LensWork Publication Skills Grant
Into The Sky
Suzanne Gayle - New South Wales, Australia
The sky is nature’s expansive canvas on which we display our subjects. It mirrors human emotions, from a bright sunny deposition to a stormy angry person. Whilst the subject is static the sky is ever changing impacting the visual representation of the subject. It is this fascinating relationship that I am exploring through photography. I invite you to join me to look up “Into The Sky” next time you are walking around outside.
Hello my name is Suzanne Gayle from “down under”. My partner has been interested in photography for many years and I have been “tagging” along as he spent the day out taking pictures – boring... - so if you cannot beat them, then join them – and that I have. I am a very visual artistic person, responding to colour in the way I dress and accessorise, DYI designing the renovation of our home, decorating a table for a dinner party, creating balloon sculptures, and this has been transferred into my photography.
Recent to the art of photography, have been defining my style and interests, and have developed the “Into the Sky” theme, capturing the world against the back drop of the sky – the early morning sunrise, the sunset, the daylight, the clear sky, the cloudy sky – the evening moon rise, the night sky – the sky meeting the ocean….
Technology is an artist’s best friend, as it allows us to produce a stunning visual representation of this world around us, within a reasonable timeframe and a close proximity to nature’s colours.
I would like to promote and share this “Into The Sky” interest with a “print on demand” book, an interactive eBook for online stores, and a website. The grant funds would contribute to achieving this outcome. The barriers are understanding what platforms are available and what are the best ones to use to meet my needs and the costs to purchase.
Training and education will be via an existing Lynda.com subscription. This training site has an extensive choice of courses for photographers and for digital publishing. Currently using the internet and Lynda.com to research the options available and decide which software platforms to purchase and then undertake the training available (e.g. Creating Photo Books with Blurb, Designing a Photo Book). CreativeLive is another educational platform being used and some funds will be spent to purchase an online publishing course.
Once the research is completed and the decision made, funds will be used to purchase the software. Very interested in interactive eBooks, and the unique experience for the customer. The Proshow software adds movement to still images as well as adding professional themes and effect. This is a great way to present photos on a website. Videos and music can also be blended with the photos. A Digimarc subscription would allow for watermarks to be put on photos to fight against piracy and copyright infringement. These are same examples of where the research has led me to so far.
Would purchase screen calibration hardware/software for monitors and printers. Modern monitors are very bright and do not correctly represent how the photo will be printed. Time and money is spent reprinting photos trying to match the colours on the monitor. This calibration will ensure the “print on demand” book result will be as expected.
Photographers need to present their photographs in high quality on the internet, which is often counterproductive to good rankings and website optimisation. Currently researching the choices and having discussions with a website developer. Strip is an example of a plugin used to display images on a website. Funds would be used to launching a website to display a portfolio, and link to the online print and eBooks for sale.
Thank you for the opportunity of submitting this grant request and for your support of the photography community.