Paradise Found

A white sandy beach, bright blue water and a chair.  That is my idea of paradise.  About now, I could use a little beach therapy.  Since I am mid semester, I can’t leave but I can dream.  The Destination Postcard assignment hit the mark for me.  We were asked to find a picture and create a postcard by applying words over the picture.  Canva was the recommended tool.

I began by searching for stock images of sandy beaches.  Once I found my fave, I opened my Canva app on my iPad and searched for postcard templates.  I chose a cute FREE template then noticed that Canva has over 60,000 stock photos to use.  With the template open, I clicked where I wanted to place my photo.  I then chose the photo from their collection.  I populated in the template.  I cropped the photo to fit.  Next, I cleared the template text box, chose the font, color and size and added my wording.  I repeated the same process under the picture adding a location name.

I wish more people used real mail.  Receiving a postcard is simple for the sender and super special for the receiver.  It is nice to know someone took time out of their fun vacation to do something nice for me.  A text is nice but a card with a little handwritten note is the best

My Perfect Day

I love my grandparents and I love the beach.  My best day ever would be to go to the beach with my grandparents.  How fun would that be?!  That was my inspiration for this project.  For my design project, Are we there Yet, I was asked to change the concept of where I am and what I am doing.  I chose to use one of my new favorite apps, Photoshop Mix. I love this app because it gives you a large variety of stock photos.  I will explain the process and include screenshots for clarification.

I uploaded a picture of me with my grandparents and a stock photo of the beach into the app.   Then I used the cut out feature to take away the background around us.  The auto feature took away almost everything in the background and a little it of my head.  I then used the smart feature with add and delete to get us looking beachy. 

I will give you a couple of tips.  First, make sure that when you choose the photo that you are removing the background of, there is a strong contrast between the subject and the background.  In my case, my hair blended in with the brick wall making it hard to get a clean cut.  Second, it does take several tries and a steady hand to get it just right.  Be patient and don’t drink too much coffee before trying!  Once I was happy with the editing, I moved our image onto the beach in the perfect spot.  This was simple to do and fun to play around with different looks.  I was also able to use the tabs to resize the photo and adjust color and contrast.  Adjusting the color and contrast helped to make the separate images seamless.

final product

The finished product is my perfect day!

One Story/ Four Icons

This design assignment was one of my favorites since it had to do with film! The objective was to pick a movie and break it down into four elements and to have others guess what movie the icons represented.  I love classic movies and was excited to take one of my favorites apart and present it in a simple and clean way.

The first thing I did was logged onto The Noun Project, a free icon sharing website.  This site is filled with simple black and white icons that can be used for anything.  I searched for the items I wanted to use and downloaded them onto my computer.

Next, I opened up a Pages document onto my computer, and inserted the icons I downloaded.  They were quite big so I had to resize and position them in a way that looked and fit best.

After I had the icons in a good order, I then took a screenshot and cropped the rest of the screen out, leaving only the black icons against a white background. 

Can you guess what my favorite movie is?

Wow!

I decided to take this class several days after it had begun.  I enjoy the type of work the class covers so was not worried about taking it online while living 3 hours away.  Well, I quickly began to feel overwhelmed as I tried to catch up the mid-week assignment and do week 1.  I became confused and worried.  To make things worse, I am taking 2 additional online classes and have a job.  I just kept falling further and further behind and getting more and more confused.  I think it would be easier if I were on campus and could take advantage of the tutoring that is available.  Not wanting to give up, I sat down and powered through everything.  Google is now one of my BFFs. 

I found it challenging to learn all of the different platforms and do all of the assignments but I am definitely learning a lot.  I am going to keep going, power through and do my very best.  I will push away the anxiety and focus on one assignment at a time until I have completed everything this course requires.

I did have a lot of fun with every assignment this week.  I love photography and enjoyed telling stories with my pictures.  I was able to spend time through photos with my adorable dogs.  This really drove home the important role photographs play in our lives. Learning new techniques was awesome.  I can’t wait to practice more of what I learned. This was a fun (and challenging) week.

 

Material Review and Reflection Post

Photo Safari  –  Photo Safari (gallery)

Assignment Bank

 

My Spubble

The visual assignment Create Your Own Spubble was an opportunity to create my own panel of a comic strip using a picture of myself.  The goal was to take a picture of you doing one thing and make it seem as if you are doing another.  As a very animated person, I have a tendency to move around and make a fool of myself quite often.  That being said, this made this assignment very easy for me, considering that I have a good amount of photos to choose from.

To create my “spubble”, I used Snapchat and the “stickers” and “add text” tool to insert a speech bubble and the text on top of it.  First I found a picture of me being a bit much, in this case I was trying to get sand out of my shoe.  Then I uploaded the photo into Snapchat and used stickers and text to create the “spubble”.

final product

Photo Safari

This assignment gave us fifteen minutes to go on a “photo safari” to take as many pictures as we could of the examples on the list provided.  The options ranged from a photo of a pattern, to an inanimate object being brought to life.  I chose to go to my room to hunt down some photos.

I think that the photo that worked best for me was the one that I took of the shadows casting against the wall.  The lamp shade on top is a bit off centered so it creates a diaganol shadow on the wall.  The rabbit mask (that I made myself, just saying) is lit on one side, making the other half of it covered in the shadow.

I really enjoyed the challenge aspect of this assignment!  Having parameters to each photo made it feel like a puzzle.  It was also very fun to look through my room and the things that I see everyday through a new perspective.

Reflections on Photography

After reading The Story Behind. . . Migrant Mother, Maria Popova, the importance of a single picture became more clear.  Her seemingly candid photos captured the feelings, heart and soul of an entire era. I was inspired to create a picture that told a story.  While my picture is nowhere near as deep as anything Popova published, I hope you can look at it and make your own story. 

Watching What is Visual Literacy showed me that visual literacy is a language that must be taught.  With 90% of the information we receive being visual, it is important that we can read what is being said through what we see.  In my photo, I chose to mix textures and create interesting angles.  I wanted to create the unexpected, much like the red spiky sculpture in front of the traditional stone building in What is Visual Literacy.  What do you see?

Add a Little Sparkle

I really like looking at interesting layouts of clothing and accessories on places like fashion blogs, Instagram, and Pinterest.  I chose to try some of the tips I learned from Becoming a Better Photographer to create my own layouts and had a blast!  I experimented with contrast, perspective, lighting, balance, foreground and background. 

After many attempts, I found this to be my favorite picture.  To me, it represents the importance of lighting.  Light was streaming in the room from a skylight and a window.  I shot from many different angles to catch the moving light and experiment with shadows.  This particular angle takes advantage of the straight-line shadow, and glimmering spots of glitter to bring the shoes front and center. 

After reading The Story Behind. . . Migrant Mother, Maria Popova, the importance of a single picture became more clear.  Her seemingly candid photos captured the feelings, heart and soul of an entire era. I was inspired to create a picture that told a story.  While my picture is nowhere near as deep as anything Popova published, I hope you can look at it and make your own story. 

Watching What is Visual Literacy showed me that visual literacy is a language that must be taught.  With 90% of the information we receive being visual, it is important that we can read what is being said through what we see.  In my photo, I chose to mix textures and create interesting angles.  I wanted to create the unexpected, much like the red spiky sculpture in front of the traditional stone building in What is Visual Literacy.  What do you see?

Team Pup

Don’t tell my mom, but I miss my pets the most.  Well, maybe that’s an exaggeration, but I do miss them a lot.  One day, I might pack my pup with my clean laundry and sneak him back to UMW with me.  He could sleep in my dorm room, follow me to class, and be the official ball dog for UMW Field Hockey.   Since I can’t really do that, I chose to do the assignment, Bring your Pet to School.  The assignment says to place your pup anywhere on campus using any photo editing software.

On my iPad, I used the app Photoshop Mix  to add Bennie to my team photo.  After opening the app, hit the (+) to add a photo of the team then again to add a picture of my dog.  Next, I clicked on the dog picture and opened the cut out feature.  From there I was able to use the auto feature to remove the background and the smart feature to clean up anything left over or accidentally removed.  I then drug the image of Bennie to where it would make the most sense in the picture.  I just love seeing him on campus!

 

iSpy

Growing up, I loved ISpy books.  They were big books filled with page after page of close up photos of random objects laying on a surface.   Each page had a riddle with items to find in the photograph.  It sounds easy but sometimes the close up photos made a simple object look like something unrecognizable. 

That is the point of this exercise, That’s Not What I Expected.  The directions ask that we take a close up picture of an everyday object and post to see how many people correctly guess what it is.    I used my iPhone and tried to get as close as possible to a very familiar object.  It was challenging to get the camera to focus properly at such a close range.  I experimented with holding the camera at different angles.  This is the final result.

Do you know what this is?