Last weekly summary!

  1. Links to tutorials and final story
    1. Visual, 4 1/2 stars
    2. Video, 4 1/2 stars
    3. Video 4 stars
    4. Design 4 stars
    5. Audio 4 stars
  2. What I’ve learned because of this class:
    • So my mental image of this class was that it was going to be either some easy blog where you post stuff and get an easy A OR it was going to involve a ton of technological stuff and artistic stuff, both of which I struggle with immensely. But it turns out DS106 fell right in between. In it I learned so so much. It was a fun blog experience but it was harder than just a website. First it was setting up a website. Who knew how much effort would be put into that? Then it was learning how to capture interesting photos and how to create a story for the media instead of just “here’s a photo”. I learned to think of a story first and then create my media. Then it was learning how to use all these different apps: Photoshop, Audacity, Movie Maker, Vine. I even learned how to download a new app onto my laptop! Then I learned about design and why big businesses make the designs they do involving text and color and spacing. After that I learned about how effective audio stories are and why they are better than television and reading: you don’t have to make an effort like reading but get to create your own image unlike TV. I learned about Foley sounds and got to study movie techniques that I didn’t even knew were a thing. I’ll probably never be able to watch Kubrick or that Joker scene the same again! I learned how to take pictures and make audio stories and use sound effects and make my own movie. These are things I wouldn’t have known how to do without this class. And an even more basic thing: I learned how to use a laptop. Before this class all I used my laptop for were research, papers, Netflix and sometimes social media. That’s it. Now I know how to save files and Photoshop and I have all these apps to fuel my creative side. And even more than this, I learned that I can still be creative. I used to be in the creative writing club and have a journal full of half made stories. I thought I lost that. I thought I was all logical and no creative. But this class gave me a vessel that I could write through. This class grabbed that little piece of creative story telling in the back of my brain and yanked on it so hard that now all I want to do is write.
    • So yes I learned a few things. I have learned things about visual, audio, design and video. I have also learned more than that. I have learned more about computers and technology. I have learned more about myself. And honestly I am going to miss this class. Honestly I wish I took it for a whole semester so I had more time with it, more time to develop my skills and more time to prove myself to not only the professor who helped me so much but to the whole class and ultimately the whole world. So I’m not sure if I did this reflection right because it is so much different than the last four, but this is me laying everything out on the table.
    • Final project reflection:
      • So thinking of the character is what took up the most time. I knew I had to think of a story first and a fitting character so I looked at the story first. A lot of people liked my dog stories but my dog was at the groomers all week. A lot of people liked my creepy stories but I wanted to change it up. I did a few and even though they all got compliments more than any other story, I was tired of feeling like I was telling the same story over and over. So I thought, “I need a twist and a new style”. Poof I got it. Of course I got a few ideas that I used even though thinking back I am sure I have seen or read some of them before and subconsciously used them. But I got a human girl. That’s relate-able. What is the twist? Ah yes, I saw a Missing Person poster in the assignments. Oh and Spooky Sounds? Perfect. I looked through the assignments to see what would fit my story. Then I tried to think of a story that wasn’t written like all the others but still pulled people in. So I made it in the style of a letter and tried to use the five senses to appeal to the audience. I need a twist. So I thought, she’s missing but let her find herself. Ah yes very deep. Now onto doing the actual assignments. The gifs took FOREVER. I had to have my sister film me and that slowed me down. I tried to keep my face out as to add to the mystery of the story. Then I made my missing poster which was super fun. Then the audio, which was similar to my past audio but this one was progressive in threatening sounds. And longer. The key wasn’t as I imagined but I don’t own a skeleton key. Sorry. I also tried so so so hard to memorize sign language so I could do my own video but that was just impossible to do in a few days.
      • Overall: I was surprised at how easy it was to do these four star assignments and at how little time it took! The weeks before were such a struggle that they had to have prepared me for this. Honestly most of the time spent was on brainstorming and picking out the assignment ideas. Not the actual assignments themselves. Which made me super proud. When I would get stuck I would think about if I was ever in that position the past four weeks and figure out a way through it.


What better way to tell a story than through movies? #VideoWeekRules

So I thought this week was going to be a little nerve wracking because I hate being videotaped even more than audio recorded and then realized I had options. I even had fun with the background/practice assignments: to read Ebert and then analyze movie scenes. How fun is that? Even the column was about movies and I could easily relate it to psychology. I did have some problems with reflecting on the Ebert column but I’ll get to that later.

Tuesday I did a whole lot of work because I was going on vacation that upcoming weekend and knew I wouldn’t have much time to focus on my assignments. I did my first Daily Create for the week. It was super easy and fun and I even had to show my sister how to do it so she could go make her own C64s. The only challenge here was finding a picture that was the size I needed.

I then did that difficult-to-reflect-on Ebert assignment. I just didn’t know enough about the video techniques he was talking about prior to the assignment, which lead to some researching. Now usually researching is pretty simple, however, this time I kept finding different answers for every video technique! Eventually I just went with the things I understood and reflected on them. I also loved to connect them to psychology because how educationally funtastic is that? I get to use my psychology knowledge in a computer science class! I did get a compliment on my reflection and that always boosts my confidence in my work. The feedback was about how I should connect more assignments to psychology in the future because it makes the post more interesting. Shout out to the commenters! I also chose the first three movie scenes/techniques to watch because I love Kubrick and Tarantino but they were so cool to watch I watched them all!

Notes I took after writing my first reflection for the week:

“I feel like I was all over the place for this reflection. I had so many things I wanted to say at once and it was hard to organize my thoughts on the post while conveying what I was thinking properly/effectively. I tried to be honest in my opinion and when I read over it, it felt like I came out short. I also tried to tie this into my major because I feel like it is a psychological experience to have your mind tricked/frightened or to be pulled into a movie for a realistic experience. Personally that is what makes a good movie. To be pulled into a movie and invest in characters and cry when a character cries, feel the whole range of emotions. Scream at the movie, laugh at something, even mentally connect with a character.”

Next I chose the Joker movie scene and analyzed the video. I liked this part even more than the Ebert column because I just had to focus on one movie scene. I chose the Joker scene because I knew he was a complex character and that his character was phenomenally portrayed. Heath Ledger was brilliant. This assignment made me realize what all I understood from the Ebert assignment: colors, foreground vs. background, dominance, and angles. (Probably more but these ones were my favorite.) I was also confused on how a person standing/moving in a certain direction is supposed to subconsciously convey if they are favorable or not. And I was confused on the difference between tilting and moving in a diagonal so I had to research those as well, to little avail. I was also extremely proud of myself for remembering the techniques I did because I can promise you that I didn’t even refer back to the original column.

Then I tried out my first assignment and for as simple as it looks, it gave me hell. Yes it was my fault for trying too hard to make the slideshow a story instead of just random pictures, but boy what research. If I ever actually go to Italy or Japan I am officially ready with ideas on activities and food. That’s how much research I put into this one assignment. Youtube also decided to shut down on me twice and therefore had to redo my movie twice. Then I couldn’t get the movie on my website for the life of me so I just put the full movie back onto Youtube and uploaded it onto here. Overall took me almost 3 hours to do.

Notes I took after the first assignment: “I tried a different story style this time. I liked last weeks italics but this post felt different, like my story was to sell my movie. So there’s a story for the movie but because this assignment is about a place I want to go I made the story future tense. I also say “we” as to include the reader. I feel like I did this in a weak way because it wasn’t my usual present tense style but I worked really hard on order and the activities/food. I also realized afterwards I should have put the food in with the activities themselves but my OCD got the better of me and wanted to keep the 5 activities and 5 food ideas separate in the movie, possibly for a comic effect. (Ooo pretty scenery. Oh and food?)”

I also made my first two comments on other blogs:

Wednesday I did my second Daily Create and I actually learned something from this one; what my face looks like when I get annoyed or whatever, and that it isn’t a pretty sight! Geez!

Then I did my second assignment, which I had a lot of fun with! I learned how to use Vine and that I don’t always have to use Youtube to upload assignments. I also learned that if I want to embed something onto my website I need to “Share” a piece of work instead of copy the embed link. I also got some leg workout from running up and down the stairs haha. I also enjoyed making the stop motion movie because some of my favorite movies as a kid were stop motion clay-animation! (Nightmare Before Christmas is a big one) So it was pretty cool to try that for myself. And increasingly annoying because of the need to move the object just a little, record and repeat 10 times. (I never said I was patient).

Thursday I did my third Daily Create and had a lot of fun with it! I had to find and explore my new fancy Paint app and that was surprisingly easy. It also took me a few tries to make my continuous line art but ended up pretty happy with it! I couldn’t figure out a way to make the ground area so I just stuck with the sky. I was also pretty proud of myself for coming up with an idea so fast!

Friday I did my last Daily Create. This was cool because I have never looked up a map on my laptop before, only my phone. I also got the chance to use paint again and it wasn’t as fun as my continuous line drawing… but still pretty fun. Except I couldn’t figure out how to crop it… Oops! I also did it in the morning so the only place I really was was my home and breakfast with my friend! But I wasn’t about to put my address on the internet haha.

Looking back I am really disappointed in myself this week. I feel like my work and reflections weren’t as strong and weren’t as good as I wanted them to be. This idea in my head was challenged by Ira Glass when he told his audience to not give up on our audio stories just because they aren’t what we imagined in our heads. I took this into consideration and figured, hey, I am still learning here. This is week one of video and I have all the time in the world to perfect my video skills. Thank you Ira Glass.

I also feel as if I have learned a ton about how to use a computer in general (plug-ins, downloads, saving things, files). I have also learned how to edit photos, audio and movie scenes on a plethora of different apps/websites (Vine and Paint this week).

I also gave feedback on other blogs basically asking them why they chose to do what they did. I guess I could blame this on my love for psychology! Again.

Week three ended up being my favorite even though I dreaded audio the most

So this week flew by AND it’s Friday and I’m already writing my weekly summary? Look at me go! I was super stressed I wouldn’t have had time to work on things because last weekend was a holiday weekend and I had friends and family over and basically all Monday was booked. So I somehow got all my work done in 4 days and I am completely satisfied with everything. I feel like I did a lot more with my assignments this week than the past two, but that may just be because it took me so long to do each one. I probably should have checked over them a few more times. I will note that for next week.

Tuesday I did my daily create number one and it took me forever to find a baby picture. I had to hold a huge investigation just to find my baby photo albums. Then it took me another half hour to find somewhat matching sunglasses and a dark background to try to match the setting of my baby picture. Then I had to perfect the hairdo, strands of hair on my shoulder, and the pout-y look. To be honest here, I definitely let my perfectionism take a hold of me because I definitely made the daily create harder than it needed to be!

Next I did Part one and listened to Ira Glass and Jad Abumrad’s podcasts. I definitely imagined a much more boring interview (well to me most interviews are boring unless they are psychological in some way) but these podcasts were actually pretty interesting and inspirational. For some reason, listening to them explain audio was almost like them patting me on the back and saying, “It isn’t as scary as it seems, trust me. Just be yourself.” That was really the whole theme here, be yourself and try to connect to the audience. I was definitely being myself in my audios and even my daily create audio, but the whole idea was a little less scary after listening to their podcasts. I also thought there was a bit of a societal implication because Glass was talking about how some people will try to sound like other famous TV or radio people. This is a kind of mimicry used to try to be like a famous person and ends up looking like conformity because they are trying to be like other people and not themselves just to please their audience.

Wednesday I went completely out of my comfort zone and actually did the audio daily create (number two). I AM SO PROUD OF MYSELF. This may sound stupid but when I first saw the daily create I was like N-FREAKING-O. But then because it was audio week and I could feel Ira Glass telling me to try it, so I did! I almost cried with how proud I was.

Next I listened to some of the resources, specifically part of the detective stories, Foley Sound, and the Wilhelm Scream. To be honest the detective stories one was the most boring one but I was able to hear the back and forth dialogue used by the hosts and heard that in the podcasts I listened so for Part 3. I also learned about Foley Sounds, which I really never knew before and now I feel kind of dumb for trusting my senses when watching movies. Oh and the Wilhelm Scream video was hilarious! I had no clue that I could have watched one of those movies (most likely Star Wars) and have heard that scream multiple times! I didn’t even know producers could do that! Just borrow a sound effect and use it as their own?? It also reminded me of the “My leg!” guy in Spongebob you hear every other episode.

So for Part three I listened to two different podcasts because I’m dumb and didn’t see the giant “OR” in between the American Life and Radio Lab audios… so I did one of each. Which now I am thankful for because I got to hear twice as many stories when otherwise I would just be watching Netflix or something. So for my American Life audio, I listened to “Getting Away With It” and some of the stories were boring but I really really enjoyed the drug smuggling one. This one made the whole audio worth it. I cheered on a drug smugglers family. Never thought that would happen. Then I listened to the Radio Lab “Ghost Stories” and I got to hear the creepy history of the first CPR doll as well as a few plain old horror stories that made my heart jump. I really enjoyed listening to these audios. If I could go back though I would probably just listen to the Ghost Stories audio and really focus on that and then listen to the one drug smuggling story in the other just for fun. This way I wouldn’t be so tired from focusing and feeling and taking notes from the first one to take away any awesomeness I could have put into my assignment. But things happen and I learn from them! NOTICE THE OR. PAY ATTENTION.

As a side note, Part 3 was semi difficult only because I had issues bouncing back and forth between focusing on the story itself and how the story was told. If they were shorter than I would have just listened to it twice but I didn’t really want to spend 2 hours listening and then another reflecting. I tried to do both but I kind of feel like I fell short on my reflections because I suck at multitasking.

Thursday I did my Daily Create number three and decided that I wanted my national holiday to be about animals because they don’t get enough love in this world. So I wanted a national bring your dog to work day, found out that it’s already a holiday, and made it bring your pet to work day. HA. This includes all the other fluffy/scaly pets and isn’t exclusive!

Part four was my favorite part of the week. It was the most fun and the most frustrating. It took me hours (not an exaggeration) to figure out what to do with Audacity for my assignments. But the storytelling was the most fun I have had so far! I tried to think of a story first then do the assignment and it was way easier to work with! I also tried separating the tutorial and explanations from the story itself by using italics (like in my books when there’s a story in a story). I also attempted to make more detailed/longer tutorials this time around. I won’t go too much into the details for my assignment summaries because I already wrote a lot in my reflections. So for the first assignment I decided to do an audio story using only sound effects. I chose to do a horror story out of inspiration from the “Ghost Stories” podcast. I ended up wanting to screaming at Audacity multiple times because I could not figure out how to copy and paste the sound effects or how to shorten/lengthen sound effects. I think I found out most of what I needed but I don’t think I will ever use Audacity again unless I have to. I think Audacity is loved by many but, as you know, I am not tech savvy. I can do the storytelling easy peas-y but the digital part is what I am working on. My second assignment was easier than the first because all I really used was SoundCloud (so easy thank goodness) and freesound. This one I was trying really really hard to think outside the box with because everything I typed into Freesound came up. Finally I tried to bribe my sister into doing her animal impressions or something and all I could get was her whining. But hey, I didn’t see that in Freesound, only animals whining. SO I decided on why not? This is the noise I hear every day and I can’t be the only one so let me share it with all of SoundCloud and Freesound. Maybe someone can relate.

Friday I did my last Daily create for the week and it could have been a little more fun. I was an idiot and didn’t wear my shoes outside so I tried a few different poses and ran back inside feeling like the skin on my feet melted off onto the pavement. This was fun but more pain than I thought it would be for sure.

So I had trouble commenting on other people’s blogs this week. It seems a lot of people like to wait until the weekend, which is their choice, but I need to make lots of constructive comments on different blogs! And I can’t just comment on the same two girls I see actually keeping up with the work! Very frustrating. And then there are some blogs I can’t even find a comment link for because of their blog layout! Anyways, I got a lot of compliments on storytelling this week but my favorite is when people ask me for my opinion or perspective on things. When I make comments I like to ask about their inspiration or ask about what influences their work. I’m not sure if this is constructive but I feel like everyone makes a digital story based on something personal and the psychology major in me loves to analyze what makes them want to make a specific piece.

So this week I feel like I learned a lot about sound effects! About how they are used, when they are used and which ones are best. I also learned I like the conversational/back and forth speaking style in podcasts. I also learned about different intro styles based on another persons blog! I liked listening to audio stories and using them as inspiration to tell my own stories. I didn’t like Audacity. It was just very confusing for someone not technology savvy. I really don’t have anything to complain about. All we had to do this week was do some intense reflecting and two assignments that were fun. Oh and story-tell but that’s just super fun and… well… the class.

The only questions I have is how much do we need to write for our Daily Creates? And by “5 comments on other people’s blog, they must be different people” is it 5 total comments but can be for three different people, or 5 total comments for 5 different people? Because not to be mean but I can do the first one but finding five people who actually do work before the weekend… now that’s a challenge!

Week two was five times easier than week one

So week one was super hard because I am not a technology person AT ALL which means setting up a website was quite the challenge. This week I knew more of what to expect so it ran much smoother (plus less work hours equals more time and less rushing). I think what surprised me most was that I was able to reflect and story-tell easily. I say this but I did run into a few rough patches, however the whole reflecting and storytelling processes were much more fluid.

Sadly, the trouble I ran into was with my designblitz. No matter how hard I would try to find ads and signs with the different concepts, most of the concept photos I liked were with objects. Personally, each photo did represent the noted concept but I’m not sure others would agree with me. The subjectivity here gives me anxiety because I wanted to pass the assignment with flying colors while following instruction and being creative about it. I hope my reflections were enough to show my perspective of each photo.

I tried out my first daily create for week two. I wanted to make a collage but I found a picture of a bunch of carrots together already and had the idea for the daily create just pop into my head! I also showed it to some of my friends and my family and they all loved it (mostly the pun) so I was happy with it. I learned here that the twitter daily create page usually has less instruction than the online daily create page. I took note of this and found the next few daily creates on the online page so I was sure to know the full instruction.

The next day I tried out daily create number two. This was a fun one because I had so many puns I wanted to use. I decided to use one in the dialogue and one for the title to satisfy my pun needs. Looking back I wish I did a little more but I didn’t want to edit the photo itself in case it somehow changed the meaning/contents of the original photo.

The same day I tried out the required reading assignment. This was easier to get through than I thought! Well, parts of it. I really learned about timelessness/texture/color/white space and the to-dos and not to-dos about design. I learned that designs are the best when they are timeless because if it is long-lasting then they don’t have to change. I also learned about the effects of texture and color on a photo and how primary colors are the most used (also due to timelessness). I also never knew that the white space of a design was so important! That was probably the most surprising find of the read for me.  I was also really happy to hear from someone that my summary of The Vignelli Canon was a “good write up” and “in depth”! I also learned something interesting about myself from this assignment. I am usually a very logical person, but when it comes to the logical part of art, my mind is like, “What? Art is meant to be creative.” So my brain automatically is thrown off because I am trying to find the rational part of art. But the logical part of me loves the history and challenge and psychology of art. Why primary colors? They’re timeless. Why white space? It’s a frame. These are just a few examples of what I mean but man is that cool.

Next I tried the Are We There Yet? assignment. This is another one of those times where I am so grateful that I actually remember something from my high school computer art class. I figured out how to pull the picture of my sister and me and place it on a new background to make it look somewhat realistic that we weren’t in Virginia anymore. OH and I finally figured out how to take screenshots and make a somewhat okay tutorial. I tried to do the whole narration while doing the assignment thing but I mess up so many times and it makes me nervous to record myself so I mess up even more so I just stuck to screenshots and a typed up narration under it.

The first few daily creates confused me because I thought we were supposed to make a story with them, instead of the assignments, to I struggled with that. But after the first assignment I was able to come up with a story for anything and my old self, the one that tried to make books and was in creative writing club in high school, arose within me and had a great time storytelling! FINALLY!

Then I tried a four star assignment, but I’m guessing I did it wrong because it did not feel like a four star assignment. I had to take out words from a movie poster for Taken 3, changed all the words to something punny, and was finished. I immediately was freaking out because I was confused as to why this was four stars but I couldn’t really figure out why through the comments. But I did it! Maybe this just means I’m super good at this now!! Or not.

Next day I did my third assignment for the week. This one was harder than the four stars! I had to find a good font AND a good picture AND try to select and separate the picture AND had to resize it so it fit AND had to add a pun because they are my favorite. BUT the challenge was what made it fun and plus it was so cute that I almost wanted to make it on Custom Ink or something so I can keep it.

So assignment four was a night assignment which means the creativity and feelings are going full blast. This one took a lot out of me. There was a lot of bravery and courage involved here because I have never made public such a personal story. It was at first just going to be assignment four but when I couldn’t think of a story, I thought, “Well why not the true story? My story?” So after an agonizing, heart wrenching, summary from like 5 years ago, I did it. This is an accomplishment I probably would have never gotten to do if not for this class. Also the fact it was night time when I made the piece also helped the emotions flow.

To make up for the sad post, I made my first GIF a hilarious one. I knew I wanted one involving a cat fail because those are what I watch when I’m feeling down. I also was totally confused at first trying to find a good GIF generator, but once I found everything ran smooth. I have never made a GIF before this so I learned how through this class, but it was also a lot easier than I imagined! I liked it so much I even made an assignment out of a GIF.

The next day was like a movie day. First I did the third daily create. This involved making hints for a movie for people to guess (sadly no one tried). I used Deadpool for my Daily Create because that’s my current favorite movie, but I just realized how depressing his story is. 🙁 Poor Ryan Reynolds. This one was surprisingly easy for me to do! I wish it was that easy to break down my essays for school.

I also did my second GIF that day, which was also a movie (The Notebook). This was not hard for me (I love making GIFs now) but the story was hard for me to come up with because I couldn’t think of any other story than the actual movie plot. Time to think outside the box. So what I did was use the characters features (the guy’s facial hair and the girl’s facial expression) to come up with the story: a werewolf and a vampire. How cliche.

For assignment number five I also did a GIF since I figured out how to do them AND used a third movie for the day (Spirited Away). As a psych major I would say the availability heuristic is definitely taking place here. I think I am earning back some of my creativity that I used to have because storytelling for the last few assignments has been a cinch! This time was even harder than the last assignment when it came to storytelling! I eventually figured it out but using a movie or a book as a prompt to write a story on is very challenging to do. Like I can’t just summarize what is actually happening so I have to make up something completely different based on what they are doing or what their expressions are.

Friday I made my most frustrating and dissatisfying Daily Create. Making the font and colors match was AWFUL. WORST TIME EVER. I tried sooo many fonts and colors the thing lasted at least an hour to do. It was such a funny idea too. I’m from the very bottom right of Virginia so anything above Richmond is considered NOVA and my friends and I like to call Hampton Roads SOVA to be funny. I’m also from Newport News and sometimes the nicer places around me call us Bad News. So I just put all this together into one postcard to make one very unsatisfying Daily Create.

Last but not least, I made my designblitz. I probably wrote 1000 words of reflection in like 5 minutes because all I had to do was write out all the things I was thinking while taking the specific photos. I’m not even sure what else to talk about for this one because I already reflected sooo much. This was difficult for me because I took pictures of things that I thought reflected the concept but a few pictures definitely needed explanation on exactly how it reflected the concept in my own mind. Because I am sure others would look at them and not see what I see and wonder why the heck I put them in the slideshow to begin with. But generally I was pretty happy with this blitz because it took a lot of creativity and searching in public areas to finally find these photos.

Overall, I feel that I completed the assignments to the best of my ability. Some of them missed the mark that I was going for but that’s to be expected every once in awhile. I mentally picture one thing and then I try it out and it doesn’t translate how I wanted it. I also really enjoyed the fact that storytelling was so much easier this week. And the tutorials weren’t as bad as I thought either! I kind of wished that I didn’t overthink so many assignments. I feel like I overthink things too much and then just mess up my hard work. I also am confused on whether or not I need to add anything to the Daily Create posts when I put them on here??? Looking all the way back, I think Vignelli really highlighted a lot of the societal implications. For example, how companies will use the “long-lasting” primary colors or not following the fads because they will be “uncool” soon enough and need change.



Week one has been quite the journey

What a crazy week! I have learned so much the past few days my head is spinning. When I read it would be a lot of work I wasn’t sure why but now I really think the effort is all in the reflections. And being a naturally lazy person I thought that reflecting would be a dreadful task but in reality it really makes me open up my mind and think about why I do the things I do and how I feel about my own work.

So the only real trouble I ran into was setting up my website in general and linking it to the media. This took A LOT more time than I anticipated but eventually I got through it using different websites and advice articles from past students (and just studying the website in general). When that was finished I tried out my first daily create with little success. Photoshop wouldn’t download for me so I decided to hand write a quote on paper, which I regret now because my handwriting plus the graininess created a pretty awful photo. I did like the idea of going through different wording because I feel like everyone goes through that trial and error when attempting to be creative.





Then I did a little reflection on my progress.

I did a second daily create where I had the idea to walk with my dog instead of just alone (which I was proud of until I saw others do it on twitter). This was interesting because I never really realized that I rarely record things on my cell phone. Then I found out I could edit the video and post it all on my phone! This daily create was super fun for me and made me realize what a photographers eye I was getting. I say this because I was constantly searching for things to capture or take in a fun lighting or something. Anything. BUT I took the tip of being picky and not taking too many pictures of random things.

Next I did my slightly stressful photo safari . Here I was pretty anxious that I just wasn’t going to have enough time so I ran around like a mad woman. This assignment made me realize how much I freaking love my dog and how much of an influence she has on my world. I have used her for many photos and I am pretty sure it is because she is always by my side, has a range of emotions nearly equivalent to a humans’, and is honestly just always in my way. I wish I could go back and try a little harder for this assignment but I am pretty content with it, for I show all my friends and family what techniques I tried.

I tried my first visual assignment and was surprised at how easy the effect was to create on my little green pond. I think because of this I started to LOVE editing things. I think I even did an extra visual assignment just because I wanted to manipulate an image and practice my editing skills. I also got a few compliments on this one which gave me the confidence that I can actually use technology! Yay!

I immediately tried a second visual assignment involving cats because they are extremely interesting creatures. I was a little disappointed in how the text showed up because of the app but you live and you learn. I learned to NOT use that app again for text! BUT I did like how fast it was to find a Shakespearean quote for my cat picture. I also liked trying to make a story out of a picture.

My third visual assignment was probably my favorite visual assignment. I feel like I did a pretty good job and I got to study Photoshop a bit more, which I needed to do. What I wish I did differently here was try out the different colors and fonts more. This assignment is really what made me excited about using Photoshop (which I thought was going to be impossible to work with). I also realized I actually remember some of my computer art class from high school which I believe will help me in the future.

Next was the famous spubble ! I actually had a LOT of trouble finding an app with a good looking thought bubble. This is the assignment that made me get a bunch of photoshop apps and such on both my laptop and my phone. Then once I found a decent app I had trouble thinking of something clever (which never happens). This made me have to take a break because I knew I couldn’t force sassiness. When I came back to it I had something but it wasn’t as great as I wanted it.

I did this visual assignment for fun because, for the hundredth time, I love my dog. I think this was the first assignment that I was really able to come up with a good story for. Which I am very proud of though it is really short. But honestly I just wanted to use this cute picture of her and then practice my editing skills along with story skills. I think it’s pretty A-OK.

My third daily create was one that was very simple because it was already so beautiful. All I had to do was sharpen it a little because my phone has such awful quality at times. I also got a lot of compliments on how this really followed the guidelines/storyline for the daily create. I was nervous I would forget to take a picture at sunset so I used an old one, which by old is really like a few weeks old.

For my photo reflection I decided to go outside because the pictures in my house weren’t quite what I wanted. I was able to use all my favorite techniques based on tips I found, which was really fun. I even stepped out of my comfort zone by taking pictures in weird positions and probably looking like a complete creep/weirdo in my yard. The next few days I went out to an arcade and a zoo (for my birthday) and probably annoyed the crap out of my boyfriend because I kept stopping to take pictures every five minutes. And then trying out different angles and lighting and focuses. What has this class done to me?? I see art everywhere! IT’S AMAZING.

I really really had trouble coming up with stories for my visual assignments. This is where I felt I lacked in my assignments. When looking at art I usually like pictures that make me wonder what the story is, not tell it’s own story. I mean yeah, I want my photos to make sense but I want the viewer to wonder so instead of telling a direct story I like to give questions as prompts. BUT seeing as this is something needed for the assignment (and the class is Digital Storytelling), next week I will need to create my pictures in a way that I know I can come up with a story for them. That way I can be sure to do my best in this class!

I also really really enjoy the process of editing pictures on the different apps. I feel I am strongest at this, but hopefully will become stronger at taking pictures. I even practice taking pictures every where I go now (I’m always ready for a photoshoot, yet another tip). I have yet to memorize which app has what but expect to figure this all out by doing more visual assignments. FUN! Also by doing more I hope to get tons better at reflecting and therefore better at analyzing in general for a life skill.

What I learned: how to make a website, how to use different media, I really like the more difficult editing assignments, I love my dog, that lighting is extremely important, that there is always an opportunity to take pictures, BE PATIENT, I like changing perspective/emotional pictures/taking pictures of items that have their own mystical story. I also learned that I don’t like to take pictures of things that can move or blur! UGH! I can be patient but humans/animals/anything that moves really tests my patience.

What I would do differently is try to take pictures of things I can easily give a story instead of making the viewer wonder it. I would also ask to have less hours at the beginning of the week because working 12 hours three days in a row really took a toll on my blog this week, which really sucks, but I guess it was a learning opportunity for me to really understand the time it takes for this class. I would also try to comment more and post more because looking back I am not sure I did as much as I felt I did.

Questions: do I need to tag my comments with something so they are noted? How in depth do my stories need to be?

I think the biggest societal issue I found was the human impact on the environment. The cones and machines near the plants held a plethora of emotion: pity, disappointment, sadness. It is just a huge symbol for how much destruction humans cause our ecosystem.

Some summarized pics: use of blur, selective focus, change of perspective, contrast of colors, converging lines, foreground/background, geometrical scenes, and finally an in the moment photo.