How to Document Your Work

Take It From Me: Recap | Session 1

We kicked off this season’s Take it From Me series by bringing back our ever popular photography workshop! Hosted by the Graphic Design department at BU, This year the workshop focused on how to choose your camera and how to document your work as well as the aesthetics of lighting and layout.

 
 Adam demonstrating a shoot. Photo: Carly Hagins

Adam demonstrating a shoot. Photo: Carly Hagins

 

Adam demonstrated how to photograph work using a variety of equipment, ranging from iPhones (save that for Instagram), to your every day point-and-shoot, and finally DSLR cameras. He gave tips on how to compose your work, and how you might display your work in an interesting way. He walked participants through how to set up your shoot, along with plenty of useful tricks to help you get to a finished piece.

For editing, Adam suggested Lightroom as an excellent tool for retouching photos. Pair it with Photoshop to take your editing work to new levels. Adam also gave a demonstration on some post production edits you can make to your photos using them.

Participants helped arrange pieces, take photos, use a light box. Participants also had a lot of great questions about how best to arrange your work, what lighting to use, and how to set up and choose your equipment. EP Levine, a camera shop in Waltham, provided Adam all the gear used for the workshop and offered participants a special discount on the equipment demonstrated.

 
 Participants laying out pieces to be photographed. Photo: Carly Hagins

Participants laying out pieces to be photographed. Photo: Carly Hagins

 

About Take It From Me

Take it From Me is an event series organized by AIGA Boston giving students and emerging professionals the opportunity to interact with established professionals in the design field. This initiative will encourage engagement and discussion through a range of events — including workshops, panel discussions, roundtables, lectures, networking events, studio tours, online activities, etc. — that address different aspects of the design discipline.

These events will provide newer designers the opportunity to ask questions, seek advice, and participate in career development focused activities, while giving established designers the opportunity to support the emerging design community. The Take it From Me series will create a structure that is self-perpetuating, providing tools and support for younger designers to develop rewarding careers and become tomorrow’s leaders.

 
 Participants receive Scout notebooks and pencils. Photo: Carly Hagins

Participants receive Scout notebooks and pencils. Photo: Carly Hagins

 

Follow AIGA Boston for news on the next installment from Take it From Me: How to work with Printers, coming up on Thursday, 1/22. We’ll be touring a local printer and learn how to best prepare your files for print and work with your printer to create a finished piece.


Originally published at boston.aiga.org

Nick Di Stefano