Weekly Recap

This week we learned A LOT of new things, but I really loved the GIF making

1. But we also learned Photoshop, which has a HUGE Learning curve. but I’ll take any sort of practice on it that I can take. We made minimalist posters, I really loved my Party Down one

2. Reading the short story Jon was weird, and I did not understand the connection to gifs until we discussed it in class. We can get closer to a pure communication through shared experiences. GIFs and facial expressions are a part of that ability to share an experience.

3. MAKING GIFS.. high fives for all

4. Daily Shoots! I took every one of of my pictures using my phone, than edited and manipulated them using various apps 



Black and White

Rule of Thirds


What I learned- Photography Post(Updated)

When I was looking through all of the photography tips and information a lot of it went over my head. I am only used to taking photos, point and shoot, with not ever worrying about the saturation, a vantage point, pixel number etc. In fact, I lost my camera last year, and I have not bothered to replace it. Instead, I rely on my phone to take pictures. More and more people are using their phones as their sole camera, and iPhone photography is becoming a more legitimate art form.


On Photodoto I found a bunch of apps for photo editing and such. I then went to the App Store to see when Apps I could get and play around with (free ones of course). I already use Instagram so I didn’t bother playing with that one.

The first one I tried was PhotoCat- There is a lot to play with in this app, lots and lots of filters, you can make a collage, add a border, enhance the colors, and blur the image. The layout of this app is very simple for all of the things that you can do in it. There are “pro” filters but with the amount offered you would not need to buy more.


The next one I tried was PopAGraph. The graphics for this app were more attractive than the other apps so I thought I was going to like it better, but its features did not match its nice design. It had an in app tutorial, which I think is always a bad sign with an app, they really should be intuitive. The only feature on it was drawing, but I think if you paid for the pro version there would be more.20130410-145658.jpg

However CameraBag is an awesome app. The filters and effects make for really cool pictures. I was surprised with how easy it was and the resulting pictures I would make with it.20130410-145710.jpg

Response- Jon

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Reading Jon felt as though I was reading something Kurt Vonnegut, who is one of my most favorite authors. I really enjoyed reading this story and its criticism on commercialism. The story makes celebrities out of young people who choose what is cool , ” TrendSetters” and TasteMakers” are trading cards. These kids are raised up in praise of their decision making. The people in this society worship commercialism. The only way that these child celebrities are able to break out is love. In this sense it is very similar to the novel “Never Let Me Go” by Kazuo Ishiguro–which is about a home for children **SPOILER** who have been cloned for the purpose of harvesting their organs. In the book there is a rumor that there is a way to get out of donating if they can prove they are in love. In this story,  Jon/Randy and Caitlyn are in love and their overseer Mr. Slippen has a deep connection to the two of them. Mr.Slippen does not want them to continue down  the life path they are on. This insistence makes the reader assume that the baby that died of Meningitis was purposefully ignored.

Jon/Randy is supposed to a be wonder kid in terms being a TasteMaker, he is encouraged to stay put and continue his work. To help him deal with his loss of Caitlyn, he becomes hooked on Aurabon which is a medication that it induces happiness. Sanders makes an interesting criticism on commercialism and children. The young people choose what is cool  at the loss of their feeling the way the want to, and the adults get hooked on what the young people deem is cool.