Monthly Archives: February 2010

Idat 307: My try

My housemate Hitomi and I have a go at trying out lightpainting, I think we done pretty well for our first try and the fact we are using an lava lamp.

Here are some of the photographs but the rest can be found on facebook:

We also had a quick go at movement ghostly photographs, for this we used a camera to take the photo and Holga camera Flash to detect my movement…Think it came out pretty cool:

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Idat 307: Movement Photography

Gosh I have been busy with the game module, but now that is out of the way I am going to move on with my 4D project, I have been thinking and I know I still want to do a photography piece, but it is just in what content and presentation.

I really fine movement photography really interesting and I found the ghostly like images to be really inspiring and are a good visual of time movement – that maybe show what a natural eye would not see.

Also I find night photography with lightpainting extreme interesting, its is just so crazy how it works and creates really and again experiments with time:

Idat 307: Oh dear

I had hired out the fisheye lens camera and and took a practice run of the rooftops for my interactive day project. At the weekend and then on the Tuesday the Police came to our door as our neighbors have reported suspicious activity of somebody recording and taking photographs.

Obviously I was doing nothing wrong but the Police asked me to not take anymore photographs, which is a huge BUMMER!!!!!

I did not feel much for this idea for the project, and as I believe in fate, I believe I should re-think my project or if i carry on with this piece I am going to have to change location.

Here are some photos of the rooftops taken with a fisheye lens:

nice view ah?

Project 365: Take a Photo every day for a year

I am going to complete this project, starting from today. I feel that is has reference for my FYP and Dissertation – as it is exposing yourself by photo a day, kinda of like a diary of your year in images.

I also feel that it kinda could links my 4D and narrative module, as it is showing a measurement of time (the narrative of your year), and the photographs, don’t necessary have be detailed and show what exactly you have done with your day. This is like the kind of photographs you would upload to Twitpic.com

From Project 365 site:

Project 365: How to Take a Photo a Day and See Your Life in a Whole New Way

People will often say that their whole lives flashed before their eyes after they experienced a traumatic event. Perhaps it’s a bit morbid, but we think that sounds pretty incredible.

When Taylor McKnight started taking a photo a day on January 1st, 2004, he never imagined the project would not only serve as a way to remember a year, but also help him understand what was important to him in his life.

Whether it was his relationships, his career, or his fashion sense, recording a photo a day for a whole year left him with a rich visual history of his life. And it made him a better photographer to boot!

Now that he’s in the middle of doing it for a second time, we asked Taylor to write about it for us. Read on for our tutorial on how and why to create your own daily photographic history.
Project 365: How to Create a Daily Photographic History
http://www.photojojo.com/content/tutorials/project-365-take-a-photo-a-day/

Why do it?

Taking a photo a day is a big undertaking with big payoffs. Here are just a few reasons why you should consider doing it:

* Imagine being able to look back at any day of your year and recall what you did, who you met, what you learned… (Often we find it hard to remember what we did just yesterday or even last night, let alone a whole year ago!)

* Your year-long photo album will be an amazing way to document your travels and accomplishments, your haircuts and relationships. Time moves surprisingly fast.

* Taking a photo a day will make you a better photographer. Using your camera every day will help you learn its limits. You will get better at composing your shots, you’ll start to care about lighting, and you’ll become more creative with your photography when you’re forced to come up with something new every single day.

Tips on How to Do It

Here are six tips on how to create your own Project 365:

1. Bring Your Camera Everywhere
Yes, everywhere. Get in the habit. Grocery stores, restaurants, parties, work, and school. Going to a movie theatre? Snap a pic of the flick with your phone–there are photo-ops everywhere. If you have one of those tiny tiny cameras, you have no excuse not to have it in your pocket all the time. And if you don’t? Camera phones are a great substitute.

2. Make Posting Easy
You can install blog software like Movable Type or WordPress on your own site and create an entry for each photo, but for true ease of use, try a photo sharing site. Flickr will let you post a week’s worth of photos in 2 minutes flat, and fotolog and Photoblog.com are geared toward a photo-a-day workflow. Making it fast and easy means you’re much more likely to do it.

3. Vary Your Themes
Try to capture the day’s events in a single photo. Perform photographic experiments. Take a photo of someone new you meet, something you ate for the first time, or something you just learned how to do. Take a photo of something that made you smile. And don’t forget to take a photo of yourself at least once a month so you can remember how you’ve changed, too.

4. Tell a Story
Use your blog entry, or your photo description, to explain what’s going on in each day’s photograph. How good did that dinner taste? What made you want to take a photo of that stranger? It’ll help you remember down the road, and it gives friends following along a better appreciation of why you took the photo you did. You don’t need to write a lot, just enough to add some color.

5. Don’t Stop, No Matter What
This is perhaps the most important tip of all. You will get tired of taking a photo every single day. Some days, you will consider giving up. Don’t. The end result is worth the effort. Remind yourself why you wanted to do it in first place.

There will be times you’ll think there’s nothing interesting left to take a photo of, and times you’ll think you didn’t do anything exciting enough to take a photo of. There’s always a great photo to be made.

Get out of the house and take a walk. Or stay inside and look around. Take a photo of something important to you. Take a photo of the inside of your house so you can see how your taste has changed over the years. Take a photo of anything, just don’t stop.

N.b. It helps if you’ve told your friends about the project and asked them to follow along. Their encouragement will keep you going!

6. Post early, post often
Plan on going through and posting your photos at least once a week so you don’t get backlogged and feel overwhelmed. Ideally, post every day or two. Again, spend the time up front to make sure it’s quick and easy to post. It’ll make all the difference.

Examples

* The Project 365 2004 Recap — Read Taylor’s thoughts on the project after the year was over and see some of the highlights.

* Project 365, 2006 (in progress) — Watch a slideshow of Taylor’s second go-around with Project 365.

* Noah Brier’s One a Day — In a more self-reflective variation, our pal Noah takes a photo a day using the webcam built into his MacBook.

http://content.photojojo.com/tutorials/project-365-take-a-photo-a-day/

Idat 310: Cling Flyer

I have just knocked up a flyer, to help us promote Cling being showcased in the student union on Thursday:

Idat310: The Wall

As we have to include cliffs within our game, I have had to adapt the brick wall to appear more like a rock wall and add a few cliff onto it. We wanted to keep the graffiti on the wall, so it give the game a fresh urban fill. I do prefer the use of bricks, but because of the game features a rock wall is more suited:

Ollie will now take this and recreate it within flash

Idat310: Cling Characters

I have taken the Cling Climber Characters I made before and adapted them to look like each member of Involve for the final version of our game: