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A course in Creative Digital Photography A course in Creative Digital Photography
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    Digital photography workshop, Ottawa, Ontario    
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Astronomy & Dark Matter

In 1933, an astronomer studying the motions of distant galaxies estimated the total mass of a group of galaxies by measuring their brightness. Using a different method to compute the mass of the same cluster of galaxies, he estimated that the total mass was 400 times greater. By the 1970's, scientists began to realize that only the existance of a large amount of hidden matter could explain many of their observations and theories regarding the structure of the universe. Invisible Dark Matter must account for the vast majority of the mass in the universe.

Photography & Dark Matter

Quite often a photograph conveys meaning or provokes understanding that goes far beyond what is visible in the photograph. We can express this quality by using the astronomical term Dark Matter as metaphor for this invisible source of meaning communicated by photographs.

In this Creative Eye Workshop you will explore the metaphor of Dark Matter in photographs as a tool to create augmented meaning and emotional impact in images. You will also explore the creation of narrative meaning in photographic images through the use of photographic Dark Matter.


You are expected to have mastered the basic craft of photography, have a working knowledge and experience with computers and Photoshop or other image editing software. You must have at your disposition suitable photographic equipment and a computer with image editing software in order to prepare your images for presentation in class. Demo image editing software will be provided where required. If you wish to use conventional photographs, they must be scanned into a digital format.

Workshop Outline

This workshop is usually presented in 4 three-hour sessions.
Sessions 2 and 3 are usually in the morning or afternoon of the same day.

Photography Workshop Activities
Session 1
Dark Matter
   Non verbal expression
   Cultural & Social context
   Inferred meaning
Visual Narrative
   What is narrative?
   How is narrative manifest in an image?
Session 2
Photo Exercise - Exploring Dark Matter
   Figure - Ground
   Objects vs Space
   Transparency & Shadow
   Ingress - Egress
Session 3
Photo Exercise - Dark Matter & Narrative
   Implied Content
   Visual Dynamics
   Time - Period & Chronology
Session 4
Discussion and appreciation of photographic work

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