Any of you who frequent Photojojo have probably read the post on photography games already, but just in case you haven’t I would like to invite you to join a delightful game.
Of all the games that Photojojo posted, I thought that Mission 24 would be the most amusing. You are given a mission key word at random once a week, and then you have to post a photo within 24 hours interpreting the mission. I thought it would be a great creative brain stretcher.
On an educational note, wouldn’t it be great to create a similar game a a classroom level?
Join up for Mission 24, everybody! You’ll see some posts by myself there soon (I’m not sure if they’ll show up as Nikki L., or l.nikki12).
Lastly, I would like to apologize if I made any of my subscibers assume I have stopped blogging. I have obtained a summer job, and haven’t found nearly as much time to be on the computer lately (I check my emails and Google Reader, then turn it off). Currently, it’s my day off, I’m still in my pj’s (despite it being around noon), and trying to catch up on my cyber activities. However, I’m still around, so keep reading!
I chose to share this letter by famous photographer Ansel Adams, because he seems to capture in words what I could never explain about how I feel about art, and it’s interconnectedness with the rest of our lives. I hope you enjoy it. The photographs are not his work, but they are of Yosemite National Park, one of his main sources of inspiration.
When I read it, I nearly burst with excitement. I’m sure some squealing noises followed. On the most recent post by Photojojo, a blog I’ve mentioned frequenting before, there was an announcement saying that Adobe has released an on-line express Photoshop!
Now, don’t go into this expecting all of the advanced Photoshop features; the full version of Adobe Photoshop is far too expensive to be giving out on-line (Although, as I’ve mentioned before, I use an ancient version of Corel Photo House that has a bunch of similar, but less user-friendly features to Adobe. I’ve gotten away with using Corel for some on-line Adobe photo tutorials quite nicely, if I do say so myself). However, if you’re currently clogging your computer’s hard drive with one (or several) of those uber-confusing, trashy photo-editing suites that comes with your camera, you should consider unloading it, and doing your basic photo touch-ups on-line. It’s so slick, and everything is well laid out, so that you can actually find the tools you want to use!
This site has the potential to develop into the next Flickr. It’s also meant to be a photo sharing site, with 2 GB of storage per account. I haven’t played with all of the features yet, but I know that currently, you can send images in emails, create links to them, or embed them in blogs. It doesn’t have all of the photo networking features that Flickr has, but if you give it time, I bet these features will appear.
Now enough talk, it’s time to see some examples! These are just some quick examples of features you will find on Adobe Photoshop Express. I am aware that some of these may be a little over-the-top, but I’m just having fun.
As we discussed in Wed.’s ECMP 355 class, the biggest part of blogging is following other’s blogs and commenting on them. Just thought that I’d share a couple of awesome blogs.
http://www.curiouslyincongruous.net/ This is the photoblog of an amazing London photographer who I stumbled upon when I Googled London Bridge. Anyone who’s in to photography or just loves a well-composed piece of art should check it out. Upon the photographer’s request, I’m not going to link an image here.
http://icanhascheezburger.com/ This is just pure cuteness. I’ve spent hours on this one. It’s pics of cats and other animals with captions in the kind of baby voice you use when you talk to your pets. Here’s a peek.
I can deal with most technological problems that come my way. It’s kind of my role in my household. I get lots of questions like “Nikki, how do you order things on-line?” “Nikki, how do I download this song?” “Nikki, can you install this printer?” and “Nikki, how do I run this old Windows ’95 program?” Yet what I know about technology I learned through a lot of trial, error, and just plain fiddling. I would in no way, shape, or form consider myself a tech expert.
Yet, there’s one little bit of technology that I absolutely love. I’ve found it to be an essential tool to my artwork. My digital camera.
In grade 10, I realized that the wimpy little not-even-a-mega-pixel-of-resolution camera I owned was not meeting my needs, and that it would be a good investment for an art student to have a better way to capture the world around them for later use. After some searching, I went out and bought a 4 mega-pixel HP Photosmart camera. (no, not a great camera, but a far cry from what I had been working with). I picked up various photo editing systems quickly (unfortunately, I’ve never had the chance to work with Adobe Photoshop 😦 , however I’ve gone through Adobe Photoshop walk-through’s using equivalent functions on my Corel system).
My digital camera was a great deal of help in my Concentration project for the AP Art class. I took photos of the people I interviewed for the project so that I wouldn’t have to draw them on the spot. I also was able to take photographs of the work I did and create a website for my art.
On top of that, I used it for projects throughout high-school in practically every class. For example, this is one of the pictures that I took, later edited and added to a magazine article I was creating on vegetarian ettiquitte.