Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Image Compositing

Image Compositing is blending two images that work well with each other, together. This is done by collaging and compositing the images in photo shop and using things like layer masks, gradients, and more! These types of photos are created to make something new and stunning with two different photos and how they can complement each other. Rule of thirds is a type of photographic composition. Imagine breaking an image down into thirds, with lines going horizontally and vertically so you're left with nine squares. When taking a photo, imagine this grid on your viewfinder, and place your subject somewhere along the 4 points of intersection. This is where you position your point of interest into rule of thirds. Rule of thirds can be used to enhance composition by working with the natural way people view photos, instead of placing your subjects in the center of the photo, which can lead to an awkward shot. One example of how rule of thirds can be used incorrectly is when doing an interview shot and the person is looking to the wrong side without enough eye room. This means the rule of thirds was taken in the wrong side. Some things professional photographers think about before taking a picture is what kind of composition technique they want to use in their photo, and how the message in the photos can be best expressed. I don't believe all photos should be edited. This is because some photos are good enough relying on their natural beauty. I think editing can sometimes take away from a photo, but I'm not against it. I think it's good to make small edits to photos for the purpose to improve it.

One of my composite image ideas is to have a picture of an empty bottle, and a picture of a person crouched up in a ball. I will combine these images by making it appear a person is stuck in a bottle. The message from this composite image will hopefully show and communicate how some people feel. I think showing a person trapped in a bottle will express how people can feel lonely and introverted like there's no way of getting out of this emotional state. I plan on taking the picture of the empty bottle at a flat angle so the background won't be very busy and distracting when I put the person inside of that transparent bottle. I also plan on taking a picture of a person crouched up against a wall so it will be easier to cut them out. I don't plan on using much composition techniques or rule of thirds when creating this composite image. I think that this will be my best composite image. The two other concepts I have for my composite images are as followed.... A picture of a flower and a person lying down, they will be combined by making it appear a person is sleeping on a flower. The message is to escape to your dream world, and rest is a precious and beautiful thing. My last concept is a picture of someones open hands with palms facing up, and a pretty sunset, and they will be combined by making it seem like I'm holding the sunset in my hands. The message is that you have the world in your hands and in your control. It communicates that you hold light or happiness within yourself. I think when my audience first views my best composite image, which I think will be the one of a person trapped in a bottle, I think their eye will first go directly to the subject. My subject will be a person who looks lonely/scared, and I want that person to show lots of emotion.

ACO 3.1 Analyze how elements and principles of design in various forms of media are applied to communicate to a specific audience.
ACO 3.2 Critique how the effective integration of elements and principles of design within a variety of medium impact target audiences.
ACO 3.3 Apply elements and principles of design to clarify, focus, or enhance a message or concept for a target audience.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Visual Statement

The topic for our Visual Statement is Depression. The message we're trying get across to our audience is how it feels to be depressed, but to not give up because this problem can get better. Part of it is from the point of view of a depressed person, so it's like we're putting our self in someones shoes who has depression.  Our topic about depression is important to me because I don't think a lot of people understand the struggles that some people go through because of depression, so I hope our video can help people see what it's like to be in the shoes of someone going through so many emotions. This is important because it can help people realize to be there for others who have to cope with this. I think if people are there for each other and if people who are depressed see that it can be better, then we can have less depressed-related accidents. This topic is important to my partner Tierra because she has family members who has struggled with depression. Our project goal for this is to make a 2-3 minute project with our choice to visually show it through photos, videos, or a mix of both. Our project should give a high-quality, attention capturing voice over about a topic our audience can relate to. The visuals should be relevant to the statement we are hearing along with the music we use from royalty free music or garage band, and be edited together smoothly in Final Cut Pro. My role on this project is lead photographer, and Tierra's role is lead writer. Although, we both contribute to both the audio and visual part for our video statement.

Some of the Final Cut Pro editing tips and tricks we have learned are Speed Ramping, Graphic match cut, jump cut, and color correction. We learned these things to improve the transitions in our video and edit had a higher level and quality. We incorporated the speed ramping by having a lot of the videos go in slow motion and change speeds smoothly to create a better flow. We also attempted to use the color correction trick where we isolate a certain subject in our video with color to bring more focus to it and add meaning. Lastly, we also used a jump cut in our video. It's important to use FCPX Libraries, Events, and Projects properly, to stay organized so you know where your work is and you don't lose anything also. Also, staying organized in Final Cut will ensure you won't make a mistake of misplacing your project or accidentally getting in someone else's project. Before editing, I would say it's extremely important to know how to use the Final Cut  Pro app, getting to know your terminology, and knowing the difference between Libraries, Events, and Projects, and their relations. Audio Levels in different clips can vary drastically because of filming at different locations and times, and where your audio sources came from. You can correctly balance your audio by going into Final Cut and being able to visually see your audio levels and bars and adjusting them manually so they're all equal. The part of our video I think displays higher quality is the audio. This is because we got a really good voice over take. We filmed it in the library so there's no background noise, and it is very clear and crisp. I think we achieved getting a depressed tone and the message across too.

Personally, my biggest challenge was having time to meet up with Tierra so we could film together. She lives on the north shore and I live on the est side, and we both live miles away from a bus stop. The first weekend  opportunity that we had to film I couldn't find a ride to get up north, and Tierra wasn't able to meet me half way. We tried to come up with a plan to film after school and I was willing to miss sports practice, but Tierra didn't want to take the Kauai bus home after filming, so that didn't work either. In the end, we each filmed separately and we filmed together at school during class. Tierra did most of the filming because where she lived had better areas to film and she has time to after school. I got some when I could. I think Tierra was a main part in the project because since she was the lead writer, she has to be the voice in the voice over, and I think our voice over is one of best parts of our visual statement because she had a clear, depressed voice that we were looking over. She is naturally soft spoken so it worked out perfectly. Also, since I am lead photographer, the videos we filmed together I decided to operate the camera so Tierra was the star of our video. I think together we had moments of disagreement but we got over it. The most enjoyable part of the project for me, was filming the voice over and finding the music for our video. We laughed a lot during the VO recording process because it was really funny hearing Tierra so serious and she cracked herself up. From our critique, our results were actually pretty good! I was a little surprised that our video was voted best overall because I voted for the Humor Method and thought this video, and a few other videos in the class that were done pretty well. I agree with the scores we got because we had all the required things we needed for the video, and it had mostly relevant visuals with the voice over. Although, in our results, one person thought we didn't have proprietary visuals, and one person didn't thing our video was skillfully edited.  Also, one person thought our video was amateur but me and T don't agree with that one person.

ACO 5.1 Apply problem-solving techniques to create deliver ables that address the needs of a client or target audience.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Modern Art Movement

For our presentation, the art style we did was Photo realism. My partner for this project was Tessa. Photo realism is when an artist reproduces a photograph using another medium such as paint. What gave rise to Photo realism is that it evolved from Pop Art. It was way to combine photographs from real life but with some sort of retouch to it. Photo realism did express problems and everyday things like poverty, social changes, and World War 2. The influence Photo realism had on the arts and communications industry is that it used photographs to show the everyday seen commercial life and I think today, that's what the art industry does except it's expressed more through video. Artists contribute to culture and fulfill a societal need by sharing their input and view on photo realism. They help by strongly sharing what their expressing through symbolic details. My thoughts about this art movement is that I think it's one of more effective ones that shows everyday life. It's very real due to the actual photo element, unlike other art movements where the artist is creating the image from their imagination. I really like this movement because I personally like photos better than other types of art, and the retouching of it with another medium like paint, gives it a nice twist.

World War || (Vanitas) - 1977
By: Audrey Flack

The artist that created the image above is Audrey Flack. Audrey Flack is the only female Photo realism artist. I think what she was trying to communicate in this piece is the tragedy of World War 2. She addresses the Holocaust and I feel the objects in the painting like the fruit going bad, the rose, the Jewish star, and the dripping candle in the painting have symbolic value. I think what she was trying to communicate is how the things from the past are burning through the present. That the memories are fading, but it's being represented beautifully through art. I think it depends if an artist can persuade someones opinion or perception. This is because if someone is really set on their own beliefs, it's near impossible to change their mind. If an artist tries persuading in a way that's deeply personal and has a lot of meaning, then yes I think it's possible for them to persuade someones standing. This is because if they can make a connection with the artist, I feel that's enough to change them. I think advances in technology have aided the cultural impact of skilled art production. Why? Well for example in Photo realism, the art is heavily based on photographs so I think technology has helped because of the improvement of cameras, which can help add clarity. Cameras now are so advanced that they give you way more of a variety and options when you are taking a picture. On the other hand I think other art styles don't really need or depend on technology advancement because they are all made old school.

ACO 1.1 Assess the evolution of art forms for their impact on the arts and communication industry.
ACO 1.2 Evaluate the interaction among media, design and society to assess how each influences the other.
ACO 1.3 Evaluate innovative applications of media and design in society that have impacted the arts and communication industry.