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Muslim immigration ban protesters gather at the Alma Mater


Fear. Hope. Excitement. Afraid. There were the words Assignment 2 had to revolve around. I was extremely excited to go out and film. I feel like I work better when there is some sort of structure and instruction as to what a project has to be about. For example on assignment 1, I had to get specific shots, but what I shot was completely up to me. So I loved the fact that I had something to go off of. Now, deciding what to shoot was hard. At first I wanted to film my best friend, Carolina, going to an animal shelter and adopting a dog, because I figured there is a lot of emotions happening. But I forgot my camera, so that topic was a no go. A day later, I got invited to a march on the quad to protest the Muslim Immigration Ban and I knew that was the topic I had to film.


When I got to the march I just started taking pictures of every one in the crowd. It was said there was almost 400 protestors at the march. I then started taking pictures of signs that people made. There was so many signs and they were all equally invoking emotions. From signs that said, “Melania is an immigrant too” to “White Apathy Kills,” emotions were running high and I wanted to capture that.

Protestor holds sign in opposition to the Muslim Immigration Ban

When people started chanting, “No hate no fear, refugees are welcome here,” I knew I had to start filming and not just take photo’s. So I added that audio to my project. My favorite audio that I got was a speech from a muslim immigrant student saying, “and I refuse to be bullied into leaving this country.” Those were extremely important words and everyone in the crowd was cheering strongly.

Protestors on the Main Quad carrying a cloth saying “Resist”

One of the hardest things about shooting this event was trying to get pictures while everyone was marching. They moved really fast and I  wanted to make sure my shots were blurry. Most of my shots came out clear though. I took over 100 pictures and it was extremely hard to narrow it down to just 12. I decided to use the pictures that made me feel the 4 emotions: fear, afraid, hopeful, and excitement.

I am extremely happy with this project and it was a lot of fun shooting this event and learning about it. I felt all 4 of the emotions and I hope you will too.

You can see my video of images from the protest here!

Assignment 2 Griffin

When Professor Collins explained assignment two, I was pretty excited. This assignment I felt gave us our first opportunity to be creative and use our camera’s in anyway we wanted. Personally, I’ve never really been a photographer, but this assignment gave me an opportunity to sort of test myself out I guess.  Continue reading

Photo Essay- The Path

Part of the path with the river alongside

Assignment 2 was all about the photo essay. I was pretty eager to start this assignment and hear the criteria for it. It seemed like it was going to be a fair, interesting, and thought-provoking assignment, but then Professor Collins added another twist to the assignment. She challenged us to add themes of fear, afraid, hopeful, and excitement. When this part of the assignment was added, I really wasn’t sure what I was going to do. I started thinking and had a few ideas. The one I chose to go with was nature-filled and I even got more ideas along the way, which was good.

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Assign 2 Smith


Juicy strawberries that I used to create my homemade parfait

Assignment 2 was all about the image–we had to create a photo essay using a specific theme and of all things, I chose mine to be centered around breakfast 😀

For me breakfast is very fundamental to the start of my day because without it, I would be a hangry individual (cross between hungry and angry) and I wouldn’t be able to focus on my studies because all I would be able to think about is my stomach growling. With that being said, I took images as well as videos of some of my favorite things I like to eat in the morning whether I’m on the go, or I have a little more time to cook. My completed video without sound can be seen here.

If you actually want to hear the sounds of me cooking as well as my explanation of why I choose the items I eat everyday, then check this out.

I enjoyed doing this assignment because I really like breakfast. I didn’t run into many problems, except now looking back I was kind of shaky when capturing footage of the food. For example, when I titled the camera to film the chocolate chip pancakes, it was pretty shaky because I was holding it by hand. I will now work on controlling my camera.


Assignment 2 Photo Essay

I was more excited then I thought I would be about this project, because I immediately knew what I wanted to do. I chose to take pictures of graffiti/ writing on the walls of the bathrooms at the Espresso Royale on 6th and Daniel, because I’ve always been intrigued by bathroom art.

If you take a moment to look at some of the things scrawled on the walls, you’ll find there’s a beautiful blend of inspiration, imagination, humor and interaction that is so much more than the word ‘vandalism’ allows for. But how does it happen? What inspires someone to pick up a pen or marker and write sometimes paragraphs of content, or share a personal thought? What moves someone to respond or react to what’s been written? I had originally intended to use photos from multiple locations on campus, such as the other Espresso Royale, Cafe Paradiso, the English Building and the Foreign Language Building, however, it ended up being too much content for this one minute photo essay.

While I enjoyed taking the photos and recording the natural sound, I continually found myself wishing I had more knowledge of the camera I was using and, later, the editing software. I had a lot of ideas and visions for how I wanted my photos and project as a whole to look, but felt limited by my lack of experience in the multimedia domain. I think my photos could have been taken better. I tried to google how to use the camera and what the different settings mean, but still wish I had some previous knowledge.

I also felt a little lost when adding sound, but ultimately am proud of my project. I put a lot of hours in and felt a little stressed while editing, but enjoyed the challenge.

My video without sound can be found here. My video with sound can be found here.

One of my favorite shots from this peice

One of my favorite shots from this piece.

Assignment 2 Reflection

For this assignment I wanted to be able to show what part of campus was like on Labor Day. I find it really interesting that people use a space such as the quad for relaxing on their days off of classes. Many people were there hanging out and participating in various activities. In my project I tried to capture the essence of Labor Day for ordinary students and how they spend their time on a nice day on the quad. I did my best to capture this with various shots of people juggling, laying on a hammock, studying and hanging out with their pets.

As I took shots, I also recorded audio. This part made me more nervous as I couldn’t get my recorder to work so I used my phone. It ended up turning out alright, but it was a bit muffled at times. I also realize now that I needed to dissolve my sound when it was louder. After reviewing both the PEWO and PEWS, I would have chosen to include the sound because I think that it made my essay more powerful. I liked how the different activities complemented my story and showed how people were enjoying themselves (for example the music playing in the hammock shot).

Pug "Roxy" enjoying herself on Labor Day.

Pug “Roxy” enjoying herself on Labor Day.

Making A Quick Bite to Eat Assignment 2 Dinh

Annisa Rodriguez enjoys a bite of her quick fix snack, Naan pizza.

Annisa Rodriguez enjoys a bite of her quick fix snack, Naan pizza.

This photo essay was a fun project that follows along with the process of making naan pizza.

Follow Annisa Rodriguez as she creates a simple quick snack called Naan Pizza. Topped with cheese, tomatoes, mushrooms and more cheese.
Note, you can add whatever toppings your heart desires. Once you’ve added all your toppings, pop it in the oven at 350 for 10 minutes then enjoy!

To view the original video without sound, click here.

Assignment 2: Labor at the Beach – Avilez


Beachgoers enjoy a 91 degree day.

For our second assignment we had put together a photo essay that had a constant theme and told a story.

On Sunday, I decided to take my camera to the beach because I knew there would probably be a lot going on there given that it was Labor Day weekend.  I wanted to show how people were enjoying one of the last weekends of summer. I was really happy with the shots I got. I ended up taking over 200 photos. Narrowing down my shots down to the 12 that told the story the best was the hardest part.

In my first video there is no audio, then I added some audio to the second video. The sound I added helped to capture the atmosphere of the beach. It was very windy so a lot of the sound is of the strong blowing winds. The wind overpowered much of the other natural sounds. However, I did also get some great audio of the water hitting the shore.

You can see my photo essay without sound here. You can see my photo essay with sound here.

A Ride Across our Farm- PEWO/PEWS Wright


Here is my father preparing the food plot by his deer stand.

For my second assignment, I put together a photo essay during my weekend home in Vienna, Illinois. I decided to make my essay a journey across my family’s farm by our house. The pictures make up a timeline from when I leave our barn, to traveling across the farm seeing food plots, fields and my father working, to once again returning to the barn.

The sound is what makes this video in my opinion, which shows the sound of the Ranger, the sound of the wheels on the gravel, the bugs in the field and the sound of the farm equipment. The goal of my video was to show the beauty of the vast farmland and forest that exist in southern Illinois by showing a small example of my family’s land.

You can see my photo essay without sound here.

You can see my photo essay with sound here.

Bid Day: Photo Essay With and Without Sound


Sorority member outside her house

My story was on Bid Day, a loud and exciting night for sororities across the University of Illinois campus who are welcoming new members into their homes. This story details what happens after girls receive their bid and run from Foellinger to their chapter houses. From an outsiders perspective, Bid Day is made up of taking cute pictures outside their homes with their new sisters. What people usually don’t see is the dinner and entertainment that happens after. To see the video with sound, click here. To view the video without sound, click here.