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Blog Post #6

Well this is it guys! My last blog post of the semester. Somehow this semester was the longest and shortest one ever. Probably has something to do with a global pandemic or something. This has been such a wild ride. I’m really sad that I’ll probably never have a class with any of y’all every again 😦 since I’m changing majors.

I honestly have no idea what to write about for this. since nothing has really happened. I guess this’ll just be a goodbye post. To my fellow class mates: thank you. Y’all are absolutely nuts, but you made the class worth while. I’ve really enjoyed getting to be with all of you. We were a small bunch, but that made it even better.

I have to shout out my girl Holly for always answering my questions (and I have lots so she had it rough). I was always confused, but you helped me with all that. So thank you!

Dr. Matthews, this class was a lot of work, but it was mostly fun work so that was nice. You made it enjoyable and somehow managed to teach all 11 of us who are going in a billion different directions, which is very impressive.

Thank you all for the wonderful semester. See you soon!

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Blog Post 5

Hello again friends! It’s hard to believe that we only have one more post until the end of the semester! I’m so excited that we are almost finished, but I’m also sad because this is my last semester as a mass communications student. I wish I could stay with my friends longer, but I feel lead to change my major. The semester has really flown by.

I’m sad that I won’t get the chance to shoot my commercial or ten minute show. This class has changed so much since we’ve had to move everything online. But I am grateful that that has resulted in less work for this course, at the expense of the two projects we’ve been building up to since January.

This week’s assignment was the Photo-Audio Story. I had a blast doing this assignment! It was so fun to make up a narrative and set it up in picture form. Mine is kind of silly because I wanted to use some toys I had laying around. It was cool to see different ways I can convey the message of a story without using video. I think the final product came out pretty good! (I just hope Dr. Matthews feels the same way). This was our last big assignment before the end of the semester, which is crazy to think about! All we have left of MCOM 2313 is one more blog post. To be honest, I mess coming into class every Tuesday and Thursday and goofing off with everyone. I wish we could all get together and do that one more time. But sadly, all good things must come to an end, as they say. I’m grateful that I was able to be a part of such a fun class! Thank you all for making so memorable.

I love you guys! Have a fantastic week!

Blog Post 4

Hey guys, welcome back to my page! This week, I’m going to be talking about photography, different lighting conditions, and rule-of-thirds. But before we dive into that, we should probably address the elephant in the room: COVID-19. So COVID-19 (aka Coronavirus) has been rampaging through the world, with well over 400,000 people infected and over 18,000 deaths. Because of this, we are now advised to stay home and keep our distance from others. Due to that, school is now online for the rest of the semester. Honestly, it’s kind of a blessing in disguise because coming back from spring break, I was really overwhelmed with everything I had to do. I was on a mission trip the entirety of the break, so I had no opportunity to get ahead of my work. Then the break got extended and shortly after, school was completely online. While I’m sad that I won’t be able to see everyone until the fall, I’m grateful for this new experience and time to spend with my family.

Now let’s get into photography! I have had a bit of experience working with a DSLR camera in the past, so I was pretty excited to see this assignment. For this assignment, we had to shoot photos under natural light, flash, and a mix of both, as well as use rule-of-thirds to create a different kind of composition for the photo. I had a fun time taking pictures of things around my house. For the lighting part of the assignment, I took pictures of some fake flowers I found.

This photo was taken under natural lighting. I took this with the windows open behind me. This one looks pretty nice, but the photo is sort of boring, with a little bit of depth, but it could use some more.

This photo was taken under flash only. I closed all of the windows and took this with the flash from my camera. I really like this one because it brings out the subtle colors on the flower, but it is still not my favorite from the ones I took.

This photo was taken using natural light with the flash. This one is my favorite because the flower is bright, but you can still see the colors on the flowers in the background really well. I enjoy using both lighting conditions because it brings a different depth and contrast to the photo.

For the next part of the assignment, I decided to use my dog to demonstrate rule-of-thirds. Rule-of-thirds is when you mentally divide the photo, using two vertical and horizontal lines running along the image to create nine squares. To accomplish what you want to do with rule-of-thirds, you put the focus of the photo along one of the vertical lines, drawing the attention away from the center of the photo.

This is my attempt at accomplishing it. It was kind of hard to get this photo because i had to lay on the ground, but I tried my best to get my dog, Princess, in the lower right hand corner. I know it’s not the best, but at least she’s super cute!

I had a lot of fun with this assignment and took way too many photos, so I’ll add a couple of extras at the bottom just for fun! I hope all of y’all are doing well with your self isolation. I cannot wait to see y’all during our zoom meeting for class today! Stay safe, and I’ll see you soon.

Blog Post 3

Welcome back, amigos! Glad you took the time to visit my blog again. Shout out to those of you subscribed to my blog, even if you were forced to follow, it still means a lot! Wow, these past two weeks since the last post have been crazy. I have done so much, not only in this class, but in my others as well. Working for a Mass Communications degree has been harder than I anticipated. But it hasn’t been a bad experience, which is great!

These past few weeks in MCOM 2313 have been really fun. We’ve done a TON of practice with the cameras, which is great. I have enjoyed our “simulations” of the newsroom. It is so cool to have the opportunity to be able to see what the real thing is like. Working the cameras is probably my favorite job out in the studio. While I enjoy being the talent, I prefer to not have my face on screen. Overall, though, my favorite job has been the Switcher. I don’t know why, but being able to control when and how everything is shown on screen is super fun for me. It might be my inner perfectionist, since I need everything to go smoothly and be in the right place. I was able to retain the information on how it works really easily, which definitely helped. I thought that being the switcher was going to be boring, but boy was I wrong (wow that’s nerdy). Moral of the story: I am the Switcher Queen. 

I nervously anticipate the commercial and 10 minute shows. I know they are going to be super fun, but the thought of them is really daunting. I am most anxious about the live filming of the 10 minute show. Now I know that it’s still a ways away, but it doesn’t make it any less scary.

In my next blog, I’ll be talking about lighting, which is super exciting! I cannot wait for y’all to come back and read it. See ya soon!

Blog Post 2

Hello again everyone! Thank you for coming back for my second blog post. This week’s topic is: what i’ve learned in MCOM 2313 since our last blog. We have done everything under the sun from video editing to putting on a fake broadcast. We’ve explored different concepts of video and camera usage. At first, all of this was very overwhelming, and now, it’s still overwhelming, but I am learning how to manage. This class is pushing my time management skills in a good way. Hopefully, this class will help me when I go into my future career, whatever that may be.

One thing I have really enjoyed about this class is the video and audio editing. If I am being honest, I thought I was going to hate it. But, this class has proved me wrong. While doing the Final Cut Pro activities, I had a great time and actually had some fun, which was unexpected. I have played around with Audacity and it is super easy to use! I have never done anything like this before, and it seems to come pretty easily. While doing the audio interview, I was able to edit without seeking help from others. 

The one part that I am having the most trouble with is the workbook pages. I am not very good at reading comprehension, so it’s been a little difficult. The best part about these is the fact that we go over them in class together. But I know that these are going to be very helpful for when we go out and start using the equipment. I cannot wait to operate the camera for our field shooting later this semester. 

This class has been great so far and I am excited to see what we do next! Thank you all for subscribing to my blog. See you next time!

Blog Post 1

Hi guys, welcome to my first post! I have just started to follow most of the classes blogs, and I cannot wait to see what everyone posts. For my RSS reader, I use Feedreader Online to make sure I can keep up with everyone’s new blogs that they post. Even though I have not used this very much, it has been beneficial to my when I want to see who has posted what. I have not yet subscribed to any blogs outside of the class, but hopefully soon I will.

I love to get news updates about what is going on in Australia; more specifically, the wildlife there. So, I have subscribed to the Australia Zoo’s weekly newsletter to stay updated. I love getting see all that they are doing there to preserve the wildlife through this tough time. I have also subscribed to The Skimm. What they do is send out daily, nonpartisan, updates about what is happening in the political scene. It is a very helpful site because this way, you do not feel overwhelmed by both side telling you which way to vote. They simply give you the information necessary on both parties and leave it at that.

I am so excited for this class and I cannot wait to see how much we learn!