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This is our final week of the module ‘Creating and Publishing Digital Media’. I have really enjoyed this module and I have learned a huge range of useful techniques and methods to use in creating a blog or webpage.
During the module and in the posts on our blogs, some of the content we have explored includes how to set up your own blog and the various websites that enable you to do so; an introduction to HTML code; techniques to capture an effective photograph using various tools and effects; how to create our own audio podcasts by recording ourselves, editing it and uploading it to social media; how to create digital presentations creatively and effectively to get our message across; information regarding copyright, search engine optimisation and social media.
I have found this module, setting up my own blog and continuously adding to my blog extremely rewarding because it brings all of the work we have done together in one space for us to see and to refer back to.
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This week we have been learning about how to engage the audience of your blog using social media. This can be done by adding ways that your audience can engage with your blog using social media. In doing this, the audience’s opinions are included in the blog and also your blog is being promoted. Social media can hugely benefit you blog because it can provide publicity, customer service, loyalty, collaboration, networking and thought-leadership in your blog.
Ways to use social media to promote your blog or website could include, setting up a ‘Facebook’ page or profile for your blog, adding a ‘like box’ to your blog or website, setting up a ‘Twitter’ profile, ‘YouTube’ channel, and other profiles on various social media sites.
After creating these profiles, it is important to create new posts regularly, respond to comments and feedback, friend and follow other people and pages.
This week we have been learning about ‘Search Engine Optimisation’ (SEO). This involves improving the visibility of a website in the ranking system of search engine result pages, such as ‘Google’, ‘Bing’ and ‘Yahoo’. These result pages use an index of keywords in their ranking system, so by highlighting keywords in your blog, your blog becomes easier to locate and more likely to come up in results when people search for terms that are used in your site.
Keyword tools, such as ‘Google AdWords’, ‘’Keyword Planner’ and ‘WordTracker’, can be used to measure the value of terms used in your blog, so that you know which words are more or less useful to include in your blog. It is useful to make a list words relating to your site, and then to include them in a mission statement in the ‘about’ page of your blog. Keywords can be used throughout your blog in descriptions, tags and content.
This week we have been learning about copyright and property. This means respecting the right of the copyright holder for images and their work. The copyright holder has rights to be credited for their work, to decide who can adapt their work, who can perform it, financially benefit from it etc. It is similar to plagiarism in that it means that a person cannot use someone else’s work in their own, without referencing them properly.
We had to go through our blogs and ensure that all of the images or videos, which we had included in our posts, were properly referenced. For example, my podcast referenced the source of the background music used in the podcast, and also referenced the source of the poem I was reading. Images can simply be referenced by included a link to its original source underneath the image. For example:
This image was found at: http://publiseek.tumblr.com/post/33826248875/pr101photographers
It is important to respect copyright so that people get attributed and respected for their own work, rather than someone else.
Our class has been working on our photography brief of six images for our portfolio. The theme of my portfolio is music. I wanted to base my photographs on something I enjoy, so I chose the theme of music. I love music and play piano, my sister plays the violin and my brother has taken up the saxophone, so we have these instruments at home for me to photograph.
The instruments were actually quite difficult to photograph and it took a long time to achieve photos that I was happy with the composition. I decided to take a close photo of the keys of the piano, rather than the whole instrument, because the keys are more detailed, and I found that further away images contained too much black and space.
I enjoyed photographing the saxophone because the make up of it is so complicated and it has so many different buttons and parts. I added effects to the photos such as cropping and increasing the contrast in order to enhance the shine of the saxophone’s surface.
I photographed the violin at an angle to highlight the length of the instrument and strings stretching back. The lines of this instrument provided interesting diagonals in the photos.
I created a presentation using prezi.com. The subject of my presentation is how to create a podcast. I wanted to make the Prezi easy to follow, so I thought it would be cool to make it into a comic book story called ‘The Incredible Podcast Woman’.I think it is important to make the presentation colourful and interesting in order to engage with the viewer.
Video tutorials and audio effects can make the presentation more interesting. For example, in the final scene we see ‘Podcast Woman’ listening to her finished podcast. I drew a picture of my character, which I photographed and uploaded and put a symbol of an iPod into her hand. I then placed a photo screenshot of my podcast page on top of the iPod and then added my mp3 audio as background music to this scene as if the character is really listening to the podcast.
Prezi allows you to create a pathway of which scene is seen first and in which order. I thought this was great because I could make a pathway so that the boxes are read as if reading a comic book. I was also able to zoom in on writing and important parts of the presentation to make it more clear.
I really enjoyed making the Prezi because the process was creative and prezi.com allows great freedom to make the presentation as imaginative and detailed as you like.
This week we have been learning about digital imaging and how to use effects to enhance your photography. We particularly focused on effects such as cropping, rotating, retouching, colour correcting, resizing and optimizing images.
There are different programs available to enhance your photographs, which can be downloaded to your computer, such as ‘Adobe PhotoShop’, ‘GIMP’, ‘Pixelr’ and ‘Picasa’.
Our task this week was to select an restoration challenge image from the website ‘ReTouchPro’ and to fix the image as best we could using ‘Picasa’.
This is the image I selected. The image was torn around the edges, rust stains and shadowing.
Firstly, I used the retouch tool to get rid of all of the rust stains all over the image. I was able to zoom in in order to see the stains more clearly. I also used the retouching tool to even out fold marks and soften shadowing. I cropped the photo to get rid of uneven edges around it. Some of the tools I used to adjust the image were fill light, highlights, shadows and colour temperature. These helped to make the image clearer and to soften shadowing. I was also able to add a frame to make the image appear more professional and to draw attention to the image.
This the image after using these effects.