Bright Agrotech- Video Project

Louisa and I decided to forgo doing an event and focus on a local business for our video project. A friend of mine works at Bright Agrotech and we had talked about it in class, so I decided to use that in for our project, and talked to my friend to set up all the of interviews and filming. The company is really cool, and I think what they are doing is going to be pretty big, so being able to do a story on this business was really cool.

The part I enjoyed most about doing this project was actually going out to the greenhouse and collecting the footage and talking to the guys who work there. Their set-up is really cool, and it was awesome to learn about how everything works and the way they are kind of innovating this market. Also, they were really helpful and willing to let us explore and get what we needed. I think the part I enjoyed the least was doing the awkward interview set up and trying to get everything perfect for filming in the midst of everything else. Since this project came at the busiest time of year, the biggest challenge was finding the time with everyone to get out and get everything we needed.

I think what surprised me the most was just how hard it is to gauge the quality of footage I was getting and how everything was going to fit together in the final product. I wish we would have had more time to get everything and try to get some higher quality and more stable footage for b-roll and during the interviews. I also think the sound quality could have been better, but for what we had to work with I think it was decent.

In the future I think I could use video in my career by posting informative clips of what goes on in day-to-day operations. I definitely think video is an important tool to use and will almost certainly be using it again at some point.

Live Tweeting

For this assignment, I decided to attend a concert in Fort Collins at the Aggie Theater. The concert was a bluegrass band called The Infamous Stringdusters, with an opening band called The Drunken Hearts. The concert was really fun and the bands were great, and I think I did an alright job with my tweets, though I did experience a few issues.

The main problem I ran into was a technical one. I was tweeting the event from my phone, and when I tried to tag the Aggie Theater with the designated @_________ sign, my phone would auto-select the first choice which was a radio station in Texas or something like that. After my first two tweets I decided to stop trying to tag it, because I didn’t want my tweets to be inaccurate. I am not sure if this was a problem with the app, or with my phone screen, but for whatever reason the tag kept showing up when I tried, and I thought it would be best just to not attempt it anymore. Other than that, I think the assignment went pretty well.

Overall, what I enjoyed most about this assignment was going to the concert. I really didn’t enjoy tweeting that much. I am not really a fan of twitter, and taking the time to tweet I felt like detracted from my concert experience. I just don’t think twitter is my thing.

What surprised me most about this assignment was actually how much you have to think about your tweets to make them fit within the designated character amount, while also being informative and professional. We have been learning about how twitter is extremely important now in regards to news, and I can see why, but for some reason I still have a hard time getting into it, and I can’t see myself using twitter in the future. I am sure I will be using social media, but most likely not live-tweeting.

Soundslides

For this assignment, my partner Louisa and I decided to cover a Cowboy Country Swing Club meeting. The club is the biggest RSO on campus and regularly has over 100 students in attendance at each meeting. We wanted to highlight what the club is all about, and try to get an idea of why it is so popular.

Working with Louisa was really great, and I think we worked really well together. We bounced around ideas for what to cover for a little while before deciding on the Swing Club. Going to the meeting I was a little nervous that we would just be kind of creeping around awkwardly, but it turned out to be a pretty good experience. Louisa and I interviewed our sources together with minimal problems. Our recorder wasn’t turned on for the first interview, but we worked around the issue and I think it resolved in a good way. Ultimately, everyone we spoke to was very enthusiastic and helpful, and the experience made me feel a lot more comfortable taking pictures and hanging around the event.

Louisa did the audio recording section and I took the photos, so most of my challenges were trying to get decent pictures that weren’t blurry while everyone was dancing. This was actually pretty hard at times, and I had to take a lot of pictures to end up with 15 usable ones, and I still think that my photos could have been better. Perhaps with a camera that is a little nicer, I could have gotten more clear photos, but the dancing was so fast paced that mine seemed to struggle.

My experience with Soundslides overall was very good. I think the program is really easy to use and makes it simple to put together a nice looking production. The only scare I had was uploading the photos I took to my computer when i thought they had all been deleted. This wasn’t really an issue with Soundslides though, it was more of a problem with iPhoto. Luckily, I was able to recover the pictures and upload them to Soundslides without any problems. Other than that, my experience with Soundslides was smooth and easy.

As I mentioned before, the biggest problems I had with this assignment were struggling to take good quality pictures while people were dancing so fast, and the hiccup I had when uploading the photos. I think these issues are pretty easily fixed, and in the end didn’t really affect the outcome of the project. I don’t really think I would change anything except for maybe having higher quality photo and audio, but for the most part I believe we did our best with what we had to work with.

Edited Audio Interview

 

My audio editing experience was overall not that bad. It took a lot longer than I expected, and I don’t think it is as good as it could possibly be, but it was the best that I could do. Overall I think it took about 2 hours working with Audacity on my laptop. It was kind of a rigorous and time consuming process, but definitely not the worst thing I have done.

I think what I enjoyed the most was probably just already knowing how to work with Audacity. I am certainly not the greatest at it but it was nice having a little bit of background with the program because I think it sped the process along a bit.

The aspect I enjoyed the least was just the monotonous task of making all the cuts and trying to make them sound smooth (which I wasn’t able to fully do on all of them). It is really quite difficult to do, but I think my finished product would have turned out worse. Also, I really don’t enjoy the sound of my own voice when I listen to it played back, so that was kind of painful. However there was a certain amount of satisfaction that came from editing me out.

Nothing really surprised me about this assignment. As I mentioned, i have worked with Audacity before so I already knew what to expect going in. I think if anything surprised me it was just the fact of how difficult and painstaking the process can be sometimes.

If I could do anything different I would obviously like to have created a cleaner, more smooth edit for my finished product. There is always room for improvement, and especially with this recording. I think if I just worked more with Audacity and doing general editing I could get it worked out to a clean production, but with he experience I have now, I did the best that I could.

Raw Audio Interview: Louisa

Overall I think the interviewing experience went really well. Louisa was an awesome partner and was very helpful to interview. We chose to go to the audio lab in the basement of Ross Hall, so there was good equipment and not really any kind of noises that could distract from the interview. This wasn’t my first time interviewing someone, so I was pretty comfortable with it, however it was the first time I had interviewed someone without actually having a set topic or direction in which I wanted to take the interview. Thankfully, Louisa had a story in mind, so that made the whole process go really smoothly.

As far as being interviewed, I was pretty comfortable I think. It was a little nerve wracking at first, but I think once I kind of got into the groove and treated it more like a conversation it seemed like things went a lot easier. I don’t particularly think I cold say that I enjoyed it, but because my partner was good and we were both relaxed the whole experience was a lot better.

What I enjoyed most, as I mentioned earlier, was that my partner was really good. It was easy to talk to her so that made both interviewing and being interviewed a much better experience. Overall, I wouldn’t have done much differently, maybe just having a more clear idea and story of what I wanted to talk about. I think I got a little off track and kind of rambled for a little just because I was trying to figure out how exactly to say what I wanted to say. Ultimately though, this assignment went well and I think the interviewing was as painless as it could have been. Hopefully my partner feels the same way!

Photojournalism

Photo #1

James Mignin stares out the windshield as his friend drives them down the road.
James Mignin stares out the windshield as his friend drives them down the road on Saturday.

The title of this photo is “James Up Close,” and I got this picture in his friends car. I was interviewing his friend Sam for a story in another class, and we were all in the car so I took the opportunity to take a few pictures from a unique angle. The shot was pretty easy to get, I just kind of took out my camera and snapped a few shots while he was looking out the window. I used Cropping as the creative device in this photo, and I didn’t edit it in Photoshop  afterwards.

Photo #2

Comedian Raneir Pollard preforming in the Wyoming Union on Friday night.
Comedian Raneir Pollard preforming in the Wyoming Union on Friday night.

This photo is titled “Comedian.” I took it at the Union on Friday night when one of my other friends had to go and take pictures of him for the newspaper. The shot was pretty easy to get, I just took it from my seat, and I felt pretty comfortable taking it. I was happy with the way it came out, and the creative device I was going for was Color, as the background combined with the lighting creates an aesthetically pleasing picture.

Photo #3

Betty Johnson looking out from her garage Saturday afternoon.
Betty Johnson looking out from her garage Saturday afternoon.

This picture is titled “Front Porch.” I took it when i was walking my dog around on Saturday. I felt a little awkward taking the picture, but I stopped and snapped it real quick and went to ask her name and she was very nice about the whole thing. Overall it was a pretty easy shot to get, it just took a little nerve to take a picture of her when she was sitting there looking out at me. The creative device I used in this picture was Rule of Thirds, as she is lined up not directly in the center of the picture.

Photo #4

Ben Hallman takes a break from throwing darts to talk with his friends.
Ben Hallman takes a break from throwing darts at the Library to talk with his friends.

This photo is titled “Darts,” and it is my sports feature. I had just walked up to the top floor of the Library Bar and Grill when this group of guys sat down after playing some darts. I asked if I could take a picture, and I chose this guy because he had pretty unique look. I kneeled across the pool table to get this shot, so it was a little tougher to get, but still overall pretty easy. The creative device I was going for was Focus. I tried to get the dartboard behind him blurry, but still noticeable since it is relevant to the sports aspect of the picture.

Photo #5

Andy Rhodes peeks at a book from the shelf at the Library Bar and Grill.
Andy Rhodes peeks at a book from the shelf at the Library Bar and Grill.

The last photo is titled “Reading,” and I also took this one at the Library. I noticed this kid flipping through books on the shelf and I tried to get a picture when he had his head in one so he wouldn’t notice me taking a picture and it would be a little less awkward. Afterward I approached him and showed him the picture and got his name. Overall the picture turned out really well I think, the lighting looks like it was almost set up for a photo shoot, and there is the rule of thirds acting as probably the most dominant creative device.

Nothing in particular really surprised me about this assignment. i went into it expecting to feel kind of awkward taking pictures of people, but I found that generally everyone was really nice about it. I don’t think I would do anything really different, maybe just try to get better quality pictures and more variety.

Creative Devices

Photo #1

A plastic yellow toy cowboy takes aim on the windowsill
A plastic yellow toy cowboy takes aim on the windowsill

The title of this photo is “Stick ‘Em Up” and the dominant creative device used is Focus. It is easy to determine this because the background is blurry and out of focus, so the viewer is drawn to look at the main subject of the photo- the plastic cowboy. I think this picture is aesthetically pleasing because it is taken at an interesting angle, and the cowboy looks clear and focused.

Photo #2

For about five minutes the sunset makes Dilts Ranch look red
For about five minutes the sunset makes Dilts Ranch look red

This photo is titled “Dilts Ranch in the Evening” because it was taken out at my ranch, in the evening (duh). I think the main creative device in this photo is certainly Color. It looks as if a filter was used, however, it was actually the sunset that is giving everything a reddish hue. This is a really pretty picture that also uses the rule of thirds with the tree. This is the aspect where most of the attention is drawn, because of the interesting colors being created by the light.

Photo #3

Hank The Cowdog gazes longingly
Hank The Cowdog gazes longingly

This picture of my awesome doggie is titled “Eye of the Dog.” For this photo I used the creative device of cropping and got down on my side to capture just half of Hank’s face and his eye. The picture draws the attention to his eye because it sticks out amongst all the fur, and the cropping brings the focus to exactly that small bit of him. But let’s be honest, the picture is mostly great because he is a cute little dog.

Photo # 4

The sun shines through the trees on my walk to class
The sun shines through the trees on my walk to class

This photo I took on my walk to class, and is cleverly titled, “Walk to Class.” I think the dominant creative device shining through in this picture is Contrast, because of the shadows created from the sun being behind the trees. However, I do believe a case could be make to say that the sidewalk creates a leading line effect, and the tree trunk on the right falls into the rule of thirds. For the most part though the viewers attention is grabbed because of the long shadows contrasting the sunlight.

Photo #5

A closeup shot of the artwork on my longboard
A closeup shot of the artwork on my longboard

My last picture is titled “Bhangra” because that is the name of my longboard, and that is what the picture is of. While this picture is a selective crop, I think the dominant creative device is Symmetry/Pattern. I was trying to highlight the difference in texture between the wood and the grip tape on the board, but I also think that the symmetry/pattern creative device draws more attention because of the spiral that leads the viewer to look to the eye in the center.

Overall I didn’t have very many surprises with this assignment. I have done some stuff with creative devices in photography before, so most of the concepts were familiar and pretty easy to get done. I think I mostly would have done everything the same, maybe just taken higher quality or more interesting photos.