Taking the show on the road

It’s been a very busy week for the Graphic Design and Communications faculty and students at BSC. Monday morning students set up the Spring Show, Tuesday morning the GDC faculty talked with a great class from McIntosh, S.D. Wednesday was a little more normal, but Thursday was great – the show was disassembled in the morning and we were visited by a class of online design students taught by Kristy Horner. We wrapped up the day with screen printing at the Student Union, which is seen in Michelle Kraft’s photo below. The week wrapped up with mock job interviews for the sophomore students. Thanks a bunch to all of the volunteers and BSC staff that helped make this busy week a whole lot of fun.

Pouring out enthusiasm

Wet Plate photographers are a rare breed – it takes a long time to perfect the technical parts of wet plate photography, let alone the artistic components. Shane Balkoswitsch has  perfected both, but still has the enthusiasm of a person who just made his first plate. He treats every project as though it is the most important piece he has ever created and that attitude helps him create spectacular work.

Balkowitsch spent a couple hours sharing his enthusiasm with the BSC Graphic Design and Communications students today. He talked about both the differences and similarities to shooting photos in the modern world. He showed the process from pouring a plate to composing a photo and finally developing it to a solid image.

Thank you Shane – nobody beats your skill, talent and enthusiasm.

Photo credit: Lindsey Willnow, BSC GDC sophomore.

Can I get you something to drink?

The sophomore Graphic Design and Communications students just wrapped up beverage photography with impressive results. The project requires planning ahead and plenty of editing work after the shooting is done.

One story, two tails

The past few years the sophomores have worked on a small group project in their Current Imaging II class illustrating a short story using photography.

The goal of the assignment is to get the students thinking critically about what kind of images to create to match the text and make them apply skills learned in the classroom to outside situations. On top of that, it gets students reacquainted with classmates.

The results are always interesting, they often make the viewer look at the short stories, words that almost everyone has heard, in a new way. The following pieces are well done and very interesting – they showcase the same story in two different ways.

Looking for alumni work

Bismarck State College’s literary magazine, More Tales From the Wasteland is looking for alumni art submissions to publish to help celebrate the 25th anniversary of the publication. Submit artwork to: publishthis@figmentsofimagination.org. The submission deadline is March 19, 2017.

It never really happened

The idea of green and blue screen special effects is common in movies, but it’s widely used in the world of photography as well. It sounds easy, but it is a very tricky undertaking. It’s difficult to match lighting scenarios, perspectives and even the relative size of subjects to the backgrounds.

The subjects in these photos were shot in the BSC Graphic Design and Communications photo studio against a green screen, then inserted into the image.

GDC on display

The sophomores finished up the redesign of the display cases outside the Graphic Design and Communications classrooms the week before the holiday break.

Each fall for the past four years the sophomores have undertaken the group project. The work involves serious doses of the creative process, collaborative work and production skills. It allows the students to dig into concepts like large format printing and working with three dimensional objects.

One group of sophomores chose to illustrate the creative process by showing the steps that a small candy company might go through in creating a new logo while working with a design agency.

The other group focused on the history of consumer photography from about 1900 to the present.

The results speak for themselves – each year the displays get more elaborate and look better.

If you weren’t hungry before you started reading, you will be

Food photography has been a staple of the BSC photography curriculum for quite awhile. Food is a tricky subject – it takes a lot of preparation and planning, but it never complains, argues or gets nervous. The intensity of shooting food and beverages makes it a perfect preparation for other studio photography.

This year’s sophomore class created some amazing food images, the bar is set high for the next class.

Shooting wide

The sophomores’ photography education centers around working in the studio with a couple of exceptions, one of them being a panoramic assignment.

The photos are created by stitching together six or more images in Photoshop to build a photo that can be incredibly large – often more than five-feet wide in its original format.