A couple of things to be working on … as discussed in class, I’d like you to find a place to camp out for 60 minutes and watch what happens. Find a place with some foot traffic, people coming, going and interacting – that’s key, there needs to be some sort of interaction to watch.
Record everything you witness – what people are wearing, body language, moments big and small. Do they seem anxious? Happy? Lost? Did they come in alone and meet someone? Did they come in with someone and leave alone? Think about how the place intersects with the people.
Please do a running time log on this to give you some ideas on how things progressed and hand write it – there’s a lot of evidence that writing out notes by hand encodes them deeper in your brain and makes the notes themselves more meaningful. (You can usually type quicker, so you tend to transcribe and not process/assess information.)
Bring a typed printout to class on Wednesday, January 23.
Next, you need to log in to Lynda.com (which you can do through your UGA account for free) and watch the David Hobby series The Traveling Photographer: The Basics. Total time to watch all the segments is 2 hours and 19 minutes, so make a lot of popcorn and take notes.
Why am I outsourcing you to Lynda.com? Well, Hobby is probably a lot smarter than I am, particularly when it comes to travel work. I went through this series over break and took pages of notes. So I could rework all of them into a presentation or I could just have you go to the source. There are tons of tips in here that will help you as you prepare for your projects and the workshop.
From your notes, pull out your Top Five Tips and be prepared to discuss them in class next week. They can be anything from research to technical to travel preparedness – there isn’t anything in that series that isn’t relevant to our work this semester.
Lastly, please take a read through this interview with Tamara Reynolds. I’m going to send you to lots of interviews and profiles this semester, take what you can from all of them.