Resources: This week we had a lot of new resources provided to us for photography. I found most of them very useful when I was doing my Visual Assignments and even my Daily Creates. I downloaded a lot of new apps to my phone and it really did make a difference when I wanted to do various effects. I even found myself enhancing pictures that I wasn’t using for the class, they actually look pretty cool. I liked the tips of bettering myself as a photographer…. like the one about actually paying attention to the moment and slowing down when trying to get a good photograph or scene. The resources gave a better look into the variety of photos that a person can take as well and really showed an edge for creativity.
PhotoBlitz Project: Doing the photoblitz project for this week I thought was actually very fun! I got a chance to test myself under a time limit and it caused my mind to distribute various ideas and views of objects that people don’t normally think of. This is the link to my post for the project, I used the photos I thought best represented my work. I also explained each photo with a story…. so although you have a chance to think of what was being displayed, you get an understanding of how I saw them as well. I honestly thought doing the photo blitz first helped me with the rest of my Visual Assignments for this week.
Flickr: During this week I also got a chance to mess around with my Flickr account. I created some new sets to make it easier for myself to organize my pictures and locate them later as well. I customized it as well as I could in terms of the links that were given to us. I really liked the idea of being able to email my pictures directly to my flickr….. even though I haven’t tried it yet! I also posted a blog of my set titled my “Best Work” … these are some of the photos that I thought came out the best and were really appealing. I will certainly be adding more pictures to this soon, so the slideshow is short as of now. The blog post also explains why I picked these photos a little more. Luckily I caught on to someones question about how to add the slideshow onto WordPress and I was able to also catch Alan’s response and figure it out too…. It would’ve been challenging to do alone.
Daily Creates: This week we were asked to do three daily creates. I didn’t think they were very challenging, but the ones I picked I think went pretty well with the rest of the Visual Assignments I was doing. Here is the link to the entire blog post that I made on all three of my daily creates and I also included fairly detailed explanations. I think doing daily creates is a fun thing and it causes your mind to get creative. I have also followed the daily creates on twitter and have programmed it to send me the daily create as a text from the twitter…. It actually makes it easier to think of stuff when you know first thing in the morning what the daily create is.
Visual Assignments: We were asked to do at least 10 stars worth of Visual Assignments for the week, I chose to do 5 different assignments all worth two stars. Many of the assignments I chose by clicking on the “try random one” button because I knew that way I would be more creative. I thought each assignment required some thought and I actually enjoyed thinking of different things to do. Each blog post that I created for each of my visual assignments has it’s own story and explanation included, make sure to check them out:
My first visual assignment ; A common object that I changed the color of.
My second visual assignment ; My name found somewhere…. not actually FOUND
My third visual assignment ; Black & white… with a splash of color!
My fourth visual assignment ; The before & after of a FUNNY event.
My fifth & last visual assignment ; Drawing something out, using the effect.
REFLECTION: So far….. this has been my favorite week. I find photography very fun. I think anyone can have fun with photography and there are SO many different ways of going about it. I have never really taken photography classes, or used one of those high tech cameras to capture pictures, I really don’t think that’s the only form of photography or being visual. I have always been the type of person that takes photos when I see something awesome or something fun occurring. If you were to ask my friends, they’d all tell you I’m the first to pull out my iPhone and take a picture if I see anything that I believe is worth another glance. One of my favorite things has been taking pictures of friends doing something silly, or even the sky when it’s naturally beautiful (a nice sunset or sunrise maybe). I think being visual is so much more than just taking photos of something assigned. I think these assignments allowed a great deal of creativity. People were able to chose from SO many things this week and really get creative. I don’t believe anyone needs to be a professional photographer to capture a great photo. The wonderful thing about this week’s lesson is the idea that taking photographs and doing visual assignments is such a flexible thing… For example the photo blitz assignment could have easily been completed ANYWHERE, even though there were guidelines and goals for the pictures. I believe someone could’ve EASILY completed that assignment by just sitting in their room and getting creative. Photography and capturing a great photo comes from the person and NOT following a specific guideline on how to take a photograph, but by simply messing around with it until you find something you really like. I think it’s safe to say that this week I learned a lot about how a person can be visual and all the various apps and creations in the world that make a photograph so much more exciting. A picture of a soda can can be taken in so many different ways, enhanced, and even edited with so many different effects…. but at the end of the day it’s still a regular soda can. Telling a story visually I believe ultimately depends on how the person taking the visuals wants it to be interpreted. There are various approaches that can be taken and no one can really judge you for the “quality” of your story, because it is YOUR story.