26 November 2012

A Couple of Notes On Your Websites

You need to have at least 2 different series of photographs on your website. A series must have 10 images or more. While I will be grading the site on the design and ease of navigation, understand that weak photographs weaken the overall statement you are making with the website. As the saying goes, your site is only as strong as your weakest picture.

Also, it is important to understand that each series needs a statement of 75-125 words.

Email Link

The easiest way to make an email address clickable and make it easier for people to email you is to take this code and paste it into the Text Widget. Make sure you put your email address in there.

<a href="mailto:youremailaddress">Email Me</a> 

Last Semester's Blog

Here is the link to the blog I put up last semester. There might be some good info on there for you. 

24 November 2012

Daido Moriyama

Daido Moriyama: In Pictures from Tate on Vimeo.

Rubric for the Website

This is the rubric I will be using to grade the final websites during your individual critique sessions. Make sure you are covering all of your bases when it comes to building your website.

18 November 2012

Backing Up Your Information

Over on Lifehacker, there is a good post here about backing up your files. The last thing you want is all of your files from one semester just on one hard drive. You should assume all hard drives will fail at one point or another.

Here is another article on some of of the cloud services and the realities of working with them.

This post is what I used as a guide to come up with my storage plan.

11 November 2012

07 November 2012

Google fonts

Under plugins on your WordPress dashboard you can search for a plugin that gives you access to a large number of web fonts from Google

06 November 2012

4 Photographers

Kai McBride, Yola Monakhov and Joseph Michael Lopez are all graduates of the Columbia University School of Arts photography program, where Thomas Roma teaches. I have grouped these photographers together based on the fact that they are connected by schooling. They all share greater connections in terms of the work they produce. Also, I find their websites working well for the different approaches each has to picture making. 

Tina Barney Review Worth Reading

The DLK Collection blog has a very well-written review of Tina Barney's show Small Towns

22 October 2012

Thomas Struth

Thomas Struth is a German photographer who is interested in a wide range of subjects. Here is an article about his work by Sean O'Hagan. Here is an interview between Struth and Gil Blank.

Mitch Dobrowner at Richland College 10/27

Mitch Dobrowner an acclaimed photographer of weather will be speaking at Richland College in Dallas on Thursday, October 27 at 7 p.m. Below is a map of where he will be speaking. 

Gursky World

Ben Lewis - Gursky World from TofuTasties on Vimeo.

More information about Andreas Gursky can be found here.

A Message from Paho Mann

Hello UNT photography students and alumni,

I am organizing a photographic project in collaboration with the city of Denton looking at mid century modern architecture in Denton.  The project will culminate in an exhibition held at UNT on the square. I’m looking for students interested in working collaboratively to photograph and investigate this topic over the next semester and a half.  Projects can range from students personal interest in place, the cultural geography of the neighborhoods built in the 1940s and 50s, investigations of important or exemplary architecture from the 1940s and 50s and any other relevant ideas we come up with.

The city is very excited to have the opportunity to collaborate with all of you and this will be an excellent opportunity to participate in a show that will be supported and funded through the city of Denton. 

I would like to hold an organizational meeting this coming Friday October 26 at 1 PM. We will meet in The Oak St., Hall classrooms. Please feel free to e-mail me if you have any questions.

From the City:

The City’s Historic Resource Survey was completed in 1996.  This proposal is to update the 1996 survey to identify additional resources which have become eligible for inclusion in the survey since that time.  The City will use volunteers to conduct the field work which will include taking photos of sites/buildings and completing a checklist identifying pertinent features of each structure.  The current Historic Resource Survey, having a time frame which ends in 1945, does not include those structures/buildings which represent the post World War II (WWII) era up to and including 1960.  The city has tentatively identified approximately ±3,000 properties which may be included in the update of the survey.  This phase of the survey will involve approximately 600 site. The project will be funded by a grant from the Texas Historical Commission and the National Parks Service/Department of the Interior.

And Some Links:

16 October 2012

Danny Wilcox Frazier

Danny Wilcox Frazier is a photographer based in Iowa who is part of the group Facing Change. His work from Iowa was turned into a Media Storm presentation.

Susana Raab

Susana Raab is a photographer based in Washington, DC. Her subject matter ranges from personal history to fast food.

Bruno Boudjelal

Photo: Bruno Boudjelal
Bruno Boudjelal is a Franco-Algerian photographer represented by Agence Vu.

Burk Uzzle

Burk Uzzle is an American photographer who subject matter ranges from landscapes to portraits. 
In this video he talks about photographing Martin Luther King, Jr.

Interview with MLK Photographer Burk Uzzle from City of Wilson, NC on Vimeo.

Charles Harbutt

Photo: Charles Harbutt

Charles Harbutt is an American photographer who has worked as a journalist and educator. Please read this for discussion in class.

15 October 2012

Lise Sarfati

Lise Sarfati is a French photographer who has been photographing women in America for a number of years. Here is an interview with her about the new book She. Here is a gallery of new work On Hollywood. This is an in-depth interview from earlier this year. This interview is also worth your time. This interview is about her series The New Life.

Lise Sarfati from FLY16x9 on Vimeo.

09 October 2012

Paul Graham

We will be discussing the two writings that are found here. Please read them before class Wednesday.
Paul Graham is an English photographer who lives in New York. His work has been highly awarded and widely shown and published. Here is an interview with him. Here is another. This is a review of his most recent show in New York. Here is a review from a show in 2009. This is a review of a show at MoMA in 2009. 

What Is Conceptual Photography

08 October 2012

Some Sites to Follow

Here is a round up of some of the Blogs and Websites that are worth your time and full of photographic Gold.
If you are looking for one place to get the most feeds, The Click is the place for you.  

Conscientious, written by Jörg Colberg, offers book reviews, essay and other information about fine art photography in particular and sometimes the wider world of photography. 

ISO1200 offers a wide variety of videos touching on lighting and other topics. 

A Photo Editor tends to focus on editorial but also has weekly book reviews, interviews and much more. 

James Pomerantz wrote A Photo Student while he was in graduate school. If you are thinking of graduate school I strongly suggest you spend some time going through the site. 

B by Blake Andrews offers an irreverent view on photography.  

LPV Magazine offers a lot of information about photography that bounces around the web. There is also a printed edition too. 
Edgy, contemorary, historical are just some of the different types of photography featured on American SuburbX.

Postcards From America is a project created by a number of different photographers with Magnum Photos. They are headed to Florida in the upcoming weeks. 
Fraction Magazine is edited by David Bram. Each month he offers a selection of portfolios, book reviews and other photographic goodness. 

07 October 2012

24 September 2012

Looking at the Land

Looking At The Land is a online exhibition of 21st Century landscape photographs curated by Andy Adams of Flak Photo. If you are interested in seeing how the landscape is view in contemporary photography I would check it out.

Slideluck Dallas

Slideluck Dallas is something to consider entering. They are accepting stills or motion pieces. The deadline is September 30 and it is free for students. 

dvafoto calendar

The dvafoto calendar is a good resource for entries. 

19 September 2012

Let's Use Audition

If you are working to get your audio track from a video clip, needing to craft an audio piece together, or needing to refine an audio track, Adobe Audition CS6 might be the easiest tool to use. At times the workspace can seem a bit overwhelming, but with a little work you can get used to it. Here is a link to an Adobe TV showing you all of the possibilities for what Audition can do. If you are trying to pull the audio from a video you can load it in Audition and then export the video as an MP3. In some ways this is easier than using Audacity and Premiere. 

16 September 2012

Harvey Stein Interview

Harvey Stein is a photographer in New York and in this video he talks about his work.

Information about Audio and DSLR

This video shows a few different options and you can hear the difference between microphones.

03 September 2012

Wakes by Gilles Peress

Gilles Peress is a photographer with Magnum Photos. This motion piece was created around the time of the Wall Street crash about four years ago. Peress has an ability to overwhelm the senses with this piece

On Doing What You Have Never Done Before

Paula Scher is a designer with Pentagram. In this video she talks about how some projects unfolded and how doing things you have not done before are beneficial. Here is a link to the maps she makes.

02 September 2012

Robert Rodriguez

This weekend I came across this post. In watching these videos I realized that he made a lot of good points about visual storytelling.
This video summarizes the other posts. Check this link.

Reminder for what you need on Wednesday

On Wednesday (9/5) working with video in Adobe Photoshop CS6 will be introduced. The key for you will be bringing a bit of video (about a couple of minutes) will help you. Ideally, the video will be made with the camera you will be using this semester will be helpful.

These videos from Adobe TV will help to introduce you to CS6.

28 August 2012

Agence Vu Multimedia

Agence Vu is a French photo agency known for representing photographers with a unique view on the world. This is an example of a narrated video presentation by Vanessa Winship. A presentation along these lines, but shorter, would be acceptable for class. Here is another presentation that would fit into the guidelines of the class by Frédéric Lecloux.

18 August 2012

The Importance of Backing Up Your Work

Frank Chimero is a graphic designer who thoroughly explains his methods for keeping track of his work in this blog post. He uses a combination of BackblazeAmazon Simple Storage and Dropbox.  When you are making money off of your electronic it is important they are safe and easily retrievable. It is important to have files in more than one place, because you never know what may happen. Each semester I hear different stories of things breaking, being, stolen or forgotten, so it is critical to have your work in more than one place. There are other options than those listed here. You should find something that works for you, but most importantly, you should back things up. You would not want this you to happen to you because this is not cheap. 

Dave Anderson

Dave Anderson is a Little Rock, Arkansas based photographer who is adept at both stills and motion. His portraits of the South are worth exploring. Anderson has an ability to tell stories succinctly.