Friday, June 18, 2010

Ethics in Photography

In this assignment for PH134 Digital Image Illustration, we had to create a fraudulent image from four layers. I decided to make it look like Melody was one of a set of identical quadruplets having story time.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

PH135 Photographic Design Journal Entry Week One

Here is what I posted for the week one journal entry in PH135 Photographic Design.

I think that this class is just what I need right now. I need to be able to come up with creative ideas quickly and easily; to convey my ideas through my photos whether it be directly or indirectly through symbolism; and to view photographic problems like I do my programming problems, thoroughly and analytically, so that they can competently be solved. I am confident that my composition skills will improve in the process.

I am a little concerned about having this class in conjunction with ART1030 Survey of Modern and Contemporary Art. At this point, both classes seem like they will take an enormous amount of time to complete the weekly assignments. Only time will tell if it will truly be an issue.

I have never been able limit myself to the number of shots required for an assignment. I always intend to stick to the number of exposures needed. I am not snap happy like I was when I first received my camera. I pick and choose my shots, grabbing extras if the lighting is tricky, but I get caught up in the moment. Some of my best shots happen when I quit trying to do the assignment and just shoot.

Looking back on this week's shoot, I probably should have considered all of the elements of design. Line; shape and form; balance; proportion and size; as well as rhythm, repetition and pattern all seem to come naturally to me now but texture and color are two areas that I often neglect.

The only unexpected event was finding two condom wrappers and one condom just off the nature trail in the park I chose to visit. I could have just kept on walking but the scene triggered something in my brain. The phrase "man's encroachment on nature" came to mind and I was taking shots before I even knew it. Then I remembered this area a few hundred meters off the trail with a fenced in area overgrown with trees, bushes and other plant life. I made sure to stop there on my way out of the park and snapped a few different compositions that suggest "nature's encroachment on man". When I got home, I created a diptych of the two best images.

Encroachment Diptych

Saturday, May 8, 2010

More Images From PH124 (#3)

Continuing the series...


Backlit Obelisk

Dragonfly Abstract

Light Pole




Soldier Statue

Grill Recropped

Grill Recropped

Grill Recropped









Tuna Salad

I found the works of Kazimir Malevich to be a refreshing change from the politically entrenched works of the Dada and Surrealism movements. Therefore I chose to pattern my work off of some of his paintings. This digital painting is an exploration of the mimetic process in which I sought to unravel the threads of visual discourse by creating a conversation between color and shape. Further, it is an investigation of the feelings produced by the act of mark-making which delves into the connectedness of the real and the abstract. There exists a strange force that attempts to put forms into place -- reproducing the memes of past artistic eras. Surely you have felt it too but chaos permeates everything that the mind creates. In the synaptic realm, objects d'art are pure reproductions of the imaginations of the mind -- a mind that frees the chaos as an organism expels its own waste. In the physical realm, art objects are a pale representation of the vivid imagination.

Tuna Salad

Large detailed photos, small PDF

Your instructor wants you to create a PDF of your contact sheets. She has provided detailed steps on how to set up the Print Module in Lightroom to get the images in a grid. She has also provided instructions on how to get those contact sheets into Adobe Acrobat Pro. When you are all done, your PDF file size is in the tens to hundreds of megabytes (or worse) and takes a long time to upload and/or download from the college web site. What she has not provided are the instructions on getting the highest image quality without a large file size!

What do you do?
A) Panic!
B) Call student support.
C) Upload it anyway.
D) Tweak a few settings and end up with a nice small PDF but highly detailed images.

When faced with this problem, I chose 'D'. I will show you how I do it but feel free to change anything to your own personal preferences once you know the secrets.

So you either have your images selected or in a collection and you are in the Print Module. You have already configured out you want the images to look in the exported JPEGs and have actually selected Print To: JPEG File. Set File Resolution to 240 ppi, Print Sharpening to Standard, JPEG Quality to 100. Click Print to File and follow the rest of the instructions provided (including creating and saving your PDF).

Lightroom Print Module Settings

Now you will want to click on Document > Reduce File Size...

Reduce File Size...

You should see a Reduce File Size window open. Select Acrobat 7.0 and later (this is a fairly safe setting but you can chose a later version if you know your instructor has it). Click the OK button.

Acrobat 7.0 and later

The final step is to save the modified file under a new name.

Save as...

Now compare your file sizes.

I started with a 2.09 MB JPEG and a 2.19 MB JPEG file. The resulting PDF was 4.16 MB. After reducing the file size, it is 353 KB. That's a savings of 3.82 MB! Just imagine the difference it will make when you have more than two contact sheets.

Friday, May 7, 2010

More Images From PH124 (#2)

Continuing from the last post.









White Irises


Pathway Through the Garden


Thursday, May 6, 2010

More Images From PH124

More images from PH124 Digital Image Management.










Going My Way?