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Digital Workflow: 

Don’t take this as definite rules.

Consider:

  • Input: Importing photos onto your computer, try to shoot in Raw – try to get the photo right on the camera. 
  • Organising: Suit your organisation to you. A good consistent place where images can be stored. Perhaps name the folder the date you took the photo or the name of the photo shoot.
  • Metadata: This is the date behind the file (photo/video) such as date taken, aperture, ISO and shutter speed used. The IPTC is part of the metadata to do with the copyright of the image so the author, this will stay with the image no matter where it gets to online. Look at creative commons.
  • Refined selecting: Helps the editing process so you can add names, place and the if it is vertical or horizontal. Perhaps give each photo a star rating so you can see which are your favourite and edit down from there.
  • Editing: Perhaps edit in camera raw, you can sync and edit if all the photos from one day need a similar edit.
  • File sizes: Always keeps the original file, as you can always decrease the size.
  • Backing up: Try to back up and store externally from the laptop or computer you use.
  • Output: Possibly printing or a photo book?

Bridge is a way of viewing images along with iPhoto but iPhoto also houses the images.

Photo Books In the Digital Era

A book has one purpose, you read it one way (it has a beginning, middle and end) and they are to some degree standardised.

But with a photo book:

  • is there still a ‘correct way’ of reading it?
  • is there still a beginning, middle and end?
  • is there still a degree of standardisation

Han-Georg Gadamer is a philosopher who created a theory on horizons:

  • Artist’s: what the artist wants to portray – vision/idea/agenda
  • Viewer’s: will be shaped by expectations: past experiences, beliefs and personality ( why it is subjective)

The idea of horizons is when these two link/merge together.

Our presentation and design has to be clear to show our message or theme, eg something on saving the environment should be done on recycled paper and not flown around the world.

  • Nobuyoshi Araki: Sentimental Journey and Winter Journey: in a slip case and a hardback. It makes you sit down and take time with it, not something you could look at on the train for example.
  • Broken Manual – Alec Sloth is a book within a book – on people hiding away.
  • Ed Ruscha – Every building on sunset strip is a concertina style.

Photo books used to document but not people have become more accepting of new design.

Photo books and the Digital Age are gradually coming together.

Photo books: The Negatives:

  • Cost
  • Distribution
  • Ease of production
  • Time
  • Space

Photo books: The Positives:

  • Show images in the way the author truly wants
  • Generative
  • Self contained

Kevin Kelly’s eight generative qualities

Embodiment: people like being together, celebrating the physical quality of life, think about Alec Sloth.

Books are becoming generative: embossed covers etc.

The Indie Photobook Library 

Self published books/zines are becoming in vogue.

Craig Atkinson’s ‘Bits’: he has put together a series of books each was it’s own special edition with the edition numbers written in paint on the front. Each book had it’s own memorabilia in it from when he was setting up a studio such as tickets etc.

Tasks:

America Off Track, photos by Jarret Schecter. The photos in the book are all taken out of a train window, which the photographer, Jarret Schecter, took. Schecter is an American photographer living in New York. Schecter travelled around America from one station to the next over the course of two years. He said the “monotony of travelling was constant but the view was varied”.

The pictures are a tange of scenes on the train station, cityscapes and landscapes. Some pictures are surprisingly in focus, others are blurry due to scratches and smears on the window whereas others are out of focus due to the movement on the train.

In some ways this is similar to Robert Frank’s The Americans, so I would recommend reading this afterwards along with Schecter’s Russia Off Track.

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