I have spent a lot of this time planning my ideas for my work, this including spider diagrams and word plans to enhance my thinking of the assignments we have been set. I managed to complete my essay on ‘What makes a good Photojournalist?’ this was after making a draft copy, having it looked at to realize that I should go deeper into my thinking and research. I then looked at books and websites which gave me a better insight into the life of a photojournalist and soon found out that a lot of work is needed as well as the ethics point of view and how people relate to photographs being published. I also managed to take photographs for one of the themes of my Photography assignment, so this enabled me to work on the start of my portfolio as well as my journal so I could keep myself up to date. For my assignment for Digital Journalism, I started to plan my list article on the photographs which I had taken at tropical world, looking at different types of animals and their habitats, I believe this was quite an interesting topic and also very informing to the viewer.


(Ethics) We were working again on the Prezi website, I was in a different group to my original Prezi group this time because I took part in one of the other groups lessons as I missed the Wednesday’s lesson. We had to create a mood board which linked to one of the following… Steam Punk, 1950’s or Art Deco. This was to give us a rough idea on how we created a mood board for a client to show them the ideas and see if what we were thinking about creating was working in the right direction. Our group decided to choose 1950s, I decided to focus on the fashion and beauty aspect whereas other members of the group chose things such as music, film, war, cars and textures. I believed that using Prezi was better than using a more simple approach such as Microsoft Powerpoint because it is more lenient with what you are able to produce. This is what I produced for my part of the mood board…

(Photography) I didn’t manage to attend this session but I knew we learnt about special effects. We looked at panoramic photographs and were told taking them portrait was the best way to get more height and to get more photos of the image so that we can link them. There were many guidelines for taking these kind of photos, these included using a tripod, pano head, wide angle lenses, decide on depth of field, exposure, manual settings, overlap shots, choose the best camera position, and take several series of the shots. We also learnt how to put the photos together, ‘file>automate>photomerge’, choose the type of collation, merge layers and transform/warp to level out the images.

(Ethics) I managed to bond with more people in my class because of this task. We were put into smaller groups within the class and introduced to a new online publication called ‘Prezi’. This software enabled us to create online presentations which each person can use and mess around with to help each other out. We were asked to plan a trip to Cuba immediately. We had to plan our stay, flights, taxi’s and what we would need and put all of this information into the presentation. Prezi is very creative and enables much more individuality that Microsoft Powerpoint. Using Prezi was quite difficult as I had never used the publication before, this limited me from creating something inventive because it took me a lot of time to get used to it. I think if I used Prezi in future reference and became familiar with it then I would be able to creative very detailed pieces.

(Photography) In this workshop, we learnt about shutter speed. Shutter speed is measured in fractions of a second but if the speed becomes slow then it is measured in seconds. 1/500 means that this is a 500th of a second where as 3″ means that the speed is three seconds. Electronic and mechanic shutters are the most used. DSLRs are mostly compatible with a mechanic shutter. The shutter speed controls the exposure along with ISO, letting us control the motion of the picture. A fast shutter speed would freeze the motion whereas a slower one would blur. I enjoyed working with shutter speed because it was very unusual and something I hadn’t done before, capturing motion brought out great effects in the photo’s I had taken and I believe it will work very well within my trip to Tropical World.

(Ethics) Our lesson was held on the Thursday due to Mike being ill. We looked at different quotes about what photojournalists class themselves as and also the ways in which they work. We also looked at which different magazines, people, wesbites and newspapers are more honourable and trustworthy than others.

This is a similar table to the one which we looked at in the lesson, it shows how much trust people put into the news and which they believe to be the most reliable, I believe it to be quite interesting.

We also looked at the guidelines for journalists, a website which relates to this quite well is this…

I believe this lesson helped me to understand what the public are going to rely on and who they are going to trust to tell the truth, therefore in my career I should try and keep this the same way and get the correct information and not be like someone like eg. The News Of The World, from their huge hacking court case.

(Digital Journalism) Today we looked at different ways of reading an article. These include online and offline prints. I noticed that offline prints such as magazines and newspapers included more detail because people have actually bought the articles inside of this so will then intend to read them. Whereas on a website, they normally just scan the article. The page length for a Broadsheet was 1200-1600 words, whereas for a magazine it was 750-1000 words, this changed dramatically for an online article ranging from 250-700 words. We were told that when writing for online publications to try and limit down the word count, use lists, quotes and call outs. I believed this session to be extremely helpful because it showed us how we were to right if we were creating publications online or offline and how to grab peoples attentions instead of them just ‘scan’ reading.

(Intro to Photography) I didn’t manage to make it into today’s lesson so I found out what I missed by emailing Tony as well as asking my friends to give me some information. I learnt that we were working on ‘aperture’, we learnt about the basics of aperture and then going to look at ‘depth of field’, a shallow depth of field helps something in the foreground to stand out where as a wide depth of field is better use for landscapes. I also learnt that each camera has a sweet spot, this is the best spot to make images look their sharpest and more professional.

(Ethics) We were asked to create a timetable to make us have a look at when we complete work, our free time and when we attend lessons. This gave me an insight to how much free time I have in which I could be completing work instead of just messing around. We created this using Illustrator and planned out the times and days so I could look at my time.

This is what I came up with, I highlighted each thing I did with a different colour and kept a plan at the bottom so I could see when I did this.

In the second part of the lesson, we looked at a series of images which we discussed about being ethical or unethical to send to a magazine or a website to produce. This encourage class debate which got us all talking and helped us to understand more about whether a journalist should have to have consent to use a photo or whether they should just go for it.

(Photography) I missed this lecture due to the fact that Liba Taylor was doing her own lecture and workshop. I picked up on some notes from my friend from the class and learnt that we were being taught about artificial lighting. I learnt the basics such as additional lighting should be added if it is too dull, the contrast is wrong or even the colour tone. Things such as reflectors and flash are good sources of artificial lighting as they help to bring the photo to life. This helped because the focus of our first Photography assignment was all about lighting (Halloween) and now I can apply both natural and artificial together and know how to work with them.

(Ethics) Mike was off sick today so we had a lecture with Honey, it was quite interesting reading about a photojournalist and the main characteristics of their job. She also gave us a starting point of an essay of 1500 words about ‘What makes a good photojournalist?’ this enabled me to do a lot of research and look at things I didn’t already know. I was also given a reading list of famous books as well as researching quotes which helped me to have a better insight. We were then sent on a task to interview and get photos of student asking them of their University experience, I was a bit wary of this at first because I wasn’t quite comfortable going upto people I didn’t know, but in the end I got used to it and managed to find out information and feel more secure.

(Digital Journalism) We went through the whole course modules of what we will be doing up until the January assignments. This helped me to understand what needed to be done and helped me to understand what we will be expected to create. This is also the lesson which showed us about the social news and the real published news to do with Bin Laden so we could understand the differences between the two. This was a good lesson because it helped me relate to the different pieces of news and how to understand which was which.

(Photography) In this lesson, we started looking at natural lighting, we were showed some examples and talked to about front light, side light and back light. We were then set out ourselves to take pictures of these but because the day was very dull, there wasn’t much natural light to take photos with, this proved difficult so I wasn’t really able to take many photos. I would catch up on this another day and post the photos on facebook.

(Ethics + Digital Journalism) Although I already posted a post on the end of our foundation project, this week was the final week we had to complete it. I also got my advice on how to improve my Zine and to look at the positives and negatives, I recieved a lot of positive feedback which made me feel better about what I had done as I hadn’t used the software before. I also recieved feedback on my blog and was told that my blogs were going in the right direction and were quite interesting.

(Photography) We were suppose to be completing the final drafts for our foundation project, and after we finished these we were taught the whole module guide for our work throughout the year until January. The first assignment was to do with Halloween using natural and artificial light. I will definitely plan my photoshoots before I take them so I can make them the best of my ability. I want to make sure my photos are the best ones I could take. I’m glad I completed my foundation project on time because it shows I had good time handling skills as well as doing well with the actual programmes.