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The Seminar
CGI and Photography -
What Matters, What Works, and What it Means

Presented by Walt Jones

Is CGI going to replace photographers? Should we all throw away our cameras and start learning computer graphics?

Are these even the right questions to ask?

There’s no doubt that CGI – Computer Generated Imagery – is changing the landscape of photography as we know it. Whereas ten years ago car ads, product brochures, architectural images and fashion spreads would have been shot with a physical camera, they’re now increasingly turning to CGI as a way to cut costs and increase artistic flexibility. These days it’s hard to find an image that wasn’t in some way touched by a computer. But, as it turns out, CGI isn’t the death knell to business that many photographers make it out to be. In fact, not only does CGI offer up new and exciting opportunities for photographers, but CGI simply couldn’t exist without “traditional” photography working behind the scenes.

About the seminar

Learn about the exciting new opportunities CGI affords photographers while also seeing how many of the old business models still hold. Using real-world examples from past projects, I talk about the how CGI and photography are natural colleagues, the inherent challenges of trying to do things "fully-CG" and why it's nearly always a hybrid solution in the end. I talk about CGI's parallels with traditional photography, the steps involved in creating an image from start to finish, and the tools, software and "digital assets" required. I talk about how photographers can see themselves as producers and designers, and not camera operators.

Photographers are called “artists” for a reason, and digital technologies - including CGI and Photoshop - are simply the tools of the trade that offer increased creative freedom and allow the ability to create better imagery at lower costs.

This seminar is not about convincing people that they need to learn CGI to survive. Ultimately, it’s about opening eyes to new tools and technology, allowing them to see it for what it is while dispelling the myriad misinformation constantly spread through the photography community.

Take your imagery further by understanding and exploring some amazing tools that enable you to do more.

Topics Covered
  • What is CGI, anyway? If we take a picture with a digital camera and use Photoshop, is that "computer-generated?"
  • What is CGI good at? What is CGI bad at?
  • How does CGI work? What is the production “pipeline” like?
  • How do CGI and photography work together in today’s world?
  • Can CGI exist without photography?
  • How can photographers integrate CGI into their workflows without having to learn a whole new set of tools and techniques?
  • What does the future hold for CGI and photography?

    Case Studies Presented
  • CGI and photography in architecture
  • CGI and photography in product and automotive imagery
  • CGI and photography in editorial and fashion “photography”
  • CGI and photography in food and advertising "photography"
  • CGI and photography in film, television and music videos

  • This seminar has been presented to rave reviews at events held by the ASMP chapters of Los Angeles, Chicago, Ohio Valley, Seattle and Northern California.

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