A Better Process this Time

If you read my previous blog entry, you’ll know that I struggled with the assignment quite a bit due to my lack of knowledge with pretty much all forms of social media and photography. I’m happy to report that this time around the  process was far easier. I was able to complete the two daily creates with no trouble whatsoever, I understood the photo blitz assignment and was able to put out quality photos, and I was even able to find creative ways to complete the visual assignments. When I first started this class, I was sure I wasn’t going to do good at all, but I have to admit, the assignments in this class are starting to warm up to me, and I hope that process continues.

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What I learned from photography so far

When I first started this assignment, I wasn’t sure how well I would fare. I have never been remotely interested in photography, not even a little, and because of that, I have absolutely zero knowledge of how to go about taking “professional” photos. Due to these circumstances, I was concerned I would be unable to take the kinds of photographs necessary pass this assignment, let alone even be at all interested in the assignment in the first place. However, after learning the various ways photography can be used for storytelling, my favorite medium, as well as getting help from the various sources provided for us, I can say my interest in this art form has definitely increased. The “Tips for Better Photography” page has informed me of so many small details and tricks that I would never even think of. Things like using the foreground to your advantage to create conflicting views, or using the light in a specific way, almost like it’s a physical object alongside the other objects within the photo. While looking through the pages of “Abandoned America”, I discovered how the desolate remains of something that was once great can still be used to create something beautiful. Within the desolate remains of these hospitals, asylums, office buildings, etc. lies the opportunity to capture visually striking images that truly make us wonder what our own fate has in store for us. Within my own home, I found the opportunity to take photos that, while not nearly as visually striking as the ones seen in “Abandoned America”, hopefully evoke some kind of emotion within the person looking at them. I have never had to take artistic photos like these before, so even having to just think of what I wanted to take pictures of was difficult at first. However, I do think I was able to eventually settled in, and as you will see in these photos, I think some of these turned out quite well.

My First Week

Lets just say this first week was pretty stressful. I’ve never done any sort of online class life this before so for the past couple of days (which unfortunately is the only time I’ve had to work on school) I’ve been scrambling to figure out exactly how this sort of class works. What made this even harder of course is the fact that I have never used any of these social media sites before, so the learning process is already very confusing for me.

links to accounts:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCq2bgJXUnrqfsgd7n6Wuiww

Question of the Week:

My favorite type of story is definitely sci-fi and fantasy. The reason I love these two genres so much is because they give us, the viewers, a chance to travel to other worlds that are impossible to experience in our own lives. When done well, these types of stories can be amazing, fun, inspiring, and even sad.

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