We had an optional class, in photoshop. As I have done the the photoshop advantage module, but I took a few notes anyway.

  • It is preferable to use a TIFF file because photoshop doesn’t recognise RAW files and JPEGs are too compressed and TIFFs are the next best thing.
  • DNG files still have more information than JPEGs abut are still very compressed.
  • You can downscale a file but you cannot upscale as you cannot add information into a file.
  • When editing photos you need a big colour space. Edit -> colour setting -> RGB ’98 (srgb is reduced)
  • Preserve embedded colour file – use only when someone has previously set their own colour space other always keep at RGB

Digital Narratives: “Becoming Aware of The Water We Swim In”

There have been three main ages we have lived in:

  • Agricultural Age: People grow crops and sell them
  • Industrial Age: Mass produce and standardisation of products
  • Digital Age: Information and ability to share, gain and make, with linked digital devices.

To a machine, files are codes so all your videos, music  and pictures etc are just information.

The way things have changed:To hear music in:

  • Agricultural Age: You need to see it
  • Industrial Age: Buy it
  • Digital Age: Find it online/download

Those who inhabits in the DA is us all but not all act upon it.

Digital Natives: Those born after 1980 but also have the skills and have access to digital devices.

Keitai Girl: Noriko Yamaguchi shows this ides we are surrounded in all this information.

Anna Malagrida did a series of photos where the lighting of people’s faces was from their television screen. Similarly to Caravagio’s work who’s subjects were lit up by candle light.

Gabriella Herman’s Project on Bloggers who were lit up by their computer screen.

Digital Settlers: These are people born before 1980, who have learned the skills to chosen ti lead a digital life.

Guthrie Lonergan: Made a playlist of MySpace videos (a social networking site) of people persuading those who look at their profile to comment and take a look around.

There seems to be a need to create more information, almost like you need to leave your mark.

Digital Immigrants: Born before the existence of digital information but have adapted to some aspects of digital life either through choice or necessity.


  • Copyright
  • Mass of information – too much to go through eg to find out the height of Mount Everest you have to go to many sites to find the most recent recording
  • It will change the workplace: less jobs (everything online)
  • Audience: need to find out who they are and how to access them.

Identity: Is there a difference being on and offline?

Privacy verses Publicity: Itis hard to remove the information once it is online

But: There is another 5 billion that are not digital natives, don’t have the skills or technology.

“We shape our tools and there after our tools shape us” – Marshal McLuhan

The DAs meaning for the future of photography:

Richard Nicholson looked at darkrooms and film. Already film is dying out.

Andreas Muellerpohle: looked at the first photo by Nicephore Niepce of outside of his window, but he showed it as digital encoding.

Homework: Find an article/book/website/photo to book up the view either for or against the digital age in relation to photography.

I was given for, there was a lot of ways I could go for:

  • Less paper being used
  • Easier to share photos
  • Easier to take photos
  • Easier for photographers to share their work and get themselves known

I decided to go for that  it is a lot easier to share photos.

I found an article:


It says that there is a company called Peggy Bank who are offer a service where you can convert old media such as film negatives or prints into digital files and put them into an “online deposit box”. This means you can share them easily and are less likely to be damaged. This for some means photos are easier to look at as you don’t have to find the box, find the photo etc it is all there on your computer.


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