The Adobe Photoshop Project was very refreshing. I’ve heard about the program and how difficult it is to use, but as Professor Sandhouse stated, it seems hard because the program is so complex and can do so much. Starting off was a little rough but once I was familiar with the options under the image tab and what they do, I was fine. The tools on the side were useful and interesting to use. They Spot Healing tool was great fro erasing blemishes and pimples. The lasso tool was good for removing objects from the pictures. I used it to remove objects in the background that took away from the focus of the picture. Cropping the pictures was the first step I took towards these pictures. Editing the color affects was the second and using the tools was the last step. Surprisingly, I enjoyed editing the pictures that were provided by the professor; opposed to the two pictures I took from the previous assignment.
I cropped the image to portrait format enough to remove the car and wires in the background. Increased the vibrance to 65 to make it easier to distinguish between the pinks and reds. It also brought out the green in the trees. Used lasso tool to remove the car in the back, between their heads.
Cropped he photo then enhanced the red in the shirt, sign, and shoes by increasing the saturation from 0 to +39 and lightness to +6.
I increased the shadow to 23%. Used the spot healing tool to whiten her teeth and clear some blemishes on her chin. I also used the red eye tool to remove the red eye. Vibrance up to 11.
Cropped out building and construction cite in the background. Increased saturation to enhance the blue in the shirts. Used dodge tool to whiten teeth and increased brightness.
I cropped the image to a landscape format. Increased the vibrance to make the blue and orange colors richer and make them women more tan.
Cropped out the top of the trees. Used lasso tool to remove the box that was on the bottom right corner. Increased the saturation to enhance the red in statue and flowers.
I cropped out the tree trunk to the left and the trees in the background. I increased the brightness to +12, and decreased the contrast to -55. I also increased the exposure to +.11 to enhance the leaves. It looks HD. I used the spot healing brush to make her skin look clear by removing acne. Increase vibrance to +70.
I cropped the image in a portrait format. Used the Lasso tool to remove the people in the background. Increased the vibrance to +78 to enhance the greens in the plants and the burgundy in her hair and plants.
I cropped the image in a portrait format to put more emphasis on the woman oppose to the tree. Whitened her teeth with the dodge tool. Increase saturation up to +9. Increase vibrance to +42.
This is the photo I took in class. I cropped the image to landscape format to include the fountain in the lake, the end of the sidewalk, and the top of their feet. Increased shadow to 35%. Increased vibrance to +72
Another picture i took in class. it was a close up so i didn’t crop it down. I increased Brightness, Vibrance and used the spot healing tool to remove some bumps on her face and chest.
Sabahi news reported on Tuesday that Al-Shabaab forced a shutdown of mobile internet services due to an ultimatum with a telecommunication company. Al-Shabaab prohibited the use of mobile internet earlier this month, mainly located in the Horn of Africa. Recently, In a statement, the group said that “any individual or company that is found not following the order will be considered to be working with the enemy and they will be dealt with in accordance Sharia law.”
This to me shows how powerful the use of the internet can be. Powerful enough to be a threat to the rebel group. They believe that the use of internet through mobile devices can be a used to spy on the Muslim population. The rebel group also believes that the use of the internet has effects on the Muslims in Somalia.
The class assignment to capture photos was a good experience. There is a big misconception that photographers have an easy job because they only take pictures, but after the assignment I realized how challenging it is to capture the right shot. I was having a little trouble with the medium wide shot and medium shot, but I’m a lot more confident now than i was before at taking pictures. Excited to see what the rest of the semester will be like.
After doing our shot compositions project, I noticed how versatile the camera on our mobile devices can be. I came across an article that discussed a few new innovations that might have a great impact in Africa. The cool part about them is that they are all attachments for mobile devices. Check them out. http://memeburn.com/2014/01/three-huge-innovations-from-ces-that-could-transform-africa-ces2014/
There was once a time when black rhinos roamed Africa by hundreds of thousands, but due to poaching, that number has dropped a great amount. There are currently about 4000 black rhinos left on the continent, and many people are concerned about the animal becoming extinct.
Recently a Texas hunting group, Dallas Safari Club, auctioned off a license to hunt a black rhino in Namibia for $350,000. Many people are upset about the auction because the black rhino is already on the verge of becoming extinct. The irony behind the auctioned license to kill a rhino is that the group claims the money will go to support conservation of the black rhino in Namibia.
Support the life of these animals by killing them ? How do you feel about this?
Now that the first week of the semester is behind us, it is time to kick things up a notch. I came across some great motivational quotes in this article and would like to share with everybody aspiring to succeed with the grades the want.
I was having a conversation with a co-worker, and the discussion went from sports to health, then to education. I shared my aspirations with him and informed him that I was a journalism major. To my surprise, he was shocked and responded in a way that caused me to explain our ancestry.
“Journalism?” he said. “Wow, that’s good man. Black people usually don’t write good.”
“Are you serious?” I said. “Africans, Black people, write well.
He noticed his comment hit home so he tried to explain, but I spoke over his explanation.
“Listen,” I said. “Becoming a good writer just takes some practice, and if you knew your history, you would know that Africans, Black people, invented and used some of the earliest scripts.”
Even though a lot of their manuscripts were sabotaged in the razing of Timbuktu, and by burning Moorish documents in Granada, there is evidence available that proves Africans developed and used a writing system before the holocaust. Hieroglyphics in Egypt is another example.
Above is a picture of a book called Blacks in Science by Ivan Van Sertima that examines many cases of Africans, Black people, in science and more. ENJOY.