Experiments in Digital Imaging: From Pixel to Paper
Prerequisites: Knowledge of, and interest in, photography, photoshop and some other art making process besides zone system photography is required (eg: painting, drawing, sculpture or multimedia, etc...)
Description: This class is designed to encourage the student to experiment with digital output. This will be an exploratory class to encourage the student to integrate digital tools into the traditional creative process. We will focus on integrating photo quality digital imaging along with tradtional art making processes. Using the Epson Photo qulaity printers, the Iris printer, the film recorder, polaroid materials and alternative/nonsilver processes we will concentrate on producing a portfolio of experimental images. The focus of the course will be on printed still images however it should be noted that mixed media is strongly encouraged. While Photoshop and other software packages will be explored, We will focus on output devices and their alternative possibilities. Breaking the rules and learning a healthy DISrespect for the technical process will be encouraged.
Structure: The course will alternate weeks between lecture/Demos and critiques. It is expected that the student will create a portfolio of 15-20 images for the final session. Traditional straight photographic images are not acceptable as fulfilling this criteria. The student will submit SLIDES of their final pieces for me to keep. The final portfolio will be as though you were submitting your work for gallery review or publication.
Your grades will be based on both technical ability and creativity.
Creativity is your own unique approach to the assignmmnet or problem,
Technical ability is straightforward and relates to how well the technique
suits the imagery.
Recommended Textbook: Real World Photoshop
General: There is to be NO EATING OR DRINKING in the classroom. We will take short breaks for Input and output. I expect you to be on time to class. We will often have lecture/demonstrations at the beginning of class and then alow time for in class lab/practice time at the end of class.
Week 1 Introduction to course Philosophy. First assignment given, Extending the image
Week 2 Lecture on the Imaging Chain. Discussion of different output devices.
Week 3 Digital Tansfers. Demo of Output devices available. Iris prints, film recorders, laser printers, plotters, inkjets, Dye Sublimation,Projectors, shooting off the screen...
Week 4 Input and its impact on the output or Garbage In Garbage Out. Flatbed, Slide, PhotoCD, Drum... Resolution, Bit Depth, File size
Week 5 First Critique
Week 7 preparing a portfolio for submission
Week 8 Immersive imaging eg; QTVR
Week 9 Second Crit
Week 10 Third assignment Multiple imagery. Series, scrolls, books...
11 Permanence and stability
Week 12 oral projects given in class
Week 13 Third Critique
Week 14 Review week no class
Final Critique The final portfolio should consist of at least 15 pieces. High quality, properly labelled slides along with support materials of the works must be submitted at THE BEGINNING OF CLASS for you to pass the course.
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