We are in the last few weeks of Propel, projects are near completion and I couldn’t be more excited! My project is still a little behind but I will defiantly be ready for the final presentation. I can’t wait to be able to show people just how much I’ve learned, not just in photography but EVERYTHING like presentation skills and resume building! One thing with my pictures is that I can never bring myself to upload something I don’t love. I have a TON of pictures but not enough posts and it’s really annoying trying to post something I don’t feel like the best as it could be.
If you don’t know what my project is you can find a description here:
This semester was as enjoyable as it was stressful and I hope that if you’re one of the new propel students who get forced to read this blog posts then. Good luck, don’t forget to enjoy the time here. And even if this is my last blog post, my project is yet to be done.
A lot has happened since my last post. I did switch my project to photography and I’m thoroughly enjoying it. I’m learning new techniques and I’m learning more about cameras and how to use them properly. So far my milestones for my project were to make a website and an Instagram account. I am going to post weekly and get feedback on each picture. I also Want to gain a small following on my Instagram account (around 150+ followers). I already have my first posts up and I’m in the process of editing more photos to post. I’m trying to find a sports game (most likely soccer or rugby) so I can get the chance to photograph either an actual game or just some friends at a park playing around. I will also try and upload some pictures weekly to my Instagram and website.
When I started photography (without a set objective) I would just walk around and take pictures of everything. Now that I want a certain type of picture I can’t just do that. Now I need to think of timing, lighting and a ton of other factors especially since I’m trying to keep it in manual mode. I taught myself what ISO, Shutter speed and Aperture are/does and how to change all three. I also need to find the main subject in each picture because I was told that I have “the eye” by Mr. P for photography but, have no idea what I’m doing or why a picture looks good. I’m trying to learn this so my photography can be its best.
Over the next few weeks, I plan on taking a ton of pictures to practice. My website will be consistently updated and improved. The more I practice the better I get and the better I get the more comfortable with a camera I will be.
We finished our Proof Of Concept, (POC) which is a checklist to see if we can do our project or if we wanted to change projects after the phase. For me, it was to practice with some digital art in illustrator so I could make a card deck. During our POC time, I learned how to use illustrator and I was able to get comfortable with it. I was able to find my likes and dislikes with different decks and brands. I also found the dimensions of the card box as well as the card itself.
Looking forward as if im not enjoying digital art as much as I thought I would. I’m a little disappointed about that because art has always intrigued me but, I plan to switch my project over to photography. POC helped me figure out that im not a fan of digital art and that’s good because I can switch it to something that I know I will enjoy.
(If I decide to stick to my cards) I will have the deck that I made, a few simple card tricks that I can teach and improve on by the end of the semester. be able to compare my deck to big brands like Virtuoso and Fontaine. If I switch to photography I will make a portfolio either about landscapes or portraits since I already have experience with macro. (close up pictures)
So. The first three weeks of Propel went by fast. In the first week not too much happened except for getting to meet everyone else, we grip on how things work around here and how we should organize to achieve what we want too. The second week was a good week, we found out what PSP was, we have to talk to the class about… something. We also started to figure out what we want to do as a project, originally i was planning on doing something around photography like a portfolio or something but instead of photography I wanted to try and make a card deck by hand, cards have always been a big part of me, my entire family loves cards, from poker to crib even some UNO. For week three we learned about purposeful play, but even then I was sick so I was only there for two and a half days and all I managed to do in a day or so of purposeful play was a reference page with designs of other decks I like and I fell like I’m on the right track. I wish I could write more but, I can’t think of anything else. This was how I felt the first three weeks went.
So. These first three weeks of Propel went by fast for me. In the first week I felt as if nothing big happened, everyone met and It was also a good ice breaker with the others. We did some activities like the escape room and the spaghetti tower. I’m not a talkative person but when I’m put in activities with people I don’t know it makes it easier to get to know them.
The second week was a good week, we found out what PSP was, PSP stands for “Public Speaking Program”. every Tuesday we would present about something, and I for one hate presenting. We also started to figure out what we want to do as a project, I was planning on doing something based around photography like a portfolio or something. I wanted to try and make something nobody else has tried of doing. I was brainstorming what I could do and I thought of cards. I’ve always had a special spot for cards. So, I thought I could make a card deck by hand. Cards have always been a big part of me, my entire family loves cards, from poker to crib even some UNO.
For week three we learned about purposeful play where we played with purpose in our subject area. That area was learning how too use adobe illustrator and get some reference decks that I enjoy. I was only there for two and a half days since I was a little under the weather. I managed to do a bit in a day or so of purposeful play. I made a reference page with designs of decks and I practiced using illustrator. I know I’m on the right track and that this is gonna work out in the end.