Here to Learn

My background knowledge on editing videos, and creating GIF’s is the bare minimum. The closest I have come to being a photographer is taking “self portraits,” and weak nature shots. All mediums of art captivate me, so I am eager to master them. Tools I have recently used are simple Instagram add-on apps. I do not edit my pictures, because I like them to stand on their own. However, I do use an app called #SquareDroid, which allows you to post pictures on Instagram without having to crop them. Also, KD Collage, which is a app for making picture collages. I guess, I am more comfortable with simple tools, and apps. In the past, I tried to start my own blog to share my writing, and failed miserably. I am glad this class will help me develop a good foundation for my future profession.

March 22, 2013, I decided to cut off all my hair. I was going through a rough time, and decided I needed change. I went from relaxed, armpit length hair to a naturally curly baby Afro. I used the app KD Collage for this picture.

Posting, But Not Roasting

In shooting photos I am suitable, and editing photos I am not an advance in Photoshop, but I am decent. In shooting and editing videos I don’t do a lot of recording, but I’ve use to do a good amount of editing in Sony Vegas. For sound I use to work with Pro Tools and I am pretty bad at sound recording or recreating sounds in Foley. I use to render GIFs in GIMP, but I stopped. I find myself comfortable working in Photoshop, because I have a couple of years with Photoshop, plus they are a lot of public resource or tutorials  if you don’t know how to do something on Photoshop. If I would like to learn a program better it would be After Effects, because I only used it one to make a video intro.

As a hobby I re-texture weapons in Counter Strike Global Offensive, but now I mostly re-texture weapons in a video game call “Insurgency”. In this image is a M9 Pistol that I re-textured in Photoshop.

M9 Black Cutlass

Here’s another link to my Insurgency weapon workshop.

My WorkShop

Media World Junkie

I’ve been a pretty active member of the media/tech world for a while now. My main pride and joy is my Flickr account. I also have a Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, and YouTube channel, and have been on these social networking sites for a few years now. I’ve used iMovie in high school in order to shoot, edit and publish short videos and movies that I either starred in or helped to produce. I’ve worked with a wide range of media tools starting from a $3,000 film camera to a handheld camcorder. I currently use a digital camera when taking images or shooting videos and use Photoshop Express Editor as well as Windows Movie Maker for editing. I have never used Adobe’s Photoshop, Illustrator, or After Effects but would definitely love to learn how to utilize them for future projects and ideas I may want to build on and create.


This is a picture I took of my friend, Jason, to commemorate the first snow of last year’s Winter. I love how the colors of this image make it look like he’s melting into the scenery. I enjoy photography because I’m able to capture moments like these.

Note: Also, if you would like, check out my YouTube channel and watch the two videos I edited starring a few of my friends.

CT101 meets Valerie

Hey Everyone! My name is Valerie, but most people call me Val or use my middle name Carmel or Mel for short. A small background about me and who I am…. I’m a junior, my major is Journalism and i’m minoring in Communications Technology. I live, and breathe music, and singing is my all time passion. I do enjoy fashion, and other things like painting and sketching. I hope to advance in broadcast and work my way into public relations of course revolving around entertainment.

I truly believe my skills in digital storytelling suck. I only take pictures and videos and post them on Facebook and Instagram. That’s about as creative as I get digitally. I usually edit and crop them and add cool filters but that’s really it.  I’m not to fond of much software so I would love to learn about all the different software and how to use them.

Here’s a video I recorded of myself and added a filter to on my Instagram. I used the “Moon” filter on Instagram to make the video black and white.

Here is a picture I stitched together on my phone of myself and posted on my Instagram before and after loosing weight. I used and App on my Iphone called Picstitch to put the pictures side by side.