Digital Photo Sketchbook Syllabus 2018

SYLLABUS: Digital Photo Sketchbook Spring 2018
Experimental Contemporary Photographic Practices
digital :: mobile :: documentary :: experimental

FLEXIBILITY is of utmost importance in the class. Please note that this syllabus is PROVISIONAL. We will want to take advantage of opportunities as they arise.

Each week you will shoot and process a different photo series sketch and post the photos on your blog. It’s great if you can carry a camera at all times, similar to a sketchbook.
Eat, drink, sleep, dream photography . . .

In this class, NEVER, ever, import your photos to iPhoto!!

ALWAYS create a folder for your photos on your hard drive.
2. Transfer photos from your card to your folder.
3, Then, import your photos from your folder from the hard drive into Lightroom, NOT from your camera.
4, That way, you’ll know for sure you have a copy of all your photos.

WEEK 1          01-23
SKETCH 1      Beginning self-portraiture: on your BLOG, you will write something about yourself: your work, your passion, your mission in life. Why did you enroll in this particular class. What do you hope to accomplish this semester in the class?
INTRODUCTIONS: Names & Course requirements, objectives, and learning outcomes.

Julieanne Kost: Principal Digital Imaging Evangelist, Adobe: ignore tutorials re Mobile: you’ll be using DSLR cameras, not your iPhone, etc.
Lightroom: Getting Started Series: USE THIS

Adobe Creative Cloud Lightroom free trial

Dorothea Lange video: internment segment: to prepare you for your homework:
1. Paul Kitagaki Jr., Photographer Seventy years after Japanese-Americans first arrived at the Tanforan Assembly Center in San Bruno, CA, photographs of those men, women and children — taken in 1942 by photographers such as Dorothea Lange — and taken in recent years through 2012 by photographer Paul Kitagaki Jr. — were displayed side by side at the BART system’s San Bruno Station. The station is next to Tanforan, where a World War II internment camp that held up to 8,000 people was created within a racetrack’s horse stalls.

Lange took her photos as an employee of the U.S. War Relocation Authority and was tasked with documenting the internment process in the Pacific Coast area. The exhibition of Kitagaki’s photo pairings is titled They Wore Their Best: The Japanese American Evacuation and After.

After Kitagaki found out his father’s family was one of the many photographed by Dorothea Lange on the eve of their internment, he began researching these photos in the National Archive’s U.S. War Relocation Authority collection. Later he identified other surviving people who agreed to be photographed in ways that reflect the original locations or groupings in which they appeared in 1942, when their lives were about to change for the duration of World War II.

Keep this in mind for inspiration for our Portrait Sketch Weeks

2. Wrinkles of the City:
Since 2004, the French artist JR has traveled the world flyposting colossal black-and-white portraits of ordinary citizens on the walls of city buildings. His most recent project, The Wrinkles of the City, began in Cartagena, Spain, where he photographed the city’s oldest inhabitants, imagining their wrinkles as metaphors of urban texture and history. He has subsequently reprised the project in Shanghai, China and Los Angeles.

In May 2012, JR collaborates with American artist José Parlá on the latest iteration of The Wrinkles of the City: a huge mural installation in Havana, undertaken for the Havana Biennale, for which JR and Parlá photographed and recorded 25 senior citizens who had lived through the Cuban revolution, creating portraits which Parlá, who is of Cuban descent, interlaced with palimpsestic calligraphic writings and paintings.Parlá’s markings echo the distressed surfaces of the walls he inscribes, and offer commentary on the lives of Cuba’s elders; together, JR and Parlá’s murals marvelously animate a city whose walls are otherwise adorned only by images of its leaders. A film documenting the project appears in 2013.Based in Paris, JR exhibits freely in public sites in the cities around world. His projects include Portraits of a Generation (2004-2006), Face2Face (2007) and Women Are Heroes (2008). In 2011 he was awarded the TED Prize.

José Parlá studied painting at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia, and the New World School of the arts in Miami, and lives and works in Brooklyn, new York. A recent project is a special commission for the Brooklyn Academy of Music. His most recent monograph is Walls, Diaries and Paintings (Hatje Cantz, 2011).”

Former Student Blogs for DPS
Laila Basquez

Gavin Hedges
Gavin Portfolio Website

Janine Jorge Blog

Gary Scott

Brandon Cooley

BRING: your external storage device to the next class. Also bring a folder of several photos shot with any camera.
BRING several photos to work on next week in class in Lightroom
WATCH video: DOROTHEA LANGE: Grab a Hunk of Lightning:
rent on Amazon. It’s $1.99 on Amazon. There will be a QUIZ on the film next Tuesday
BLOG about what you are compelled by in the Lange film. What can you use in your own photo/art practice.
WATCH: Begin to watch Library Module videos from Julieanne Kost to prepare for next week. Very Important!!  Lightroom: Getting Started Series

You do NOT need to watch the Importing Photos section, as I will show you how to import your photos rom your SD cards.

WEEK 2         01-30
on the Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning video
Environmental Portrait Series inspired by Dorothea Lange

Hung Lui and American Dream paintings

Hung Lui and Dorothea Lange

DISCUSS: Your Blog Post about Lange; add images
CHANGE: Blog set up in dashboard:
1. add subtitle with your name
2. set up comments so we can respond easily; like buttons
3. widgets
4, Remember to italicize names of films, books, magazines. Abolish the word interesting in your posts. Use a spellcheck.

SET UP: LIGHTROOM CATALOG on you external hard drive

Exposure Trinity: Muench: shutter speed, aperture, ISO

1. WATCH: Continue with Julieanne Kost tutorials re Library and Develop Module in Lightroom

2. SHOOT for SKETCH 2: Environmental Portrait Series: One Subject: Outdoors if possible, shoot environmental 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, a poet, an artist . . . : post 8-10 images, edited and enhanced if you are experienced with Lightroom, on your blogs. If you don’t yet know how to export your images from Lightroom to your blog, I will show you next week.

Use a DSLR or another camera if you must; reflect on how Lange influenced your shots

3. ALWAYS BRING your External Storage Device

4. BRING DSLR CAMERA: We will go over cameras for new people, so bring or check-out a DSLR next week if you are a new person to the cameras

WEEK 3         02-06
Develop module: editing and enhancing images; exporting them from Lightroom to your blogs
your environmental portrait series
Technical Trinity

Catalog Set-up
Camera Camera Basics: Canon T4i & T5i  basics with John Greengo
How to learn your camera: youtube, Canon quickstart guides and manuals
Canon T5i: quickstart guide
full-length canon manual
Canon T3i quickstart quide

SKETCH 3: Elements of Design: Pattern, Texture, Line, Light
SCREEN: Art Wolfe: Elements of Design
RESEARCH: Edward Burtynsky

Develop Module: Marc Muench and Julieanne Kost

1. TUTORIAL: Continue with Develop Module Basics, Julieanne Kost

2. SHOOT and POST for Sketch #3 : photos that highlight Elements of Design: Pattern, Texture, Line, Light (inspired by Art Wolfe video)

3. BRING  to next class: External Storage Device and DSLR CAMERAS for a quick outdoor photo shoot next week. Tripods very handy in low light as well. Practice changing the ISO, minimum shutter speed possible, wide open apertures

4. REVIEW: quickstart guides for use of your particular camera to prepare for CSUSM outdoor photo shoot

WEEK 4          02-13
SKETCH 4: Pushing / Playing your Photos: An exploration of filters in Lightroom
CSUSM OUTDOOR PHOTO SHOOT: at 5 pm sharp: pushing the light: shooting in low light
Look for extra lighting locations as it gets dark: street lights, building lights, etc,
1. raise ISO
2. use a low F/stop = wide open aperture for more light, e.g. 2.8
3. try a wide range of shots: mid-range, full-body, close-ups. Think about Lange as portrait photographer.

EDIT & ENHANCE: in Lightroom outdoor photo shoot photos in Lightroom
Pushing the Develop Module Tools: cross-processing, Split Toning, selective coloring

Applying Changes to Multiple Images

Virtual Copies

Converting to B&W

Color Toning to B&W

Adding Vignettes and Grain

Create and Save Presets in Develop

A blog example:
John Chiara
inspires Luke Sabin
Matthew Brandt: artists who push
Lakes and Reservoirs
Jerry Slough

SHOW: SKETCH 3: Elements of Design: Pattern, Texture, Line, Light to the class on the computers

DISCUSS: Loading images to Blogs, creating galleries, paragraphing, spellchecks, like buttons, etc.

: Julieanne Kost on Develop Module
2. SHOOT more photos either on or off campus: Post the best of your edited and enhanced photos to your blog for a total of @10 photos. You can also use different versions of the same photo if you think more than one version is compelling. EDIT  and enhance your photographs in Lightroom using some of the DEVELOP Module techniques: cross-processing, toning, selective coloring, etc. Remember Julieanne Kost.

4. BLOGS: Post your images: Everyone will be showing their blogs up on the faculty computer to the class starting at 5:00 pm for our next class meeting

Week 5          02-20
SKETCH 4: View your PUSHING YOUR PHOTOS from 2 different blog posts:
CSUSM outdoor shoot
Homework shoot

WRITING CENTER: Even if you did not receive a notice to go to the Writing Center, many of you would benefit from writing assistance. If you are a second language learner, you can make an appointment with Jayne Braman. Her hours for tutoring are Tues/Thurs 11:00 – 2:00. If she is already booked up, please make an appointment with another tutor, but schedule ahead with Jayne Braman
Kellogg 1103

SKETCH 5: Food / Culture /Shallow Depth of Field / Aerial views of food
Food photography: What is your relationship to food: forager, gardener, cook, chef, consumer, fast food, slow food . . . farmer’s market, restaurants, spices, buffets, your own kitchen, people and their food, cooking, CSUSM Fieldhouse

Penny de los Santos The Photographic and Other Moments
Penny de los Santos: Portfolio

Matt Armendariz
Matt Bites

Two Red Bowls


Vanessa Rees  photography

Sara Remington: website
Sara Remington on shooting food

See Saveur finalists
See Saveur winners 2015
See Saveur blog winners 2016
See Saveur travel and food winners 2016
Peden + Munk

Experiment with shallow depth of field: small numbered F-stop = wide aperture, and aerial wide-angle shots

SHOOT food and POST on blogs: photograph in a restaurant, in your home, at the farmer’s market, in the dumpster. You are required to also set up a still life situation, similar to one of our photographers this week.
What is the “hero” in you photo. What are you trying to accomplish?
We will view your food photos posted on your blogs at the beginning of class.

Week 6         02-27
Changing overall tone in Lightroom
Leveling images, horizontally and vertically

CLASS ASSIGNMENT: break up into groups and VIEW Food Blogs and choose the most compelling food series
8 groups of 3; 4 groups will do blogs 1-13, 4 will do 14-26
You have 1/2 hour to review the blogs and choose your top 3.
You will then present the top 3.
Everyone will choose their most compelling image to present in full screen at the computers.

REVIEW: Print Module in Lightroom to create different configurations of images as diptychs, triptychs, and grids, and output as jpeg.
Think about juxtaposition: single image, or cinematic filmstrip, diptych, triptych, polyptych:
How to tell your stories visually.
Many food photographers use the diptych. Why? People + Food? Still life + interaction?

SUPER SKETCH 6 & 7: The Grid Project
Michael Wolf
Michael Wolf’s work in series, Bastard Chairs project that he combines as GRIDS:
Chairs and other topics video
ARchitecture of Density video

Joshua White
Survey of the American Yard
Annenberg video

Create a series of images, then create a large grid in Lightroom, say 16″ x 24″. Vertical will work best for your blogs. Integrate your images using toning, B&W, etc.

SHOOT & POST: your series inspired by Joshua White and/or Michael Wolf:
put them together as a grid. Upload the grid and images as a carousel to your blog.

WATERMARK: Edward Burtynsky

Week 8          03-13
REVIEW Grid Projects

WRITE & POST one page (250 words) on either What Remains/Sally Mann or Watermark/Burtynsky about three things you will remember about the film a year from now and how those 3 things will influence your photography practice.

ASSIGN SKETCH 8: Urban Decay, Graffiti, etc. Check out back alleys, but go with a buddy. Disguise your cameras . . .  Think about Michael Wolf and Bastard Chair project from back alleys.

Richard Misrach: Hurricane Katrina: NPR
“found haikus” Found Urban Text, Graffiti
Richard Misrach: PBS: “poetry, writing, lettering, sheer expressiveness” Short audio from Misrach Destroy This Memory: New Orleans

The Writing on the Wall Richard Misrach video

Brandon Cooley: Decaying California

Gary Scott: Dairy Farm, Pala

Jacumba’s Border Fence Deborah Small

Jan Staller: recycling, urban decay
Jan Staller: urban decay

Briana Bryan: CSUSM alumna

VIEW: Julieanne Kost Lightroom videos

1. SHOOT:SKETCH 8: Urban Decay, Graffiti, etc
2. POST: edited and enhanced photographs based on your interpretation of Urban Decay and/or Graffiti/Fount Text
3WRITE & POST one page (250 words) on the film that you did not about in class, either What Remains/Sally Mann or Watermark/Burtynsky. Write about three things you will remember about the film a year from now and how those three things will influence your photography practice.

Week 9          03-20  SPRING BREAK
Your choice of a series of photos for this sketch:If you want to do an extended post on Urban Decay, Graffiti, you can do that.

Otherwise, give yourselves an assignment of something you want to work on, and write a short, one paragraph, proposal for your shoot. Remember, this is a specific series with a subject, theme, topic, technological experiment, etcNOT just a collection of photos. Then post the one paragraph proposal and your best images from your shoot during the break. You can choose Food Photography, Still Life Photography, Portraiture, Fashion Photography, Landscape Photography, Plant Photography, or any other focus.

Week 10          03-27
Sketch 8: Urban Decay shoot
Sketch 9: Urban Decay shoot continued, or your choice of assignments. (see above in HOMEWORK). You can choose Food Photography, Still Life Photography, Portraiture, Fashion Photography, Landscape Photography, Plant Photography, or any other focus.

: Shooting Sustainability: Recycle, Reuse, Repurpose

VIEW for recycle sketch:
Jan Staller: recycling images
Jan Staller: NY Times 

Baja Wine School: repurposed materials: deborah small

This is a restoration place of regional offices ( winemaking , agriculture, agro-industrial processes and cultures ) that seeks to cultivate the elements of this area with sustainable facilities .

Here we use all recycled which at first glance is waste material. The region has wealth in junk status , considering that its placed by the state of California, the most productive region of the world in terms of waste. Here are inherited millions of tons of different materials and wastes that become a rich source of raw material to develop constructive elements. At the Station these residues are transform and reused to produce an unlimited recycling , admitting the garbage that litters this environment in every way .

On the Station, architecture is subject to the function, giving to shape a contemporary  character of the new meaning of garbage.
—Future Offices Station: The New Meaning of Garbage

Noah Purifoy in Joshua Tree: KCET story

Noah Purifoy outdoor museum in Joshua Tree

Watts Towers

Pedro Reyes: swords into plowshares

Su Stockwell Recycled Nation: ewaste
Paper, Glue, Paper, China

Borrowing materials is a recurring element of Susan’s work; in these instances the recycling continues. For example, her exhibition Flood was created from 4 tons of recycled computer components; these were re-invented as an installation in a 13th century church in York. Once the exhibition was over, the computer parts were returned to Secure IT Recycling to begin a new life elsewhere.

Curator Grace Chung gave a pertinent evaluation of Susan’s work in the text for the exhibition B-Side Ecology in Taiwan: “Meticulously hand crafted, the benign sublime beauty in the work belies the devastating effects of our culture and our role in shaping it. Look more closely, and one is confronted by a cultural urgency of global-proportions“.
Six Textile Artists Using Recyled Materials

Photos of: vintage stores, swap meets, scrap yards, good will, salvation army, second hand stores, recyclers, sites by folks who recycle as art, such as Purifoy or Rodia . . . 

instead of a photo project ABOUT recycling, what if you create a project USING recycled photos / images: more conceptual, sculptural, interactive . . . up to your imaginations and dreamings inspired by SWOON

Recyling photographs: Costco = .06/print for 4 x 6.
Composted photographs

1. SHOOT: Sustainability photos inspired by class viewing materials above
2. POST: edited and enhanced photographs based on your interpretation of the theme: RECYCLE, REUSE, REPURPOSE (sustainability)
3. BRING DSLR cameras for CSUSM outdoor photo shoot


Week 11      04-03
VIEW your posts for 
Sketch 10
: final project: compilation of best photos for the semester

22slides: SofA Photo Archive
22slides: Jeri Perez

22slides: Briana Flores website

22slides: Gavin Hedges portfolio

Format: Cera Hensley + text
Format: Cera Hensley: Shades of Spring: continuous panorama
Format Cera Hensley: Product Photography panos

Format: William Widmer: text/captions example

Format: Olga Ingurazia

Format: Haruka Sakaguchi
Format: Haruka Sakaguchi: text/photo diaryJanine Jorge blog

Format: Amanda Rowan

Format: Janine Lagrimas website

REVIEW: how to HDR, Panos, Dehaze: What’s New in Lightroom CC:
Julieanne Kost Lightroom PANO, HDR, and DEHAZE tutorials

landscape photographers
Phillip Sholtz Rittermann for panos
Edward Burtynsky: the Landscape/Cultural interface
Edward Burtynsky: Water: The Book
remember Dorothea Lange’s photos

HOMEWORK: SKETCH 11 Panoramic Landscapes & (hopefully) HDR: see directions below under Auto-Exposure Bracketing for HDR in quote box
1. ORGANIZE photos for website at Format or 22slides we’ll put together next week in class after a demo.
2. SHOOT & POST: 1 vertical and 1 horizontal PANORAMA with at least 3 shots
HDR: 1 HDR merged
HDR: 1 HDR & PANO combined
If you need help with HDR’s, I’ll go over it again next week, but please give it a try and rewatch the Julieanne Kost videos
Julieanne Kost Lightroom PANO, HDR, and DEHAZE tutorials

AUTO-EXPOSURE BRACKETING FOR HDR images with Canon cameras:
Bracketing is “a way to shoot the same scene with different exposure settings. This is useful when the lighting starts to get tricky, because bracketing can improve your chances of getting a correctly-exposed shot. You can also use bracketing when creating high-dynamic range or HDR photos. If you want to learn more about HDR, be sure to check out my course here on, All About Photomatix Pro. Your camera offers auto exposure bracketing. This tells the camera to automatically alter the exposure settings between shots and take a continuous burst of shots.

You end up with several different exposures that can then be combined or used on their own. To activate bracketing, make sure you’re in a mode like Aperture Priority. Then, press the Menu button. From the second Record screen, choose Exposure Compensation, Auto Exposure Bracketing, and press Set. Use the left and right arrows to move the center point. This will adjust the overall exposure compensation. Then, turn the main dial to set the range of the bracket. You’ll notice that you could set this between one and three stops apart.

Next, change the camera to continuous burst shooting mode. Press the Drive button, and make sure you have Continuous Shooting selected. In order to get best results, you’ll want to frame up the photograph and let your camera auto focus. If you intend to merge these images for HDR, consider using a tripod or bracing the camera on a flat surface. Now, when you take the shot, multiple pictures will be shot. Depending upon the settings you’ve dialed in, the camera may need to stay open for some time to make some of those really overexposed images.

But what you’ll end up with is multiple over- and underexposed images, along with the basic exposure. If you need to disable bracketing, just go back into the menu and restore it, so that all those values are lined up. Remember, bracketing is for very specific workflows. Be sure to turn it off when you’re done, so you don’t find yourself scratching your head, wondering why you have such a huge range of over- and underexposed shots. If you’re shooting HDR, or you’re looking to protect that you get the shot under tough lighting, give bracketing a try. —Up and Running with Canon Rebel T4i and T5i

Week 12      04-10
Sketch 11 Panoramic Landscapes posted to your blogs

INTRODUCE SKETCH 12: PORTRAITS to prepare for next week’s photo shoot: should evoke a particular kind of mood. Experiment with different kinds of shots: long shot, medium, close-up, X-treme close-up. Can sometimes be something besides a face; evocative hands, for example.

Aaron Huey: People, Shelter, and the Land
Aaron Huey’s website designer site


Cindy Sherman

“Cindy Sherman was born in 1954 in Glen Ridge, New Jersey. Sherman earned a BA from Buffalo State College, State University of New York (1976). In self-reflexive photographs and films, Cindy Sherman invents myriad guises, metamorphosing from Hollywood starlet to clown to society matron. Often with the simplest of means—a camera, a wig, makeup, an outfit—Sherman fashions ambiguous but memorable characters that suggest complex lives that exist outside of the frame. Leaving her works untitled, Sherman refuses to impose descriptive language on her images—relying instead on the viewer’s ability to develop narratives, as an essential component of appreciating the work.

While rarely revealing her private intentions, Sherman’s investigations have a compelling relationship to public images, from kitsch (film stills and centerfolds) to art history (Old Masters and Surrealism) to green-screen technology and the latest advances in digital photography. Sherman’s exhaustive study of portraiture and self-portraiture—often a playful mixture of camp and horror, heightened by gritty realism—provides a new lens through which to examine societal assumptions surrounding gender and the valuation of concept over style . . . Cindy Sherman lives and works in New York. —re Cindy Sherman, PBS

CONSTRUCT: If you are working on a book, you can continue working in lightroom and blurb. If you are making a portfolio website, you can begin construction of Photographic Website Portfolio in Format or 22slides, or another site of your choice. I’ll demonstrate 22slides, which is most likely choice for students.
deb 22 slides

1. SHOOT & POST: SKETCH 13: A series of portraits: try some close-ups, extreme close-ups, mid-shots, full-shots, etc, as well as varied compositions, varying locations, varying perspectives; for example, get down on your knees to take a portrait of someone standing. These can be candid/unposed portraits as well.
POST on your Blog & Photography Portfolio Website.

2. For class on 4-18. We will not meet in the classroom
WATCH & POST: For Library Research Film Day, 04-18, watch and post:
a. Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens (2008) available on Amazon
b. What Remains: The Life and Work of Sally Mann available on Amazon

Week 13       04- 17 Library Research Day
Class will not meet: instead WATCH & POST
Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens (2008) available on Amazon
What Remains: The Life and Work of Sally Mann available on Amazon

1. COMPLETE your 22slides Photo Portfolio website up to this point with your 13 Sketches, and whatever else will enhance your website: links, about page, contact page, images of other artwork, photos, etc. This is your website, and I want it to be useful to you!

2. ADDITION: Please create an OVERVIEW folder to your Photo Portfolio website, where you’ll post your best photographs from Fall 2016 and Spring 2017. They can include photos from class projects, as well as ones shot during that timeframe.
From these, you’ll choose your photo submission for the Funes Digital Arts Competition next week to upload in class.

3. BRING cameras and props for the Outdoor Portrait Shoot on 04-25
DSLR cameras, diffusers, reflectors, tripods are optional
b) Props: clothes, hats, shawls, make-up, step-stools, anything for your portraits that you’ll be shooting: you will be modeling for each other. Some students are doing grad portraits. Check out some great backdrop locations on campus for all of your various portraits.

 the Sartorialist: street fashion photographer for your shoot next week

Week 14    04-24
5 PM: you will select your 3 Funes Photo Submissions from the OVERVIEW section of your website, and upload them in class.

Funes Digital Arts Competition: Everyone must post their 9 most compelling images. This is required of everyone, arts major/ or non-major/minor. Then choose 3 for the Funes Competition, and UPLOAD them. This is required of ALL SofA majors and minors.

LINK your Photo Portfolio Website along with your blog on the Class Blogsite

6:15 PM: We will then go outside for a location scouting for Sketch 14: CSUSM Outdoor Portrait Shoot. You can shoot until sundown.

a) Portraits of each other with DSLR cameras; locations on campus: remember to simplify the light.
One of these portraits can be used on your ABOUT page on your Photo Portfolio Website
b) Clothes: hats, shawls,make-up, anything for your portraits that might enhance them: think Cindy Sherman. see the Sartorialist;

: portraits from CSUSM Outdoor Photo Shoot
2. POST: best Portraits to your Photography Portfolio Website

Week 15      05-01
Sally Mann and Annie Leibovitz films
SHARE: portraits 
from CSUSM Outdoor Photo Shoot: you should be prepared to show these from your Photography Portfolio Website and/or Blog
BLOG: make sure you have likes, links to other sites, comments, etc, easily available

REVIEW of Photography Portfolio Website with suggestions from class for additions and enhancements; e.g. About and Contact Pages, Overview page;link to Blog, link to Instagram, Facebook (whatever you already use)

ADD: Photo Portfolio Website link to your Blog
Add link to  CLASSES collective BLOG Site if you have not already done this

FUNES Award Ceremony in Arts 239 at 3:00 on Monday, May 8
Add Website Portfolio  to your Blog

Sketch 15: Complete
Photography Portfolio Website
Blog Posts: make sure you have likes, links to other sites, comments, etc, easily available

Week 15      05-08:
Funes Awards Ceremony
Blogs and Photo Portfolios Websites: Final Presentation


Digital Photo Sketchbook Blog Posts for the Semester
01 Sketch :   Post about you: your work, your passion, your mission in life. What inspires you, your work.
Wrinkles of the City Post (watched in class)
Blog post about Dorothea Lang

02 Sketch:     Portrait Series inspired by Dorothea Lange based on watching the film about this incredible photographer
Blog post about Annie Leibovitz Film
Narrative Portraiture with Chris Orwig and Charles Scagg

03 Sketch       Environmental Portrait series Post
Catherine Opie Post (in class)

04 Sketch       In-class CSUSM Outdoor Photo Shoot Post: Low Light Shoot
Penny de los Santos Post re artist
Unusual Light Post Series

05 Sketch       Food / Culture /Shallow Depth of Field / Aerial views of food Post
Food Series Posts I
Graciela Iturbide Post re artist

06 Sketch       MOPA INSPIRATION: Think about how your photographer would photograph a series. Think of her/him as your collaborator as you shoot your series.
Blog Post about how s/he influenced your photographic practice and Photo Series Post

07 Sketch       Shooting Sustainability: Recycle, Reuse, Repurpose Post
Wasteland Video Post
Jan Staller / Edward Burtynsky Post with Recycled Materials

08 Sketch: Urban Decay

09 Sketch: Spring Break: Your Choice Photo Series Post

10 Sketch       Cell Phone Series Post: portraits, macros, etc. Subject is your choice.
Anna Davidson Post from Class

11 Sketch       Landscape Panoramas using a TRIPOD

12 Sketch     Portrait Series Post

13 Sketch       CSUSM Outdoor Portrait Shoot class Post
Portrait Photographer Post

14 Sketch       Everyone post 9-10 most compelling Photos from past year Post:
All SofA majors/minors submit top 3 to Funes Digital Arts Competition and Post  

15 Sketch     Work on Final Project & Final Post for Final Presentation

16 Sketch       Final Post with Blurb Book embedded or Portfolio Website post and photos

Week 16       05-9
FINAL presentation of your final Book or Website
presentation of your Blog

Note for class


1. What did dorothea’s second husband do for a living
2. What did dorothea’s first husband do for a living.
3. How did dorothea manage her photography career and taking care of the children.
4. What did dorothea die from.
5. What job was dorothea fired from.
6. Describe Dorothea’s house that she lived in with her second husband, same house she lived in until the end of her life

NIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY inspired by Darkness Darkness site (sketch 08 and 09 can be interchangeable)

1. Magic Hour photos Part I posted on your blogs
2. Your choice photos: a specific series with a theme, topic, technological experiment, etc, NOT just a collection of photos

SCREENJan Staller short video
Jan Staller in NY Times

STUDY: Darkness Darknesschoose one artist and write about them (in class exercise)

“Night has always been associated with the darker side of human experiences. Night transforms our notion of the world from one of routine certainty to one of mysterious unknowing. Brave was the ancestor who stepped outside of the light of the fire circle, for he might never return. The interplay of light, shadow, and extremes of contrast heighten this uncertainty – and when the element of time is added in the form of long exposures, the Night Photograph portrays a world unseen by the human eye. Night Photography is a ritual, one that involves the engagement of light and time, creative vision, and circumstance. Darkness, Darkness presents the work of a varied group of artists who have all dedicated much of their creative efforts to exploring the themes of Night Photography.” —Lance Keimig, Curator

Night/Shift: As a photographer, I work the night shift, the time of transition from daylight to night. During this liminal period, natural light gives way to streetlight, moonlight, window light, and advertisement and surveillance lighting. The workday crowds ebb, and the city’s avenues, bridges, parks, and buildings begin to resemble a giant set, a theatrical approximation of a city. Paradoxically, it is only in these moments of dereliction that we can begin to populate the metropolis with our own dreams and fantasies.—Lynn Saville

Phillip Scholz Rittermann: a great pano and night shooter!! and Black and White
Jan Staller: night and industrial landscapes
Jan Staller
Mark Voce: Shadows of Industry: Night
Mark Voce: Venice
Todd Hido
Christopher Becker
Christopher Thomas: Predawn cityscapes

using a DSLR camera and Tripod, shoot another series of Night shots; edit and enhance in lightroom and be ready to show on your blogs at the beginning of class:
TRIPODS are absolutely necessary!!
Think about dusk and pre-dawn shots as well: those liminal hours. The hour of the wolf is the hour before sunrise . . .
Edit, Enhance, and post your best images on your blogs: long exposures, low ISO’s

1. GRID & TRIPTYCH: portraits printed at Costco, minimum 16 x 20″
2. STUDYMichael Wolf’s work in series, Bastard Chairs project that he combines as GRIDS:
3.COMPLETE: Everything on your blogs, both photos and writing: select your 3 strongest sketches, and provide links to them on a new post. Be prepared to talk about why they are your strongest, most compelling sketches.
Remember: You’ll be presenting your strongest 3 sketches at the final meeting of class next week and one printed grid or triptych

You will visit two photography exhibition at MOPA. You will write @250 words (total 500) about two artists who are inspiring to your photographic practice, one from each exhibition. You’ll post your personal narrative and photos on your blog for each artist whom you choose.
MOPA, Museum of Photographic Arts; Balboa Park

Post about Annie Leibovitz film
Post about Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning film:
Post about Wrinkles of the City: screened in class
Post about Waste Land film
Post about Watermark film
Post about an artist from the Darkness Darkness website

SCREEN: Roni HornSally Mann and Catherine Opie: from PBS ART 21
Post about Catherine Opie
Post about Collier Schor
Brian Barry

absent : Frankie, also absent 1-31

3. WATCH video: Waste land with Vic Muniz, free netflix streaming, iTunes for 2.99
THIS IS A DOCUMENTARY, not the action/adventure film that came out in 2015 by the same name

Filmed over nearly three years, WASTE LAND follows renowned artist Vik Muniz as he journeys from his home base in Brooklyn to his native Brazil and the world’s largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramacho, located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. There he photographs an eclectic band of “catadores”—self-designated pickers of recyclable materials. Muniz’s initial objective was to “paint” the catadores with garbage. However, his collaboration with these inspiring characters as they recreate photographic images of themselves out of garbage reveals both the dignity and despair of the catadores as they begin to re-imagine their lives. Director Lucy Walker (DEVIL’S PLAYGROUND, BLINDSIGHT and COUNTDOWN TO ZERO) and co-directors João Jardim and Karen Harley have great access to the entire process and, in the end, offer stirring evidence of the transformative power of art and the alchemy of the human spirit.—

Peter Hujar: Ruins

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Anna Davidson

DISCUSS: Instagram: use of cell phones
Syria to Sandy
The role social-savvy photographers such as Hernandez play in galvanizing communities around a topic, whether it’s a new craft distillery or a vital news event like Sandy, is still very much in its Wild West phase. But examples abound of pioneering shooters who take great images with simple tools, engage online audiences, and ultimately carve out careers for themselves based in some part on photography they make with their smartphones.

One byproduct of the spike in demand for mobile photography is the widespread use of filters and frames on images shared through Instagram and similar apps. They serve to mask the flaws that come with lower-quality images, but filtering has also become its own kind of aesthetic.
Karen Divine
Mobile Masters