Assignment 1

What are some differences between .JPEG and .PSD files? What are some some reasons you would use each?

PSD is a photoshop file. It is not compressed and allows you to save all layers separate for future editing.

JPGs are compressed files for sharing, previewing, web postings.  JPGs have less info, but also take up less space. 

I use PSD files while editing, color correcting or performing other adjustments; it is non-destructive way of working on images. It allows me to use Adobe RGB mode and 16bit files if needed.

I use JPG files when sending images to clients, they are small enough to be attached to an email, ready for web, but not big enough for unauthorized printing. 


What is Adobe Bridge and what does it enable you to do?

Adobe bridge is an application that allows you to easily view and organize images. It creates previews for the images without opening them, which helps to manage photos faster. Some are the functions are rating, sequencing, batch processing (renaming, metadata updates, image processing through photoshop), creating PDFs of the images, etc. 


What key is a shortcut to having Photoshop take up the entire screen on your computer?

"F key 


What are the keyboard shortcuts to view your image at 100% and ‘fit to screen’?

Command "0" (zero)


Hold "Spacebar", a hand symbol will appear on the screen, use the mouse to move the image. 

How do you pan around a document without clicking on the Tools panel?

 

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Glitch art is the result of a "communication" between the artist and the machine, but also a ‘miscommunication” in a form of a file corruption whether intentional or not.

Glitch art is more about the digital data,1s and 0s, than the context of the image. There is no right or wrong, true or false, all are manipulations.

Another aspect the author explores is the control an artist have “to design a glitch”, however, there is no complete control because of the complexity of the system. 

 

It is a little difficult for me to find a reason why these artists feel giving up control because for me having control of my photographs is very important. I think one’s curiosity could be a reason "what happens if I change a number in the algorithm?”. Or desire to be rebellious and break the conventional rules of image making. 

 

I am predominantly an analog photographer, digital processing is something I try to keep at a minimum (scanning, spotting dust, color correct to neutral and resizing for different purposes). I am also a documentary photographer, the subject matter is the reason to create a photograph and I feel that a glitch would alter the truth.

 

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Livia Corona Benjamin

Livia Corona Benjamin is a Mexican artist with the background in photography. Photography plays a big part in many of her current projects. What is appealing to me about Infinite Rewrites is that not only the visuals that is of importance, but also social, cultural, and technical aspects of creating the images.

For this body of work, she has been using color darkroom techniques to create these unique patterns that resemble pixels of a digital image. Analog and digital approaches are often looked at as competing; in Livia Corona Benjamin's case, they intertwine. Similar to some examples of Glitch Art, there is a level of control in the process, however, the result is unpredictable and one of a kind.

The base for these images is a single 4x5 negative of a grain silo that is a representation of the failed policy by the Mexican government aimed to improve and support farming in 1960s. Those brick-like pixels represent bricks of the silo that disintegrates. 

It is hard to ignore similarities of Corona Benjamin’s photograms with Mexican folk art: bright colors and simple patterns.

This multilayer project is deliberately executed from start to finish. Even the display, layers of plexiglass of different colors glued together, is intentional and has a similar look as pixel sorting.