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Group View

For my Computer Supported Collaborative Work class, I’ve been studying photography groups and how they work together. I studied a local photography group, PhoSo, in order to better understand what problems photography groups might have. For this project I was able to study PhoSo on two separate occasions. During the first occasion, the group meet outside to learn about and teach some light painting and night photography skills. In total 11 people attended this session and the session lasted approximately 2 hours. During the second session, the group meet inside in a classroom on the IU campus. In total 9 people attended this session and it lasted approximately 1.5 hours. During these studies I observed people’s behavior, group interaction, collaboration, teaching, and learning from each other. For both studies I actively participated in the groups sessions. As being a photographer myself, I was able to both teach other members, learn from other members, and share my photographs and knowledge.
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Digital Imagery as Social Mechanism

The third project in my Digital Imagery class was research into how digital imagery is used as a social mechanism. This projects are open to interpretation; therefore, I decided to look into how digital imagery is used in educational processes. Specifically, I’m interested in how photographers learn and collaborate (which is also my CSCW research). I did some initial research into the subject and found three interesting categories for which to focus my research further: learning via photos, learning via videos, and learning via audio. For this class, we are asked to submit a 3 page PDF document containing a sketch, a final version, and a page for attributions. Below, you can see a screen capture of my submission. A link to the PDF is provided at the bottom of this post.
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CSCW: Research Project Overview

In my CSCW class, we recently had to turn in a research project overview. For this project, which will last the entire semester, I want to focus on photography groups and how photographers collaborate within these groups. I feel this is an under-researched area. There has been plenty of research regarding how people share photographs in different situations, although mostly at home. However, not too many designers are looking at professional and amateur photographers and how they collaborate through these groups. I’m currently the Event Director of a photography group here at IU called The Photography Society. My proposal consisted of a time line to conduct ethnographic research, contextual inquiry, and interviews. From this point I would organize the data, begin ideating and sketching, and conduct some participatory design sessions. My hope is that I can end the semester with not only a design document stating my process and results, but actually design something that I might be able to build for local photography groups. Photography, along with design, is a great passion of mine. Feel free to download and read my overview document. Research Project Overview (PDF). I would absolutely love any critique of the design of this document. I don’t have much experience in print design, so help me out!

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