Electronic Image Making Final Pieces

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This is a Post with all of my Final Pieces for each of the Challenges in it.

C1 - Writing a Tutorial

C2 - Top Internet Memes

C3 - Creating a Pokemon Infographic

C4 - Common Photograph

C5 - Expressive Image


Common Photography Tech Report

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This is the part of the assignment where I tell you which software packages I have used to create the finish product and also which Hardware I used in the process too. The hardware that I used was again, a combination of 2 Computers. I started off by using the college’s iMac and then finished it off by using my Macbook at home. I also used my Fujifilm AV120 Point and Shoot Digital Camera to take the photos.

I started off by taking pictures of my classroom desk area which was a bit bland and wasnt may elements there to work with. So I took photos of my Students’ Union Office Desk as it is a true reflection of my dask.

When It came to putting it all together I used Adobe Photoshop just like I have done for the rest of my assignments as I am starting to get to grips with it and get more confident using it.

I had to come up with a way to display 20 images of the same thing within one A3 sized image and to do that I decided to used one of the pictures as a base image, a background and work from there, transforming and rotating different images and overlaying them on top of the image I was using as a background.

Below is the base image I used as the canvas.

Next after I finished posisioning the rest of the images I had to make it look a little more alive than just a bunch of images sat on top or each other. I had to find some creative effects to use on it so I started playing around in the “Filter” menu and trying different filters to see which ones work best.

The filters I used can be found in the Adobe Photoshop CS5 Menu.

–> Filter –> Artistic –> Film Grain
–> Filter –> Stylize –> Diffuse
–> Filter –> Artisitic –> Watercolour

Above is screenshots of the three filters that I used eventually. I spent ages deciding on them and finally settled on these three after trying about twenty different filters. All in all, this was a fairly simple task that was more time consuming than anything else. Decideing where to put the different images and what sizes to make them and how best to arrange them.

The other than using Adobe Photoshop the only other software I used was iPhoto to upload the photos from my camera to the computer.

Challenge 4: Common Photograph

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When we were given this assignment we were all given the same subject to make it fair and so that everybody was doing the same thing, which essentially made it into a competition as to who could come up with the most creative way of presenting them. The challenge we were given was to take a minimum of 20 photographs of our desk area and then present them in a creative way. But with a Desk area there are only so many pictures of the same thing you can take. Initially, I started off with taking photographs of my classroom desk area but then realised how bland and boring the photographs were because the classroom was clean and there wasn’t much to the images.

As you can see in the picture below, I have even tried adding elements to the image by taking my headphones off and putting them on the desk and also by putting my phone and my drink on there, but also this isnt a true representation of my classroom desk because I dont normally have my drink on the desk and I also always have my headphones on my head.

I then went back to the Students’ Union office in the college, of which at the time I was President, and I started to take pictures of that desk area because It is a complete mess which means that there are more elements to work with because there is more content on the images that I took and also it is a true reflection of what Is on my desk when Im working because its the environment I am used to working In.

After I photographed my desk in the Student’s Union office it was time to try and arrange then in a creative way so that they would have a great so I opened Photoshop and selected an Image to use as a base Image of which I could work with and use as my, for lack of a better term, Canvas.

One of the big challenges I found was not using the same picture twice, using twenty completely different Images. One of this things I did do that i found quite effective was to put an Image within an image. For example, put an image inside the computer screen on the original image. Also another thing was close ups of various areas of the desk.
After I sat and positioned all of my images where I wanted them so that I was happy with the way it was laid out I started playing with Filters as it looked really quite bland as just raw images. After spending a while playing with a few and decided I didn’t really like them, I finally settled on three that worked well together.

These filters can be found in the Adobe Photoshop CS5 Menu.
–> Filter –> Artistic –> Film Grain
–> Filter –> Stylize –> Diffuse
–> Filter –> Artisitic –> Watercolour

If I was to do this project again I think I would use more than 20 images to try to add extra elements to the image rather than overcrowd it.