Extreme Close Up

My favourite photography assignment so far has been the extreme close ups. You can get really creative with macro shots. Image

This one seems kind of gross but I like the detail in it.

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Basic Lighting

One of our first photography assignments was Basic Lighting. We were taught 3 point lighting. Image

She looks so happy! 🙂

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Image Composition Rules : My favourites

For this assignment we looked at different types of image composition rules and lighting. I wasn’t really sure what I was doing, but some of them turned out okay! Image

This was the portrait picture I took. I like it because it is natural.

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This was the texture picture. The camera settings weren’t exactly right because the bottom is dark, but I’m still learning!

 

 

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What’s Up with Courier?

Courier and Courier New

“A letter can be just an ordinary messenger, or it can be the courier, which radiates dignity, prestige, and stability. “

–   Howard Kettler

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     Courier typeface is a monospaced font (a font whose letters and characters each occupy the same amount of horizontal space) designed to resemble the output from a strike-on typewriter. It was designed in 1955 by Howard Kettler. It was later redrawn by Adrian Frutiger for the IBM Selectric Composer series of electric typewriters. The company IBM chose not to secure legal exclusivity. This lead to Courier becoming a standard font in the typewriting industry.

     In the 1990’s Courier became useful in the electronic world. Being a monospaced font, it was used in situations where columns of characters needed to be properly aligned. It became an industry standard for screenplays to be written in 12 point Courier, or something close to the font. Courier New was introduced with Windows 3.1. Courier New has higher linen space the original Courier. Courier New had been the U.S state Departments standard typeface until 2004. It was then replaced by 14 point Times New Roman. Times New Roman was said to be more modern and legible.

     Unfortunately, Courier was found on a list 10 Iconic Fonts and Why You Should Never Use Them. Whether or not you agree, it is an interesting read. http://typedia.com/explore/typeface/courier/ 

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Copyright and Fair Dealing

How does it affect us?

 

  

Fair dealing is described as a statutory exception to the copyright infringement.  So what is copyright? On Wikipedia it is described as follows: “Copyright is a legal concept, enacted by most governments, giving the creator of an original work exclusive rights to it.”

Fair dealing allows users to engage in certain activities relating to research, private study, criticism, review, or news reporting.  In Canada, fair dealing is much more restrictive then the fair use in the U.S.

So how does this affect myself and other users and creators of copyrighted material? Well, as a user it affects us almost every day. Even by doing this blog, I was able to do research on fair dealing, because of fair dealing. This is because I stayed within the categories stated in the previous paragraph. Fair dealing supports the process of learning. As students, we do research on the daily. We can often use direct quotes, as long as we are using proper citation, giving credit to the original owner. From an early age, students are taught and re-taught not to plagiarize, and to make sure you are giving credit where credit belongs.

Being taught to cite everything properly can benefit us as creators. If you discovered your work had been taken without giving you the credit, I can safely assume you would be upset.  Because of copyright and fair dealing, we know our work will only be used in accordance to the fair dealing categories. Our work will remain ours, and we will receive the proper credit we deserve.

 

 

 

Resources:

 

http://fairduty.wordpress.com/resources/fair-dealing-for-students/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fair_dealing

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copyright

http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/c-42/page-18.html

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Jacqueline Casey – A Great Designer

Jacqueline Casey was a Designer for MIT. She worked in Fashion, Illustration, Advertising, and Interior. Her work was inspiration for many designers today, and will continue to be inspiration for future designers.

 

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Future Trends

The future of technology has endless possibilities. Just a few years ago, who would have thought we’d all have computers that could fit into our pockets? What seems impossible is quickly becoming reality.  Just wonder what could be in store for us in the near future, say 10 years from now?

Electric Cars

A popular topic today is how to preserve our resources and save our planet. Even in advertisements they are using the whole “going green” topic to sell their products. But what does the future hold for saving our resources and going green? Some people believe gasoline-fueled cars will soon be the thing of the past.  It is expected that there will be more charge points for electric cars installed at hospitals, railway stations and urban locations. (http://evnewsreport.com/hundreds-of-new-chargepoints-for-electric-cars-source-uk-department-for-transport/8565/). Of course, there are barriers to overcome if electric cars are to take over. Electric cars can take a long time to charge, which can be a drawback for long trips. However, the UK Government continues to put considerable effort and financial assistance into promoting electrically powered vehicles as viable alternatives to traditionally fuelled transport. It is just one step to saving our planet, but each step counts.

Reference:

(https://autoconvo.com/2013/09/24/will-gas-powered-cars-be-a-thing-of-the-past-in-ten-years/)

Sustained orbital space station

In continuing with the “our world is falling apart” theme, there are some people who believe our planet is doomed. A sustained orbital space station seems to be one solution to keeping our species alive. Of course, a full out community upon a sustained orbital space station does not seem to be a realistic idea within ten years.  However, we may see people researching the idea.  Stephen Hawking himself said “And with several space stations already in orbit, it’s not inconceivable that an ambitious sort will attempt to tackle something much more sustainable and long term.”

Reference:

(http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/in-honor-of-elysium-10-futuristic-sci-fi-concepts-that-could-actually-happen-20130808).

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The sustained orbital space station idea was the set-up for the movie “Elysium” (2013)

 

Embedded cell phones

 

Another unbelievable trend that may become reality is embedding our cell phones into our skin.  It’s not really that far-fetched. There are already pacemakers embedded in people’s skin. This type of technology could help people with medical implants by allowing them to interact with them directly, getting rid of the need for regular check-ups and possibly surgery. A California-based software company, named Autodesk, is looking into how traditional user interfaces could also work in the human body. Christian Holz, a researcher at Autodesk, had said, ‘We discovered that traditional interactive components can work through skin and the metrics collected from this study can inform the future design of interactive implants.’ The researchers used artificial skin made from silicon to test the technology. They also tested touch sensors, speakers, LED’s, and vibration motors by embedding them under the skin of a cadaver’s arm.

With research already underway, it doesn’t seem too impossible for this type of technology to rise up in the next decade. Whether or not people like the idea of having computers embedded in their bodies, it may just become an option.

Reference:

http://metro.co.uk/2012/06/28/heres-a-real-close-call-implanting-your-mobile-phone-under-your-skin-483932/

Morphing Phones

Using nanotechnology, researchers are exploring the concept of “Morph Nano Phones.” Nanotechnology is defined as “the manipulation of matter on an atomic and molecular scale”. These future phones would be flexible and stretchable. They would allow the users to morph their phones into different sizes and shapes. I highly suggest watching this video, which goes further in explaining the functionality that nanotechnology might be capable of delivering:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nL-4SFTB810

Holography

Today, we already seem to have endless ways to communicate. The future certainly has more in store for us. One possibility could be Holograms. Holographic projection into thin air is not yet possible, but realistic 3D projections can be made that can be viewed from any angle. If looked at through a glass they look realistic enough to be called holograms. Some examples of the applications that could be available by 2020 are Holographic Televisions and holographic computing. Here’s a short video explaining the way holograms work, and the many future possibilities they present.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXhGfkGh4vM

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