Instagram – Photography account

Since I am in the course, I have been trying to experiment more with cameras, wether it’s video or photography. Given that fact, I decided to create a new Instagram account linked with the one I already have (giirart).

Meanwhile I called my aunt to ask wether it was better to create a new one to post just that kind of media or if I should separate it from the original Instagram account… We both agreed that I should separate and then, if needed, combine the two.

Here is the account

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I still don’t have much material to post but I’m sure I will! I also discussed with my aunt that I have to come up with a logo to mark my work. Otherwise people can just save my pictures and call it their own!

Stay tuned… 🙂


Han Zimmer online classes

Han Zimmer’s Masterclass

Han Zimmer is a really known composer of movie soundtracks. He made the music for several films such as Inception, Interstellar, Sherlock Holmes… And by that, we can surely assume he is the top of the top! There’s now a paid masterclass available where he explains what and how we should think when composing something.

Luckily, my Dad offered me this masterclass which I am taking little by litle and it’s just great! I am learning from Han Zimmer!!!

Hopefully, these classes will help me on the piano (I play the piano) and also when it comes to composing. Let’s say I never even tried to compose yet… I am aware this is a great tool I can use and who knows I’ll be doing the soundtrack for my own animations!

Here’s a screenshot of the class:

Has he’s in front of the computer at all times, he can come up with quick examples of what he just said!

I still didn’t finish the Masterclass but there is no reason to be stressed about it!

Photography and photoshop

Some photography experiments

A few days ago I visited the Ribeira, in Porto. I decided to take my digital camera to experiment. (The one my mom lent me). I tried to focus on one theme – buildings. I didn’t take a lot of pictures due to lack of time but I still had fun with it.

Once I got home I uploaded the pictures on my computer and started working on them. I don’t know if being a good photographer means not having to edit your pictures at all but I usually do. I took this chance and decided to play a bit with photoshop. I took only 3 pictures and edited them. They’re all buildings.

Here they are: (after editing)


I am happy with the outcome! I am sure I will get better.

The picture I played with the most was the middle one. I altered the levels of some colours, I’ve changed the background..It took me a while! I’ll show you the original one for you to compare:



At the end, I’m not sure which one I prefer since the original one is much more natural. Oh well…

More experiments will come and I still have a lot to learn!

Creative Writing Classes

A sum up of creative writing classes

This is a subject I’m also really enjoying. 3 years ago I used to write often. I even had small books to write my thoughts and such. After taking this class I went to look for it and luckily found it!

I read some of the texts I wrote at the time and I really liked my writing! However, what I write is not me anymore either because I don’t feel the same way about some things and people or because I grew.

The teacher says that the best writing is the one that really comes from deep inside us and that that’s not something easy to do. He also says he’s not expecting to share our darkest fears and secrets with him but that we have to learn to put those into our own writing. So, with all of this starts a whole process of getting to know me and be honest, which is not always easy!

Another of the teacher’s advice was for us to read, even if it’s a really short text, every day. That in order to be able to be bold in our writing that we have to read and be motivated to read! We always have to take a quote from somewhere to read in the class, which is a good method of making people read.

I already made 2 texts for the class though I didn’t post about it. The first one was an autobiography with no rules whatsoever, completely free! I really like this “forget whatever you learned in high school” kind of attitude. I believe I did a good job but we’ll see…

The second text was about dreams. We had to take one dream we had, even if it was really short and turn it into a story. Again, without rules! The teacher recommended looked for dreaming symbols and that’s what I did! All the research is on my notebook. I ended up writing about a nightmare I had when I was really small.

After doing this text, as the teacher suggested, I made a dream journal that I have next to my bed at all times so I can write whatever I remember from my dreams. Apparently it’s a great font of ideas!

NOTE: once reading a book, try to notice what the author is doing, his methods and choice of  words.


Learning photography

Since there are a lot of areas I can approach and learn in this course I am trying to experiment a lot. I’ve always liked photography but I never owned a camera, I would always use my mom’s. I decided to ask her if she had any camera she could lend me and she did!!

Now I have 3 different cameras, one analogue one, one half analogue half digital and one digital. For now, I just used the digital because it’s the one I’m more familiar with. I still need to buy the rolls and batteries for the analogue camera.

I long to learn from experience and I am sure that a lot of my classmates will give me some tips too 🙂


Here are the cameras I got!

Can’t wait to start experimenting 🙂

Roll-up for birthday party

My sister’s 18 birthday is tomorrow and she asked me to design a roll up for people to take pictures at the entrance. During this week I designed one 🙂

I feel that I’m getting more and more comfortable with photoshop, which is a really good thing.

I started with some really fast sketches

After I searched some backgrounds on Pinterest and saved the ones I thought my sister would like.

Pinterest backgrounds

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Next stage was photoshop. First I designed Inês with the pen and used fonts for the other letters. I had the idea of circles so I made a lot of experiences but unfortunately, I didn’t save them all..

I also had to research the standard size of roll-ups and the resolution that the image had to have.

Here are some of the results:


I shared them with my family and they said that the word “Birthday” was not going to be well read. Since that there was someone else involved, she changed the lettering, with I personally don’t like at all and as it was not made in photoshop so I’m afraid the quality of the image will not be the best one.

This was the final outcome of the roll-up


It ended up being square because the roll-up was 2mx2m

The final outcome is not really what I had in mind and the font really bothers me but I learned once again what it’s like to work with other people and accept their choices! Either way, I’m glad I designed this and I’ll be happy to see it on my sister’s birthday party!

Hopefully, I’ll post a picture of it live 🙂

Stay tuned!