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Assignment 1 Avilez


Simba Pillow Pet

“Why won’t this start recording?” I asked myself as I repeatedly pressed the photo shutter button. It took me two days to realize there is a separate button to take videos. That was however the purpose of our first assignment. It was meant to allow us to get acquainted with our camera equipment.

When we first received this assignment I wasn’t too worried about it because I own a Nikon DSLR so I’m familiar with the basic settings of this type of camera. I won’t lie I thought I was ahead of the game. Needless to say this assignment was a humbling experience.

Getting the still shots went pretty smoothly, but the videos took some work. After watching a few youtube tutorials I finally found the video record button. I also had some problems with focus when working with the record function. I particularly had difficulty with the pan left and right shots. My focus kept going in and out and you could hear my tripod moving in the recording. Once I got the hang of everything finding places with good light to shoot was fun. I took some shots around my apartment to practice and then I walked to a nearby park to get some natural light shots.

The editing process was much more stressful to me than the actual shooting. I had never worked with Adobe Premiere before and I am kind of a slow worker. I started to get stressed because most of the class was way ahead of me. I worried that I wouldn’t finish the assignment by the end of class especially when I noticed some of my shot were not the correct size. With the help of one of my classmates however I caught up.

After completing assignment one I feel much more confident in the editing process. Now I want to work on my focus issues when filming for assignment two. I also want to plan better for the editing process by choosing the exact shots I want to use before getting to class. I look forward to seeing my progress in these blogs throughout the semester. My video can be viewed here.

Assignment 1 Corso

Before I began the getting to know my camera assignment I was very overwhelmed and nervous about the whole process. Not having any background about cameras was my biggest concern but I soon realized that was the whole point of the assignment. Walking around campus I encountered new places I have never seen before. This assignment achieved the goal of helping me understand how to use my camera while opening me up to new scenery around campus. My video can be viewed here.


Flowers outside Union

Assignment 1 Koshy


Quiet home in Urbana


I was very excited and a little intimidated as I approached this first assignment for JOUR 215. The assignment was not particular about the quality of our work but instead focused on us covering the basics and putting it all together coherently. Even with a beginner level of difficulty on the assignment, the attention to detail and planning required to put together a package was immense. Any small mistake, human made or computer, would result in repeating a given process again but doing this taught me to be careful with each step for the next time and also to try have fun doing the dirty work.

The video that I created can be found here.

Assignment 1 Lerner

Shot of Foellinger Hall

Shot of Foellinger Hall

Our first assignment went better for me than I was expecting going into it. As a sophomore I have a good amount of experience in broadcast journalism, but almost all of it is in front of the camera. I’m really excited to start gaining more experience behind the camera so that I can become a more well-rounded journalist overall. I was assigned to read a blog done by former student, Carl Rosenberg, and it seems that we shared the same sentiment after the first assignment. As Carl did, I enjoyed using a high quality camera for basically the first time. The other thing that really excites me is beginning to dive deeper into the editing process, which will be crucial to be in my career. Assignment 1 was a pretty good start and I’m excited to learn a lot more about multimedia, take a look at my work!

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