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Practice 4: Editing, Presentation, and Evaluation: Tools, Materials, and Processes


If you’ve ever sat through a film and watched the credits scroll, you will be familiar with the term post-production: that is, everything that happens after the action captured by the camera. As though you’ve just completed recording your images (and called out: “cut!”), this chapter responds by proposing multiple possibilities of how to affect your images through the post-production realm of editing, manipulating, and presenting. Editing describes modifications of scale, contrast, exposure, and color. Scale relates to how image dimensions can be enlarged or reduced. You will learn how to change image tone and contrast in the darkroom or digitally, to digitally correct color casts, and to retouch photos to correct for flaws. In the editing sections, you have the opportunity to consider captured data as raw material. By seeing your image as malleable in form and meaning, you can change the content by selecting parts of the image, through reconstructions of collage with the tools of the darkroom, the Xacto knife, digital cut and paste, and by incorporating type with imagery. Ultimately, each individual image is meant for a particular context-whether it be an explicit sequence, a narrative, or a body of work. ‘‘Presentation’’ describes different options for displaying work, from some of the earliest forms (books and portfolios) to the most recent (web-based artworks and Internet sharing and portfolios). In addition, we’ll describe techniques for matting or framing prints and stitching sequential images together in animations via a flip book, zoetrope, or thaumatrope. For artists interested in developing the ideas and form of their work, ‘‘Evaluation’’ describes various critique strategies to encourage reflection and constructive discussion.