During the class of Digital Media 2, the learning objectives were to get hands on experience with DSLR Cameras and Adobe Photoshop this is valuable to my future because I would gain knowledge from this curriculum about the history of art and develop mastery of many of the CTE design, visual, and media arts pathways and I will have the opportunity to express my creativity.
The project that I am submitting as an artifact for Digital Media 2 had the following learning objectives to create 10 high quality portraits along with 10 high quality textures. These link back to the course learning objectives by using photoshop and camera raw to get the results we wanted on the images to be able to use them as layers.
The assignment was to create two double exposure pictures and required me to create/collect 10 textures and 10 portraits that went through camera raw and photoshop with at least 1 global/selective adjustment and using the healing brush. After we went through that our double exposures were required to have 4 selective/global adjustments.
The Process I went through to do this project and meet the learning objectives first started with taking pictures of textures that I would like to use. Then I moved to portraits and that’s where I decided what type of textures I would use. It took me a long time because I wanted to do a difficult concept that we kind of didn’t but I was willing to learn. During the process I retook a lot of pictures till I would get the ones that I loved. Also, I took some of my own time and took a camera home so I can take more textures that were similar to the look that I wanted to go for. After I got at least something decent that I know I would like after being edited, I started actually editing them. I started with using camera raw which was one of the requirements. While editing I didn’t really know what I wanted to go for because as I said I wanted to do a different concept with knew techniques that we didn't really learn, so I started doing research for inspiration. When I found an image on google that I completely fell in love with I knew what I wanted to do. I settled to two portraits on my classmate, Johnson. After I chose what portraits I wanted to use I perfected them and looked into what texture I wanted to use. While looking for textures I was trying them all on the image that I wanted, I couldn't find an image that I REALLY liked, so I started getting kind of discouraged and that's when I decided to take a camera home and knew I was gonna be able to take some images that I really liked. After taking those images I decided I was going to use a landscape of the front view of the school which were apartments and a bunch of trees. I made this image the darkest I could on the trees and apartments so you wouldn’t be able to see anything but the shadow. When I got the results I wanted, I layered it on top of the portrait and masked it. When I first layered it on top, I did not like it at all. BUT, later I decided maybe I could rotate it and so I started messing with it and the good thing was that now I was having fun because I was getting to try something that I was interested in. After playing around with the portraits and textures, I finally had the double exposures that I loved and was proud of.
Throughout this process listed above I have realized I have learned or grown in expressing my creativity and learning new techniques that I can use when taking photos, also patience. These link back to the course goals and project goals because the goals of this project was to be able to create something that you were proud of and enjoyed doing. Patience was a big part of this project because you had to be willing to be able to try different things till you got something that you liked. I have demonstrated thinking critically and creatively in this artifact by demonstrating that I was willing to learn different techniques while expressing my creativity. This is important because being able to express myself through something that I don't have to speak about is kind of helping me let go of things that I have been holding back. For example in both pictures its kind of like Johnson is only there half of the time which explains how I might feel sometimes, sometimes here and sometimes somewhere else, like half of me is in school but the other half is somewhere else. The Second SLO I demonstrated was Self Directed learner who communicates effectively by showing that I was able to learn new tools and shortcuts to use while using photoshop and that is important because I show that I could learn new skills and adapt to something I’m not use to using or is new to me.
I could have improved Self Directed learner who communicates effectively better, although I’m sure I was able to show how fast I can learn different things but I feel like I had a hard time at first keeping up with the requirements for the project was or what the project was. Overall the most important things I have learned in this class this year are patience and also to create something you’ll be proud of in the future. Patience will help me in the future because I should be willing to try different thing that will work for me as a CSI/Detective without getting annoyed by it or giving up. Creating something you’re proud of is something everyone should have in their mind because if you create or are doing something you don’t enjoy you won’t be proud of when looking at it in the future, do something that you’ll look back to and say “WOW I DID THAT”.