the last post

well its over, my last semester of undergrad, and what a crazy one it has been! I remember going into my first CT 101 class and not sure what to expect. One of my classmates had mentioned that the class was good so I gave it a try. when we had a first-class I was super excited after getting a brief description of what our semester would be like. we were learning how to express ourselves through different sources of media. with the start of our first post we were describing how we felt with the use of gif. This was a great first post considering how many gifs and memes we are always using.  we also learned photoshop skills to be able to create and express original art. I also enjoyed how we started to talk about copyright and how things get uploaded to the internet.

Another project that taught us skills while still being fun was the panaphoto. usually, I don’t like working in groups especially because I didn’t know anyone in the class. I feel like being timed for the project was a good thing as it pushed us to get over the awkward stage and right to the working stage. we learned how to work together and had the freedom to work wherever we wanted.

I also enjoyed the website project. I found it interesting that we could if we wanted to create a side business out of it. Ryan had mentioned in class how he has created numerous websites for people. One of my friends actually had contacted me that someone need help to transfer a website. They were willing to pay for help, I just didn’t feel prepared for the challenge just yet but I’m glad to know that there is a market out there for creating and working from home which would be great. I would like to be able to master this skill. One of the skills that I stopped using for some reason is photography. My dad used to do photography when I was smaller and loved it ever since. At one point I was doing kid’s birthday parties and even did a wedding event. When I had to pick an idea for my website I went with photography. I wanted it to be freer however. Just so I can post random things. I might keep it going not sure yet. I have a great camera but it is a bit heavy to carry around. If I do end up taking pictures I will upload and maybe talk about the setting I used for the camera or any random information on how the picture came about. At first it was a bit intimidating having to create a website but each week it got easier with the help of Ryan. Once I figured out what I wanted my website to look like it started to get easier. After getting the basic layout of the page done I just had to upload content. Even though I am happy with the way my site came out, I would like to get to the level where I could promote a personal business if I had to. I also have started to use my Flickr again because it’s more photography focused as far as quality when you upload in case anyone wants to check it out. My New Website for the class is here 

Finally, for my grade not to sound like every other student, I think I should get an A. I feel like I did all my work and participated well in class. PS I was waiting for the end of the year to challenge Ryan on something he said in class. He said he put our names with our faces and said he would be able to remember what we wore the first time we met him. Because I can’t ask in person, ill ask here …Do you remember what I wore on the first day of class?

Web site

Hey guys! I hope everyone is doing well in these crazy times.

For my website, I am going to make it a personal photography page. I enjoyed the idea that Ryan gave us in the class where we can take a picture and explain the photo or give a description. The best part of this project is that it can be whatever we like so on some I won’t put anything. I might have a section where I put photos that I like as well. If you guys have any ideas on what to add please drop a comment!

DONT PRESS

hope everyone stays safe!

Random update, my job opened open again and I am working fulltime. My dad is back to work and fully recovered. My mom is also working as they are both in the health care system.I’m a little nervous with the recent photos of people going outside because of the weather.

what is going on

I don’t even know where to start with what is going on. I remember hearing about it back in Jan at work. while all my co-workers told me to relax I found it very concerning how the death rate kept going up every day. No matter how much you try not to pay it any mind it is everywhere. Yes, it is a little bit of a challenge to get used to what is going on. In all my life I have never seen something effect the entire world how it is.  My job is closed and so are classes. Everyone has masks on everywhere you go. The lines to get into food stores are insane. I also found out that my dad has tested positive for it.  We took him to the hospital and we had to leave him alone. Huge tip if you guys are dropping someone off make sure they have a phone charger. This was a huge step as we were in contact for the 10 days he was there. He is home now and doing way better which is a huge relief. I am doing chemo every six months which makes me immune-compromised. some days I’m really calm other days I have mini attacks realizing whats going on. I don’t have many reasons to go out so I’m trying my best to stay in. I have also been hearing of so many people getting it and not making it. Hospitals are working at above maximum capacity.  I just really admire people working in the health field right now and am extremely grateful for their work. It’s hard to fully wrap my head around what is going on, I also feel like so much is going on. If anyone wants to talk my email is always open kevingonzalez7997@gmail.com. hope everyone is doing good and staying safe.

360 With It

I was pretty excited when we were told that we had to create this type of project. When we had to pick two different projects one that we thought we could recreate and the one that we thought would be a challenge. This is the one that I thought I could do because it seemed easy enough to reproduce. Another reason I was excited was that I remember seeing pictures like this on Instagram when the app was just gaining popularity. I remember thinking how cool it would be to try to recreate it. The part I didn’t like too much was having to work in groups because I feel like sometimes I can be awkward but who isn’t right?

The cool part was that my whole group was chill and easy to talk to. We started to brainstorm what poses we would use. We all came up with some pretty good ideas, so we set off to find the right room. After a few trials and errors, we found a spacious well-lit area.

We tried again a few different poses before coming across the finishing product that we all agreed on. We had some great ideas but we weren’t able to get behind the cameraman fast enough to get it just right. We did, however, we also got one that I enjoyed the results. Although some part of the photo came out really well, some of my group’s body was missing. It was a fun assignment because we would all start to laugh as we started to see all the goofy poses we were making. Also every time one of us did something wrong we laughed and tried again. With the limited time, we had I feel that we were able to correct our mistakes pretty quickly. I kinda wished we had more time with the project. The cool thing is that the possibilities are endless and I feel that with more time we would be able to create some really awesome stuff!

And finally, this is the masterpiece. This is the clearest one were we all have our bodies!

Flexibility in the kinds of Digital Storytelling

The first project I picked was the one that seemed like I could reproduce. The reason I chose this one is that it seems like you can have fun with it. I also remember when Instagram was starting up, some people created art like this and it was mind-blowing at the moment. This was when phones weren’t as powerful as today. The other reason why I picked this one is because, all you need is your phone or camera. The author explains that they are not good/ do not like editing software.

In this project, you have to create a panorama shot. The twist is that you must continue to move while the shot is happening to create the illusion that there is more than one of you.

http://assignments.ds106.us/assignments/be-your-own-best-friend/

The second project I picked, in my opinion, is a little more challenging but still very fun. I know the possibility of photoshop is endless because I tried to learn it once. I kinda gave up on it because it was just overwhelming. I would see some fast forward clips of people creating photo and it was insane how many different tools they were using as well as keyboard short cuts. I don’t think there is an easy way to learn photoshop other than putting hours of practice into it.

In this project, you must take multiple shots of yourself or a friend. Then in photoshop, you must link them together. the end result is a creepy funny-looking shot.

http://assignments.ds106.us/assignments/averaged-portrait/

With both of these projects, I feel like it can be fun. I also believe that if they are done correctly they can definitely tell a story or just be funny! If you never did these you will be learning camera skills as well as photoshop skills that you will always be able to use to tell a story. Not only are they good skills to have to tell stories, but they can also be used in the future we just might not know how yet.