Photography – 1 hour exercise

Last class we discussed and saw each other’s assessments. The exercise was to take 3 pictures during 1 hour of our lives that documented that same hour.

Goals:

  • Think more photography, what is worth taking a picture of.
  • Not “pollute” the world with more unnecessary images.
  • Develop both document and photography skills.

This was not an easy exercise for me because once I chose the moment to start I had only 60min to find something interesting to document and it had to make sense. During this time, I realized I was more focused on what to take pictures of instead of enjoying the moment.

My first try looks like this:

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I did not really like the outcome because I felt like it didn’t really document a full hour and the pictures themselves were not really good.

After this first attempt I felt like I could never complete this exercise…

BUT! In the morning of the assessment’s due date I managed to complete another try. Here it is:

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I presented this to my teacher and this was his feedback:

  • For the task of documenting one hour it was successful because it is possible to see the movement from one place to another
  • As a serie it does not work. Each pictures is completely different from the other. The contrasts are to great and its not necessary “to try to make a masterpiece in each photograph”.
  • Only the 2 picture is interesting but alike to millions of pictures out there. The other 2 are not good.
  • I am “diagonal” person since all my pictures have a diagonal composition.

I pretty much agreed with everything said. I think sometimes the teacher was a bit tough and close minded about some pictures (not only mine) but I guess that is a great thing since I never had anyone evaluating my photography.

Next task:

  • Document one hour but instead of 3 pictures we can take as many as we like but we can only present 3 to the class.
  • We should time how long we take to choose the 3 pictures among the ones we took.

The teacher also mentioned that we can repeat the previous task if we feel like it and I want it. I will try to make up with simpler and non-diagonal compositions for both tasks.

We will see how it goes!

 

 

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Screen Printing – 3 Colors

In the last couple of classes we printed our design in 3 different colors.

My design had the same little girl as the first one. I made some Japanese buildings silhouettes and a big Japanese lamp. In this design I was looking for detail… I wanted to see how much detail I could put into screen printing (hand-made).

I wanted to try really different colors so I chose blue, red and yellow. I had to separate my design according to colors so for 1 print I had to make 3 design. Like this:

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  • Left – Blue
  • Middle – Red
  • Right – Yellow

Here are the stages of the print:

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Outcome: I realized several things after this first color experience.

  • Yellow is not a good color suited for small details
  • The 3 colors I chose don’t really go together, at least in my opinion
  • When making the design, I have to be a lot more precise for things to be straight

Although I am not really satisfied with the outcome it was a good way oft trying out my options and I am sure that the next design/print will be much better!

After Effects – Multimedia Exercises

I finally managed to complete both my after effects exercises given to me by my Multimedia teacher. Though I am not specifically proud of them… I think I learned a lot.

Both exercises were about camera movements and focus. We had to create shapes and make the camera moves towards them and blur the ones that are close.

  • Logo animation:

For this exercise I decided to use the logo of my dad’s Volleyball Club and its sponsors. I based myself on this this tutorial:

It is pretty straight forward but I took quite a long time to finish. What I did was the same as it’s in the video but instead of circles I used different logos.

After completing the small animation I added small soudFX on iMovie just to complete it. Here it is! (For some reason the sound is not working… I will take care of that)

 

  • Tunnel Animation:

My initial idea was to use circles and make the camera pass through them to create an illusion of a Tunnel. For this exercise I used only my classroom notes and it was definitely harder. I had troubles with the camera and the shapes. It was really hard and long.. I am sure that soon I’ll be able to complete the same task but perfectly and in much less time but right now it requires a lot of patience. It did not work out as I imagined but it was good for me to experiment with the camera and understand its possibilities. Here you have it!

 

I am having a lot of fun with this software and I believe it can be a really powerful tool when used correctly. I will keep trying and learning!

 

Animation Softwares

Right now I want to focus a bit on learning a 3D animation software. I want to discover if I actually like working on 3D sotftwares. Most of them are really complicated so it will be a challenge. I made a research in order to choose the best software I should start with.

Here is the link where I based my decision on. They have the 2018 top list of 3D softwares and explain their features functions and level of learning.

I made a small selection first:

  • Maya – Best for modelling, really complex software but really powerful tool. (Only free trial for a limited amount of time and then it is payed. A lot)
  • Hudini
  • Cinema 4D – Combines well with after effects which I am learning so it is really handy
  • Blender – FREE software, good for beginners, excellent to see if 3D is for me.

Ultimately, my plan is to try blender and know how to manover it. If I like 3D I believe Maya is a really good investment. All the big studios in the US use it.

Here are some of the features of the website!

Hopefully, in the future, I will be able to do things like this:

 

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Multimedia Studio – Erasmus

This semester I will also have a main studio of multimedia where, hopefully, I will be able do develop a bigger project than on the other subjects.

I have spoken to the teacher and we decided that I could learn how to work with Adobe after effects. It is a software that can be used for many many things and I believe it is a really powerful tool. The non-erasmus students are doing another projects in the meantime and older students are doing a Video Game!!!

The rest of the class already had had an assignment so we took a look at their projects. The assignment was simply to take a “shape” and play with After Effects possibilities when it comes to position, rotation, opacity, scale and movement!

For next class the task is to make a 30s video where we play with the camera views. We had a small tutorial of that in class but the main goal is to discover things by ourselves.

I plan on doing both the 1st and the 2nd exercises. It’s great that we have an assignment every week 🙂

Hopefully I will be able to show you my exercises soon,

Stay tuned!

 

 

Basics of Multimedia – Erasmus

In the first class of this subject we did a small exercise with the software Resolume, which we will learn during the semester.

The teacher put 3 cardboard boxes on top of a table. The boxes had their top lid facing us so they kind of looked like 3 rectangular screens from our point of view.

The main goal was to be able to project something on those areas using the projector connected to the computer. (Using resolume).

First he explained a few basics about the software and it’s usage. We input images or footage. We can destort the image with sound for example.. We can also use it to control lights and leds – To create led walls.

The exercise was pretty easy so we had done it in less than 1h. This was the result:

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After doing this he showed us some references on things artists do with this kind of software:

I wasn’t able to install Resolume on my computer because I did not take it to the first class but I will take care of that and start playing with it!

It looks like it will be an interesting class, I just don’t know its main goal yet!

 

 

Analog Photography – Erasmus

This week I had my first photography class. It was quite different and exceeded my expectations!

We started by introducing ourselves, our interests in photography, our country. The teacher told us a little bit about himself and started with photography.

This semester’s goal is to think photography. Although he said he didn’t want to categorize photography, he gave us 3 main photography “ways” – documentary, art expression and wild photography. He wants us to try out the last one!

  • Street Photography – go on the street and take pictures of anything we find interesting.
  • Think – Is this important to take a picture of?
  • No limits – Do not limit ourselves on the things, objects we take pictures of.
  • Find simple themes – For example “a cup” and do a series of pictures with that.

The teacher also mentioned that we have to stop constantly comparing ourselves to other (like it happens on social media) and just discover ourselves and what really interests us.

Analog vs. Digital

We were explained that most of really old analog cameras still have more definition of contrasts than digital ones. This semester we can work with both but I decided to work only with analog because I just like it. Next lesson we will understand better analog photography because the first lesson was only introduction. I believe that analog photography is now trendy and that some people just do it because they like it and it is nostalgic but for me there was always a kind of magic into it… and I want to understand more about it!

Research:

We were told to search about HDR phoography, EV numbers and Raw-Therapee.

To explain us about HDR photography he handed out this postcards he made with his own picture:

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So, in a normal situation, with a digital camera, these contrasts wouldn’t be achievable. We would have to chose between having the rocks in detail but a really dark, almost black sky or, have a detailed sky with the clouds but a really dark ocean and rocks. HDR solves that problem with the contrasts. HDR – High definition (or dynamic) Range. So HDR as I would describe it now is a way of achieving what the human eye sees.

EV numbers – Exposure Value numbers. Apparently it is a combination of the camera shutter speed and the f-number. I researched a bit on pinterest:

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I hope to understand more about this on the next class.

Raw-Therapee – a raw-image processing program that they have in the university and that we should “play with”.

At the end of the class we were given a task for next lesson:

  • Try to learn how to “feel the moment”
  • Choose 1h of my life and document it with 3 pictures only.
  • It doesn’t matter if it’s with the camera phone. It is just a small exercise.

So this is my task! 🙂

Just one last thing,

I took a picture of the studio because it was so different and comfy. We even had tea during the lesson! Apparently it’s something normal here…

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