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Online Photography Critique

image courtesy of Qiao-Da-Ye

For my final capstone (thesis) project of my master’s program, I’ll be working on the topic of photography critique in a digitally mediated environment. Below is my initial plan for the project. I have a great passion for photography and critique in general and I don’t believe there is a good solution for providing critiques of photography online.

Background Opportunity

Critique is essential in almost any craft or art. Photography is no different. I want to provide a system so that photography students can have their worked critiqued by other photographers.

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Shot Glasses

shot glasses in black and white on a bar top

Location: San Francisco, CA (Polk Street)

Camera and Lens: Nikon D80, 50mm f/1.8 lens

Creative Process: Taken during an SF Bar Crawl of Polk Street. Once we took these shots and laid the glasses down, I suddenly saw this image. It was very dark, so I pumped up the ISO and got a nice grainny type look.

Post Production: I cropped this photos just a bit to remove a stray hand in the background. Nothing more.



Location: San Francisco, CA

Camera and Lens: Nikon D80, 50mm f/1.8 lens

Creative Process: Taken during the San Francisco Worldwide Photo Walk. I just saw and photographed.

Post Production: I cropped this photos just a bit, and played around with the color saturation to increase the yellows and oranges just a tiny bit.

Katie O’Donnell

Below are some recent photographs of my good friend Katie O’Donnell. Katie is a fellow masters student with me at Indiana University and does awesome work. She is interning for the summer at Oracle in the San Francisco Bay Area. Katie just picked up some new glasses so we headed out to a local park and took some photographs. Below are some of my favorites.

Katie O'Donnell

Location: A Mountain View, CA park

Camera and Lens: Nikon D80, 50mm f/1.8 lens

Creative Process: We went out into the park around 6:15pm and looked for good light in some shade.

Post Production: Nothing much more than normal portrait stuff.

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Design Week Open Studios

Last week AIGA in partnership with IxDA and other organizations held Design Week. The week held many events but what I found most interesting were the Open Studios. These are times in which different studios across San Francisco opened their doors to the public. Most of these studios had food and drink for patrons and gave tours talking about their own studio. While touring around these studios I took a bunch of photographs in order to really see how these studios operate, better reflect on design practices, as well as take some new ideas with me to the new IU HCID studio which is currently under construction. I hope you enjoy these photographs as much as I enjoyed touring these studios. I would like to thank the following studios for hosting myself and many others during design week: IDEO, Adaptive Path (where my awesome friend Dane Petersen works), Fuse Project, Hot Studio, New Deal Design, Ammunition LLC, Lunar Design, Frog Design, Smart Design, and Astro Studios.

Below are some of my favorite photographs. You can find the entire set at:

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