Digital Media in Practice Evaluation
Working with WordPress
I found the website that was used to put up my blogs was simple and well presented, if ever I ran into a problem there is a very useful help menu which I have used more than once. I found adding blogs to be the simplest aspect of this friendly website it was just like using word processing software, all that was left was to press post and it’s done. Adding images and videos was just as easy, the widgets and extras that were available on the site gave me the opportunity to present my blog page any way I saw fit which allowed me to add my own personality to the page allowing people to get to know me slightly before even reading my posts. Using Photoshop I placed four images together and created a border on my blog page, this consists throughout my blog which I find enhances the aesthetic appeal. I found keeping the blog updated rather difficult as It is not the usual way I work but I found adding new posts and filling up my blog page made me feel proud. Working with the blog allowed me to evaluate myself for each piece of work I created during the module and get a clearer view of what I wanted my work to look like.
The first post I created was one made up of my own interest which is anime, the post was called anime maniac and as I have said it was very simple to create, I added images a video and also a hyperlink to my YouTube page, this gave readers the opportunity to truly see what I was talking about. This enhanced the aesthetics of the post and emphasised what I was trying to get across to the reader.
The blogs that followed focused on the activities I took part in during each lecture, this allowed me to take screenshots from each lecture and import them into the blogs, I found this to be a helpful tool to explain what I was doing in each lecture and how I came to each final piece of work. I focused on Final cut Pro for the next lecture which I found a difficult software to get my head around having only worked on simple film editing software I found working on Final Cut Pro to be a little overwhelming but over time things began to make more sense as I was working on the programme in other lectures I found it made things a little easier to understand the software, I added the difficulties I had into a blog and I also explained how things became better once I had worked on the programme more than once, I also added screenshots and images to explain this further, but it also made the post look aesthetically pleasing.
The third blog that I posed in my digital media in practice menu discussed working on final cut pro to create a short film using still images and pre-recorded audio this was called the invisible alligators, the task was to make the film using panning and zooming to emphasise what the audio was talking about. I enjoyed this task very much but if I were to re-do this task I would definitely spend more time on moving the images to better positions and I would have hoped to cut the images to fit the audio a little better, other than that I was pretty happy with the final result. I added the video to my blog via a link from YouTube and discussed the process used to create the video.
The following post that was added to my blog page was adding sound to a pre-recorded video using final cut pro, the sounds we could choose, I decided to go for a scene of a field which panned around displaying countryside, I added different bird calls to this video and I felt the sound gave the scene a tranquil feel. I was quite happy with the scene but if I were to do the task again I would definitely have added a few more sounds and overlap some of the sounds I had already added, I feel this would give the video a less amateur feel as there would not be gaps between sounds changing and the sounds would not be so continuous.
Working on apple motion was another post I added to the blog I found the exercise itself to be insightful and enjoyable as there were so many things that could be done using this programme. The first task was to add an effect and just edit the size and position, the effect I chose was called blue smoke and contrasted well with the black background, the effect was a cluster of smoke in a cobalt blue and white, I really enjoyed working with motion as the final results just look so good. The second task given was to select an effect and create a motion path, this was a very simple task and one that I was able to experiment with different motion paths to fit my effect better. In the end I used a star effect and used a motion track the spiralled from one side or the page to the other, I wanted to create the idea of a fairy or something similar, I was pleased with the final outcome as it was similar to what I was going for.
Working on InDesign to create a cd cover was my next task which was added to my blog for this task I selected an image from an anime called ‘Full metal Alchemist’ and I wanted to keep a dark colour scheme for the cd cover as it is the main colour scheme for the series itself. I used white text simply to stand out against the black background using contrast as an effect to emphasise the title. The image I slanted and changed the size to fit the size of the cd case this allowed an aesthetically pleasing look to the cd case, the image itself I felt was dramatic and portrayed the series well, the colour scheme fit the background with nice reds and yellows.
Working with VR Panorama was a new domain for me completely, as I have not had much experience with software similar to this I was amazed by some of the creations that come from the software, the images used were given to us and using an step by step like guide I was able to create an image that could be panned and closely looked at, this I found would be useful for advertising and is very interactive. Combining this software with Photoshop allowed the image to be modified in great detail to ensure it looked like you were there panning a camera yourself which I found brilliant and incredibly useful.
Using the blog allowed me to present the work I had done and comment on the processes of creating that work, blogs to me allow the world to connect and share interests, it also assists in the collection of knowledge and allows readers to get into the minds of other people understanding their interests, values and opinions. It also allows research on topics that interest different people and give them an insight on topics that interest them. In short a blog could be a public diary, discussing experiences and reviews of different media and products. It can also be used for presentation of artwork and other creative talents that bloggers wish to show the world and use their posts to get them noticed and appreciated. My blog allowed me to share my experience of this module and to evaluate the changes in how I work and what I have learnt and how I have used them to create pieces of work. It also allowed me to analyse my own work and how I would have like to improve it. Blogs have assisted me in many ways one being to keep track of my work and allow me to see how other people react to the way I work and my interests that led me to create each piece. I was also able to comment on other modules I have done and evaluate myself on work I have done in those modules, this allowed me to see the benefits of my work but also constructively criticize myself on different aspects of each module. Although I did find using a blog to be an enjoyable task I was a little conscious that what I was writing was on public view, I was not completely comfortable with this idea as I found harsh criticisms on other blogs I have looked over, nevertheless I was undeterred by that fact as there were not many people looking at my blog, I believe the reason this occurred was there were not enough tags on my blogs which made it difficult for people to find it.
In conclusion using WordPress has enabled me to see my work differently give me the options to change things I felt needed it, I was also able to compare my experiences with other members of the class and get an insight on how they managed with the software and what they found difficult. I have enjoyed using a blog and will most likely continue using it as I feel I can communicate with a large audience and share what I have learnt with other users.