Thursday, September 16, 2010

Class Notes and Such

Since the beginning of class Vaughn has been telling us to make a blog and continue updating it. Things on the blog should include pictures I have taken for the class, current events in art twice a week, notes from class, and research inspirations for future projects. So right now I am going to let you in on some notes I have taken. 

~Notes so far~

Some things to do:
  • Make a blog, check! 
  • Make a list of goals, check.
  • Make a website, check. www.hillsphototexas.com.
  • Make a blurb book by the end of the year. 
  • Enter three shows or more. Some places to go www.artdeadline.com.
  • Get supplies - lights, clamps, white cards, black cards, silver and gold matte board, good hard drive.
  • Get a subscription to www.lynda.com.
Also Vaughn has made a class blog for us to keep updated on class stuff. It is www.tamucvw.blogspot.com, and another website to look at for class is www.wascovich.com/209. Two others to get inspiration from are www.tamucgrad.blogspot.com, www.somethingsstrange.blogspot.com, www.wascovich.tumblr.com, and www.fractionmagazine.com.

The first assignment was to start getting familiar with the studio by shooting a pot, a painting with texture, and something behind glass. The second assignment was to make interesting photographs of an egg, a piece of paper, and a glass of water. The third assignment is to photograph a white surface with light modulation in the studio and in the wild, also to find six photographers that did this. The last thing to do is to take a series of photos to make a funny movie. All these assignments will be posted here on this blog when they are finished. The first assignment was already posted.

For my first project on nature, Vaughn said I should narrow down my selection and read a book by Least Heat Moon called Prairie Earth. Another few I found that he wrote were Blue Highways and River Horse. I also found a great website www.naturephotographers.net

Now some photographers/artists to look at for inspiration:
  • Randy Regier
  • Henry Domke
  • Tim Hawkinson
  • Josef Sudek
  • Irving Penn
  • Harold Edgerton
  • Ralph Goings
  • David Bailey
  • Odilon Redon
  • Olivia Parker
  • Jan Groover
  • Laura Letinsky
  • Frederick Sommer
  • Paul Outerbridge
  • Jonathan Harris
  • James Casebere
And always remember - Light is the most important part of photography, without it you have nothing. Light, light, light!! 

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