education

media and documentary: photo essay ideas

This trimester, in addition to my Colour Management class, I am taking a Media and Documentary photography class. This is an area of photography I don’t know all that well, but I’m very interested in. I have certainly enjoyed the class materials so far!

This week, we have to present two ideas for our main project, a photo essay. I am thinking of two quite different projects. The first is a focus on queer Australia, what it looks like to be young and belong to the LGBTQIA+ community in in Canberra in 2019. I’m a queer woman myself, and so this is of course of great interest to me. Canberra has a very vibrant queer community so I think I would have a lot of possible subjects for this particular essay, however the thing that is holding me back the most is the social interaction required - it would make me very anxious, and it would also rely on finding subjects and them actually showing up to a shoot.

The second idea is to focus on the role of the library in 2019. My wife is a librarian, so this is also a very relevant subject for me. I like the idea of re-imagining the traditional view of the library as a stuffy, boring, academic space which is exclusive and instead focus on the community-building, lively, safe spaces that they really are for a lot of the community. Since my wife started working at the National Library, I have spent a lot of my study time in their reading rooms, or in local public libraries. I have come to learn how important they are to many people and what an undervalued resource they are.

Overall, I am leaning towards my second option. I think overall it would be more practical in the time given, and it would also be a subject I could expand upon later. Queer issues have been all over the media lately and I am concerned that I wouldn’t necessarily have anything new to say in that space. I think the library option gives me more room to be creative and say something with my work!

What do you think?

colour management and workflow : module one

Well, it’s another semester and I am back in my diploma of photo imaging! This semester I am taking Colour Management & Workflow and Media & Documentary. These classes both look really interesting, so i’m looking forward to digging into them.

This week in Colour Management & Workflow, we looked at some of the basics of the subject - introducing colour spaces, profiles, bit depth and a whole host of other technical considerations for a photographer.

This is an area of photography I’ll guiltily admit to not being as on top of as other areas, so I think I will learn a lot in this class!

Step one this week in our learning activities was to do some research on colour management tools for photographers. I’ve done up a little “wish list” below of cool tools to calibrate your tech!

  • Colour Checker Passport - https://xritephoto.com/colorchecker-passport-photo (quick, cheap and easy profiling)

  • i1 Display Pro - https://xritephoto.com/i1display-pro (professional display profiling)

  • i1 Photographer kit - https://xritephoto.com/i1-photographer-kit (combines the two above)

  • Spyder5 Capture Pro - https://www.datacolor.com/photography-design/product-overview/spyder5capture-pro/ (kit for photographers, includes calibration tools for camera and display)

  • SpyderPrint - https://www.datacolor.com/photography-design/product-overview/spyderprint/ (printer calibration)

CMYK (in colour) vs Adobe RGB (in white)

CMYK (in colour) vs Adobe RGB (in white)

We also had a look at the Mac ColorSync utility (which, I’ll be honest, I don’t think I have ever opened on my mac - at least not on purpose!!). We had a look at how each of the different profiles compared to each other. The one that surprised me the most was Adobe RGB compared to CMYK - I’m used to uploading images for print at Officeworks, etc and being asked to switch from Adobe RGB to CMYK - I assumed that meant it was a better profile. It is good to unpack these assumptions I had previously made and understand the process better!