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VU Week 6

Week 6, [last week] saw the beginning on oral presentations. Only a handful presented, but they were well researched nonetheless. I talked about, resizing images, and using flickr to share images, both globally and selectively. Very pleased with the way this class is going, some of the blogs have very interesting work on them. I think next semester there I should try and incorporate more photo-strolls, perhaps with different locations, Organ Pipes National Park comes to mind.PIC on the other hand is fairly quiet, the calm before the storm, I suspect so next term will be frantic, no doubt.PHD stuff has stalled, but with my new iPhone I'm getting right into geo-tagging, it is amazing how accurate it is.Doug Holloway's books are proving very inspirational, I'm on his 3rd one and it is amazing how I do so much of what he talks about, personally, but I owner how I can incorporate it into the curriculum here?

Picassa

During class this week, as I watched some students use their own net-books, and notebooks, it occurred to me that using some other software than Adobe's bridge might make the student's ability to learn the key concepts simpler. The software that came to mind is free, cross platform and open source, it is Picassa, made by google. So I spent an hour or so, playing around with it, on my Mac at home. I think it could work, however it is too late this semester to introduce it to the class, but perhaps next class? So after an hour or so playing with it, and learning a little about how it works, it seems to stack up against the big players, so semester 1 2011, if I get the work at VU, I will use it.

PD Session Heide Gallery 2010.08.10

These are my notes straight from evernote.Natalie KingThe curator, begins. Talks about the location of the space on relation to the exhibition. Jerrems, died of a rare liver disease. Reiterates the 70's explosion of photography. There is a Talbot image in the show. Very focused on early in her career. Photographer's gallery started by Paul Cox. Interesting background on. How the curator found the images. Might need to revisit how I keep my notes?Was it Athol Schmidt or John Cato who set up the program at VCA?She [Carol Jerrems] uses the alphabet assignment and they have exhibited the work. Countdown's first colour broadcast of horror movie by skyhooks. Mirrors used as pictorial and metaphorical device in her work see the book. Work is often intimate and personal interested in sub-cultures. Shot in colour "briefly". Very involved in the women's movement and other sub cultures. Produced a book, 1974 Book About Women. Very particular about sequencing of thi…

Post Sydney Reflections

As I said yesterday in my iPhone entires, we were in Sydney, checking out some some art.Here are my notes from the day, written in evernote, and copied and pasted here, as is, with minor corrections for grammar and spelling.Steiglitz ExhibitionDefinitely a different look between Silver Gelatin & Platinum prints.Sometime after 1919 switched to Silver Gelatin. Why?Is this a camera issue as the smaller earlier works are also printed on Silver Gelatin.They even have a direct comparison between the 2 processes, using the 'Hand of Man' image.Why was Steiglitz on a boat when he made the steerage picture? "The melding of humanist and formalist values"Even in the later years his work appears over printed?Several mentions of "place" where is mine, do I have one, certainly Melbourne itself is, home, but is it my place? Poplars for example, made at Lake George, one of 2 main places Stieglitz claimed as place.'Barn, Lake George' has some luminosity. 'Som…

What a day!

Well what a day. Saw some great art, and had a very relaxing day all round. Took comprehensive notes, and will copy and paste once we get home. Made a few pictures, but, all in all just soaked up the art. it was fun and some team building did occur. It would be great to do something similar at some point, in the not too distant future, let's hope the others feel the same!
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Sydney PD

So we, are in Sydney for a PD session. All going smoothly so far. the plan at this point is to hit the AGNSW, then, Museum of Sydney. The weather is awesome, the traffic is hell.

This will be a first as I blog on the move all day from my new iPhone.
[Posted with iBlogger from my iPhone]

Garageband

Spent 2 hours playing/learning Garageband today. It was fun and fairly easy. [2 hours self directed learning] I decided to add a soundtrack to a slideshow I made using Aperture, getting more and more comfortable with this software.

EOTO 2010

Just returned from 7 days of teaching the Edge of the Outback program for 2010. 7 days of Digital, with lot's of moving, modifying and changing of teaching along the way. I also learned how to print on the Epson 9880, a wide format printer capable of printing up to 44 inches wide, I even used a couple of my images to print. [7 eight hour days in total]This year we had mini reviews, which went well. I team taught with Darren Davidson, he was indispensable, as we had a student who has suffered several bad accidents in his life and has some difficulty learning. All in all a great experience I felt, I plan on doing it next year again too.

Aperture 3

I recently purchased a training manual for Aperture 3, I had my second go at the lessons and after 2 hours I feel I know the soft3ware even better, and funnily enough the lessons alleviated, some of the concerns I had regarding organisation metadata and keywords, all up a real powerful tool.Two hours today and two hours last week equals a total of four hours in total so far. In the end I hope to get my Apple certification for this software.

PhD

I am about to apply for a PhD, at Victoria University. I have been reading, 'The Craft of Research' in the lead up, it is a very informative book and makes the whole task seem a lot easier.

Adobe CS5 Seminar

Thursday the 6th of May saw me at The Sofitel at 25 Collins St. in the City. I spent the dat attendeing the Adobe CS5 software launch. It was an al day seminar, and I have written about it on my main blog.The thing I most took away from this was that the once clearly delineated jobs of the pre digital world are no longer in place. Photographers can be video-graphers, graphic designers, or any other type of creative, and the same can be said of, Graphic designers, Web Designers, Film makers and so on. Where does that leave photography as a skill and craft taught over an extended period such as a Diploma or Degree Program? I have no answer yet, other than core principles such as, 'seeing', light and colour and composition need to continue to form the back bone of these course. We are indeed living in exciting times. Now if I can just get my computer to work fast enough and never fail me, just like my own real memory.

Aperture Seminar.

Yesterday I attended a seminar on Aperture. This an Apple's contribution to the image editing market. It is a hybrid image editor and image organising application.I had some very specific questions for the presenter regarding Colour Management and file management. While he did not answer them thoroughly they gave me some clues as to where to look and inspired ,me to pick it up again for organising and editing photos.The Biggest drawback to this software is that it is apple only and is one of the reasons I've not thrown myself into it's application and use. Now I think we will offer it as a 2nd year workshop as part of a range of packages to choose from and work with.

Adobe Bridge

This year, we decided to use Bridge at PIC and as a consequence, I am using it at VU as well. It is turing out to be a fine piece of software, and has only 1 drawback compared to iView Media Pro. The location of the files you work with. In iView Media Pro, I was able to see thumbnails of the images regardless off the location of the disks, with Bridge; the disk needs to be attached directly to the computer running Bridge, in theory I suspect it will run over a network but have yet to try that.It is now hard to tell when I am learning the software and when I am using it, as I have a new camera. So i'd say I have clocked up another 6 or more hours of PD on the software.

Teaching Load

Victoria UniversityThis year I have begun teaching at Victoria University; again. I'm teaching several classes in what has turned out to be a popular subject, 'Digital Fine Art Photography' AFC3003. Here is the unit description from the course handbook:-This studio-laboratory based unit of study will explore the principles and practice of digital fine art photography and equip students with the knowledge to develop, implement and complete a digital fine art photography project in the context of contemporary art practice. Working with a variety of cameras including the digital SLR, students will learn about aperture, shutter speed, ISO settings, white balances and a range of lighting techniques. Image processing techniques using Photoshop and other organisational and editing tools will encompass editing workflows, file formats, image resolutions, colour profiles and creative image editing. The photography project will draw upon art research practice and related writing stud…

New Software

Spent 6 hours today learning how to use iMovie. I made a short movie, based upon a leaning outcome the students undertake, it is called sound and image. The students put together a short piece, based on some music of their choice, that has no lyrics.The idea is to take associations of the music and add imagery that may enhance or interpret the music.As I have often quoted, Walter Pater;"...all art aspires to the condition of music."

Gearing Up for 2010

The year as usual has gotten off to a steady start, during the beak I read some material I'd been planing on reading, but still not enough. I have also created a diigo account, with groups for, both my VU classes and PIC, I also contribute to Diigo in education.. [Diigo actually offer a special service for educators that I'd forgotten about, but when I received the e-mail to activate the account I hopped to it.] Now I am able to send links to these groups and the students I teach will be able to access these links and contribute to them.Updates to Diigo in Education are e-mailed to me, and this morning in particular, I learned a little about twitter and have finally managed to hook into a vast amount of information about technology and education. The widget on the right has a live update as people post tweets with the hash tag #EduTech. This may now mean I can connect with more Educators around the world who are passionate about Education and Technology.Some of the books I pic…