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Printing in MCaP (room 1026)

You will eventually learn to print on the 4880, but most of your prints will be uploaded and printed in the School of Art Print lab. MCaP in room 1026. You will be required to pay for your prints and to use the dropbox system online.

Uploading files to print lab drop box

Media Cage and Print lab (MCaP) (room 1026) hours and home page URL

PINTING STEPS FOR THE EPSON 4880


Assignments


Assignment 1: Non-Digital Manipulation: The Basics of Photographic Language

Create 6 images, 4 prints, backup storage with file structure covered in class and one contact sheet

In this assignment you will review the basic elements of photography by manipulating your images in-camera only (well, mostly).

Reading 1
Light and Lens: Photography and the Digital Age , Robert Hirsch, Focal Press, 2008.
Adobe Acrobat .pdf format
PLEASE ONLY READ THE FOLLOWING PAGES:
Pp 77-81 (Start with The Lens System and Stop after Angle of View.
Pp 87 - 90 (start with the section on Shutter and stop BEFORE the section on Digital Camera Features).

The Elements of Photography , A. Belt, Focal Press, 2008.
Page 6-14 on framing

The Fundamentals of Creative Photography , D. Prakel, Ava Books, 2010.
Pages 22-25 DOF and shutter speed

“What Matters Now? Photography, Technology and the World” , in Aperture, #210, Spring 2013, pp14 – 15.

Assignment Details

Assigned Monday, Aug 26 - Class 1

Images and contact sheet (digital) in folder Due Monday, Sept 16
Prints Due Monday, Monday, Sep 23
Reading Due Wednesday Aug 28
Printed contact sheets Due for checkoff, Monday Sep 9 (or sooner if you have images)
Backup Storage with File Structure Due Wednesday, Sep 11




Assignment 2 - Fauxtography and Fabrication using High End Digital

Create 5-8images, four prints, and one contact sheet
In this assignment you will use advanced cameras and digital manipulation (if you want) to make a body of work that is a fabrication and plays with the idea of photographic truth.

Reading/Audio 2
Light and Lens: Photography and the Digital Age , Robert Hirsch, Focal Press, 2008.
Adobe Acrobat .pdf format
pp 70-76, 85-87, 90-98

Listen to and view posted pictures:
"Faking it before Photoshop" , NPR, 2013.
"Haunting Images Chronicle 165 Years Of A World At War" , NPR, 2013.

The following reading will help you with this assignment, but due to time issues, we will not discuss it until the next assignment.
The Reconfigured Eye, Visual Truth in the Post-Photographic Era,
William J. Mitchell, MIT Press, 1992.
Chapter 3 - Intention and Artifice
pages 1-10 (read up to "Coherence") on the PDF document (Note, this does not coorespond to the pages printed on the page, but to the page number in your PDF reader)

Assignment Details

Assigned Wednesday, September 18

Images Due Wedesday Oct 2
Contact sheets Due Wednesday Sept 25
Prints Due Wednesday, Oct 9
Reading Due
* Light and Lens reading Due Wednesday, Sep 25
* "Two audio stories (Faking it and War photos)", Due Monday, Sep 30



Assignment 3 - HDR and visual stories

Create 5 images, four prints, and one contact sheet
In this assignment you will learn about High Dynamic Range (HDR) Imaging and apply it, along with digital manipulation (if you want) to tell a visual story.

Reading 3
OPTIONAL
The Reconfigured Eye, Visual Truth in the Post-Photographic Era , William J. Mitchell, MIT Press, 1992.
Adobe Acrobat .pdf format
Chapter 3 - Intention and Artifice
Specific pages, TBA


REQUIRED
"In the digital age, the family photo album fades away" , NPR, 2013.

Assignment Details

Assigned Monday, Oct 7

Images Due Wednesday, Oct 23
Contact sheets Due Wednesday, Oct 16
Prints Due Wednesday, Oct 30
Reading Due
* Wm Mitchell Reading, CANCELLED Oct 14 and 16
* In the digital age, the family photo album fades away Reading, Due Wednesday, Oct 16


Assignment Four: The snapshot aesthetic, big data and mobile media


Create 8 or more images, four prints (you print at least one), and one contact sheet
In this assignment you will use the camera on an iPad, cell phone (or orther mobile device) to create a body of work using the snapshot aesthetic. The aesthetic will be informed by tradition but framed by the concept of big data and contemporary image consumption. At least one work must follow the Instagram Challenge (see below) and you must post it on Instagram with the challenge hashtag. The other works can continue that theme or one of your own that comments about contemporary image consumption.

Assignment Details

Assigned Monday, Oct 28

Images Due Wednesday, Nov 13
Contact sheet Due Monday, Nov 4
In Progress Checkin Wednesday, Nov 6
In class exercise bring mobile devices Wednesday, Oct 30
Prints Due Wednesday, Nov 20

Readings/Audio Due Nov 6
Phantasm: Digital Imaging and the Death of Photography,"Metamorphoses, Photography in the Electronic Age, Geoffrey Batchen, Aperture, 1994.

“Observing by watching: Joachim Schmid and the art of exchange” , in Aperture, #210, Spring 2013, pp46-49.

Robert E Jackson interview, NPR, 2013

Instagram Challenge

See the links below and read about the "Picture Show" Instagram Challenge
There will be a new one posted soon (hopefully) that will be part of this assignment

Public Square picture show (portaits until Aug 19)
Public Workers

Until Oct 21
Commute

see results at:
Results of the instagram challenge



Final: Your Artistic Voice

Create and print 8 images (or more) that have a related theme and aesthetic.

Assignment Details

Assigned Monday, Nov 18

8 or more Images Due in class folder Monday, Dec 9
Final Contracts Due Wednesday, November 20
All images as prints, professionally presented + Optional Revisions due at final, Dec 19

NOTE: Final critiques will be on December 9 and 11. The Final time slot, December 19 is a mandatory critique for prints and optional revisions. All must attend.