A3 Contact sheets

These are a little incomplete as many images were finished in Photoshop rather than Lightroom. I should also say that some images were deleted. Without disregarding the value of the archive, there were many selfies that the world doesn’t need to see.

I still don’t completely have the knack of the contact sheet process. Lightroom (and Bridge) make it very straightforward to use tags, labels and other selection tools to gradually whittle down images, but they don’t make it so easy to show those processes via the contact sheets. So I often end up returning to my contact sheets after the fact of selection, which is not really the point.

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6 thoughts on “A3 Contact sheets

  1. Catherine April 21, 2018 / 8:04 pm

    I guess it’s what you chose to select and why that might be interesting to others. I’ve tended to to describe how many I chose from initial selection for first edit and then include contact sheets for 2nd and third edit which enables tutor and assessors to view the process. Sometimes tutors have pointed out ones they think I’ve missed. Could be a good discussion point for a future TVG meeting.

    • Kate April 23, 2018 / 8:37 am

      Thanks Catherine. I think it’s documenting the process that I find so clunky. Imagine if when you showed your grid of images in the LR print module, you could see which images had been flagged/colour labelled/rated, then you could see the entire process from the jpgs without having to faff around marking up manually. The discipline of the second/third edit is certainly a good one, but it didn’t seem to gel easily with this one. I think it could be a good TVG discussion point too.

  2. sarahjanefield512666 April 22, 2018 / 9:04 am

    I would say – a contact sheet is a hangover from a different non-digital age and if your working process which developed (scuse pun) in a digital age operates in an alternative way, don’t fret too mcuh about it.

    • Kate April 23, 2018 / 8:29 am

      Thanks for reading and commenting Sarah-Jane. I remember that contact sheets for my Polaroid assignment were a total PIA – I rephotographed every single Polaroid. Ironically, the OCA asked permission to include one of my contact sheets in a revised EYV course….

  3. sarahjanefield512666 April 22, 2018 / 9:05 am

    I appreciate the course asks for contact sheets – (written by people who learned on film) but submit what works for YOU

    • Kate April 23, 2018 / 8:26 am

      Thanks Sarah-Jane. My contact sheets are normally a bit of a fudge – I always work from grids in Lightroom with flags, ratings etc and Bridge was brilliant for the last stages of selection for this work (though that’s not reflected in the contact sheets I’ve presented here). I suppose I need to remember that contact sheets are just about the original first pass of taken images rather than what happens to them afterwards.

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