Monthly Archives: July 2011

PHOTO 10 • New Media & Social Change Course – West Valley College

New Course in the Photography Department!

New Media & Social Change
Photo 10

West Valley College
Fall 2011 (starts Aug.30th) – Tues/Thurs. 9:20-10:55am

For the African Library Project - Kanye, Botswana - by Lesley Louden

• Transferable Elective for GE Requirement
• Satisfies West Valley College Cultural Diversity Requirement for an Associates Degree in Arts & Sciences

Course Description:
This course investigates how web-based technologies, internet multi-media, and photography have assisted in causing social change around the world through images.  We will explore evidence of social change through significant historical photographic images by photographers from various backgrounds that helped changed the world.  This will give us social and political context for discovering and predicting New Media for social change.  A Critical analysis of shifting perceptions and expectations regarding race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, cultural identity and ethnicity in contemporary web-based visual media will be examined.  Course projects will include the investigation of current new media as well as the creation of your own new, new media, after photography.

  • Social documentary photography
  • Multi-media documentaries
  • Contemporary art photography
  • Ethnographic photography
  • Photojournalism
  • Social media
  • Blogs

** 13432 TTH 9:20AM – 10:45AM L Louden ROOM: LA 43  – 3 Units


This course investigates how web-based technologies, internet multi-media, and photography have assisted in causing social change. Transfer: CSU

13432 TTH 9:20AM – 10:45AM L Louden LA 43 3.00


2011 Call for Proposals • SPE WEST CONFERENCE

SURVIVAL~ Society for Photographic Education WEST Regional Conference

November 18th&19th, 2011 • Cabrillo College –  Santa Cruz, CA

Submissions Due: By midnight on Sunday, September 18th, 2011

For More Information Visit: SPEWEST.ORG


The conference will invite image-makers, theoreticians and historians to propose papers and workshops that consider the notion of Survival. Survival, as endurance, can describe the sustainability of a custom or belief. Survival, as evolution, can investigate a natural process resulting in change. Survival, as individuals, can illuminate an inner-journey. Works may also address survival on a local or global level as an artist, photographer, educator, professional, community, species, culture, or environment. Questions that explore the survival of the current state of the medium of photography, including both traditional and new genres, in relation to artistic practice, commercial use, and photo-education are welcomed. All proposals are peer reviewed by the SPE West Board.
* The conference also strongly invites educators to propose workshops related to teaching.
** Proposals not specific to the theme WILL be considered.

FORMAT: Image-maker presentations – lectures – workshops – panels

  • Lecture or panel – historical or theoretical on a theme or another artist’s work (specify 30 minutes or 60 minutes).
  • Image-maker presentation – Image-makers may work in photography, film, video installation or performance (specify 30minutes or 60minutes).
  • Workshop/Round-table Discussion – a ‘how-to’ or information sharing forum led by one or more educators. Please specify materials, space requirements and estimated time needed.
  • Student Presentation: A shorter length presentation of your work and the program you are enrolled in (30 minutes).

SUBMISSION FORMAT: Image-maker presentations – lectures – workshops – panels
Please submit as ONE PDF document – the following information:

  • Name, address, phone, email, title of submission, additional speakers/panelists, and website if appropriate.
  • A 250 – 500 word abstract detailing the presentation or work submitted.
  • A 50 word biographical summary for each intended participant.
  • A portfolio of images ca. 10 – 15 images relevant to the theme or artist presentation (video artists please also submit a link to online video files). Please keep your image files small –recommend maximum width 1000 pixels @72ppi.
  • Choose a 30 minute time slot OR 60 minute time slot OR a 90 minute timeslot (for large panels) OR a Workshop format (specify time needed).
  • Please submit all submissions and address all questions to Julia Bradshaw   Please include the word PROPOSAL and your name in the SUBJECT field.

Questions about B&W Conversion Workflow:

Relating to B&W Conversion Handout for B&W Printing Workshop – Photo68b:

Dodging & Burning Techniques:

  1. Which is a more effective method for dodging and burning? Using Method #1 (Layer>New Layer>Overlay, X Fill 50% Gray w/ Brushes) in B&W Conversion Handout OR using Curves Method #2 (see Two techniques here:  Using Curves to Dodge/Burn Option#1, when using this Curves Technique, be sure to make Blend Mode on Curves Layer: Luminosity as to not alter the color of image when D&B, OR Using Curves to Dodge/Burn Option #2-Faster TechniqueANSWER: Sorry, there really isn’t one answer here. It depends on your image and the time you have. I find it faster to use the Overlay and Fill 50% gray. When using Curves Technique #1, it takes some time but with the Luminosity Blend Mode set, you won’t alter the color of your image. I also like the impact of the “S-Curve” for contrast in this method.  With Method #2 for Curves you will get some color saturation when you Burn).

  1. TIP for Dodging and Burning for Method #1  – You can now use the Dodge & Burn tools (instead of Brushes) to Dodge/Burn on your Overlay, 50% Gray Layer (used to be that D&B tools would paint with color or gray, they improved that). For Range in Options Bar, typically you will concentrate on the midtones. Keep Exposure low, at 5%-30% or so. This technique is not as dramatic as when you use Paint Brushes and it can be good for Dodging/Burning Faces.  Zoom into 300% for more control on smaller areas. Zoom out often to see entire image.
  2. TIP for Dodging & Burning for Method #2 w/ Curves – when using Curves Technique, be sure to make Blend Mode on Curves Layer: Luminosity as to not alter the color of image when D&B

B&W Adjustment Layer:

  1. Is it OK to use Hand or Target Adjustment Tool (Hand Icon) in B&W Adjustment Layer? It is just fine to do this, just try not to go to extremes with the sliders as that is what really will harm your image. You can get harsh transitions between areas, banding. To avoid this, keep your eye on the image as you drag the sliders or hand. Leave your Histogram Palette open as you drag the B&W sliders to make sure you aren’t clipping (or losing information) in your image. See bottom of this page: “Keeping an Eye on the Histogram”.

Using Lightroom for B&W Conversion

  1. B&W in Lightroom: This is from the blog.  I use Pictage for my wedding and portrait business to upload and sell images. They often have interesting Tutorials.  Check it out: B&W CONVERSIONS IN LIGHTROOM!

Some B&W Printing Profiles for Epson 3880 & 3800

* Read suggested Paper Type Settings and Special Print Profile Settings on same pages as profile downloads