ART 21: Digital Photography - Foundations

Online Schedule for session D: July 6 - August 14, 2020

Zoom Meeting ID for daily class (Mon-Thurs 9:30AM - 12:30AM): 972 8412 5962

syllabus

class folder



 C    Class............general plans for class: subject to change
 W    Workshop............workshop/tutorial happening in class
 A    Assignment......what you should be doing after/outside of class
 R    Reading.........finish reading by this day
 D    Due Today.............Due on this day
 S    Supplementary.....further reading/references/artists/stuff from class



Week 1: Exposure + Manual Controls

Due this week:
Thurs 7/9 - Reading Notes before class begins

Mon 7/6
C
- Overview of Syllabus
- Introductions
- Brief slideshow on the history of photography.
      - How has photography changed? What's its relationship to truth?
- Sign up for presentation and individual meeting dates
A
For Next class:
- Email me immediately if you're in the bay area and want to rent a camera or tripod. Availability is extremely limited.
- If you have a DSLR camera or point and shoot, learn its most basic controls (turn it on, take a picture)
- If you only have a smartphone, download the Adobe Lightroom mobile app for Android or iOS. Use your UCB email to login. It gives you some manual camera controls on your phone. Here is an iOS guide, and here is one for Android.
S
- I HIGHLY recommend buying/renting a tripod for class. It's not required, but it will improve your photography, expecially if you're using a phone.
      - Here is a a cheap phone tripod (also works for smaller DSLRs + point and shoots).
      - Here is a relatively cheap tripod for a DSLR.
- Video on Vox: Color Film was Built for White People
Tues 7/7
C
- Slideshow: What is a camera and how does it work
- Workshop
- Assign first technical assignment and begin working on it
- One on one meetings: I want to get a sense of what everyone's goals are in taking this class
- work on your technical assignment, practice manual controls on your camera, go take photos!
W
How to use the manual controls on a camera
      -Exposure Triangle (ISO, Aperture, Shutter Speed)
A
For Next Class:
      - Make sure you understand the exposure triangle and the effects of changing different settings
      - Make sure you understand how to change ISO, aperture, shutter speed, white balance, and manual focus on your camera
S
This video is a good review of the manual controls we covered in class
Here is a notes sheet of what today's slideshow covered.
Weds 7/8
C
- Slideshow: Anatomy of a photograph: what are the elements that make an interesting image?
- One on one meetings: I want to get a sense of what everyone's goals are in taking this class
- work on your technical assignment, practice manual controls on your camera, go take photos!
A
After class: watch Teju Cole's interview about his book Blindspot
S
Here is a good cheat sheet for different compositional rules to try out
Here is a notes sheet with all the terms covered in today's slideshow
Thurs 7/9
C
- Reading Discussion
      - Group 1: zoom meeting ID: 947 6824 4227 (Victoria, Warren, Olivia, Celeste, Haobin, Kat, Mengti, Ruby, David, Steven) meet from 9:30am-10:20am
      - Group 2: zoom meeting ID: 926 0413 2829 (Ziven, Chun, Sreya, Marcus, Shirley, Diana, Claire, Kai, Byron) meet from 10:25am-11:15am
- Work time + 1 on 1 meetings
R
Read Introduction AND Chapter 1 of The Photograph as Contemporary Art, by Charlotte Cotton
Read The Outmoded Instant - From Instagram to Polaroid, by Alicia Chester
D
Turn in reading notes before class begins
A
Over the Weekend:
      - Make sure you download Adobe Lightroom Classic CC and Adobe Photoshop CC onto your computer before Monday.
S
Lev Manovich's free to download Instagram Book, an in depth study on how Instagram is changing photography
Week 2: Introduction to Lightroom Classic and Photoshop

Due this week:
Mon 7/13 11:59PM PST - technical assignment 1
Tues 7/14 11:59PM PST - technical assignment 2
Thurs 7/16 - Reading Notes before class begins

Mon 7/13
C
- Assign project 1 (due: Monday 7/27)
      - Here is the slideshow of images from class
- Workshop
- Work time + 1 on 1 meetings
W
Introduction to lightroom Classic CC: file import, organization, and workflow into photoshop
D
Turn in technical assignment 1 by midnight PST tonight
A
After class:
      - import and organize the photos you have taken during class so far into lightroom Classic CC
      - Watch Chris Marker's Sci-fi short film: La Jetee (in class folder for download)
      - Watch LaToya Ruby Frazier's Ted Talk: A visual history of inequality in industrial America,
S
- This video will walk you through a lightroom to photoshop workflow similar to ours today
- LaToya Ruby Frazier also did an Art 21 Segment, and here is her Photo Book: The Notion of Family
- Jeff Wall's Art 21 segment
- Photographer Li Wei's website
Tues 7/14
C
- 2x student presentations
- Discuss photoshop: What is it? What can it do? What can't it do? non-destructive editing
- Workshop
- Work time + 1 on 1 meetings
W
Introduction to Photoshop: exposure adjustment layers
D
Turn in technical assignment 2 by midnight PST tonight
A
Before class tomorrow, add one image you've taken so far to the group slideshow
S
Here is a cheat sheet for Photoshop key command shortcuts. Knowing these will make you quicker at editing.
Weds 7/15
C
- 3x student presentations
- Breakout Groups: discuss some of our favorite photographs we have taken so far.
      - We will talk about them using our terms from the anatomy of a photograph handout
- Work time + 1 on 1 meetings
S
- If you find yourself struggling to come up with an idea for project 1, check out Chapter 2 of The Photograph As Contemporary Art, look up the artists at the end of the project handout, or check out some of the supplemental links in the schedule
Thurs 7/16
C
- Reading Discussion
      - Group 1: zoom meeting ID: 947 6824 4227 (Warren, Byron, Marcus, Shirley, Kat, Chun, Olivia, David, Steven) meet from 9:30am-10:35am
      - Group 2: zoom meeting ID: 926 0413 2829 (Diana, Victoria, Haobin, Claire, Mengti, Ruby, Sreya, Celeste, Ziven,) meet from 10:40am-11:45am
- Work time + 1 on 1 meetings
R
Read the following four articles (they are each fairly short). Also a content warning, the readings for this week are dealing with heavy contemporary subject matter around protest and racialized depictions of violence and death in popular media. If it is going to be difficult for you to participate in this discussion, please let me know in advance.

      - A Crime Scene at the Border by Teju Cole
      - Why cellphone videos of black people’s deaths should be considered sacred, like lynching photographs by Allissa V. Richardson
      - Should Images Of Protesters Be Blurred To Protect Them From Retribution? by Kelly McBride
      - Community Calls on ICP to Set Ethical Guidelines for Protest Photography by Valentina Di Liscia
      - Lastly, check out this instagram post between Dawoud Bey and the ICP Center Blackness Now group
D
Turn in reading notes before class begins
A
Outside of class: Work on your projects!
S
Week 3: More Photoshop Skills

Due this week:
Mon 7/20 by 11:59PST - Technical Assignment 3
Tues 7/21 by 11:59PST - technical assignment 4
Thurs 7/23 - Reading Notes before class begins

Mon 7/20
C
- 3x student presentations
- Workshop
- Work time + 1 on 1 meetings
W
Photoshop Workshop: Color Correction and Filters
A
After class: Keep working on your project (due in one week) and technical assignment!
D
Turn in technical assignment 3 by midnight PST tonight
S
Check out the Instagram Page of Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris-Webb. Amazing use of color.
Tues 7/21
C
- 2x student presentation
- Workshop
- Work time + 1 on 1 meetings
W
Photoshop Workshop: Introduction to layer masking and selective editing
D
Turn in technical assignment 4 by midnight PST tonight
A
Before class tomorrow, add one image you've taken in the last week to the group slideshow
S
check out UC Berkeley Professor Stephanie Syjuco's Art 21 segment
Weds 7/22
C
- 2x student presentation
- Breakout Groups: discuss some of our favorite photographs we have taken so far
- Work time + 1 on 1 meetings
Thurs 7/23
C
- Reading Discussion
      - Group 1: zoom meeting ID: 947 6824 4227 (Chun, Claire, Victoria, Mengti, Byron, Shirley, Haobin, Ruby) meet from 9:30am-10:35am
      - Group 2: zoom meeting ID: 926 0413 2829 (Kat, Diana, Sreya, Olivia, Celeste, Warren, Ziven, Marcus, Steven) meet from 10:40-11:45am
- Work time + 1 on 1 meetings
R
Read In Plato's Cave by Susan Sontag from the book On Photography
D
Turn in reading notes before class begins
A
After class: Finish your projects!
Over the weekend: Watch Last Black Man in San Francisco a film by Joe Talbot
      Pay attention to the photography, composition, lighting, etc.
S
Uses of Photography, John Berger's response to Sontag's book
Week 4: Critique

Due this week:
Mon 7/27 - Project 1 due before class begins
Thurs 7/30 - Reading Notes due before class begins AND
(for extra credit) submit an image shot with your DIY 3 point lighting setup by midnight

Mon 7/27
C
critique group 1: zoom critique
critique group 2: write feedback of assigned projects in group 1 (turn in by the end of class at 12:30).
D
Project 1 is due today
Tues 7/28
C
critique group 1: write feedback of assigned projects in group 2 (turn in by the end of class at 12:30).
critique group 2: zoom critique
Weds 7/29
C
- 2x student presentations
- Visiting artist (Leena Joshi)
- Assign project 2
A
- Watch Dillon's video (only up until minute 55) about the basics of three point lighting
- For extra credit, either today or tomorrow, create a DIY 3 point lighting setup based on the video (to the best of your ability, do what you can with what you've got)
      - Submit one photograph of any subject in your lighting setup by Thurs (7/30) 11:59pm PST
S
- Harun Farocki's film Images of the World and the Inscription of War
- Here is a fairly detailed account and history of the "Decisive Moment"
Thurs 7/30
C
- Reading Discussion
      - Group 1: zoom meeting ID: 947 6824 4227 () meet from 9:30am-10:35am
      - Group 2: zoom meeting ID: 926 0413 2829 () meet from 10:40am-11:45am
- Work time + 1 on 1 meetings
- Watch How Not to be Seen, a film by Hito Steyerl
R
Read In Defense of the Poor Image and Proxy Politics: Signal and Noise (only read until the section Proxy Armies), both by Hito Steyerl
D
- Turn in reading notes before class begins
- Submit a DIY 3 point lighting image by midnight tonight for extra credit
A
Over the weekend: Watch Long Day's Journey into Night a film by Bi Gan.
      Pay attention to the photography, composition, lighting, etc.
S
Check out James Bridle's Dronestagram
Trevor Paglen's The Other Night Sky and Untitled (Drones)
Week 5: Image Manipulation

Due this week:
Tues 8/4 by 11:59PST - Turn in an HDR and a Photomerge
Thurs 8/6 - Turn in reading notes before class begins
Fri 8/7 - submit technical assignment 5 day-to-night by 11:59PST

Mon 8/3
C
- 2x student presentations
- Project 2 inspiration slideshow
- Workshop
- Watch Lucas Blalock's art21 segment
- Work time + 1 on 1 meetings
W
Photoshop Workshop: Image manipulation Basics (spot healing and clone stamping)
A
- Before class starts tomorrow, take 3 photos to use for an HDR merge.
      - These photos need to follow the specific criteria detailed here.
- Also before class tomorrow, take at least two photographs to use in a photomerge. you can find specific criteria for these here
S
This press release from and article about the 2012 Met Exhibition: Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop
Tues 8/4
C
- 2x student presentations
- Assign technical assignment 5: Day to Night (due on Friday 8/7 11:59PST)
- Workshop
- Work time + 1 on 1 meetings
D
Turn in an HDR image and a photomerge image you made today into the Google Drive folder ()
A
- Before class tomorrow, add one image you've taken in the last couple weeks (not from project 1) to the group slideshow
S
Here is a good video recap of HDR merge
Weds 8/5
C
- 2x student presentations
- Breakout Groups, discuss some of our favorite images from the last couple weeks in the group slideshow
- Work time + 1 on 1 meetings
Thurs 8/6
C
- Reading Discussion
      - Group 1: zoom meeting ID: 947 6824 4227 () meet from 9:30am-10:35am
      - Group 2: zoom meeting ID: 926 0413 2829 () meet from 10:35am-11:45am
- during our groups we will watch this interview with artist Richard Mosse (content warning: depictions of refugees fleeing war, warring rebel groups in the DR Congo)
- Work time + 1 on 1 meetings
D
- Turn in reading notes before class begins
- Turn in Technical Assignment 5 by midnight PST tomorrow night (Friday 8/7)
A
After class: Think of two questions you want to ask the visiting artist on Monday
S
Some further links on the racist past and present of photographic practices:
- Video on Vox: Color Film was Built for White People
- Teju Cole article: A True Picture of Black Skin
- Article on the Intercept: Amazon “Stands in Solidarity” Against Police Racism While Selling Racist Tech to Police by Sam Biddle
- This essay: Digital Epidermalization: Race Identity and Biometrics by Simone Brown
Week 6: Visiting Artist + Final Critiques

Due this week:
Weds 8/12 - Project 2 is due before class begins

Mon 8/10
C
- Visiting Artist talk! (Allan DeSouza)
- Work time + 1 on 1 meetings
A
After class: work on your project 2!
Tues 8/11
C
Work time + 1 on 1 meetings
Weds 8/12
C
FINAL CRITIQUES!
critique group 1: zoom critique STARTING AT 9AM
critique group 2: write feedback of assigned projects in group 1 (turn in by the end of the day by 11:59PM).
D
project 2 is due today!
Thurs 8/13
C
FINAL CRITIQUES!
critique group 1: write feedback of assigned projects in group 2 (turn in by the end of the day by 11:59PM).
critique group 2: zoom critique STARTING AT 9AM