Documentation Workshop – Part 2

Paul at a previous version of this workshop 

A follow up documentation workshop was recently offered at Struts Gallery in Sackville, focusing on editing photos as an extension of the artwork documentation workshop from a few weeks ago. Paul Litherland lead again, to familiarise participants with some of the digital tools used to organize and adjust images so that they have the best possible representation of their artwork for their submissions to galleries, funding organizations, web or magazine publication. I was really excited about this work show for it’s professional development potential.

We covered the basics of editing for print vs. web, using Adobe Lightroom and Bridge, and touched on the differences between then and Apple Photo and or how to use files and just Photoshop to achieve the same quality of images and file organisation.

We also covered:

• Differences between Adobe Bridge/Photoshop and Lightroom, Using Apple Photo
• How to evaluate an image
• Triage and selection of images
• Adjusting exposure and white balance
• Bulk actions
• File naming and storage

I found this work shop really useful, as I am feeling like I need to make a change to my file organisation system, especially for applying for grants and shows. My system works, but is time consuming. I knew there had to be a better way, but I didn’t know what was best, and my own research wasn’t giving me any conclusive decision.

Paul also offered great advise about shooting in raw, and using these applications to move quickly through them, and how to save seemingly useless images with white balance correction and other tools. As an artist and documentation specialist, he knows the type of images we are after, and how to get them efficiently on reasonable software.

The biggest take aways for me were the automatic white balance tool, how to perform bulk actions, and bulk file naming, which will all be huge for preparing images for application. Where each organization wants the files in different max sizes, and named in a different convention, I can use Lightroom to quickly change the file size of all of them, and the file names. I also liked the idea of storing all the files within Lightroom, to quickly edit them in the application instead of having to constantly open to Photoshop. In terms of editing lots of photos, it seems like the best way to go.

during the workshop

Paul Litherland is a visual artist/performer living in Montreal. His wide-ranging practice incorporates themes of masquerade, vulnerability, and machismo, explored through photography and multimedia performances and installations. Works such as Force Majeure and Lift vs Drag are drawn from experiences as a skydiver and BASE jumper, while his explorations of the relationship between a copy and its original emerge from years of documenting artworks as a professional photographer. He lives and works in Montreal, Quebec. He has been photographing artwork for more than 20 years, and has taken some 280,000 photos of paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints and performances of some of Canada’s best known artists as well as those new to the milieu.


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