I don’t want to learn about multimedia.
Not, at least, in my photography classes. Can we please save the multimedia for multimedia classes (I am aware that our pj dept doesn’t have any, but other departments do)? I understand that it is the future of our business and everyone is churning them out as fast as possible to catch up to the curve so I had better too.
The thing is, technology and the way we present our work is always going to change. In the last few years alone it has gone from photo pages to online slideshows to SoundSlides to SWF n’ Slide to iMovie and Final Cut. Through all of this, learning how to tell good stories has stayed the same. Teach me how to break a photo down in to its elements. Teach me how various compositions affect a photograph. Teach me how photographs play off one another when placed in sequence.
Early in my photographic education I was told not to bring in pictures of kids or silhouettes unless they were the best kids and silhouettes my teacher had ever seen. Why? Because they were overdone. Please don’t show me another SoundSlides just for the sake of showing multimedia.
Teach me how to tell a story.
A small addendum to this post. I am an ardent supporter of learning SoundSlides during class (since we don’t have a class for it), as long as it only takes one class. I also think it is great to watch noteworthy examples of documentaries, photo stories, multimedia presentations and anything else that could inspire or teach us. Of course, these presentations should be followed by a lengthy discussion on what worked, what didn’t work, and why.
I am not a supporter of showing multimedia presentation after multimedia presentation simply because it is the new hot thing to do and without any real analyzation in the end. Again, I am no expert at undertaking a documentary project. That is why I am paying to be in the class.