In photography, we can control the amount of light reaching the image sensor by changing the f number, which is aperture. Different from our typical definition of "largeness" and "smallness", a large aperture in photography should be a small f number, while a small aperture should have a really large f number, such as f-16. In this post, we are going to talk about the power of small aperture, which is taking photos with a large f number. LANDSCAPE By using small aperture, we can create a depth of field in the landscape. Instead of being blurry, all the details in the background will be clear in the photo. PORTRAIT: We can show all the details and textures on figure's skin by shooting with small apertures. The usage of small aperture in portrait shooting can bring viewers a feeling of being close to the figures inside. STILL LIFE: With small aperture, the features of the still life will be completely exhibited through image. For example, when we take pictures for flowers with small apertures, we can clearly see the textures of the pedals and the piles on the stems as if we are observing closely.
There are so much photo editing software to choose from, how do we select the right one to polish our photos for an ideal image? Let's discuss the pros and cons of Adobe Photoshop. Pros: 1: Pixel Editing: Pixels are the basic elements of photos. Pixels are the "dots" in dpi (dots per inch) that make up the image. Pixel editing in Photoshop can help people edit images with precision. 2: Layer Editing: The functions of layer editing can separate images into different layers, adding convenience and flexibility for editing with the ability to adjust specific areas. 3: Editing Tools In addition to adjusting hue, saturation, and contrast, Photoshop can function as a drawing and text editing software. 4: Filter choices Photoshop has almost 100 filters, which can provide users broad choices in editing. Cons: 1: Batch Processing Photoshop focuses on the editing a single image, therefore, it is inconvenient if users need to edit multiple photos at the same time. 2: Quality changes like adjusting scale The quality of an image can be lost when increasing its scale; becoming blurry and losing clarity.
I'm quite fascinated by Mark Zuckerbergs usage of Facebooks "Live Video" feature. These videos to show the inner workings on Facebook campus, pictures of Mark & Priscilla's newborn daughter Max, as well as showing off latest technologies and social initiatives. I came across a video of Mark discussing with Engineer Matt King on creating an AI that will allow blind users (and anyone) to use Facebook in a way where the image would be "read" by the software and then vocally read via the computer to the user. This was groundbreaking and fascinating to me! I've always had an interest in how technology can assist disabled users, and this video made it clear to me that, I am in a position to do something about that. This video was the catalyst for various discussions and collaborations on what we can do to increase technology and accessibility on Agnes Scott's campus. Check it out! Summiyah A. Siddeeq D-Center Coordinator
So you have a portfolio, and its growing as you go through your academic career. The name is done, you have a little picture of you on it, and there's a resume. Now you wait till end of your last year in school right? Wrong. Your portfolio is ready to use now! I know, I know. It’s not done, the colors need to be changed, I don’t think it’s a good reflection of where I’m at now, and is really just isn’t ready to show anyone. News Flash: It’s never going to be perfect. The whole point of the portfolio is that it’s constantly growing. So yeah, it's never going to be perfect, but it definitely can be ready to use. Especially to land that summer job and get some extra ca$h. “Ok but no really. It’s not ready to be seen by anyone. Especially not a potential employer.” Alright I hear you. It doesn’t need to be perfect, but it does need to be somewhat presentable. Here’s some basics to have: 1. A Portfolio The fact that you even have a website, much less one that has your name on it, is impressive. Even if you aren’t looking for a 5 million dollar corporate summer job, it lets them know that you mean business. Make a space to show off your work, whether it’s physical like art or more of a process such as classics. Make a list of accomplishments, take photos of your work space, scan notes and upload them. However you do it, show how your mind works and that you are capable. Show yourself off! 2. A Resume This is essential. Your portfolio basically a living resume, but still make sure you have an actual one. An online one is fantastic, but also print one out. For more on making an online resume, see this article by Melissa. Basically, this is gonna back up the first point. 3. A Picture of You How else are they going to verify that this is you. 4. Make Personal Stuff Private Unfortunately, we live in the digital age. So employers look at facebook and twitter to see what kind of person you are, if they can trust you to carry the brand. Also sometimes they’re just nosy. If you have a blog that you update personal reflections, make the decision on what you want to make private and what you want to keep public. Ask the questions ‘Does this reflect my work or process?’ ‘Am I comfortable with the world knowing these about me?’. After all, your portfolio means you now have a huge digital presence. Of course, these are only a few things to get you started. As you become more comfortable showing off your website, you'll get a feel for how you want your ‘storefront’ to look. When looking for a job, don’t be afraid to tag on your website in the ‘Anything else we should know?’ or bring it up in conversation as comfortably as you can. A stellar way is to print it on business cards.Do what feels true to you, and don’t be afraid to promote yourself. And I swear you don’t need to change that color 30 times, it looks fine. by Anastasia Owen D-Center Tutor
Are you interested in all things tech, but feel like you don’t know where to start? Here a few of my favorite tech-related links: Tech News: Hacker News via Y Combinator Forbes Technology Tech Crunch Wired Code Tutorials: Code Academy Code.org Hour of Code - Khan Academy Local Organizations Women in Technology General Assembly Digital Literacy Microsoft Digital Literacy Have any other links? Share them in the comments section of this post! – Summiyah A. Siddeeq Digital Design Coordinator