Before the semester began, my only experience with photo and video editing were from Instagram and a few iMovie productions that I made in high school. I was really looking forward to learning how to be more professional in my work and how to get quality shots that are different than the 300 people I follow on Instagram.
Professor Collins told us from the beginning of the semester that one of the most important things to remember during the semester is to always have a plan A, B, and C. What I wasn’t expecting was how often I would use plan C- almost for every project. However, this taught me how to be flexible and open to new ideas.
The first project I thought would be easy because we were told exactly what kind of pictures and videos we needed to take. I guess I didn’t realize how much more to the camera there would be compared to my iPhone camera (who would’ve thought?). I spent a lot of time trying to get my videos to focus. What I realized later was the auto-focus setting I had on was making this and the next few assignments more difficult than necessary. In the end, I was really happy with how a few of my shots came out, but knew I had a long way to go. You can watch my first assignment here.
The second assignment was a fun one for me because I got to document my sorority’s Bid Day with all my friends. The assignment was to take photos and capture NAT sound. I liked how I was able to capture the fun of Bid Day through my sisters’ faces while being able to hear the loud, excited chatter that happens during the event. We even had an acapella group sing to us, which was obviously great NAT sound. What I learned the most from the assignment was how to capture photos during the awkward outdoor lighting between daytime and nigh
ttime. When do you use flash? Can you just brighten the picture? Etc. You can check out my second assignment with sound here, and without sound here.
The third assignment was a video essay. I decided to film what I do every morning when I wake up. I’m a creature of habit and eat the same thing for both breakfast and lunch, so I have a pretty set routine. I was really happy with how my various shots came out, but still had some trouble with the focusing. However, the NAT sound came out really well, and I had a couple of powerful shots (smoothie blending was my favorite). I also was able to knock two birds out with one stone by doing my homework while getting ready for the day! You can watch my third assignment here.
Next we worked on an audio package. My topic was on the new hotel on Green Street and how it has affected the business of FlatTop Grill Bar and Grill. I have been curious about this question since it opened up over the summer, so not only did I learn how to edit audio, but I was also learned a little more about our community. The thing about audio is that you will always have more than you need. Picking out the best clips was definitely the hardest part. Also, making the volume consistent throughout the whole thing was difficult because people talk louder than others, were in different locations, etc. This was also my first time doing a narration for audio, so after I finished the assignment I realized I needed to work on slowing down when I speak. You can listen to my audio package on Soundcloud here.
Assignment 5 consisted of putting everything we learned up to that point in the semester with a full-package essay. I decided to put together a piece on Mumps because it seemed liked everyone was talking about it in the beginning of the semester but no one knew what it was (funny how long ago that seems!). I thought I’d be able to get professionals from Carle and McKinley, or even (plan B) the immediate care place on Green. However, they don’t allow just anyone to talk to them about medical issues. Plan C were people who have studied Mumps in their class and someone else who volunteers at Carle. I was pretty happy with how it turned out considering this was my first time interview people on camera. Check out my full package here.
The How To piece was my favorite. I knew everyone would do something like how to cook something or how to make a craft, so I decided to take a different approach and do How To Annoy Your Roommate. My roommate helped me with this one and it was a lot of fun. Various tight-medium-long shots helped pull this one together. Check out my how to video here.
Oh, the final project. What a wild ride that was. Plan C was used for almost every aspect of the end result, but I’m still very proud of how it turned out. Something unique about ours is that we used a green screen to make it seem like a newsroom. The camera angles weren’t that great and the audio was terrible for two out of the four of us speaking, but those weren’t in our control and we dealt with it. I think the hardest part about our project was how broad of a topic “bikes” was. I was very fortunate to work with such a hard-working group of girls who were really flexible and ready for plan c. Check out our website with all of various packages here.
From Off the Shelf and Online, I’m Samantha Welch