#6 MCOM 2313

Now that the semester is coming to an end, it’s crazy to look back at the first day of this class. I remember going over the modules and the syllabus wondering how we were going to get everything done in time.

Something really awesome about this class is around the middle of the semester, when everything you learned begins to tie in together for the preparation of the 10 minute shows. All the rotations, that can seem confusing at first, start to make sense how they serve as practice. At first, I didn’t understand why we had to do so many of them, but as we have been going through the shows, I am glad we did. This class has definitely taught me that the more practice, the better.

Lighting

Photo taken with Flash using iPhone

I generally am not a fan of taking pictures with flash when it comes to people. Most of the time I think they come out a bit too bright, with red eye, and I feel like flash can sometimes take away the natural feeling in a picture. When it comes to shooting objects however, I enjoy seeing the different effects the flash can create.

I took this picture of some of my most used necklaces. I personally liked how the background begins to fade gradually, almost like an ombre effect, as you move your eyes from left to right.

Natural light, light reflecting from window above, photo taken with iPhone

This is a picture of my dog, Myla. She is a curious and energetic four-year- old red heeler. I took this picture with no flash, and used the natural light coming from the window above her head.

If there is one thing all heelers have in common is tremendous amount of energy. Don’t let those droopy eyes trick you. I took this picture early morning, when Myla tends to sleep in her favorite spot…not her comfy bed, but rather right next to the kitchen wall below the window. Myla will pretty much do the opposite of what you tell her. Regardless, is extremely clever however. With time, I’ve learned that when it’s too quiet, she has most likely found something to chew on, and it’s not one of her toys. While she is a lot of work and requires a lot of patience, she has still taken a special place in my heart.

Flash and natural light, picture taken with iPhone

I took this picture using flash as well as natural light, the natural light is coming from the window to the left.

In the picture above, I was working on my economics homework. I have never been a fan of anything related to math, so this class has definitely been a challenge. I have my textbook to my left, and a small dry erase board to my right. I have found dry erase boards to be quite helpful and a lot more beneficial than regular notebook paper.

Post#2 Camera

One of the topics our lessons focused on this week was about how to operate a camera. Things like the proper way of setting the f-stop, shutter speed, what lens to use, etc.

This weekend I attended a wedding, and the event took place outside. It was slightly sunny, but mostly cloudy. While sitting at a table, I witnessed a lady walking around taking pictures of the guests with her own camera. I thought it was interesting to see how she adjusted her camera according to the situation and lighting of the environment. There were various times she switched her lens, added flash, then removed flash, and things like that. Seeing her do those things made me realize all the knowledge and the meticulous process that goes behind a picture beyond simply pressing a button. While I am not basing my career on photography, I do think having the basic knowledge over it is important.

Blog Post #1 RSS Reader

I have recently learned about this feature called Really Simple Syndication aka RSS for short. It is a great tool to use as you are consuming your every day to day news. The main purpose of an RSS reader is to keep you updated with top news based on the content of YOUR choice.

The news and daily notifications you receive will all be focused on the list of content you decide to follow. Whether it’s news, blogs, social media, or food, there’s an option for you. It’s a simpler way to intake information without having to come across any negativity.

After looking at a few different RSS readers, I decided to use the app called “feeder.” As of right now, my news feed is focused on a variety of subjects. I am currently following, “Social Media Today,” “The Moz Blog,” “Entrepreneur: Latest Marketing Articles,” and “Smashing Magazine,” for updates on Marketing and Design. I am also following “Lifehacker” and “BuzzFeed” for news that are slightly more spontaneous and can be used for entertainment rather than obtaining educative information.

I am still learning and getting accustomed to the RSS feature, but I can already tell this tool will be of great use to me. Now I am capable of receiving news not only my way, but also related to my personal interests as well.

Introduce Yourself (Example Post)

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You’re going to publish a post today. Don’t worry about how your blog looks. Don’t worry if you haven’t given it a name yet, or you’re feeling overwhelmed. Just click the “New Post” button, and tell us why you’re here.

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  • Because it gives new readers context. What are you about? Why should they read your blog?
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