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Programming for Photographers

Geekender: Experimental Photo School

Programming for Photographers

An introduction to Processing

Sat 6 May & Sun 7 May

 Programming For Photographers

Programming For Photographers

Programming For Photographers

 Programming for Photographers

Programming for Photographers

Programming for Photographers

 Programming for Photographers

Programming for Photographers

Programming for Photographers

 Programming for Photographers

Programming for Photographers

Programming for Photographers

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Artists and photographers increasingly look to mathematics and programming to help them produce artworks - particularly given the prevalence of digitally-oriented art practice - but find themselves thwarted by the lack of these skills being taught within their course.

In this introduction to programming for photographers, you will be taught the principles of computing and coding from scratch using Processing - a free, open source variant of Java tweaked for designers and artists. 

The workshop is suitable for anyone interested in enhancing their visual digital literacy, especially those with no prior coding experience. By gaining an understanding of the basics they will be better able to collaborate with others in digital endeavours. We find that many people are interested in learning how to code but need help at the very beginning to make the important early conceptual breakthroughs. 

Our aim is to get everyone to the point where they can work independently with books and online resources. The Sunday session on manipulating images introduces the necessary technical knowledge to enable photographers to create bespoke filters and apply them to their images. It will also cover online and other forms of publishing.

Participants will need to bring their own laptops (mac, linux or PC) with Processing 3.0 already downloaded. The gallery can provide a limited amount of laptops for people who are unable to bring their own

£60/50 concession for two days:
Sat 6 May, 10.00–14.00
Sun 7 May, 10.00–13.00

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Course outline

Saturday

Part 1: The very basics of programming using Processing

a. Basic coding skills

b. Drawing shapes, placing text and images

c. Variables & using loops to do multiple tasks

Part 2:  Simple animation and interaction in Processing

a. Using Processing’s built-in “draw” function (review of variables)

b. Checking for conditions

c. Responding to the keyboard and mouse

Sunday:

(Advanced): Manipulating images in Processing (3 hours)

a. Use of arrays (review of looping)

b. Direct access to pixels and examples of image transformation

c. Creating hi-res output 

d. Publishing online and in print

 

Rich Cochrane has a BA in English Literature, a BSc in Mathematics, a PhD in Philosophy and a PGCE(PCET) from the Institute of Education specialising in maths teaching in FE. 

In 2014 he worked with Ami Clarke on Low Animal Spirits, a digital art project that blends financial algorithms with natural language processing. It was funded by the Arts Council and the Elephant Trust and has been shown at the Haywood Gallery, the V&A and internationally.

He is the author of The Secret Life of Equations (Octopus Publishing Group, 2016), a highly-illustrated book about mathematics. 

Since 2009 he has collaborated with Robert Kingham on public engagement projects with the Museum of London, the Barbican Centre and commercial sponsors. 

From 1999-2009 he worked in the City as a computer programmer. He spent most of that time writing derivatives trading software at Goldman Sachs, where he was closely involved with intern and graduate recruitment. There most of the demand was for young people with the ability to think clearly and creatively when presented with unfamiliar problems, rather than for those with specific quantitative skills.

Andrew McGettigan holds a doctorate from the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy (now at Kingston University) along with BA (Warwick) and MA (Middlesex) in Philosophy. He holds professional accreditations in supervising postgraduate research (SEDA) and teaching in adult and continuing education (City & Guilds). 

He has worked in various capacities at Central Saint Martins since 2006 and is an experienced educator having taught philosophy, mathematics, research methods, English literature, and cinema at undergraduate and postgraduate level in London higher education institutions. 

He is the author of The Great University Gamble: money, markets and the future of higher education (Pluto 2013) and is a respected commentator on the financing of English higher education. The policy website wonkhe has named him in the top 50 most influential people in UK English higher education for each of the last two years.


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