Monday, December 18, 2017

Image Composoting

For this next AC Core project, we're working with Image Compositing. This is when two photos are blended together using graphic design platforms. It could be pictures that have the same color correction or similar subjects. Rule of thirds can be used to enhance composition by giving the subject looking room. If you had a person in the right hand side of the rule of thirds and had them looking left, you have some room in the picture to see where they are looking. An example of how rule of thirds can be used incorrectly is somewhat like what I just stated. If you have a subject on the right side of the rule of thirds grid and have them looking right, it may give a feeling of being cut off because you can't see what the subject is seeing or more of the direction they're looking. I think that professional photographers think about the composition and what they want to convey to the audience. I think they picture how different angles might look and consider their best choices. I don't believe all photos should be edited. I think this because some things have their natural beauty. Yes, it can look nice to make some colors pop more, but there is also beauty in just the natural things.

I think out of the three composite images we will do, I want my third one to communicate the most, or the best. My third being the one with the book and the map, with the meaning "Reading can take you places". The image will convey my message because of the way I place the map inside the book. Reading can take you places in life, both physically and mentally. I don't know if enough people realize that. In the picture of the book, it's from kind of a low angle. I haven't taken the one of the map yet, but I have a plan. I think the viewers eye might first go to parts of the map because I'm planning to draw and color a map of the world with bright colors so that it stands out.

ACO 3.1 Analyze how elements and principles of design in various forms of media are applied to communicate to a specific audience.
ACO 3.2 Critique how the effective integration of elements and principles of design within a variety of medium impact target audiences.
ACO 3.3 Apply elements and principles of design to clarify, focus, or enhance a message or concept for a target audience.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Visual Statement

For this AC Core project, I got paired with Loren and Eli. Our topic is about taking rough subjects seriously. Our generation seems to make jokes about some of the hardest things in life, like depression, suicide and terrorism. This subject is important to my group and I because we hear this kind of humor and wonder who could get offended by it. Some people's families have been deeply affected by these kinds of things, finding humor in them isn't right. The goal for this project is to make a 2-3 minute visual statement about your chosen topic using photos, videos and voiceovers. Each of us have had our own roles in this project while also working together on everything. I would say that Loren was definitely the lead editor of the script. All three of us worked hard on the script and she cleaned it up and made it better. Eli is doing the voice over and I have been helping a lot with the visuals.

For the editing process, we're using Final Cut Pro. Since most of the class has never used it before, Mr. Sanderl has been showing us some editing tips and tricks. Some of these tutorials were on graphic match cuts, speed ramping and audio mixing. We might use graphic match cut when we have out main character walking alone through different places. Audio mixing could be useful when we have the mix of natural sounds and the voiceover Eli did. I'm not sure if we'll use speed ramping, but who knows. In FCP, there are different libraries and events that you can have. It's important to use them correctly so that none of your work gets deleted, and so that you don't put the wrong footage in the wrong project. Some clips might have higher or more intense audio than other clips, which means you need to know how to level the audio. It's important so that one part of your story isn't super loud, and the next super quiet. I think the visuals in our Visual Statement are higher quality than the audio. We used Apple headphones to record it, which isn't the greatest quality, and some of the visuals are very well lit and pretty.

I think the biggest challenge in this project has been the amount of visuals we have. We didn't plan enough visuals to fit in with the voice over. We overcame that by filming a lot of extra visuals and doing what felt right. I feel that Loren is really the driving force in our group. She's pushing to film when we need. I always try to make sure we stay on track when we start filming and don't get too off track. I think the most enjoyable part of this project was filming the parts where Cody, Makena and others were genuinely laughing. We would say a bunch of jokes or just talk with it recording until we were laughing so hard that it really came out in the video. It was hard for me to look serious when we had to do that part, but it was so fun. As for the critique, I agree with the results. I think we put a lot of hard work into this and it showed. I'm glad people liked it and thought it was top quality.

ACO 5.1 Apply problem-solving techniques to create deliverables that address the needs of a client or target audience.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Modern Art Movement

For this project, I was chosen to work with Cody, whom I have worked with before. We chose to do Art Nouveau for our art movement. The cultural movement that gave rise to Art Nouveau was more of an art gallery than an art movement. The art gallery was called Maison de l'Art Nouveau Art Gallery. That's how this art style got it's name. The way that this art style still affects the Arts and Communications industry because of the way it was highly expressive and it broke free from all the historicism that was around at the time. Artists contribute to culture and fulfill societies needs by the way they paint things or what they paint. My personal opinion on Art Nouveau is that I love the organic figures and how expressive it is.

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The Kiss by Gustav Klimt

The picture above, named The Kiss, was created by Gustav Klimt in 1908. In this painting, I think he was trying to communicate a couple cuddling and the man kissing the woman. I feel that all the bright colors and surroundings could be all the emotions felt because of that kiss. I do feel that artists can persuade someone's perspective and opinion on things with their art. Someone could see war as a good thing, then some artist could paint a really heartfelt painting showing the hurt wars cause. Seeing that painting could change the persons opinion on wars forever. I feel like this is possible because when art is controversial, it brings forward all the opinions of different people. It can also cause discussions that could potentially change multiple people's opinions. I feel like the advances in technology has both helped and hurt art. I think it has helped in the way that you can now create it digitally and that could give you better options. I think it has hurt because of how many people get overpowered by all the technology and not everyone likes to focus on the old school things.

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ACO 1.1 Assess the evolution of art forms for their impact on the arts and communication industry.
ACO 1.2 Evaluate the interaction among media, design and society to assess how each influences the other.
ACO 1.3 Evaluate innovative applications of media and design in society that have impacted the arts and communication industry.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Workplace Safety

For this project, the goal was to make an instructional, but entertaining, workplace safety video. I was the team leader and my teammates were Courtney, Kashten and Cody. Our topic was Chemical and Material Handling. The first day we started working, Cody, Courtney and I brainstormed ideas we could put into our video. We also researched information on chemical and material handling that we would add into the video. The next day, Courtney, Cody and I worked together to write the script. Kashten wasn't there both days so he didn't really get a say on who he would play and what he would say in the video. The next day we started filming and we ended up needing to switch roles around so it was easier to film and make it believable. I think the person that worked the hardest and helped everyone the most was myself. I normally wouldn't say it was me, but I was the team leader so I wasn't afraid to take control. I was in charge of where we were filming and helped them make their acting better. I did all this with their input too.

My biggest takeaway from this project was probably that you should definitely stick to your plan. We had a plan that we made, but we altered so many things and they could've turned out better if we stuck to our plan. Also communication and understanding each other are two incredibly important aspects of success. What I learned about workplace safety was that though it is important to learn, you can have fun while doing so. I learned that making a plan and sticking to it is important for video production and that communication is key. Our highest score was entertainment value. I'm quite proud of that because part of the project was to make the video entertaining and informative. Our lowest score was clarity of audio. I'm not too surprised by that. We were planning to do voice overs to make our audio better, but we never had time. Things we could've done differently are; add in voice overs, bring in more props and be prepared.

ACO 7.1 Analyze the beneficial effects that safe and healthy work habits have on productivity that improve workplace efficiency.
ACO 7.2 Apply practices to maintain a safe and healthy work environment in relation to careers in the Arts and Communication Pathway.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Art & Design

For this project, we did a line drawing over a still life photo. We either used photos from, or our own photos. In these line drawings, we used different Elements of Art. In my line drawing, I used Line, Shape, Value, Texture. I most of them. I used line by drawing over the glasses and part of the background in the areas where it can enter and exit the frame. The way I used shape was by making the shape of the glasses and the background. I used value and texture as one, kind of. I used texture to show value. The more texture there was in a place, the darker that are was. The smaller the texture brush that I used, the bigger the area to fill up became. I would have to add more texture to an area that had a darker value. Since the texture brush was a 5-point brush, I had to draw in one area a lot to make it darker. My favorite part of this project was doing the line part. Drawing over my picture where the line can enter and exit was fun to me. I think the most tedious part of this project was doing the texture-value relationship, because of how small the brush was.


My landscape image came from when I took a trip up the coast of California over the summer. This picture is from in Monterey Bay near the statue. My still and landscape images are different in many ways. One of which was how I used texture. In the still image, I used texture and value as one. In the landscape one, there is already texture in the bushes and ocean itself, I didn't need to add anything. Although I did add an effect that makes the image look more like it was done on a canvas, I did this by adding a texture to the background. There is also a lot more space in the landscape. The lamp is obviously closer than the mountain way in the distance. Yes, in the still there is some space, but not as much as the landscape. In both, there are tons of lines defining different parts of each image. The process for making this landscape image wasn't very difficult and I liked it because it was more based on your preferences, at least the effects and filters were. I started with the simpler video routine, then went on to add more effects and filters that the second video provided. My technique affected the outcome of my image because it looks like a pencil drawing, but not as much as the images in the videos.

Mix or Portrait

For the portfolio image, I used a picture of Anijah, my classmate and friend. It was taken just outside this classroom. I realized I didn't have a picture for the project and I didn't want to use one of a random person. Even though I haven't known her for long, we've become close friends. This final image uses all the Elements of Art, instead of just some, like the other two. It uses line by all the lines I drew to form the shape of her. I used shape by contouring and outlining Anijah. I used form by making sure the picture didn't look flat and that you could tell it was a person standing there. I used value by showing the light and darkness through texture, and with texture I showed the lines on her shirt and the way some of the squares in the background looked rougher than others. I used space by showing her hand was in front of her body. Lastly, I used color by doing the gradient effect. By using that effect, it took some of the color from the original picture and added it to the changed picture I made. For my critique results, I was honestly expecting more amateur votes for my mix. I feel I could've made it was better if we didn't have to do the line drawing on the left side. The right side of the picture I took has more detail and a better amount of texture. I do like the way that my results came out though. Very appreciative.

My highest score for expert was on my Still.

ACO 3.1 Analyze how elements and principles of design in various forms of media are applied to communicate to a specific audience. Elements of Art: Space, Line, Color, Shape, Texture, Form, Value.
ACO 3.2 Critique how the effective integration of elements and principles of design within a variety of medium impact target audiences. Gestalt Theory: Similarity, Continuation, Closure, Proximity, Figure and ground
ACO 3.3 Apply elements and principles of design to clarify, focus, or enhance a message or concept for a target audience. Principles of Design: Scale, Proportion, Unity, Balance, Harmony, Contrast, Repetition, Variety, Emphasis)

Friday, September 8, 2017

Audio Production

Intonation and inflection can be used to keep the listeners attention and can make things more interesting, than when you're just talking in your regular voice. Intonation is defined as the rise and fall of your voice in speaking. Inflection is when you change the form of a word to express something like an exclamation mark or the mood. Doing these things can help make the listeners more interested in what you're saying. For this assignment, I was one of the people who talked on the recording. I spoke first, so for me, it was less stressful to make it in one take. If I messed up, only I would have to say everything again. The rehearsal process for this specific project is very important. Not having enough rehearsal time can break the presentation. If the person who spoke last messed up and didn't practice enough, everyone would have to start over and that can waste a lot of time.

For the critique, our highest score was the clarity of our voices. Our lowest score was intonation and inflection. We did a good job at answering the questions and keeping the audience engaged. Some obstacles that we faced while working on this project was how to make the different paragraphs of answers flow together like one consistent script. We also had trouble finding a place to record without a lot of background noise. We ended up going to the library and there was no background noise so it came out really good. I think we could definitely improve on our intonation and inflection. If we did this again, I would try my best to get across the exaggerations in my voice better. That could help the audience be even more engaged in what I'm saying.

ACO 5.1 Apply problem-solving techniques to create deliverables that address the needs of a client or target audience.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Proprietary Information

I took this picture on the landing by my house.

Copyright infringement is a big deal. It's when people use another person's property and claim it as their own. Some of the properties that have or can be taken are music, pictures, words, and other things. Some legal consequences of copyright infringement are fines and jail time. If caught, the fines could total to $250,000 and you could possible have jail time. If caught more than once, there are fines that can be up to $250,000, on top of the other fines, and possibly ten years of jail time. Instead of stealing, there is a better way. Getting permission. Yes, there is a few steps that you have to go through, but it's better than the possibility of expensive fines and jail time. This Stanford article states that there are 6 steps to getting permission. To sum most of that up, you should decide if you need permission. There are some copyright free music or pictures that you can use, that way, you don't need permission. Although, if it's not copyright free, you need permission. Next, you need to contact the owner and ask if you can use it. Together, you can decide if you will need to pay them anything for using their work.  

There's another thing you can do, it's called Fair Use. That's when you can use their work for purposes like making a parody, or criticizing it. There are multiple videos on sites like YouTube and Vimeo, that are parodies of popular songs. That's when people will make different versions of the song or video. Criticizing other people's work could be when people on YouTube react to songs, movies, videos, news and other things.

Confidentiality is keeping something private or to yourself. Some examples of things that you may want to keep private are your social security number, any credit card numbers, and passwords for any sites you may use. Social media has been controversial about the ways that technology can affect how "private" your things really are. If someone finds out something confidential about you and puts it online, it could ruin parts of your life.

Censorship is when something inappropriate gets taken out, blurred out, or cut out of anything. To me, censorship is important in some cases. Some parents might not want their kids seeing or hearing certain things at their age, and censorship helps to keep their rules in place. Although, sometimes censorship can get in the way of the first and fifth amendment. The first being freedom of speech and the fifth being people's right to privacy. Censorship can be a problem for the first amendment because it doesn't always allow people to say what they want to say. What they want to say may be beeped out, taken out or changed for the audience, this can make some people unhappy. It can be a problem with the fifth amendment because some people want things to be more private. The media can get in the way because apps like Snapchat and Instagram will ask for your location.

ACO 6.1: Analyze the use of copyright and proprietary information in arts and communication to facilitate responsible, legal and ethical behavior.
ACO 6.2: Examine ethical issues in arts and communications to make appropriate decisions related to clients, co-workers and society.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Market Shifts

A lot of things shift as technology grows, especially markets. First off, what is a market? A market is when a group of people gather for the purchasing and selling of produce, livestock and other needs. So as technology develops, these markets need to shift to adapt to the new technologies. That creates market shifts. Markets can shift over time thanks to technology because when online stores, like Amazon, come into play. Amazon may be affecting Walmart or Costco's customer base because it's easier to order things online than to take time to visit the stores. Some stores or companies even sponsor streamers so they sell their products to the viewers. This causes more people who might not have seen the product, to see it and potentially buy it. There are also adds on the radio. People who listen to the radio in the car or at work could hear commercial for things they want or might need. This makes the market shift because then more companies might want adds on the radio.

After taking the Basic Skills survey in Choices 360, my results were intriguing. I got the highest scores, of my results, for active listening, writing, speaking and math. The lowest score I got was for monitoring. I guess I need to improve on that one. It is a good skill to increase regardless of how low the score may have been. Choices 360 defines monitoring as how well you determine how well something is being done or learned. I am able to determine things, just not as well as I should, so I will be looking into how to improve my monitoring. I think that critical thinking would help me be successful because it is analyzing the weaknesses and strengths of different approaches to problems. It's important to be good at critical thinking because then you can determine the most beneficial way to go about things. All of the skills have their own way of being beneficial. In the future they can really help when market shifts happen because talking to others, working at your job, buying or selling products and other things on the markets.

ACO 2.1 Analyze how shifts in market affect changes to media and design.
ACO 2.2 Evaluate how changing communication needs of a market are addressed by media and design.
ACO 2.3 Propose media and design solutions that address the changing needs in global markets.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Communication Strategies

Everyone communicates in different ways when talking to different people. The way I talk to my friends differs from when I talk to my grandparents. When talking to my friends, I use more slang and talk faster. Whereas, with my grandparents I talk slower and use different words than I would with my friends. I feel most understood when I'm talking to my friends, they know what I like and don't like more than my parents might, and I can really be myself around them. They know how I act and I'm not afraid to say certain things that I might be afraid of saying around others.

Talking to my parents is probably when I feel most misunderstood. They don't watch the shows I watch so we can't always talk about things like that. With my friends, we all have similar interests, so it's easier to talk to them than it is with my parents. Plus my parents are very analytical, they will look into things I say when they don't need to, so I always feel like I need to think of what I'm going to say to them a million times before actually saying it. Ways I could improve in feeling comfortable when conversing with my parents, are learning their interests more so I can talk to them about that. I could also not be as stiff when talking to my father. If I wasn't so stiff around him and when talking to him, I could feel more comfortable with myself.

My results after taking the career cluster survey weren't very surprising to me. My top cluster was Arts, Audio-Video Technology and Communications. Knowing I love computers, design, art and all things in those categories, I had a feeing my top one would come out to something like that. For a career in this category, I could go into game design or something of that nature. The communication skills that I could need in this field are active listening, talking and understanding, reading and more.

The second cluster I got was Education and Training. For a little while I was thinking of becoming a teacher, and I do enjoy helping people with things in school, so this also isn't that surprising. I could either become any kind of teacher, or I could combine this cluster and the first one and become a digital media teacher like Mr. Sanderl. The communication skills I would need in this field are talking, writing, listening, body language and more.

ACO 4.1: Devise communication strategies to promote individual accountability and team success.
ACO 4.2: Use effective oral, written, and non-verbal communication skills to facilitate positive interactions.
ACO 4.3: Apply appropriate interpersonal skills to establish positive and sustained relationships with clients.

Image Composoting

For this next AC Core project, we're working with Image Compositing . This is when two photos are blended together using graphic des...