Photo Design Task Set 29.09.14
Today in our first lecture, we were given a new brief about Photo Design. We have to use a camera to take digital images of “naturally occurring shapes” which can be photographically framed into the letters A – Z of the alphabet. We will then use Photoshop to stitch them together. The deadline for this particular task is November 10th 2014.
This is an example of previous work of this type:
Concept and Ideation – Workshops 06.10.14
Within the last week I have had two workshops to introduce me to technical skills.
My first workshop was based around Photoshop. I have no previous knowledge of photoshop, so I was a little apprehensive at first. However, we used the shortcuts available and I learnt how to use layers and layer masks. This technique would help me with the Photo Design project, in which I have to create a poster stitching together my own photos. I believe that I will need to repeat this process in order for me to be knowledgeable in the subject.
The second workshop was based around Processing, which is an open source programming language. This session I found particularly interesting because it stamped out many rumours that I heard about programming, things such as being good at maths. Again, I have no previous experience with programming. All the processes were explained in a relatable manner, and a particular video from Lynda.com (http://www.lynda.com/Developer-Programming-Foundations-tutorials/What-programming/83603/90430-4.html) ) made it easy to understand what programming is. We then did some programming using processing to create different functions. We started with a setting a size and background colour. By the end of the session, we had programmed a circle to follow the mouse cursor around the screen, allowing the user to “paint” circles around the screen. Once the user right clicked on the mouse, the background would change colour and it would the reset the drawing. Again, I will have to repeat this in order for me to learn it. As it is free, I have downloaded Processing onto my own personal Mac and plan to have a play around with this IDE.
Here is my collage for Task 1 of Concept and Ideation. I was set the task to create a collage of objects that could be framed as letters of the alphabet then stitch them together using Adobe’s Photoshop software.
To take the photo’s themselves, I used a mixture of my iPhone and a Digital SLR as I partnered with another member of my Seminar group to take the pictures. I then imported them to photoshop, editing the photo size to 300 x 300 pixels to ensure all photographs would be the same size.
I then used the layer tools on Photoshop to create my collage, putting each individual photograph onto a new layer. This then created a collage for the overall image.
In terms of what went well and what didn’t go so well, I think that I need to develop my photography skills further, as I have never done any work in this field previously. With practise, I believe that the overall product would be much more to a professional standard.