Film it, Save it, Cut and Edit

•May 1, 2013 • Leave a Comment
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C.Harmelink and A.Novotny

Promotional Video

For the class video project I headed once more into the world of Roller Derby. This game was between the Laramie Naughty Pines Derby Dames and Casper’s A’Salt Creek Roller Girls. It was the season opener for Laramie’s own and although it ended with a loss, the players all seemed to have a good time. Even Bomb Dylan who was removed from the game late in the second half.

This is the second derby I’ve photographed in Laramie and the first I’ve attempted to film. I was a little bothered by my lack of access to more gear but I feel Novotny and myself did well with the two Canon Rebels we had at our disposal. I was greatly satisfied by the rebels video capabilities (this being the second video to memory I’ve used it for) and the access to a variety of lenses made it that much more interesting. It has been a pleasant experience reacquainting myself with video editing.

I have a decent amount of experience with video both from video production course at Casper College as well as the more beneficial time spent during my time at Natrona County High School learning from Lance Madzey at NCTV. Still and moving images are both something I highly enjoy and would be thrilled to have a career that involved those areas. But the future is, as they say, in the future.

With all this being written, so ends my coursework . Fun info below.

After completing the first edit, I decided the edits were to rough and portions of the piece tended to drag on longer than I would have liked.  Here is the original cut.

Cut History (Non-essential info regarding each post export video examination)

  1. Some edits were overly choppy, color between some shots were off-balance and sound needed additional work. Transitions were distracting
  2. Missed some sound issue and transitions
  3. Edited portion of the sequence that felt unnecessarily long. Inserted additional clips of the game.
  4. An end slate was placed into the sequence with general information.
  5. End slate information corrected and adjusted audio levels that were distracting involving the sound bed, which led to more sound issues being revealed.
  6. Decided to keep a few silly transitions. This cut is adequate.

Regards,

Chase Harmelink

The Sound of Slides? weeeee~

•April 5, 2013 • Leave a Comment

For this assignment we were asked to create a soundslides presentation for our blog.  This was assigned to get ourselves familiar with integrating audio and visual styles for an article. Upon receiving the assignment we quickly settled on doing a piece for the upcoming UWYO hosted roller derby bout featuring The Naughty Pines and a handful of players from nearby areas. Upon reaching the Civic Center where the bout was scheduled to take place we quickly set up times for interviews with a few of the participants after the bout concluded. It was extremely convenient we both had DSLR cameras and we were able to capture a variety of images. I had some issues with background noise as most gyms are not kind to giving interviews. After collecting the audio and photos from my partner onto my personal laptop we began to work with soundslides.

Soundslides is as extremely simple program and it came as a shock that they would actually charge people to use that program. However the demo version sufficed and we were able to complete the project (following editing in Audacity) very quickly. I would have preferred to just use a video editor for this project as that would have allowed us to edit the audio and manipulate the image order at the same time with little issues but that was not an option for this assignment.  Apart from my preference on editors the only other issue I ran into was being unable to acquire proper gear to photograph the bout and resorted to using an adapter mount attached to my DSLR body for my longer shots (which in turn lowered the overall image quality for those photos.) Another issue came up as I was using an old and low quality audio recorder but I feel it transferred adequately.

The only advice I would give myself for this project is simply to remember to bring the camera bag that has the spare memory cards in it so you won’t be delayed deleting blurry or unusable photos halfway through the game.

The actual soundslides presentation is here.

Comfort in Obscuria

•February 6, 2013 • Leave a Comment

As you enter the office of George A. Gladney you are greeted by one wall covered in yellowing news articles, the opposing wall filled to the brim with textbooks and novels and between the two, a professor of journalism.

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I don’t know if I ever mentioned this to you, sometimes I tell this to my classes, but it’s really true, It’s a fact, that, I was 20 years old, for an entire year. It’s true… You look at the look on students faces, and I chuckle to myself. Cause they never imagine me as someone that young.”

Prof. George Gladney

Born in Welmington, Del. George Gladney spent most of his childhood in Longmeadow, Mass. One of his earliest experiences in the field of journalism is from working as a sports editor for his high school’s newspaper. It was around this time he learned about the University of Missouri’s school of journalism. While stating he is comfortable living in the backwaters, in obscuria, he has certainly had his share of adventures.

He obtained his first bachelors degree in English from a small college in Pennsylvania(1969) and a second from the University of Missouri’s school of journalism in the form of a Bachelors of Journalism (1971).  In 1986 Gladney enrolled in the masters program at the University of Oregon and had his first attempt at teaching college level curriculum.

“Like most people, you feel like kind of an impostor standing in front of a class, and you think to yourself, well I’m not a teacher. All the TAs say that their first semester. They are just playing a role. But it’s a role that anybody in graduate school’s very familiar with. You think of all those years you’ve been sitting in a classroom watching teachers, you know how to fulfill that role. So after a semester or two, you start thinking, well maybe I am a teacher.”

Gladney

Working in the Field

After completing his Bachelors of Journalism degree at Missouri he got a job at the LA Times. It was during his move to LA that he first experienced Colo. and its beauty. He remained in LA for two years writing for the business and finance department. Gladney says he was never comfortable or qualified for that position. Spending most of his time in three piece suits and covering stockholders meeting just wasn’t him.

He wanted experience in the metro room, working on a police beat. In 1973 he moved to Colorado Springs and began work doing just that.

Gladney spent a year as a police reporter at the Colorado Springs Sun before being moved to general assignment and covering county government. In 1976 he was hired on by the Colorado Springs Gazette-Telegraph as their business editor and quickly moved to the position of night city editor.

“Night city editor, that was fun. I would go to work about 1 o’clock in the afternoon and wouldn’t be done till 11, 12 o’clock at night. That was my schedule for at least a year. But it was fun.”

Gladney

In 1978, after working as the Night City Editor, Gladney began his position as the Denver Bureau Chief and Chief Legislative Correspondent for the Colorado Springs Gazette-Telegraph. In 1979 Gladney began his own business in 1979, The George Gladney Co. business and financial public relations consulting firm, in Denver, CO. However he didn’t feel at home in this field. He was able to do the work for his clients but had no interest in finding them. The business closed its doors in 1982.

“I had to go out and find clients. I’m not much of a schmoozer. Not me.”

Gladney

Gladney went on to get his Ph.D. at the University of Illinois and began his academic career at the University of Wyoming. Shortly after starting work at UWYO he quit and headed back to the University of Illinois to teach. This position was short lived. Gladney did not feel at home at the University of Illinois and upon finding the nationwide ad for his previous position at UWYO, applied and got his old job back for the following fall.

“6 months after I get there, 7 months, 8 months, whatever it was, I announce I’m quitting and going back to the University of Wyoming, I think that pissed them off a little bit… I mean how could I possibly reject the University of Illinois for an opportunity to go back the sticks in Wyoming. They just couldn’t understand that.”

Gladney

The Future

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With the development of the World Wide Web and its incorporation into academia, Gladney feels he is retiring just in time. With each passing year more of his time is spent learning new software programs. When he first started working in the field of journalism all you needed was a typewriter, telephone and a telephone book.

Gladney lacked a tolerance for the growing use of new technology into the field of journalism. With his specialty being the law, ethics and theory he has preferred to teach basic principles and techniques for news gathering and reporting, while being able to avoid specific technical demonstrations.

During his earliest coursework the students would come into the news writing and reporting labs without any previous experience with a digital word processor. More and more time, he felt, was spent on learning the software over actual writing.

On March 15th Gladney will begin a new teaching adventure in the city of Almaty, the Republic of Kazakhastan, at Kazakhastan National University, or KazNU. Gladney will be teaching a course in mass media and society, also incorporating international journalism, global media, and global society. The class will be taught over 7 weeks with 4 hours of classroom time every day. Gladney also expects to teach a workshop on mass media ethics while there. There is still a lot of planning to do before he heads there.

Retirement

We will miss Dr. Gladney, both personally and professionally. His expertise in International journalism and in Media law has really helped our students prepare for careers in journalism. Those aren’t classes just anyone can teach, it takes years to develop that knowledge.

Assistant Lecturer – Rebecca Roberts

 

Gladney had traveled across Europe. He has experienced dozens of alien cultures and it has enlivened him. This hit the hardest when he first visited Warsaw Poland, it was a thrilling experience. He saw a vibrant and lively city filled with a rich culture and spectacular people enjoying every minute of their lives following their freedom in 1989 from the Iron Curtain. After first visiting Poland, he began learning Polish and plans to move there following his retirement this coming fall for up to 5 years.

Looking back Gladney feels everything has gone by fast. He doesn’t feel that it was that long ago he first began teaching at UWYO for his first year. He also got a late start in academia, not starting his teaching career until he was 44. Now 66 he remarked on how a lot of professors got started in their late 20’s. However he had 15 years of professional experience and would not have been hired without that experience.

“I think I’m pretty fortunate to have the life I’ve had, the career. Wyoming’s not a bad place to live and work.”

Gladney

Gladney has three sons, all currently pursuing degrees either at UWYO or at LCCC. After his time in Poland he expects to move back to Wyoming to spend time with them.

You can check out Prof. Gladney’s UWYO profile with links to his curriculum vitae here.

Regards,

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Audio Edited Down

•March 14, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Overall editing this piece from 5 minutes down to 2 was a very simple experience. Considering the nature of the assignment I was not terribly concerned about having a perfect audio capture. I tried to keep the talking points in the piece steady as I slowly chipped off the spare 3 minutes and with more foresight on the questions this process could take far less than the hour or so I had spent chipping it down.

 

Regards,

Edit that in Post

•March 8, 2013 • Leave a Comment

For this short interview I spoke with Liz Marnell, a supplementary instructor for the lower level Japanese language courses. The interview went smoothly although I had neglected to increase the recording level so the initial sound file is very quiet. This can be fixed later for the final, edited, version of the audio file. After introducing herself Liz was very compliant in answering my questions without issue and I remained within the initial time frame for the assignment (audio file ended up being 5 minutes and 3 seconds long.)

Aside from increasing the recording volume, and perhaps having slightly more relevant questions prepared, this interview went very smoothly. There are short moments of silence while I gazed over my short list of general buckshot questions but anything noticeable can be edited later on, and will be for the following assignment. The only other issue I can think of stems from the background noise. The heaters in the room where I conducted this interview had large fans, but they shouldn’t be to terribly noticeable as I positioned myself far in front of them with Liz in front of me and the recorded between us.

Attempted Audio and Amplification

•March 4, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Six Ambient Noises

Above are 6 ambient noise clips. All of them are poor in quality (read: awful.) This is due to my portable digital recorder deciding it would rather be a paperweight.  My phone is unable to transfer recordings onto a computer and I had to use my dinky MP3 player to record the audio for this assignment.

  • Boiling Water – Water in a teapot beginning to boil

Recorded in my home bringing water to a boil on a stove. Potential use for a report discussing water usage or methods of obtaining cleaner water.

  • Faucet – Water pouring from a sink faucet

Sink water faucet recorded in my home. Potential use for a report discussing water use or sanitation.

  • Fridge – Noise produced from inside a running refrigerator

Refrigerator noise obtained within a fridge. Story regarding electricity usage or report on frozen goods.

  • Cafe – Shari’s Restaurant sound clip

Recorded at Shari’s 24 hour restaurant in Laramie. Could be included in stories regarding food products or an interview with a worker of the establishment.

  • OutsideMorning – Sun rising and birds chirping

Recorded outside as a vehicle drives past. Similar audio could be used for stories regarding any early morning activity or possibly a report on urban development.

  • Vehicle – Noise produced inside a running vehicle on a cold morning

Obtained within a small vehicle warming up during a cold morning. Potential uses of similar clips could be used in a story regarding gasoline consumption or safe driving.

It is important to note that none of these audio clips should ever actually be used in any form of an audio story given their extremely poor quality.  I reason that these could better be used at examples or ideas that should be expanded on rather than used directly.

Counting to 10 (twice)

For this portion of the assignment I was asked to record myself counting to 10 out of order and then using an audio editing program put the numbers into order.

This assignment is meant to give a brief introduction to audio editing.

My only issue when working on this assignment was the loss of my digital recorder and no suitable replacement found in time for the assignment’s completion. I have worked with audio editing software before, both for personal use and for Michael Brown’s digital and audio course from a previous semester at UWYO. I have worked in both Audacity as well as Adobe Audition prior to this class and have never had any real issues with editing sound. I also have experience with programs such as FruityLoops and Finale, which are more about audio creation in some form rather than editing.

The only fears I have in regard to audio editing/journalism stem from my current issue of having a recording device become unusable during an assignment.

Sic Journalism, Ure Photograph

•March 1, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Ahh, a photojournalism assignment. Would you believe that it is this assignment that finally got me to attend one of the UWYO athletic events? In the two or so years I have been in Laramie, I’ve not once, until I got this assignment, been to any football, basketball, volleyball or any other UWYO team sport event. With that said the Cowgirls seem quite adequate at what they do. Although I got lost a few times tracking down a media pass and once again when finding where a media photographer was supposed to go, it was a far more entertaining experience than I had expected! This was very surprising, considering that aside from the occasional roller derby (in which I have many friends who participate), I generally avoid sporting events completely. I will however, if I shoot another game, have to maneuver more often to avoid being located behind an official constantly.

Below are 5 photos from 5 categories that you can view here. Hover over the individual images to view the titles.

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UW students form a queue to try out a new energy drink from Mountain Dew outside Coe Library.

SPOT NEWS :

I had initially stumbled upon this event after passing by a table the Mountain Dew people had set up in the Union building on campus. While initially shooting close and grabbing shots of individual students being handed cans, I decided a wide shot would allow for a better image. I had some trouble initially with the swarms of people around the promotional vehicle until I started shooting wide. Creative devices that are presented in the photo include balancing (the front of the truck takes up most of the right side of the image) and leading lines (angle of the vehicle and apparent motion of students walking towards the vehicle.)

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Students at UW walk and uni-cycle between classes during the heavy snowstorm on Tuesday.

FEATURE NEWS :

Although in the morning that this photo was taken the weather was quite pleasant, it quickly became a heavy snowfall. After the snow had blanketed the ground sufficiently I began to walk around Prexi’s Pasture seeking out a shot. I had initially attempted to get photos of bicyclists riding across the snow covered paths. I eventually ended up underneath a large tree (for some form of cover from the elements) and took photos as students through the snow. Waiting for a large amount of people was mildly obnoxious, but I feel it worked out as soon as the unicyclist rode past me. Considering the cold and snow I was somewhat worried about my camera body (not being equipped with efficient weather proofing) and my fingers as the wind chilled them to the bone. Again the creative device balancing elements was used in this photo as well as contrast (between the students, mostly in dark colors, and the snow around them.) We also see some depth marked by the students coming up the walkway.

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Students visit with employers at the job fair on Tuesday in the Union building at UW.

GENERAL NEWS :

I initially stumbled upon the job fair after reading the sign that was placed in front of Simpson’s Plaza. With students ‘dressed for success’ all around I found my most interesting image between two doors that opened up to one of the rooms. Not a difficult shot, but as many students walked by I had to wait for a pause in the wave to get the shot. Framing is an obvious creative device used in this image.

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Kayla Woodward, a sophmore at UW, prepares for a penalty shot. The UW women’s basketball team defeated the Air Force in their game on Wednesday in Laramie.

SPORTS FEATURE :

I had decided to shoot this event after viewing it from the UWYO calendar. Many seats were empty in the crowd but the audience was thrilled nevertheless. I had many issues getting this image after my initial attempts during the games penalty shots, involving an official seeming to move with me as I tried to get around him or her. The image employs the use of focus (with the player seen here in focus, the background and Air Force player out of focus). I wish I could have gotten a cleaner shot of this moment but time can’t freeze while I reposition myself.

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Chelan Landry,  a junior at UW, heads to the net. The UW women’s basketball team defeated the Air Force in their game on Wednesday in Laramie.

SPORTS ACTION :

I had decided to shoot this event after viewing it from the UWYO calendar. Many seats were empty in the crowd but the audience was thrilled nevertheless. This image, like many action shots taken during a sport event, was very simple to capture. Action is everywhere in sports. For this and the other action shots I took throughout the game I was spray and praying hoping to get an interesting image from the haystack. Rule of thirds is shown with the player in focus in the left portion of the image.

Regards,

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Itsy Bitsy Spider on the leaf of a rosebush.

Photo Assignment Caboodle

•February 14, 2013 • Leave a Comment

This post we will go over five photos and discuss the major a creative device presented in the image.

Navigate this page for the list of 15 composition tips provided for this assignment.

All images that are lacking any color were shot that way.

The presented photos contain multiple creative devices. Be it the ‘rule of thirds.’ contrast, balancing elements, etc. I would find it difficult to believe that any photographer could take a photo that only contains one of these devices and consistently capture visually pleasing or interesting images.

The subject photographed in the following photos is Kathleen V.

Cropping

Preparing for the photography session

Let us see… Cropping! Sure. This is an example of the creative device: cropping. Taken as we were completing the makeup, Kathleen V. prepares to apply lipstick, I feel the image overall draws the viewer to the subject, especially noting the candid nature of the image. The bright open backdrop allows for an the focus of the image to be an interesting viewpoint of the subject. With the image taken as it is, we do not see the clutter of the makeup on the table in front of the subject or the distracting elements behind her.  The background behind her provides for a balancing element contrasting the small blurred shapes and glare with a sharp outline of her face.

Framing

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Kathleen V. creates a handmade viewfinder

Framing is the creative device presented in this image. By having the subject create a frame with her hands the viewer is drawn to the eyes. The framing alongside the surprised look on the subject adequately capture a viewer’s attention and all together create an interesting and aesthetically-pleasing image.

Color

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Kathleen V. gazes off set during the shoot

In this image I utilized the contrast between the dark backdrop and the color of Kathleen’s face. The prominent device used here is color. With the makeup the viewer is drawn to the subjects eyes. It could also be said that with the makeup design and streaks in her hair, the device leading lines also contributes to this image as a creative device.

Contrast

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Kathleen V. remains calm and casual during the session

This image heavily relies on contrast between the dark background, the white makeup and the darker makeup around Kathleen’s eyes (the focal point.) The simple contrast between black and white effectively captures the viewers attention and allows for an aesthetically-pleasing photo with a more common angle compared to the other images discussed on this post.

Texture

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A different angle focusing on the left eye of Kathleen V.

The device I’ve chosen to discuss for this photo I initially had trouble deciding on. Initially I was discussing color, then experimentation, then finally deciding on texture. The photo taken provides an interesting angle that is not commonly taken and it is with this interesting viewpoint, as well as the use of makeup around the eye, that a viewer’s attention would be captured. We see the texture of the skin surrounding the eye, made ever more apparent by the makeup. Kathleen’s eye as the main focal point provides a textural contrast compared to the surrounding skin and the colors created by the makeup. It is with the skins texture that an emphasis is placed on the smooth eye.

While many of the photos taken during the shoot with Kathleen V. were posed, I was surprised at how many times during the session when we were taking candid shots an expression or pose would turn into another series of images. Having never photographed a subject in full makeup I had to adapt my lightning constantly to rid my photos of reflections or glare. During my next makeup session I plan to use a white backdrop for more of the photos. The few photos I took using a white backdrop turned out fantastic and I wish I had worked on that more than I did.

Regards,

 Cameras, how do they work?

Cameras, how do they work?