The beginning.

MyVidlabVideo First of all I want to start by saying I’m so excited for this class, the journey I will be taking in learning how to be creative in so many different ways. I must say I can’t recall when was the last time I have been so excited for a class, so indeed I accept this challenge. Truthfully, I don’t really know much when it comes to a variety of storytelling tools but I am excited to learn everything and maybe become an expert in some of these tools. Here and there I do some shooting, recording but not anything too extreme. I am most comfortable with shooting just cause I usually take plenty of photos and here and there I do some basic edit. I’ve always been intrigued by how certain things in videos are made, and everything that have to do with editing the video and creating something different, I would love to learn everything that the class is offering. This piece I included is just of a song I really like, and think the lyrics video is pretty cool so I decided to record a piece of it. I edit it on Vidlab which I personally just downloaded  in order to edit the video and add some effects to it, enjoy.

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.

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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.

Weekly Reflection #1

Here are a few list of tools I’ve worked with:

Photoshop Cs5
AdobeBridge
Audacity
ProTools
Movie Maker

I think I’m mostly comfortable in using Photoshop and Audacity. There are tons of online tutorials that help me work faster and at the same time I get some free play with these programs. I can basically create whatever I want to the style, image or sound that best suits me.

I haven’t used/worked with iMovie, GIMP, Premiere Pro, Audition etc… I recently started working with Audacity and ProTools. Therefore, I would like to improve my skills in both. The new softwares I have been introduced to in CT101 will definitely be effective in my work. I believe there’s always room for improvement, so learning all these softwares will amplify my skills. I’m not aiming for perfection. Improvement is just enough and I believe there’s always room for improvement.

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Here is a shot I recently took at Gantry Park of the Brazilian- Martial Arts Fighter, Joao Zeferino. It was based on one of my summer theme, ‘Cultural Aspects’ or as others called it, ‘Humans of New York’. Zeferino’s tattoo means “warrior” and the art work on his body is very inspiring.