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The finishing room

From: Narrative Portraiture: On Location in New York with Rodney Smith

Video: The finishing room

Hey welcome! Here we are, in the print room, and it's fascinating to see all of these different prints, different sizes, different promotional materials. This is Rodney's most recent book that he has been working on. And then also we have some prints from a recent shoot, a stack of prints. And there's something that's kind of just magic about the actual artifact, something that was crafted. I once heard someone say that an image is complete once it's been printed, and it's really fun just to be in this space. One of the things that fascinate me about space is that the space that we create really affects the final product.

The finishing room

Hey welcome! Here we are, in the print room, and it's fascinating to see all of these different prints, different sizes, different promotional materials. This is Rodney's most recent book that he has been working on. And then also we have some prints from a recent shoot, a stack of prints. And there's something that's kind of just magic about the actual artifact, something that was crafted. I once heard someone say that an image is complete once it's been printed, and it's really fun just to be in this space. One of the things that fascinate me about space is that the space that we create really affects the final product.

You walk into a context like this and you just say, okay, it's all about quality; it's about creating something that is just completely one of a kind. So one of the things I encourage you to think about in regards to your own space is, what can you do in order to make your space more of a greenhouse for quality, more of a space that will enable you and empower you and excite you about creating prints that are even more compelling?

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  1. 2m 13s
    1. Welcome
      1m 27s
    2. Introduction to Rodney Smith
      46s
  2. 31m 37s
    1. Creating serene photographs...spontaneously
      4m 37s
    2. Creating photographs that ask questions
      4m 43s
    3. What makes a photograph good?
      5m 28s
    4. Film, digital, and the importance of the artifact
      6m 1s
    5. Contrast, tone, and black and white versus color
      5m 0s
    6. The early years and photography today
      5m 48s
  3. 13m 16s
    1. First impressions: A portrait without the subject
      3m 52s
    2. The finishing room
      1m 4s
    3. The darkroom
      7m 13s
    4. The final print room
      1m 7s
  4. 23m 11s
    1. Selecting the gear
      3m 41s
    2. Shooting the portrait
      6m 13s
    3. Reviewing the plan for the shoot
      2m 6s
    4. The portrait in review
      6m 36s
    5. Large prints in review
      4m 35s
  5. 8m 33s
    1. Why take pictures?
      2m 11s
    2. Cultivating the discipline to print
      2m 8s
    3. Exploring Rodney Smith's "The End"
      4m 14s
  6. 5m 27s
    1. Embracing a theme: Surprise, whimsy, or cliché
      55s
    2. Creating photos that ask questions
      2m 22s
    3. Creating fashion photos with a unique style
      2m 10s
  7. 26m 40s
    1. Photography is a reflection of who we are
      1m 47s
    2. Photography is about the art of observation
      1m 57s
    3. Working with models
      2m 10s
    4. Raise more questions than you answer
      3m 5s
    5. Mentors strengthen our vision
      3m 37s
    6. There is a right place for certain things
      4m 39s
    7. What influences you?
      3m 22s
    8. The camera as a tool for gaining wisdom
      3m 6s
    9. Creating photographs deepens who we are
      2m 57s
  8. 33s
    1. Conclusion
      33s

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