Digital Arts VSAR 302 syllabus Sp15

Flexibility is of utmost importance in the class. Please note that this syllabus is PROVISIONAL.

Week 1: Jan 20
Student introductions and circle naming
Course requirements, objectives, and outcomes
Discuss Book Project

Create personal blog for your art, writing, journaling, and reflections:
Blog writing exercise: Interview each other, and then write a profile or your interview. What is it you want to know besides the obvious: major, etc.
We will come up with several interview questions as a class, such as, what are you passionate about? What are your short-term dreams? Long-term?
Exemplary blogs:
Jerry Slough

Introduce and how we will use the online tutorials for the class:
The Big Five Tutorials: at
Photoshop CC for Photographers: Fundamentals, Orwig
Photoshop CC for Photographers: Intermediate, Orwig
Photoshop Lightroom 5 Essentials: Develop Module Basics, Orwig
Photoshop Lightroom 5 Essentials: Develop Module Advanced Techniques, Orwig
Foundations of Photography: EXPOSURE

JOIN: with class code sent to you via csusm email

Book production sites:
Refueled magazine
What Liberty Ate magazine
Gabriela Iancu
James Tull
Elaine Jamir & Ashley Volbeda
Clarissa McCallum
Faith Bredehoft
Ali Terwilliger
Ali Terwilliger Photography website
Ash Thorp: CSUSM graduate

1. Watch Foundations of Photography: Exposure, with Ben Long: Chapters 4-6:
crucial chapters are Shutter speed fundamentals, Aperture in depth, and ISO
QUIZ next week, Jan 27

2. Take some photos and bring them in next week: I will introduce you to Lightroom

3.Bring your EXTERNAL STORAGE DRIVE to class: we will set these up so they work for you all semester with your Lightroom folder 

WEEK 2: january 27
: Storytelling with images
QUIZ on Exposure: focusing on chapter re Shutter speed,  Aperture, and ISO
Set up Catalogs in Lightroom on your external storage device
Introduce Lightroom workflow: Camera to Lightroom to Photoshop

Nancy diBenedetto’s Basic Photography Lecture

SCREEN: What is the difference between a portrait created in the studio, and one created as part of a story, or narrative
Artist Portrait: Charles Stagg, From Narrative Portraiture: Portraits of Two Texas Artists
Other portraits of Charles Stagg: “All great literature makes us feel conflicting emotions . . . ” —a paraphrase of Orwig

1. TUTORIALLightroom 5 Essentials: Develop Module Basics, Orwig  in
2. Outdoors if possible, shoot a series of narrative portrait photos that tell a story about your subject. Perhaps you have a friend who is a skateboarder, a dancer, a cook, a musician, a gardener, a mechanic, an artist . . . : post 8 images edited and enhanced, on your blogs.
AND, “write down your reflections. What struck a chord with you, what was fascinating, . . . 

And then next, write a little bit about your own creative process. What inspires you? When are you most creative? Reflect a little bit on that. So in a sense, this assignment is about photographing [a narrative portrait of someone in their environment], trying to capture a bit of their story, but then also asking yourself, well, what’s my story? When am I most creative? And use this photographic assignment or this exercise to try to create good images, but also to try to reflect upon yourself so that you can grow as an artist.”—from the Charles Stagg video

“Create pictures that are wise rather than clever.”—Photographer Keith Carter

WEEK 3: February 3
Go over Video: Canon Rebel t5i on chapters 1-2

2. NARRATIVE portrait project: present the images to the class on your blogs

3. BEYOND THE STEREOTYPE exhibit and lecture: 5:30-7 pm, Kellogg Reading Room 5400

4. Photoshop/Lightroom workflow
Continue to explore the Develop Module in class
Diptychs and Triptychs with Julianne Kost
1. Julianne Kost Photography website
2. Diptychs and Triptychs Part I
3. Diptychs and Triptychs Part II
4. Julian Kost Adobe Evangelist website 2010: polyptychs
5. Ed Kashi Three

one of students’ favorite sites: environmental street fashion portraiture

TUTORIAL: Lightroom 5 Essentials:
continue with Develop Module Basics and begin Advanced Techniques, Orwig
Shoot photos inspired by Ed Kashi to create your own diptychs and triptychs in Lightroom
Export as jpegs and post on your blogs

WEEK 4: February 10
LOCATION SCOUTING for next week’s outdoor photo shoot
REVIEW: Print Module for diptychs and triptychs
Cultural Revitalization Exhibition
Yerba Mansa
Edit and Enhance images in Lightroom
Blogs: look at student blogs
Continue with cameras and video on T5i

Aaron Huey: Leonard Knight: Salvation Mountain at the Salton Sea: narrative portraiture
Natalie Fobes on 46 minutes
Rick Smolan

FINISH: Lightroom 5 Essentials Advanced Techniques, Orwig
SHOOT: portraits, narrative and close-ups, and create diptychs and triptychs out of them in Lightroom
Export as jpegs and post on your blogs before class
BRING CAMERAS FOR outdoor photo shoot next week: portraits: Dress for COLD during early evening: starts at 5 pm sharp.
Also bring your external hard drive

WEEK 5: February 17
Outdoor Photo Shoot at CSUSM: at 5 pm SHARP: think about the locations you chose last week
1. Blogs:
look at your diptych and triptych portraits, both narrative and close-ups, shot as homework for this week’s class
2. Edit and Enhance images from today’s outdoor CSUSM class photoshoot in Lightroom and/or Photoshop
3. Check out
4. announce Don Bartletti: research his work
5. screen Natalie Fobes

1. Photoshop CC for Photographers : Fundamentals (Ignore Camera Raw and Bridge chapters) : Chris Orwig
2. Create Book Project Proposal (minimum one page) to discuss next session: post on your blog with accompanying photos by shooting a series of images that will help you to present your proposal next week. Check out
Here are some guidelines: please make sure to answer #2
a. Describe the proposed book project, including focus of book/theme and content of book, potential format (size), anticipated length
b. Relevance of your project to your own life. Why have you chosen to your particular subject for your book project. How will you tell your story to make it compelling, memorable
c. How do you plan to find other artists who might help inspire your project, conceptually, aesthetically, technically.
d. How might research enhance your project
e. How will your book project enhance your learning and growth.
f. What do you anticipate you will learn from creating this project.

g. What do you want your viewer/reader to remember a year after looking at your book project.

WEEK 6: February 24  At 5:20, we will go over to the USU Ballroom for Bartletti’s presentation. When we return, you will create a post about the experience, and we will then look at your book proposals for the rest of the evening.
: Photographic Book Project Proposal presentations: make sure to address:
The focus/theme of the book.
The relevance of your project to your own life. Why have you chosen to your particular subject for your book project. How will you tell your story to make it compelling, memorable.
See above in Homework for WEEK 5 for more ideas for your proposal

DON BARTLETTI: An amazing Photographic opportunity has fallen into our lapsTuesday, Feb 24, 5:30-7
We will meet at 5 in the classroom, and then go to the USU Ballroom at 5:30. We will return to class after the lecture to continue your Book Project proposals.
Don Barletti is an AMAZING! photographer:

“Some of you might know Bartletti’s haunting work in the book “Enrique’s Journey” and in the L.A. Times.

He has now turned his lens to uncover both the deplorable conditions that workers in Mexican tomato fields are facing and how U.S. consumption of these crops continues this unfortunate cycle.
It is the first event in a semester long Food Justice series the CHABSS Engaging Diverse Dialogues and the Border Studies Program  is co-sponsoring with many other organizations.
Here are some links to his previous and current work.”—Fredi Avalos


1. Don Bartletti’s presentation: blog post with text and image
2. Book Project: shoot images for your book project and post to your blog

WEEK 7: March 3
: we will focus on the Book aspect of your final project: this will give you some ideas about HOW to shoot: do you need panos for double page spreads, close ups, etc.
Two possibilities
1. Bookwright: for magazine format, and if you want to work at home with hi-resolution jpegs
2. Book Module in Lightroom: make a collection, practice in Book Module: another possibility

A. Julieanne Kost: Creating and Publishing a Book in Lightroom 5
Also at ADObE TV
Julieanne Kost 2: Book Module

B. Lightroom 5 Essentials: 05 Creating Prints and Books with Chris Orwig: chapter 10: deborah shows this

C. Bookwright video in Blurb
Bookwright guide

3. Using scanners as hi-end, shallow depth of field cameras: demo

4. Talk about how to shoot panos

1. Create a Series of Images for your Final Book and text: create book pages in Bookwright or Lightroom Book Module, including double page spreads

2. Bring DSLR cameras and TRIPODS for outdoor photo shoot next week
T5i Manual at Canon website for download
T5i Manual
T2i Manual

WEEK 8: March 10
 BRING cameras and TRIPODS for our outdoor photo shoot @ 5-7: focus on Panos and HDR (exposure bracketing)
Panoramas: Photoshop Lightroom 5 Essentials: Develop Module Intermediate Techniques, Orwig see chapter 17, 5-7 on panoramas
Exposure Bracketing: for the T5i  PAGE 121-122

2. DOWNLOAD images, edit and enhance, post most compelling images on your blog

3. VIEW your series of images for your final book that you shot as homework for March 3
4. RESEARCH: Annenberg Space for Photography: choose a photographer to research from this site to inspire you for your book

1. Continue shooting images for your book. Use your Annenberg Photographer as Inspiration
2. Try more HDR or Pano shots if appropriate for you book projects
3. BOOK-IN-PROGRESS: remember to save screen shots from Bookwright/Blurb or jpeg/pdfs if you are using the Book Module in Lightroom, and post on your blogs

WEEK 9: Mar 17
1. VIEW:
BOOK-IN-PROGRESS: remember to save screen shots from Bookwright/Blurb or jpeg/pdfs if you are using the Book Module in Lightroom, and post on your blogs

2. Composite imagery: blending layers in photoshop

stephanie ledouxstephanie ledoux

Screen Collage/Montage artists:
Julieanne Kost: What I See
Tiersa Cosaert: student in Artists Books
Alicia Buelow: deeply layered and textured images
Mike Moran
Photomontage Artists

1. Create a series of layered/composited images that you might use for your books
2. Make sure you blogs are up-to-date, including spreads from your book projects
3. Read about Jonathan Huer, candidate for Media Design position and our guest on March 24
“He is also a passionate educator who believes in sharing this knowledge so graduates are digitally literate, entrepreneurially savvy, and prepared to tackle the challenges of the current employment landscape. Jonathan has been at Ball State University for the past eight years first as Director of the Digital Corps and currently as Director of Emerging Technologies and Media Development. At Ball State, Jonathan has been a strong advocate of collaboration as emerging technology blurs many traditional academic boundaries and the reduced barriers to content distribution create new opportunities for faculty, staff, students, and professional partners. . . . ” —from Huer’s website

WEEK 10: Mar 24
SCHOOL OF ARTS faculty will be joining us
5-6 pm: Guest: Jonathan Huer,
candidate for Media Design position (see above)
Bill Frakes, former Sports Illustrated photographer, now landscape photographer, and The Nebraska Project: Jonathan Huer served as technical advisor for the Nebraska Project
After our guests leave:
Show up-to-date book-in-progress with layered/composited images
Continue to work on books

WEEK 11: Mar 31 SPRING BREAK Break
Work on BOOK Project: Post double page spreads to your blog to show on April 7 after the Break

WEEK 12: April 7
entries for Funes Digital Arts Competition, with 3 prize winners ($100 each) and online submissions. 

IN CLASS: you will be presenting double-page spreads from your final book projects to the class!!

1. BOOK Layout, in particular, the addition of text pages:
Great example are:
Soffa Magazines
Refueled magazine
ISSUU: Magazine Site
Blurb Bookstore
2. BLOG widgets, categories, more on tags, stats, etc. for your blogs

Work on completing your Blurb book
Reminder: you must complete your book by the end of class on April 21

WEEK 13: April 14
DISCUSS & SELECT:  FUNES DIGITAL ARTS COMPETITION photos: make a Collection in Lightroom or a folder for your 300 high-resolution jpeg images: you can submit up to three; remember to use 300 dpi for high resolution jpegs when you export your images.
DISCUSS: sizes for the Description Box
POST: post your three selected images on your blog: if you can’t decide, post your favorites and allow the class give you advice, which you can take or not

VIEW: your work in progress on your final Book Project, especially from those who have not shown us photos for their books
I will talk to each of you individually about your progress, as book must be uploaded to blurb next week

CONTINUE: with masking techniques and blending modes in Photoshop
WORK ON YOUR FINAL BOOK Project to upload next week

WEEK 14: April 21

1. Embed code from Blurb to your blog to post book to blog

UPLOAD: 3 images to the Submission Portal for the
Funes Digital Arts Competition:

Upload at:

Size of longest side must not exceed 24 inches. You will enter the size of your image in the submission portal’s description box when you upload; for example. 16 x 24;   12 x 18;    24 x 24

Submission format: 300 dpi high resolution jpeg. Please include a title and your name in the file name; for example:  landscape2_ansel_adams.jpg  or  portrait3_annie_leibovitz

Information sheet PDF:  FUNES_Competition_info1

Remember to post your Funes Digital Arts Competition photos on your blog

DROP DEADLINE: Send book to by the end of the night
Work on blogs, complete with tags, widgets.


WEEK 15: April 28
FINAL COMPLETED BLOGS, with tags, etc.

: WE WILL DO THIS IN CLASS to add your books to your blogs as a blurb slideshow
1. go to book in blurb: go to: my dashboard
2. set book up for sale
3. go to preview once all that is done
4. go to embed
5. go to copy for word press, click copy
6. return to your word press site and create new post
7. change tab from visual to HTML, paste into the field CMD+V
8. post as normal

Week 1

Blog post: Interview of another student in class

Week 2
Blog post: Charles Stagg

Week 3
Narrative Portraits inspired by Charles Stagg environmental portrait video with Chris Orwig

Week 4
Diptychs/Triptychs inspired by Ed Kashi

Week 5
Blog post: Diptychs/Triptychs inspired by Ed Kashi
Blog post: Outdoor Photo Shoot photos
Blog post: Natalie Fobes: class video

Week 6
Blog post: Don Bartletti post
Blog post: Book proposal and photos

Week 7
Blog post: test double page spreads for book

Week 8
Blog post: Outdoor photo shoot
Blog post: Annenberg photographer write-up

Week 9
Blog post: photo shoot for book or otherwise inspired by your chosen Annenberg photographer

Week 10
Blog post: layered/composited images exercise
Blog post: Jonathan Huer: guest lecturer

Week 11
Double page spreads for book

Week 12
Blog post: Double page spreads for book

Week 13
Blog post: 3 selected images for Funes Digital Arts Competition

Week 14
Upload Book
Upload Funes Competition

Week 15

Week 16

FINAL CLASS/PARTY/PRESENTATION OF Photographic Series Book Project
POTLUCK: MEET IN ARTS 342: : please bring something to share

Artists who work in series
Roni Horn
Sally Mann
Howard Schatz

Helvetica: the movie: Helvetica is a feature-length independent film about typography, graphic design and global visual culture. It looks at the proliferation of one typeface (which recently celebrated its 50th birthday) as part of a larger conversation about the way type affects our lives.

Jim Brandenburg: Chased by the Light: A Photographic Journey

Landscape / Industrial Sublime
David Maisel
Leah Ollman review David Maisel in LA Times
Edward Burtynsky
Edward Burtynsky: The Landscape of Oil 
Chris Jordan 
Chris Jordan: Midway: Message from the Gyre

Triptych Project definition / polyptych / diptych :: duet / quadriptych :: quartet / quilt
Three: Book
Live Books 

Barbara Bordnick flower: close-up and mid-range
Howard Bjornson

Food Photographers / Cookbooks 
Sara Remington Blog
Sara Remington Photography site 
Sara Remington Interview Communication Arts

Aesthetic renditions (rather than documentary)
Huntington Witherill
Dar Spain
Dar Spain

Online TOOL resources
Free Photoshop Brushes

Rachel Lichtenstein
Dust that Never Sleeps: Rachel Lichtenstein review
Diane Fenster

What is a panorama. Why? What is the relationship to place? What is the story embedded in the images? What is the story you want to tell about the landscape?

Richard Misrach landscape photographer
Richard Misrach photographing the night
Richard Misrach’s images
Philipp Scholz Rittermann: panoramic images

Mike and Doug Starn

Starn Twins
Micro/Macro introductions:
digital art: Joseph Scheer: moths
object scanning in total darkness

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