Total Hours: 11.5
Perpich, Rebecca Bullen, 5.5 Hours
Today I taught the first part of my lesson to the class. First, I gave a presentation on my work to the class. Since this was a high school photography class, I wanted to start my lecture with when I first got into photography. I told them about my high school teacher, Patrick Frankman, and how he showed our class the work of William Eggleston.
I talked about how huge of an influence Eggleston was for me, and how it motivated my work. I talked about other photographers of that time, like Stephen Shore, Joel Sternfeld, and more.
In the lecture, I showed a number of series that I had done over my MCAD career, and how I changed as an artist over time. I also talked about my experience in the New York Studio Residency Program, and how artists like Letha Wilson, Leslie Hewitt, and Lucas Blalock changed my work.
The real lesson of this lecture was to show them that there was no one way to do photography, and that I realized that I needed to broaden my horizon on how I saw photography. Now, my work is much more different than it was, and I was able to show them how I got there.
I brought a few of William Eggleston’s monographs to let them look at, so they could get familiar with his work. I was really surprised to see how much they seemed to like his work. They were very interested in the way he used color, and his style of photography.
I also passed out printed booklets of the essay Introduction to William Eggleston’s Guide by John Szarkowski, a seminal figure in photography writing. This reading was very formative for me, and I first read the essay when I was their age.
Their assignment was to take one photograph with their cell phones that was either inspired by Eggleston’s work, or by the Szarkowski essay.
I really enjoyed giving the presentation of my work, the students in Rebecca’s class are incredible—they were great listeners, were really engaged, and I loved talking to them about photography.
MCTC, Paul Sinkler, 4 Hours
Today in Paul’s class, it was a lot of demonstrations of technical aspects of the photo editing software, Capture One. He used the projector to walk everybody through simple exercises like resizing images, making sessions, editing IPTC content, exif data, and metadata presets.
These are all very important things in the commercial photography world. For example, if your image were to circulate around the internet without your control, the file would still be embedded with your name, copyright, company name, and contact information—that is, if you embedded the IPTC information in your files. Also, learning how to resize your images in batches is something a photographer has to do regularly when submitting to clients, or for the web.
The class seemed to like Lightroom’s versions of these tools better than Capture One, and I could see why. Lightroom’s interface for editing and exporting seemed more streamline. However, Capture One is also an important industry standard.
Paul also went over how to adjust key-stoning, when images distort perspective lines. This is particularly useful for architecture and documentary photography. Capture One makes it really easy to correct lens distortion, and is an ideal tool for doing it in batches.
The next features Paul went through were exporting images with specific file naming conventions—something that is super important not only for client use, but for personal organization as well. Paul had students name files in the style of “YYYYMMDD_001,” so year, month, day, and then a three digit sequence. I do something very similar to my files as well.
I was able to walk around and help students if they got behind following along on the demonstration, or if something wasn’t working, which I always enjoy. Although I’m not too familiar with Capture One, I was able to use my knowledge of similar programs and Paul’s demonstration to troubleshoot with students.
Silverwood, Linda Dobonski, 2 Hours
Early in the morning, I was excited to meet Linda at Silverwood park for her “Walk with a Photographer” program! We all met in front of the visitor center at 8am, and I was able to grab some donuts from Glam Doll beforehand for the other people coming. I brought with me my Zeiss Ikon Contessa 35mm camera.
It was wonderful meeting everybody who came—they were all really excited to take picture and talk about photography. They were very kind and were interested in what I did as an MCAD student. I told them a little about my work, and in turn they told me about their’s!
Most people were shooting digital, but one student was shooting a stereoscopic Holga camera that would create 3-D images. After the morning’s shoot, they usually upload their images to a group Facebook page.
It was a very brisk morning, but we were all bundled up enough to get some great shots. The river was frozen and looked very beautiful. The best thing about taking photos in a group is seeing just how different everybody’s approach is on the same subject. Different not only in how they would take the pictures, but in what they would take pictures of exactly. The wonderful part about this is you are able to see more things than you would normally see, and pay attention to other details you may miss. Having another more people to add additional perspectives is such an important part of photography.
After we all finished with our morning walk around the park, we all went inside to sit by the fire, drink coffee, and talk.
Linda and I got to talk about the fine art photographers we like, and found out that we’ve both worked for JoAnn Verburg in the past. We were all able to talk about things like film vs. digital, different photo formats, and other things like that.
It was such a fun time being able to meet everybody who came. If I remember correctly, everybody that came are part of the Camera Club that gathers every month at Silverwood. I’m very excited to attend next month’s meeting and see them all again soon!