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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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Photographic Books

Today, photographic books have become one of the most accessible means of distributing photographic work. They may be in the from of art books, portfolio books as well as catalogues for exhibitions. You can self-published books economically. Several companies offer services to print books on-demand, one or hundreds of copies at a time . These books are printed with industrial ink-jet printers that provide much higher resolution and colour control than conventional offset printing.

Visual Narrative

In this course, will learn how to develop and produce photographic books that present a visual narrative in an effective manner. You will learn how to select images and arrange them in sequences that constitute aesthetic and dramatic units with visual continuity and flow. This course involves concepts of visual narrative and scenography to produce books that effectively communicate an author's personal vision and style.

The following subjects and techniques will be covered: selection of images, book structure, page architecture, graphic design, typography, maquettes, selection and use of production software, selection of and working with book printing companies, book templates, colour management, image resolution, obtaining and using ISBN numbers and Cataloguing in Publication indexing, copyright notices, proofing, PDF creation, file transmission, test printing and adjustments, production runs and marketing – essentially everything from the initial concept to the finished product.


Although you will explore and use concepts of sequencing in this course, this subject will not be treated in depth. It is recommended that you take the course on Sequencing: Portfolios, Exhibitions, Books before taking this course.

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 a suitable computer and a printer, in order to print small draft prints of your images for creation of the printed maquette. Demo software for image editing and production of the your book layout will be provided where required. If you wish to use conventional photographs, they must be scanned into a digital format.

Course Outline

This workshop is usually presented in 12 three-hour sessions.

Course Content
Session 1
Defining the Book Project
Session 2
Personal Vision
The Message
Personal Style
Definition of your Book Style
Session 3
Developing the Visual Narrative
   Story Line
Layout - Sequencing
   Unity and continuity
Session 4
Hands-on analysis and selection of images and
    development of the book concept.
Session 5
Production Software
   Templates, Master Pages. etc.
Session 6
Hands-on development of a printed maquette
Session 7
Design - Book Structure
   Essential Pages
   Cataloguing in Publication
Design - Page Architecture
   Shape, Size, Proportions
   Positioning, Balance, Spacing
Session 8 Image quality control
   Colour Management
   Image Resolution
Hands-on preparation of images on computer
Session 9
   Forms Styles
   Headings, Pagination
   Typography & Images
Session 10
Hands-on book layout on computer
    including graphic design and typography.
Session 11
Production and quality control
   Output Colour Management
   Proofing Test Printing - adjustments
   Production runs
In class development of book projects
    with individual tutoring.
Session 12 Group appeciation and discussion of finished book projects.

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