Nothing like Downtown Chicago!
By Senait Gebregiorgis
When I first received the camera I was expecting to get an actual DSLR camera instead. I was like “What the heck am I going to do with a mini camcorder? How do you even take pictures with this?”
It was Labor Day weekend so I decided to go home to Chicago and bring my new friend (the camcorder) along with me. Thankfully, I was able to have my older sister Helen, to help me figure out how to work the camcorder.
We decided to go to downtown Chicago since I felt like that was the place that had great scenery to capture. My sister and I literally stood in the middle of Michigan Avenue for about fifteen minutes trying to figure out how to view the photos on the camera after taking them. Finally, after experiencing with it, I was able to resume in my picture and video taking adventure. I discovered that I love taking pictures more than video taping. After gathering all of the required still and video shots, I continued to walk around downtown and take more random still shots.
One of the struggles I was having with my video shots was with the zooming in and zooming out. For example for the “Zoom in 5 seconds pause zoom out 5 seconds hold” I didn’t know how fast, steady or slow I should have zoomed. Or with the “Tilt up for 2 seconds..pan left for 2 seconds…” I was kind of struggling with how fast or slow I should tilt and pan while recording.
After a long day exploring downtown Chicago with my backpack full of film equipment, I deserved a treat! (Better yet a meal). After the waiter placed a delicious sandwich on my plate (as seen on the video shot) I decided it would be perfect for the tight/textured shot. My little brother’s plate of pizza however was better than my plate, which is why it deserved to make it on the still shot list. Food is a great example of tight/textured shots because when looking at the shots, you can almost feel and even taste the food in your mouth.
After gathering all of my shots, I must admit the most hardest part thus far was editing the entire video. It was one of those days were Adobe Premiere refused to be my friend, even though I was really nice to it. However, after experiencing with it, learning trial and error and making several mistakes I was able to be successful at the end. Asking questions when in doubt or when you’re just simply confused is really important to remember. If I had not asked Professor Collins or even my peers for help, I definitely would not have completed assignment one successfully. A lot of things were learned doing this assignment, and I know I will learn a lot with every assignment that comes. That’s why I look forward to improving each time along the way.
*Drum roll* …… Check out my first art piece here!
Chicago Sunset! Oh how I wish I took this picture ^_^ But I will one day!