 2nd

Concept: Explore your subject while photographing and interpreting the shooting list (hint: explore means take a lot of shots of your subject – in the end, you'll select the best shot – this is known as editing).

 

Shooting List

  • Shoot a coffee cup/mug with coffee in it (hint: include coffee in shot)
  • Shoot a coffee cup/mug without coffee in it (hint: no coffee in mug)
  • Shoot a coffee cup/mug so the audience (people viewing your photos) can't tell what's in it (hint: it's all about the angle or POV*)
    • point of view

 

Shoot anything you want during the week to further explore your camera – it's normal to shoot hundreds or thousands of images during this course :)

 

Bring your camera, computer with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom installed and your digital files to the next class for processing.

Challenge Two illustration.

Click image for larger version.

 

 

Keep It Steady
Tripods are used to support cameras, lenses, flashes and other gear. Tripods are available for student use – visit the Photo Lab/Print Center in room CA4006 and sign one out.

Challenge Two

Twelve Shots (Manual Mode)

Due: March 16th

Concept: Set up a still life and explore your camera's manual mode while shooting and interpreting the shot/task list.

Research still life photography in your favorite web browser for inspiration. Research other terms such as ISO, aperture or ƒ-stop, shutter speed and more to help you understand photography.

 

Shot/Task List (12 Shots / same subject)

  • Set your camera to it's lowest ISO (usually 100 or 200)
  • Select the largest ƒ-stop (as close to ƒ/2.8 as possible) on your lens
  • Meter the light to select the appropriate shutter speed and shoot
  • Select ƒ/8 on your lens
  • Meter the light to select the appropriate shutter speed and shoot
  • Select the smallest ƒ-stop (as close to ƒ/22 as possible) on your lens
  • Meter the light to select the appropriate shutter speed and shoot
  • Set your camera to ISO 800 and reshoot, adjusting the ƒ-stops as above and metering the light to select the appropriate shutter speed
  • Set your camera to ISO 3200 and reshoot, adjusting the ƒ-stops as above and metering the light to select the appropriate shutter speed
  • Set your camera to it's highest ISO and reshoot, adjusting the ƒ-stops as above and metering the light to select the appropriate shutter speed

 

Shoot anything you want during the week to further explore your camera – it's normal to shoot hundreds or thousands of images during this course :)

 

Bring your camera, computer with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom installed and your digital files to the next class for processing.

Portrait examples – color, BW, high & low key, creative/manipulated and selfie.

Portraits: (top to bottom) color, BW, high key, low key, manipulated & selfie. Click image for larger version.

 

 

Visuospatial resonance: Marilyn Monroe and Albert Einstein hybrid image.

Genius or star, you decide…
Visuospatial Resonance – Marilyn Monroe and Albert Einstein hybrid image, an example of a manipulated portrait.

 

 

ISO Quick Guide


ISO 100 or less – bright light situations

ISO 200 – bright light or open shade

ISO 400 – overcast or indoors

ISO 800 – low light situations, nighttime, concerts

ISO 1600 – low light situations, candlelight

ISO 3200 or greater – extreme low light situations, moon or star light

Low ISO values produce clear images. High ISO values produce image noise (aka film grain).

 

 

Explora – B&H Photo
News, Tips & Reviews about Photography

Learn more about exposure online…

ISO Explained – video, 04:10

Aperture – video, 06:03

Shutter Speed – video, 07:34

Project One

The Portrait & The Print

Portraits Due for Review & Retouching: April 13th
Digital Files & Prints Due for Critique: April 20th

Concept: Photographic portrait study of tone, light and shadow.

Project Brief: Create a body of work consisting of six or more portraits to explore your creative talent in the photographic medium. Be creative with your models, poses, make-up, clothing, lighting, etc. Use your smartphone to take a selfie for quality comparison between camera sensors. It's OK to enlist one or more assistants to help if necessary – it's all good!

Point of Interest: Focus on your model's eyes when shooting.

 

Getting Started:

  1. Set your camera's shooting mode dial to aperture-priority (A if using Nikon or Av if using Canon). Aperture-priority mode allows you to select the ƒ-stop and your camera will select the shutter speed for the exposure).
  2. Select the ISO you want to use (see ISO Quick Guide in sidebar),
  3. Light your model, create interest with shadows – modify the light as necessary,
  4. Aim your camera, frame the model and focus,
  5. Press the shutter release to take the shot,
  6. Move the model or camera and shoot additional exposures,
  7. Import your images into Lightroom, edit, making any developments and/or retouching,
  8. We'll look at your work on Friday, October 20th. You can make additional refinements and continue shooting during the week.

The Next Steps…

  1. Print your finished results on 8.5 x 11" paper, making the most of the 93.5 square inches of printing area – i.e. print as large as possible on the sheet of paper :)
  2. Write down the print resolution value (see Adobe Photoshop Print Settings below in Tips & Insights),
  3. Bring your prints, files and notes to class for additional processing and critique.

 

Shot List
Your 6 portraits should include…
(Disclaimer: links below are Google image searches – you never know what you're gonna get:)

 

Tips and insight.

  • Start with Research – Research portraiture, especially self-portraits made by artists over the years. Look beyond photographic portraits. Observe how artists, past and present depict themselves on paper, canvas and 3D. Make notes and sketches of your observations. Seek inspiration!
  • Search Term – portrait photography
  • The Art of Portrait Photography | Off Book | PBS Digital Studios
  • Using Light to Create Dimension and Texture in Photographs | Fstoppers
  • Peter Hurley: Illuminating The Face | Fstoppers
  • Lens Focal Length – focal lengths of 85mm – 135mm are popular with 105mm being a favorite among portrait photographers
  • Aperture – ƒ/5.6 and ƒ/8 are popular ƒ-stops for portrait photography and usually provide the sharpest results with most lenses – ƒ/2.8 or the largest aperture your lens has, will give you shallow depth of field, blurring background elements
  • Focus – portrait photographers usually focus on their model's eyes because humans are drawn to eyes in portraits – the eyes are windows or the gateway to the soul…
  • Manual Focus – change the focus control from auto to manual on your lens (switch or button on lens barrel) for absolute focusing control
  • Reflected Light – use something white like drawing paper, matte or illustration boards, or metallic like aluminum foil and mirrors to bounce light onto your subject to fill in shadow areas. Colored surfaces will reflect colored light. Bouncing light off of black surfaces can enhance and create depth in shadows.
  • Self Timer – great for taking self-portraits (see your camera's user guide for info about your camera's self timer)
  • High Key Portraits – model should wear light colored clothing, use a light background & bright light source(s)
  • Low Key Portraits – model should wear dark colored clothing, use a dark background & single light source
  • Manipulated Portraits – you're free to experiment with Lightroom and Photoshop to create an interesting portrait – be creative
  • Personal Expression – express your aesthetics and interests as you explore lighting and working with your models, be creative in all aspects of this project
  • Adobe Photoshop Print Settings – select Scale to Fit Media checkbox to print as large as possible on your 8.5 x 11" paper (see image below), record the print resolution in a text file and include it with your files for the critique – click image below for larger version. TextEdit on the Mac, Microsoft Word and Excel are great apps for keeping text records :)

Adobe Photoshop CC 2017 Print Settings – scale to fit media option and print resolution.

Specifications (grading criteria – each worth 10% of total grade)
Content: 6 photographic portraits, digital & printed, print resolution notes
Task: exploration of tone, light & shadow, ink-jet printing & resolution
File Properties (dimensions, resolution, color mode): executed in-class
Metadata: executed in-class (title, author, description, keywords, copyright status & notice, camera data)
File Format: executed in-class
Naming Convention: executed in-class (lowercase, hyphens, sequential numbering)
Creativity: originality & inventiveness
Technical Skills: proficiency with software & hardware
Directions: adherence to instructions
Deadlines:
April 13th – bring your files to class for processing;
April 20th– bring files, prints & notes in for critique

Extra credit star icon.Extra Credit – Interested in going the extra mile to get bonus points and increase your skills? Shoot additional portraits of your choice and be creative!

 


File Naming Convention for Project 1 Folder & Files
Have your work (high resolution JPGs) ready to turn in when you arrive to class on Friday. Label the folder you plan to turn in with the following naming convention…

lastname-firstname-project-1

Label your six digital images with the following naming convention and put into your folder to copy to one of the USB drives…

lastname-firstname-p1-1-color.jpg
lastname-firstname-p1-2-bw.jpg
lastname-firstname-p1-3-high-key.jpg
lastname-firstname-p1-4-low-key.jpg
lastname-firstname-p1-5-manipulated.jpg
lastname-firstname-p1-6-selfie.jpg

 

Follow our naming convention for your text file containing your print resolution notes. TextEdit on the Mac or Microsoft Word and Excel can be used for your text documents.


Extra credit star icon.Extra Credit: Naming Convention for Additional Files
Students who wish to turn in multiple sets of files (even if it's one additional file) for extra credit should use an additional glyph in their naming convention to separate files and for alpha-numeric sorting.

Sets A & B in the example below represent full sets of images. Set C represents additional manipulated portraits and selfies a student wishes to turn in for extra credit along with sets A & B :)

Set A
lastname-firstname-p1-a-1-color.jpg
lastname-firstname-p1-a-2-bw.jpg
lastname-firstname-p1-a-3-high-key.jpg
lastname-firstname-p1-a-4-low-key.jpg
lastname-firstname-p1-a-5-manipulated.jpg
lastname-firstname-p1-a-6-selfie.jpg

Set B
lastname-firstname-p1-b-1-color.jpg
lastname-firstname-p1-b-2-bw.jpg
lastname-firstname-p1-b-3-high-key.jpg
lastname-firstname-p1-b-4-low-key.jpg
lastname-firstname-p1-b-5-manipulated.jpg
lastname-firstname-p1-b-6-selfie.jpg

Set C
lastname-firstname-p1-c-5-manipulated.jpg
lastname-firstname-p1-c-6-selfie.jpg

 

Quality Control Test: name your files and put them into a folder. What order are they in? Are your color portraits next to one another? Are your BW portraits next to one another? If so, check the file names and investigate the issue. Do your best to resolve the file naming issue so all files are ordered in their appropriate sets.

Tip: You can highlight the example names above with your mouse, stylus or finger, copy & paste onto your files. Just add your last and first name where appropriate and you should be good to go :)

Still from Disney's Alice Through the Looking Glass, © 2016.

Alice Through the Looking Glass… an example of research for the concept. Click image to view short animation of Alice crossing to 'the other side'.

Illustration for The Other Side – concept for ART 235 Creative Workflow final project.

Final

Series Concept: The Other Side

New work & prints, slideshow, web gallery & artist's statement

Due: Wednesday, May 16th, 8:00–10:00 am

Concept: Showcase your photographic imaging skills from the semester using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop and any additional apps exploring and interpreting the concept, 'The Other Side'.

Project Brief: You’ve been working all semester developing your groove, your sense of taste and style. It's time to bring it all together, creating a series of works and assemble them into portfolios that demonstrate what you can do with the medium of photographic imaging. Be creative and pay attention to the details. Let your work shine!

Part 1: New Work & Prints (minimum 7 images, 3 prints)
Create a new series of photographic works (minimum seven images). Develop your images in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and further manipulate them in Adobe Photoshop, if desired (you can use any additional applications). Freely experiment with your new works. Export your images as high quality JPGs. Print your three favorites – paper selection & size is up to you.

Part 2: Slideshow (with title & end screens)
Assemble your images from this series into a slideshow using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. Brand your slideshow with title and end screens. Freely experiment with audio and transitions. Export your slideshow as high definition video (1080p).

Part 3: Web Gallery (include title & end screens from slideshow)
Create a web gallery of your images from this series using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. Freely experiment with the templates and options. Export your web gallery to your computer – Lightroom writes all the necessary code and image preparation for you!

Part 4: Artist's Statement (text document)
Write a brief description (2–3 paragraphs is normal) to accompany your series of works about your interpretation of the concept, 'The Other Side'. What are your images about? What did you do to them? Describe your process. Credit any sourced images used in creating your art. This link may provide insight into writing your artist's statement – GYST Artist's Statement Guidelines and sample statements. Search the Web for other artist's statements for inspiration. Microsoft Word or TextEdit would be appropriate apps to use for this – images can be included as well. Spelling & grammar count – this is for a college class!

 

Getting Started:

  1. Concept development (aka Brainstorming) – notes, thumbnail or full-blown sketches, research on the Web or at a library, talking with others and more are great ways to start developing ideas about your series of new works. It's not uncommon to start with an idea and change it mid-stream and go in a different direction.
  2. Shoot photos for your series,
  3. Use Lightroom's Collections panel and create a new collection for your series and add your photos to the collection,
  4. Use Lightroom to develop (process) your images (Adobe Photoshop or any additional apps may be used to create your art),
  5. When ready, select the collection, the appropriate module and start creating your slideshow and web gallery.

 

New Works & Prints
Your new works should consist of the following…

  • New Works – create a new body of photographic works, minimum seven images, may be manipulated in Adobe Photoshop or additional apps
  • Metadata – include your copyright data in your files
  • Export as JPGs… export your images as high-resolution JPGs, 100% image quality and 300 ppi resolution
  • Naming Convention – label your JPGs with 2-digit sequential naming…
    lastname-firstname-the-other-side-01.jpg
    lastname-firstname-the-other-side-02.jpg, etc.
  • Prints – print your three favorite images from your new works (3 is the minimum number of prints needed for the final)

 

Slideshow
Your slideshow should include the following…

  • Use images from the series for your slideshow.
  • Title & End Screens – make it exciting with text (title, author name, class, etc.) and imagery. Don't forget to thank your audience for watching and provide an email address or additional contact info.

    Title screen example text: (order does not have to be followed)
    ART 235 Creative Workflow
    Spring 2018
    Your Name
    The Other Side (concept title)

    End screen example text:
    Thanks for Watching
    URL and/or email address

  • Music – add an audio track to your slideshow.
  • Play with Options – timing, pan & zoom, etc.
  • Export Video… select Video Preset: 1080p (16:9) and export your high definition mp4 video file (this process may take several minutes depending on your computer's processing power).
  • Naming Convention – name your video file…
    lastname-firstname-slideshow.mp4

 

Web Gallery
Your web gallery should include the following…

  • Use images from the series, including title & end screens for your web gallery.
  • Use a Template – select a template from the Template Browser panel.
  • Site Info – add title and email using the Site Info panel.
  • Play with Options – colors, appearance, etc. if necessary.
  • Output Settings – use 80 (percent) for quality setting.
  • Export… name your gallery and export to a location on your computer.
  • Naming Convention – Lightroom will create a folder during export to contain all necessary files for your web gallery. Name the folder…
    lastname-firstname-web-gallery

 

Artist's Statement
Your statement should include the following…

  • Use Microsoft Word or TextEdit to write your statement.
  • Write a brief description of what your works are about – i.e. your interpretation of 'The Other Side' (2–3 paragraphs). You could also include a paragraph about your process if you worked in Adobe Photoshop. You can include images in this document to illustrate your statement.
  • Credit any source images used in your works – i.e. "Nibiru (Planet X)", NASA © 2018 and include link to source image.
  • Naming Convention – name your text file…
    lastname-firstname-the-other-side.doc,
    lastname-firstname-the-other-side.txt, etc.

 


Tips and insight.

  • Research – Search the Web, visit a library, gallery, museum or other location, take photos, doodle, write notes, talk with others and more – it's all good and helps in concept development. Pixar Animation Studio artists took a month long road trip on Route 66 in developing concepts for the 2006 movie, Cars (and yes, they were paid for it!).
  • Duplication – Your series, slideshow and web gallery should contain the same images (with title & end screens in the slideshow and web gallery).
  • Title & End Screens – Be exceptionally creative with the title and end screens. Cut loose and use your design skills to create something spectacular. Look closely at book covers, movie titles and end clips. Take a trip to a local book store or search for books on amazon.com and slideshows online and get inspired.
  • Responsive Websites– Responsive websites play well on desktops, laptops, tablets & smartphones. They resize and display appropriate content for different sized displays. Lightroom's Square Gallery and Track Gallery templates are great examples of responsive web galleries.
  • Spelling – Most apps that handle text include spell checking – even Adobe Photoshop has it in the menu, Edit > Check Spelling…. Some people prefer to check spelling as they go and others prefer to spell check before presenting their finished work. Both methods are good, just be sure and do it.

 

Specifications (grading criteria – each worth 10% of total grade)
Content: series of new works, prints, slideshow, web gallery & statement about your works
Task: using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom & Photoshop to create works & presentation materials
File Properties (dimensions, resolution, color mode): 300 ppi, 1080p, RGB color
Metadata: copyright status & notice, camera data
File Format: series: JPGs, slideshow: 1080p video, web gallery: HTML, JPG & others, .doc or .txt
Naming Convention: lowercase, hyphens as separators, project names
Creativity: originality & inventiveness in adapting presets to personal vision
Technical Skills: proficiency with software & hardware
Directions: adherence to instructions
Deadline: Wednesday, May 16th, 8:00–10:00 am, bring your final to class to hand in.

 

Note: The Final is the last opportunity to turn in any work for credit for this semester.

Special chracters: copyright, registered trademark and trademark symbols.

Special Characters
Copyright symbol (Option + G), Registered Trademark symbol (Option + R) and Trademark symbol (Option + 2) can all be easily typed on a Mac.

Bonus Tip

Twelve Must-know Mac OS Keyboard Shortcuts for Special Characters

Digital imaging pros know their computers inside and out, including their keyboards and important keyboard shortcuts for special characters to get the job done! The following 12 shortcuts are part of everyday keystrokes, worth memorizing to allow you to be productive and type like the pros!

Name Symbol Keys
Acute Accent (résumé) ´ Option + E (followed by key press for vowel)
Bullet Option + 8
Cents ¢ Option + 4
Copyright Symbol © Option + G
Degree Symbol (90 ˚F) ˚ Option + K
Ellipsis (She said she was a dancer…) Option + ; (semicolon)
Em Dash (long dash—width of an M) Option + Shift + - (hyphen)
En Dash (wide dash, width of an N: Monday–Friday, 6–9 pm) Option + - (hyphen)
Eñe (Spanish character with a tilde over n: año, El Niño) ñ Option + N (followed by N)
Italicized f in ƒ-stop ƒ Option + F
Registered Trademark (officially used to mark one's property, illegal to use without proper, legal registration of trademark and subject to fines or other punishment) ® Option + R
Trademark (unregistered, used to mark one's property, can be used on anything) Option + 2

 

Double-bonus Tip: Links to additional Apple and Windows special characters.

Triple-bonus Tip: Use the menu,  > System Preferences… and select Keyboard in the second row to enable Show keyboard and emoji viewers in menu bar. You'll be able to use the Keyboard Viewer to see where special characters live on the keyboard so you can type them and the Emoji Viewer to select and insert emoji and special characters into your documents!

Quadruple-bonus Tip: The Apple icon () can be typed on a Mac using Option + Shift + K (not available in all fonts).