2012 ARCH 1412 Photo Booth Tutorial
From TTU College of Architecture
Instructors: Josh Nason // Chris Taylor (coordinator)
DESIGN STUDIO ONE
ALL photo documentation of work developed in ARCH 1412 needs to be done in the Photo Booth Room located on the south side of the 9th floor across from the Computer Lab.
Please note the hours of operation for the Print Bureau (as stated on their wiki page: Print_Bureau) are:
- Monday-Thursday: 8 AM to 9 PM
- Friday: 8 AM to 5 PM
- Saturday: Closed
- Sunday: 2 PM to 9 PM
These designated hours are to be respected, the moment the bureau closes the Photo Booth room is locked and remains inaccessible until the following designated hours.
- There WILL BE NO attempts at negotiating with the employee on duty in the evenings to extend these hours by any length of time.
- Failure to adequately document your work (physical and digital) before each assignment's due date because you were unable to access the room in the allowed time slots will not be tolerated as an excuse. It is your responsibility to complete the work in a timely manner.
- Remember there are 170 students in the 1412 studio needing to photograph their work, ALONG WITH the remaining COA student body.
- No student is more important than the next.
- If someone is documenting their work they have the right to do so until they feel they have obtained enough images, it is your obligation as a fellow student to respect their process and wait patiently.
- Anything you bring in the room with you must leave with you or be deposited in the trash.
Steps To Photographing Work
Acquire and Prepare Equipment
- Be prepared to begin photographing once you are at the Photo Booth.
- If you are using a personal camera this means having a charged battery, ample space on the memory card being used, and student ID.
- If you wish to use one of the Print Bureau camera's you will need a memory device (USB, External Hard Drive) to transfer your images IMMEDIATELY following the documentation process, and student ID.
- Go to the printer room tell the employee on duty you wish to check out a tripod mount, and camera if needed.
- you are required to leave your student ID with them while you are using the equipment and it will be given back when the equipment is returned.
- After acquiring all devices needed from the Bureau proceed to Room 905.
- There are two booths in the room separated by a curtain and each are accessible by separate doors.
- If both are free choose one side to occupy and keep your belongings on that side.
- If there is already someone working quietly make your way to the side not occupied using the appropriate door.
- Locate one of the two dusting brushes (provided in the room on the table positioned between the two doors) and clean off the black background cloth, to your best ability, before placing your work on the booth. Place the brush back on the table so it can be easily found by other students.
- Place your model in the middle of the table a few inches back (towards the wall) from the edge of the booth and rotated it so the edges of the base are not parallel with the edge of the table.
- Locate one of the available tripods in the room, fasten the tripod mount to the bottom of camera, and attach the camera to the tripod.
- Place the tripod a few feet in front of the table so it is in line with your model.
- Adjust the tripod height so the camera is horizontally level with the model.
- At this point the set up should resemble the following images:
- Select one of the lights located on the side you are working place it at a location that will best communicate the character of your model when the ceiling lights are turned off.
- As seen in the image below the lamp you selected will be the only light source when you are photographing.
- Once you have positioned the light to your liking you will start documenting your model using the current configuration.
- Take multiple shots without adjusting the model, tripod, or light.
- The resulting image should resemble these below:
- Now relase the camera and mount from the tripod and begin taking detailed images of your model.
- Focus should be placed on how individual elements work together to establish a system of connections forming the spatial language that communicates the unique character of your model.
- It may help to think of each image as a line drawings:
- The basswood elements should utilize the space within the camera's window to create a composition as the graphite lines do on the 11 x 17" paper
- Again, these are detailed images, therefore you shouldn't have photos where the majority of the model is visible because it was taken at a distance or not properly zoomed/focused.
- The only visible object in each picture should be the model itself.
- If this is unavoidable you will have to remove the miscellaneous objects in Photoshop before saving it for the wiki.
- Be sure the light and shadows being cast is appropriate for the model.
- You should have no less that 50 photos when you are finished.
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