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.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Workplace Safety

The project goal for our workplace safety video was to get the information about our topic across to the audience, in an entertaining way.  This is because for workplace videos, you need to learn and understand what's being told. The problem is finding a way for the viewers to enjoy watching it so they won't get bored, which was an objective we tried to achieve. Our team's topic was Chemical and Material Handling and my teammates for this project were Darius and Eli. I think we did a good job each getting a role. I did the voice overs and was the main editor, and Darius and Eli were the stars of the video and brought some of the props. All of us together would set up each scene, and we contributed equally to the AV Log/Research prior to the filming. I feel that Eli deserves the most recognition because we had to re film the eating scene a few times, so he sacrificed himself to eat around 3 bags of those fruit gummies, I'm very proud. Also I think he did a good job acting for the "what not to do" person. I also noticed the first minute that we all got together as a team, he was on it as team leader and started the research, and shared and made the document quickly.

The biggest takeaway I got from this project is that it helps to work with new people that you wouldn't typically work with. This is because they give a much different point of view and opinion when working, than your own. This helped our team come up with all the planning and ideas we decided to go with for our video. I think working with new people helped us collaborate all of our ideas together to get something solid. Also from this project I learned about the workplace safety tips from the eight topics thanks to every ones informative video. I got a really good understanding especially on chemical and material handling. It really helped having prior knowledge about video production/editing because we were falling behind but we edited it together really quickly. Our team communicated a lot when we were producing, like where the person should be in the shot, which angles would look best, putting in our input about everything, etc. From the critique, out highest scoring area was in relevance of visuals and I agree with that because we did a lot of work on getting footage. We recorded lots of b-roll and you couldn't see the person speaking the voice over because we had so many visuals about what we were talking about. Our lowest scoring area was in clarity of audio, except I think it was clear but when we played it to the class, it wasn't balanced so some parts were loud, some parts were soft. What I think we could have done differently to improve our finished production value is arrange the video's better in the editing process, I think the editing was a little sloppy. I think putting more thought into where I place each clip would have made it better. Also adding extras to it like background music or an intro title about our topic would have helped.

ACO 7.1 Analyze the beneficial effects that safe and healthy work habits have on productivity that improve workplace efficiency.
ACO 7.2 Apply practices to maintain a safe and healthy work environment in relation to careers in the Arts and Communication Pathway.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Art & Design

Photo by: Pexels

The photo I used for my still life is one off of Pexels. I used one from  here because the original picture I took I later found out it wouldn't work for the project. The Elements of Art I feel that I used in my Still Life Painting is Line, Texture, Value, Shape, and Space. I used Line when I was outlining the edges of the picture and the things in it. When I finished my line drawing part of my image, it gave the objects in my drawing more form. I used Value by having my scribble line texture value from tight, to loose scribbles so it made it appear darker or lighter. I used shape when I created a square for the lock in my drawing. Lastly, I used Space by leaving things like the wood board background that didn't show any texture or value, so I left it white. The size of my texture brush was one-third of the size of my line drawing brush. This small size of my texture brush helped me better control the detail I could put into my drawing. It made the lines finer so a wider range of value could be easier shown. The most enjoyable part of this process for me, was picking an image from royalty free because there were so many aesthetic pictures to look at, and I like having many decisions. Also, when actually creating our own image, I enjoyed the Line Drawing part because my image was fun to trace. The most challenging part of this project I have faced that I didn't enjoy as much as the other parts of this process was drawing out the texture. This is because it is hard to make scribbles appear neat and it's sometimes hard to figure out how much value of scribbles you want in  a certain area, and where texture is needed.

Photo by: Lani Alo
Taken at Hanalei Bay

The landscape image I used is a picture I took myself at Hanalei Bay while I was standing on the pier. The similarities that both the finished still life image, and landscape image have in common is that they both show value of light and dark. They also both don't show any saturation/color in the final image, and they both show some kind of texture! Some of the differences are that the still image was actually made by me because I drew the lines/texture, but in the landscape image, it had photoshop effects put on it to make it appear like it was pencil drawn. Another difference is that I incorporated more of the space element into my still life than in my landscape. The process of this project wasn't as meticulous as the previous one because we weren't hand drawing the texture, but there was a lot of decision making  like what kind of adjustments we should put on, how much of the effect should we show, etc. The process was kind of quick so it allowed us to try it differently a few times so we could see what worked and what didn't. The pathway I took was trying out some of the more advanced filter techniques like creating a slight paper texture, and using the dodge/burn tool. I tried out the cross hatching stroke a few times but I didn't like how it looked so I took it off. I think it was good that I did more than just having a Gaussian blur and turning down the saturation because when I did that, it didn't look very hand drawn. I definitely saw a big improvement when I tried out the other effects from the advance tutorial. The effects I used on my image was the Gaussian blur, saturation adjustment, levels adjustment, paper texture effect, dodge, and burn tool.

Photo by: Lani Alo
Taken at Shipwrecks Beach

The portrait photo I am using for our Mix project is a photo I took of my best friend Asha when we were at the beach one day. It was taken on the south side at Shipwrecks beach. I really like the photo I took because the quality is pretty good and it is a clear portrait with good lighting. One of the things I don't like about the portrait is that the background isn't simple. It has a lot of detail in the back so it was hard to draw everything when it came to the line drawing part, and I didn't want to leave it blank so I did it. I chose this photo because I wanted to use a photo of someone that is very important to me so it would have more meaning, and I've known Asha my whole life. Also, it was her birthday last week and we started working on this project during that time so it was a really nice coincidence. This photo means to me that Asha is a person with lots of confidence. My final image used the elements of art by using Line, Organic Shape, Value, Space, Color, and Texture. The image uses Line because of the line drawing half of the image, and it uses some organic shapes because of when I was drawing the rocks in the background. The image also uses Value by showing a range from dark and light in on the Pencil effect side and also in the Line drawing side when I adjusted how much texture was concentrated in a spot. It uses some space because I left parts of the Line Drawing image blank, and it uses Color because the little strip in the middle is the original image. Lastly I used texture by having a paper texture background and a cross hatching effect in the pencil effect side, and I also drew my own texture on the line drawing side. I think I agree with my the results I got from the critique. I think the grades that I got for my Mix portrait is pretty spot on but I was kind of hoping that my Still Life would have more 4's than 3's. Also I think that my landscape is critiqued well too, but I wasn't expecting to see so many 2's. Overall, I agree with the results I got!

Critique Results

ACO 3.1 Analyze how elements and principles of design in various forms of media are applied to communicate to a specific audience. Elements of Art: Space, Line, Color, Shape, Texture, Form, Value.
ACO 3.2 Critique how the effective integration of elements and principles of design within a variety of medium impact target audiences. Gestalt Theory: Similarity, Continuation, Closure, Proximity, Figure and ground
ACO 3.3 Apply elements and principles of design to clarify, focus, or enhance a message or concept for a target audience. Principles of Design: Scale, Proportion, Unity, Balance, Harmony, Contrast, Repetition, Variety, Emphasis)

Friday, September 8, 2017

Audio Production

First and foremost, we should understand what intonation and inflection are. Intonation is the rise and fall of voice in speaking, this helps improve interest in the voice and emphasize. Inflection is a change in the form of a word, to show mood, stress, pitch, and tone in parts of a sentence. These things can be used to maintain the interest of an audience by conveying the meaning of what you are talking about. This will help the audience better understand what you are talking about. We had 4 people in our group, Makena, Anijah, Cody, and myself. But since the team leader couldn't be apart of the recording then there were only 3 people that could read our script but we had 4 paragraphs. So my role in the group was reading the first, and fourth paragraph. It was a little stressful because I couldn't mess up and I personally thought that I wasn't the best reader with intonation on our team. I was part of the vocal talent and the job required me to practice and rehearse my 2 paragraphs for the recording. The rehearsal process is incredibly important, if we didn't practice prior to recording, then  we wouldn't have this recording. It's not just about annotating the words right, but it really helps if you rehearse a lot and memorize parts of it so it is  more of a flow and comes easier to you. If you know what your reading, then you can focus on other things like your voice. Before recording, you need to breath and stay "C.A.L.M".

Finished Script Document

The results that we got from our critique seemed good, we had mostly high grades and our highest were in clarity of speaker's voices. I'm pretty happy that was the result because I feel like I don't have good speaking voice because I think I have a lisp. I'm really proud of how our team did communicating the right message to our audience, I feel like we put in good information, and presented it clearly, but we could have tried to be more creative so it would be more engaging. I think our intonation/inflection was good, but if we had found a more fun way to present it so our audience could be more attached, that's something we definitely could have improved. For example, I think everyone really looks up to Preston's team because they had the most creative and engaging presentation out of anyone in the class. It was fun, comedic, and they still got the information across. Some obstacles we faced were that I missed the day where everyone wrote their script due to a doctor's appointment, so I had to write mine script quickly the day we had to record it, and we also didn't use as much practice time as we should have. This led to more mistakes when we ended up recording, but we still managed to get decent enough clip. To overcome the challenge of perfecting our recording, first we had to pick a productive area to do it where there's no distractions, relaxing our breath before reading, and being focused. If we did this project again, I think we would improve our creativity in the presentation. 

Critique Results

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

Friday, September 1, 2017

Proprietary Information

Photo Credit/Edit : Lani Alo
Taken at the Makai Golf Club, Golf course in Princeville

Copyright is the lawful/legal right to authorize any use of a creators material. They may make things to print publish, preform, script, record (film, literary), or stuff in the arts (artistic, or musical material). Copyright is a protection to make sure other people don't steal material like these the original person made. Copyright infringement is when someones uses someone else's works protected by copyright law without permission. The legal consequences of using copyright material without permission are paying the amount of damages and profits, the law provides a range from $200 to $150,000 for each work infringed, court can issue an injunction, and you can go to jail. You can get permission to use copyrighted materials by asking the owner (orally or written), the copyright owner can charge, but some publishers have a "permissions desk" or a "rights editor," and a written request can be done. "Fair Use" is being able to use copyrighted work under conditions/purposes such as teaching, reviewing, news, reporting, and research, without permission of the copyright. One example of copyrighted material that you can use without permission is quoting work; a book reviewer could quote passages from a book in a newspaper or on the internet. Another example is news reporting, a journalist can quote from a political speech's text without the politician's permission.

Confidentiality is your intent for personal and private information of yours, to be kept to yourself. You may have heard the phrase "Confidential information", this is something commonly used in businesses because it deals with information that concerns/relates to sales, trade secrets, or production styles, etc. To summarize, confidentiality has to do with things you don't want to be shared out. Three types of information I want to be confidential for myself are my home address, social security number, and bank information. Social media makes it easier for your confidential information to be at a higher chance of becoming public. On social media almost everything is shared and you can find out a lot about a person on what they post. This relates to the 1st amendment by people being able to post and say whatever they want on social media because they have the freedom of speech to do this. There's nothing against to what you can/can't share on social media, although some types of apps have policy agreements, terms, etc. that you need to sign to. This relates to the fifth amendment by censorship being the same as people's privacy/ They relate to each other by both having intent for your property to be kept to yourself.

ACO 6.1: Analyze the use of copyright and proprietary information in arts and communication to facilitate responsible, legal and ethical behavior.

ACO 6.2: Examine ethical issues in arts and communications to make appropriate decisions related to clients, co-workers and society.