Monthly Archives: September 2011

Another week closer to Photography

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Tomorrow the cross media assignment is due which means (drumroll please) we begin photography! I am so excited for this part of the course. My camera has just been sitting there taunting me…it knows I want to learn how to use it properly. I keep using it here and there but I want to really know how to take photographs. That way when I sit on facebook judging people (ok, in all honesty, one person) who claim they are “photographers” I’ll have the knowledge to back it up (I know, I know, mean, but I can’t stand it when people think just because they have a nice camera, they’re a photographer, and everyone fawns over their work…). Anyways, I digress. This week has been pretty successful. The e-mail blast is done (the templates available made that part super easy), and now I’m sitting waiting in Godfrey for Summer to show up so we can finish the VDP. Lab was canceled which should mean I have the afternoon free, but the good student part of me knows that we need to get this done. So hopefully that doens’t take long because I have a tasty dinner with my name written all over it waiting to be made at my apartment.

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Over the River and through the woods, to the Dairy Farm we go

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So this week I didn’t actually spend a lot of time in lab. That was because Monday my partner for the VDP project, Summer, and I were able to figure out what we wanted to do pretty quickly. Then Wednesday (today) we went out to capture some pictures. We started out at the dairy farm and were lucky enough to be there when a lab was going on. We got to get pictures with students actually working with the cows. After the messy (and smelly) experience we headed back closer to campus. The band was starting practice and we got some cool shots of the guys who play the Sousaphones. Then we went to Lee Hall and got some pictures of the art gallery, and some pictures with architecture who were eager to help. After a quick refresher with some Icee’s, we got some final pictures in Godfrey, and a few shots of Tillman. Now all we’re waiting on are some pictures of a microbiology lab, and engineering lab which our awesome boyfriends are taking for us (yay for resources). Anyways, I figured I would post some of the photos from today, I think for just being on auto they turned out pretty good.

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Time to Celebrate!

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So these past two days have given plenty of reasons to celebrate. Today being that my least favorite (and first) class of the day was cancelled! Yay! Those aren’t really my main reasons though.

1) My website is FINALLY done! I have never been so happy to put a project behind me. Between the hours spent googling how to do things, and Dreamweaver trying to change my settings on me after I saved, I am glad to be done. Considering the struggle I still think my site turned out pretty well. Guess we’ll see how well it really did when I get my grade back on it. I was given positive feedback after a first glance so hopefully that translates into an A (just saying…).

2) I took my first AAH 210 exam online and got an A! I’ve heard so many horror stories so I was definitely worried about that class. I don’t know if I just got lucky with this first one, or I just prepared correctly. Either way I am not complaining!

And last, but certainly not least (definitely saving the best for last here)…

My boyfriend Alex and I had our three year anniversary on the 14th! 🙂 This was the first year we actually got to celebrate on our anniversary. Our first year I was in Clemson while he was still a senior in high school, and last year I had an exam. We were really excited to celebrate on the actual day to say the least. We just went to dinner at J. Peter’s, but I still got to show off my cute new dress. 🙂 I got him a watch (how he hasn’t owned one before is beyond me) and he got me a really cute personalized tote bag, and coasters (the ones I currently have are falling apart).

Cute, no?

[Insert Creative Title Here]

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I guess seeing as we didn’t have lecture today, updating my blog would be a good idea…

Since my last post I have had a much different attitude about this website project. I found some awesome tutorials on Dreamweaver, and was all set to build my site that way. Then it came to the navigation (which these tutorials used a site template and did not explain well), and I jumped ship back to illustrator. After seeing another student do a demo on how to export your site into Dreamweaver, this became a great option. I am now basically down to my portfolio page, and then making sure I met all the requirements for the project. My main issue has been that for whatever reason, my site navigation gets cut off in Firefox (I suppose it could be the fact that my Firefox hates me and never loads right). I’m hoping once the site goes live it will look normal on any other Firefox.  Anyways, my site is starting to look a lot different than how I originally intended, but I’m ok with that. In all honesty my favorite part right now is the fact that I have a penguin in every page banner.

On another note, I picked up my SLR camera from home that I ordered off of Amazon. You would never be able to tell it’s been used! I’ve tried messing around with it a little bit, but I know I have so much to learn. I am definitely ready to knock out this website and move on to photography!

My home page banner

I told you I incorporated penguins

A Vent

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I have never been so frustrated with an Adobe program as I have been with Dreamweaver this week. The tutorials were a piece of cake, but then trying to use that information to start on my own site was far from fun. I feel no more knowledgeable than when I started the tutorials. It didn’t take me long to make the decision to do all the work in Illustrator, and then import (or whatever it is I do) to Dreamweaver later. I seriously felt like pulling out my hair on Wednesday because I don’t just want to copy the layout of the tutorial, I want something different. The photography portion of this course is becoming a very small light at the end of a very long tunnel.

On that note, I ordered my camera this week. After a good freak out over my bank account, I was able to convince my parents to pay for it. Well, kind of. They’re pulling a savings bond I have in my name so I guess technically I’m paying for it. At least my bank account wont’ take a hit for it since they’re reimbursing me. The camera is currently sitting at home and I cannot wait to go pick it up on Sunday. I need something to distract me from this website.

I guess I should post some form of image to prove I did work this week. However, at this point in time wordpress does not want to let me add any images. I’ll try again later.