Navratri Digital Storytelling

Navratri (Hindi: नवरात्री Gujarati: નવરાત્રી Oriya: ନର୍ଵାର୍ତୀ Bengali: নবরাত্রি Kannada: ನವರಾತ್ರಿ Assamese: নৱৰাত্রি Marathi: नवरात्री Punjabi: ਨਰਾਤੇ Kashmiri: نَورات / नवरात Telugu: నవరాత్రీ Tamil: நவராத்திரி Malayalam: നവരാത്രി) is a festival dedicated to the worship of the Hindu deity Durga.Navratri means Nav means nine and ratri means night. This is a big hindu festival of India.

 

“Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” is a quote in Sanskrit – the whole world is our family. So we think the whole world is our Kutum, Kutum means Family. We dance and we pray this time of the year, and we invite everyone to come join us because we believe everyone living in the world is part of our big family. I want to share my gif in a fun and colorful way. I will also be sharing my first gif. Yahhh finally I made few. In Instragram we see alot of video frames with pic, so I was thinking is that a GIF or a Video or can we make gif from it? So I looked into it, and Im sharing here gif I made so NO copyright issues. Every one should say understand the copyright, there is this issue of music you use when you load a Youtube video. Some times its a tricky but its someones IDEA so they should get credit for it. We couldn’t like our work to be stolen also.

So the Emotion between this gif is on top half of the GIF is walking into some place having no idea who will you meet and you meet the love of your life in the first sight. Bottom half it shows, how the guy tries to win her and she tries hard to get until he smiles and falls in love. LOL Just wanted to share a Bollywood fantasy. But in real life as you can see in the video all way in the end of this blog. Im dancing with my friends and having a good time, this is the time we fast and pray and enjoy the time with our friends and family, and bring joy and color to our life since its fall, soon it will be cold. The Dance in the gif is called Garba. Finding Love and staying in love

 I finally made a gif, I didn’t give up and kept looking. Then I came across this app named #PicPlayPost. In PicPlayPost you can came video frame(meaning 1 or more video in one frame), you can add pic and video together, last but not least you can create GIF. My gif is not HD because I was just playing around with it and i create it. In future it will be in HD.

 The process was very easy, I opened the app, choice the frame for 2 video you can add more or just work with one. Then I added the video or videos (you need to allow the app to access the videos in your device) and click share you will see it says GIF under twitter, when you want to email this or save it your phone when you click it or touch it it will give you option to save as GIF or Video . You dont need twitter account for this app to work. Then it saves the gif in  your device even in IPHONE. I was just playing with my iphone and I made it. I was so happy. Just in 1-2-3 you will have your gif. I hope to make more and better gif. Its my first, do give it a try and let me know. I might just put a video of how to use this app. Here is the video and gif of same pic and video.

This is the gif and left one is the video.gif_garba[jwplayer mediaid=”1814″]

Synthesizing Ideas for Points!

Synthesizing Ideas for Points by Re-Defining Photography!  

I have been getting a few interesting inquiries about generating content for our class projects. It has been mainly about what qualifies as a “legit” contribution to the course projects criteria listed on our syllabus. The short answer is, you decide! I know, that may seem like a lot of power but think of how you can direct that power and what you will learn in the process. The key word is process. As you practice blogging (and you certainly are at this point) something great will occur to you over time. You will notice that you are developing both a blogging style as well as a series of techniques to communicate via the web. You will notice that creating, expressing and sharing what you are passionate about through your blog will enhance the content. So, is it possible to create and event, tell a story and create a tutorial about how it all came about? Indeed it is. Perhaps this post can serve as an example, or start a thread for you to personalize and transcend.

In a recent post on my personal blog I talked about re-defining my relationship to the medium of photography and integrating more of it into my work as an artist. I have been thinking, what better way to do that than to make a 1 year commitment to a project. I could shoot a series of pictures each week, choose and edit the most interesting ones, write something about each of them, and post them onto my blog for the year to see how they build. I proposed to post a minimum of at least one photo per week (I am going for quality here) but if it happens more than that, so be it. The intention is to define and understand how and why I am shooting the subjects that I choose, and what each image “means.” I am interested in discovering and communicating my visual world by recording fragments from daily life. I may be setting up fictional props and installations to accompany this. All of the images will be shot and captured in a digital image format. I choose to create a new process for how I plan to later show the works as they exceed this blog and my social media profiles. This project has far exceeded my original intention and continues! I do not have any plans to slow it down.

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I have been using flickr since 2005 as an archive to share and show my art and its processes. At the time, I created two separate sets for photography of this nature. One is titled “RMS Photography” which for the most part is what I “thought” photography was, and what “should” be in that set. The other is titled “Video Art Frames, Projections, & Film Stills.” I feel that this set is far more interesting and it has also become a part of my next step. I have been experimenting with digital film making and video art as a medium for over ten years. I enjoy writing and creating fictional narratives, editing sequences, creating manual filters, and working with the related software and technology. As a result of this in repetition during the editing process I discovered still frame compositions that held my interest. I started a collection, and it grew, and grew. I started manipulating the images in a variety of ways. Over 3,000 images later, I realized that I had to finally synthesize my perception of photography and the existing video / film still archive into another entity. So, here I am. Mobil phones and other portable devices have certainly upped the game, this is contributing to my process big time.

I have a created a specific set on my flickr blog to archive the project:: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rmsmovement/sets/72157631375113790/

Equipment Update 4/1/13- I have used an i-pod touch as a camera source for this project from 4/1/13 – 12/20/13.

Equipment Update 2/3/13 – I am happy to announce that a Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS has been added to the equipment bag for this project.

Equipment Update 1/2/14 – I have added the iphone 5C to the project.

Degenerated Digital process Experiment

How would you title this post? Digital Storytelling? Tutorial? Process / Event creation? Am I leaving something out? Have you considered collaborating with another one of your classmates to generate something for our platform?

Sky is the limit.

Digital Storytelling: PS GiF

I finally created my first GIF on Photoshop CS6 today! I am so excited that I want to share  how I went along creating this project, with you all. If you are using Photoshop CS5 it should pretty much be the same procedure. However, in this project I used CS6. I hope it helps!

First google search a photo/upload one from your desktop. In my case I google searched an image by Picasso and sized it at 500×500 pixels.Then save the file on the desktop and/or open it in Photoshop. After opening the image in PS, select the magnetic lasso tool and click around part(s) of the image you want to make come alive. Once the last point meets the first, you’ll see a selected marker around the part you have drawn out. Copy that selection, open a new window in PS and paste it. Once you’ve done that, you can begin creating your own GIF. Drag the image from the new window in PS using your moving tool into the first image. Now edit that piece to create some other movement and save it. I had to save each selection separately in order for me to create the moving image. So keep copying, pasting and editing, and save each piece as you go along. When you save your files make sure they are saved as JPEG not Photoshop. You’ll find yourself doing this all wrong if you do that. Also, if you’d like you can merge all of the layers you’ve now saved; by clicking the option panel on your layer tool and select merge layers. Next, go to File>Scripts>Export layers to files. Browse your images, select the ones you just saved and open. Go to the Window option at the top and make sure timeline is checked. Click on create an animation and then the options panel at the top left of your timeline. Select use all layers as frames and your images will appear in the timeline. You can make it play once, 3 times or forever! Let’s go with forever and once you’ve down that, save your new file (save for web). Make sure you save it as a GIF (picasso.gif) in a folder or your desktop, check your settings and hit save. You can also preview before you save it and it will open up as a webpage.

As you can see my GIF is based on the “Sound of Music.” There are 4 different images popping out. The original trumpet is yellow, I just simply tweaked each movement by playing around with the hue/saturation levels. That is how the colors are changed every time the music moves. Pretty cool huh? It took me almost an hour to figure out how to save this file for web because my image wasn’t able to save for some weird reason. But I kept restarting my project and was finally able to get it done!
Feel free to comment below, I would like to get your feedback as to how helpful this was.

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Picasso painting comes alive!