Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Abstract for Final

This brief assignment is meant for you to start researching and thinking about the conceptual basis of your final book project

Overview:

You are to create a short paper (500 word minimum) on what you plan on doing for your final project. This paper should clearly state the objective of your project, possible shooting strategies and locations, technical requests, and about a paragraph of historical research that must cite at least two photographers whose work/ideas somehow parallels yours. You may use any source to find photographers, but I recommend Lensculture.  I am not going to stress perfect grammar or style, although I expect a paper written at least at high school level and readable.

Due Date: emailed paper due Monday April 2nd by the end of the day. The final photos/book will be due at the end of the month.

Points to Consider:
Whatever you choose, make sure that you pick a topic that interests you (and will continue to interest you for the month you will work on it). To begin, start looking at the work of contemporary photographers who are working in a similar vein as to what you wish to do. Check the campus library, museum, and magazine websites for inspiration and for examples. After you have your idea and examples, develop a clear paper and emphasis the points you wish your photos to illustrate.

In April your weekly assignments will become open, you will be required to shoot a minimum of 25 images a week that should be geared for the final. A majority of your final grade depends on it.

Lensculture
Here are a list of a historical/contemporary photographers
More lists
and more and more

FINAL PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Your final should be an exploration of a topic that you select that you can invest time and research towards. This will be your homework for the rest of the year, and I expect the work to reflect the quality of a project that has been worked on and refined as much as possible. Every image turned in should be amongst your best work, and the photos should work together cohesively to explicitly illustrate your ideas contained in your research. You will work on it for homework the remaining four weeks of class.

You will be designing a book in Blurb that you will create and publish. Your book may be a narrative of some kind, a documentary work, have text or not, whatever you like…but I do want you to consider the wide appeal of this book. If you want to make a book about your family or your friends partying, then you must consider adding enough content to make it interesting enough to catch the casual viewer.

Blurb Photography art books
How to make a beautiful photo book with blurb

Final Book Project




As of now you should begin focusing and shooting for your final. Your final should be an exploration of a topic that you select that you can invest time and research towards. This will be your homework for the rest of the year, and I expect the work to reflect the quality of a project that has been worked on and refined as much as possible. Every image turned in should be amongst your best work, and the photos should work together cohesively to explicitly illustrate your ideas contained in your research.

You will be designing a book in Blurb that you will create and publish. Your book may be a narrative of some kind, a documentary work, have text or not, whatever you like…but I do want you to consider the wide appeal of this book. If you want to make a book about your family or your friends partying, then you must consider adding enough content to make it interesting enough to catch the casual viewer.

What is due?

You must have your Blurb book sent to be printed by the last day of class (May 2nd). Your blurb book must have a minimum of 25 photos. For the final in this class we will meet and go over your book design before you send it in to be printed. On 5/2 you must also turn in a folder of your final project photos. This can be done through the cloud, or on disc, or you can just copy your files on my lab computer when attending the final class day. This project is worth 500 points.  The final book is not the only thing you will be graded on. You will be expected to shoot every week and participate in class discussions for full credit on this project.

The schedule....


1. Weekly Flickr Progress Reports: You will be expected to upload at least 25 images a week on your assigned topic. These must be uploaded by the end of the day on Monday (4/9, 4/16, 4/23, 4/30)
These check ups are worth 50 points.  They must be done on time (by 11:59pm on Monday) or no credit will be awarded.  I reserve the right to give partial or no credit if I decide the images you take are not geared towards your final project abstract.

2. We will have an inclass group discussion/critique of your work on Wednesday 4/18. Attendance and participation in this discussion is worth 100 points.

3. Final Critique: The final class day will be May 2nd.  You must turn in a folder to me of your book images, and I must have proof that you have paid for your book.  (printed receipt would work).  Come to class that day and turn in your photos and receipt.

Your book will most likely not be ready for the final in terms of being printed, so all I need to see is the recipet you have created the Blurb file and have sent it off to be printed.  You may ship it to your home address.

Grading



This project is worth 500 points. Breakdown: 200 points for the final work, 200 points for the check ups, 100 points for participating at the critique.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Printing Supplies/Materials

Paper -

Types

BandH Photo
Amazon 

Epson Lustre Paper, glossy but not too much, good paper at good value
Red River Paper - the Nice stuff, all kinds
Epson Cold Press - nice matte paper with textured surface
Epson Hot Press - Nice matte paper without texture

French Paper co.  Graphic Design Paper

Graphic Design - the art of choosing the right paper

Mounting - Gatorboard

Art Supply.com
Dick Blick

Dry Mounting Tissue

B and H photo

Speciality Printing

Fort Worth Photo Lab
Courpralux Dallas

Framing

Aaron Brothers - Fort Worth
Frame Destination - Dallas
House of Frames - south fort worth

Everything

Jerrys Art O Rama

Paper Guide for Printing

Epson Photo Paper Glossy

What you get at the store, servicable quality

Epson Ultra Photo Paper Glossy

Thicker, heavier paper stock, feels better in hands

Epson Ultra Photo Paper Luster

A semi glass with a textured finish, my goto value paper

Epson Ultra Paper Premium Matte

Zero gloss, but the color gamut of the below matte papers are better

Epson Hot Press Paper

Cotton based paper with matte finish, very heavy, good color gamut.  Hot press means it is super smooth. Paper color is slightly warmer. Great for nature and landscape.

Epson Cold Press Paper

like above but with a more textured matte finish

Epson Velvet Fine Art Paper

Cotton based paper with matte finish with a watercolor paper- type texture

Epson Exhibition Fiber Based Paper

Very heavy, fiber based paper, resembles darkroom style photographic prints, great for exhibitions, deep blacks and subtle tonal gradations make this the best paper for black and white.  Also good for portraits.

Third Party brands I support

Red River Metallic Paper

a high gloss finish and a pearlescent base stock that yields an elegant iridescence in your images. Great for images of archetecure, cars, and other high contrast images.  

Red River Baryta 

Kind of like a semigloss version of the Epson Fiber paper, better suited for color printing with a warm white paper color.

Red River Canvas Paper

If you want that painterly look

more options from Red River Paper

Hanemuhle makes probably the best, thickest, most premium paper out there.  If I were going into a museum or new york gallery, I might splurge on this stuff.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Project 5 Narrative


Basic Summary

You are to create a series that implies a narrative.  Each image should tell a story on it's own.  But you also have to make 3 images.  Hope that makes sense.  

What do I want you to turn in an how?  
Bring at least 3 images to class next Monday March 26th.  

Suggestions and ideas to get started

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 only a few images 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.