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Assignment 1 Ramirez

The entrance to Hallene Gateway in Urbana, Illinois

What’s up! My name is Demisha Ramirez. I introduce myself as Demi like Demi Lovato; it just helps people remember it. I have been studying Broadcast Journalism for the past 2 semesters and I absolutely love it. I really haven’t used a camera ever before (except selfies, but that doesn’t count).  Whenever someone would ask them to take a picture I would just say no because I thought I was a horrible photographer. So actually having a camera and having to go out and take pictures and video is completely out of my comfort zone!

Assignment one was easier than what I hyped it up to be. I just wanted my shots to be clear and straight, because I do not have a steady hand. I went out and started walking around campus on one of the most beautiful days. The sun was out and I felt like an actual photographer.

I took photos of everything on campus. I even brought along one of best friends,  Quan Trimble, and started taking pictures of him until he got annoyed with me and I had to stop. I started taking pictures at the Ike, but wasn’t getting any shots so then went to the Quad. I figured there is always something happening on the quad so I would have plenty of inspiration. I got some pretty nice shots of the quad (see one below).

Davenport Hall on the Main Quad of The University of Illinois- Urbana, Illinois

I felt like I could do better, so I decided to go inside the Illini Union. Lucky for me, there was an event called  “Festival of Maidens, Daughter of the Dragon.” Think ‘Game of Thrones,’ but without the blood and death. There were no real swords, so they fought with a stick wrapped in a silver, shiny material that mirrored a sword. I got some great shots of all the matches and also some medieval merchandise the sponsored organization was selling.

A participant of The Festival of Maidens


Next, I just decided to practice my shooting inside my room with some items I had laying around. I live in Bousfield and the rooms are pretty big for being a dorm room, but still. I had a limited space to shoot in. I shot some stuffed animals I had so I can practice my close-ups. I also practiced on some old flowers I saved and I was extremely happy with how they came out. I was excited for class so I can do the next step.

A pink dead rose I’ve had since February 2016

Next step was editing and putting my pictures into a video. I have never used Adobe anything in my life, but I have used I-Movie to edit 2 videos. I figured it couldn’t be that complicated. Man, was I wrong! I don’t mean complicated in a bad way, but it was a little overwhelming seeing and trying to use all the effects and buttons correctly. I got the hang of the program after a few minutes of playing around with it. I also kept asking my  classmate sitting next to me for help. It was also hard to decide the order of the pictures in the video and deciding what pictures to actually use. I am happy with my final project, but I am more excited for more projects to come. Then I will actually have some experience and hopefully they will be better.

Check out the video of the fun I had all over campus here!


Fear and Hope in Gymnastics

Gymnast Rae Balthazor mentally prepares to begin her bar routine at the Pink Meet on Jan. 29.

Hi there! This assignment challenged me in many ways, but my biggest struggle was coming up with a story idea. I will admit, after I finished Assignment 1, I peaked ahead to look at this upcoming project. I was so excited to see another opportunity to take still photographs in a photo essay. However, when I arrived in class, I quickly learned this assignment had an additional requirement that was announced by Professor Collins.  Continue reading

Multimedia Comes to an End

12189163_126536414373085_406327895107191868_nInitially before the class was even in session I was nervous to see what would come ahead of me. Professor Collins initial email had me worried I would be pilled on with more work than enjoyment. I felt as I had it really cut out for myself for taking up Multimedia and Television 1 in the same semester. However now as we have come to an end I was completely wrong, Collins is one of the best teachers I’ve had at the University, she taught me so much in so little time that had sharpened my skills across the board. Through the semester there were a series of assignments that were completed at a gradual pace, adding one element after another until we combined it all in our final project.  Continue reading

Assignment 3 Reflection

For assignment 3 we were told to create a video essay similarly to the photo essays previously done . The first story topic I had in mind for this project didn’t fall through so I had a plan B of doing a story on getting around campus in various forms of technology. I thought my video and shot angles have improved some, however I believe that I have to learn to become more steady when I’m doing more of my creative shots.

Additionally I have learned that each story must have a clear focus because if not then the viewers can become confused on what the message and purpose of each shot choosen. All in all i’m looking forward to more improvements along the semester.

Assignment 1 Dinh


I found this first assignment fun, but time consuming. I went out to the quad and it was neat how many different activities were going on. It made my videos more interesting. I have background experience with photography, so it was fun going back out and shooting. The video part was a little more difficult, because I had to foresee what was going to be able to know when to shoot. My favorite part was talking to the people I took videos of. There was a group of hula hoopers, “historical swordsmen” and jugglers. All of which who tried to rope me into trying it out with them and, despite me saying no, were all really nice and pleasant to talk to as well. Overall, I really enjoyed this assignment because it got me up and going and I enjoy more hands on work.

You can find my first assignment here

Reflection 4: Handling disaster

Espresso Royale on Daniel Street in Champaign, Ill., about 30 minutes before closing time.

Espresso Royale coffee shop on Daniel Street in Champaign, Ill., about 30 minutes before closing time.

When Professor Collins said “anything that can go wrong is going to go wrong,” I didn’t know just how serious she was.

After completing my entire project on snow removal on campus, with footage of the trucks, workers and shovels scraping away day and night, something went wrong. Continue reading

Preparing for #1 Penn State

Filming gymnastics presented many challenges.

Filming gymnastics presented many challenges.

I can’t even begin to explain my relief in completing my assignment 4 video. There were so many things about this assignment that I did differently which made for a much easier editing process than the last assignment.

I now feel like I’ve settled into a groove and have become exponentially more comfortable with Adobe Premier. It also doesn’t hurt that the software on the classroom computers worked with me this time instead of against me. Continue reading

Reflection 3: Mistake corrected, Smash achieved

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U being played on our apartment's television in Urbana, Ill.

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U being played on our apartment’s television in Urbana, Ill.

Since I missed the class for Assignment 3, I basically had to do two projects in one (which is absolutely my fault.)

It turned out just fine, though, as I’ve used editing software before. When I made the video with my 12 pictures originally, it felt a little bland. I had my powerful shots and my story told, but the aspect audio brought to the project was certainly missed.

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Assignment 2 Chun

Studying hard at the library

Studying hard at the library

For our second assignment, we had to shoot photos that had a constant theme/told a story. I wasn’t entirely sure what I wanted to do for my project for a few days. I knew I wanted to do a day-in-the-life type story, but I kept on dithering back and forth between different ideas. However, on Sunday night I was hanging out with some friends when they decided to go to the library to work on homework. That’s when I got the idea to document the trip.

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