By Jeff Huett

CHICAGO — Illustrating his points on photography and graphic design with beautiful images he took himself, Ted Glasoe, an artist and designer specializing in images of Lake Michigan, led a session of publication editors as part of the joint convention of the Religion Communicators Council (RCC) and Associated Church Press (ACP) on April 13.

Glasoe has been a professional graphic designer for more than 20 years and a professional photographer for more than 10 years. His presentation was designed to give editors a fundamental understanding of photography and graphic design as they relate to print and web use.

Glasoe discussed purposes of photography and graphic design and taught attendees about properly composing a photo and the ins and outs of image resolution.

Related to design, Glasoe and attendees discussed whether text should dictate graphic layout or the layout dictate text. Attendees also discussed the cultural interpretations of various colors in the U.S. and around the world.

Related to photography, Glasoe said that over the past 10 years more photos had been taken than in the entire history of photography. He estimated 1 billion photos have been taken over the past 10 years.  Attendees had conversations around lenses, aperture, shutter speed and exposure.

Much of the conversation centered around what Glasoe called “building a relationship with light” through camera settings related to those elements. For instance, certain light conditions dictate a series of lens and camera settings, to capture the intended subject.


Jeff Huett is Assistant Coordinator of Communications and Advancement for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. He is based in Decatur, GA and is RCC’s representative to the Universal Accreditation Board (UAB)

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