Thursday, March 19, 2009

TGIF - Thank God Its Freeware

Thank God Freeware is available. Thank you once again to all the authors that contribute to freeware, you guys help us all in the computer community. So, my freeware of the week is Inkscape. An Open Source vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Illustrator, CorelDraw, or Xara XA. Before shelling out some major dollars on Illustrator or CorelDraw and others, give this app a try. At least for training purposes, everyone on your team can offered the software - its free. Dare to Explore the Possibilities!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

HUMP Day - Media Design Inspiration

Two more days to go... A little creativity to get us inspired. It's Wednesday and the body is stalling, we need something to help get the juices flowing for the home stretch. I am trying to understand the whole vector graphics thing - creating vector images. When do I use vector format and tools or use raster format and tools or use both. I know a little to much for a hump day... Anyway, that's for another blog, another post. I came across this image on Vecteezy. GEt INspired!

Media 101 - Cinematography

Your probably asking Cinema-who? Cinematography, I will enlist the help of a person more knowledgeable than I. Understanding cinematography is for the more serious "Media Affluent" if you will.

Cinematography - A Brief Historical Overview Cinematography is one of the man's efforts to portray to others, through the use of techniques that combine motion pictures and text, the world and the messages it transfers as these are understood by the artist. With the term cinematography, one today describes the discipline of making lighting and camera choices when recording photographic images for cinema use. Based on two Greek words, cinematography etymologically means "writing in the movement" and was introduced as a new technique to record images of people and objects as they moved and project them on to a type of screen. Combined with sculpture, painting, dance, architecture, music, and literature, cinematography is today considered to be the seventh art.

It is very difficult for a researcher to find and pinpoint the one individual that could be named the "father" of cinematography, accepting that the word symbolizes a technique used for motion pictures' creation. But, it is apparent that man has experimented, very early in human history, with different methods that would allow him to record the movement of images. Very closely related to still photography, which has been a catalyst to the development of cinematography since the mid 19th Century, the technique that would allow images to be recorded while in motion has been extensively studied. One of the first attempts to analyze the element of movement with the help of photographic machinery was made by the British photographer Edward Muybridge in 1878. After successfully developing a new method of producing consecutive photographic images, he recorded the movement of a running horse. Through the motion pictures he produced, he managed to prove that there are instances when a horse is running that none of its feet touch the ground. Around the same period, the French physicist Etienne Mare managed to capture, also by using photographic machinery that could record 12 images per second, the movements of a flying bird.

Based on the developments of the early 1880s in exposing images on light sensitive elements, attributed to pioneers like Thomas Edison and the Lumiere brothers among others, the new art form of motion pictures introduced a new type of aesthetics that captured the attention of people wanting to explore its applications and create art. One of the first cinematographers that decided to examine this dimension of moving images was the French Maries-George-Jean Méliès who became one of the first cinema directors. With his film, Trip to the Moon (Le voyage dans la lune) in 1901, he created a fantastic story of a trip to the moon using motion pictures. He was also the one that introduced the coloring technique in films by painting each one of the frames by hand.

During the infancy stage of motion pictures, the cinematographer had multiple roles, acting as the director and the person holding and moving the camera. As the years passed, this new art form was further developed by the new technological tools introduced. New art-related professions emerged and due to cinema's ability to capture the attention of vast audiences worldwide, by appealing to more than one the five senses, cinematography emerged to what is known today as a multi-billion dollar industry and one of the favorite art forms in the world.

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Monday, March 16, 2009

Recap Sunday Media Day

Although, I have been doing some form of Media at the Church over the past 9 years. On Monday, I find myself recapping all of Sundays' Media Day - the good, the bad and the ugly. I like to list improvements or training that must be done, some more important than others. First, I must understand the answer of what has to be addressed - customer interaction, new software, new hardware, etc... After research and thought - which could last an hour or two days, the next course of action is dictated by how major the change is – Only two categories’, ASAP and ASAP. I am faced with the a couple of questions, how do I find time to train the team? Considering my schedule and theirs. How do I make it understandable for all? How this process is done can make a big difference to how successful we are as a whole!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

TGIF - Thank God Its Freeware

Thank God freeware is available. Thank you once again to all the authors that contribute to Freeware, you guys help us all in the computer community. So, my freeware of the week is "LogoInstant" . A site that offers free web 2.0 logos, that's 100% free. Well not so fast, a donation is asked and in this case, I would say please do so if you can - at the very least give credit to the website. As with other freeware you are not allowed to resale or repackage. I have not used a logo yet, but this is a website I use for inspiration.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

FREE (Friday Eve) Media Design w Web 2.0

I am in the middle of designing a website, trying to incorporate all the design principles and elements. So here I am trying to wrap my head around this whole web 2.0 stuff? Well, my first answer was blogging - ok that's what I do now. So, I dug a little deeper and I found facebook, twitter, flickr, bitorrent, napster, Wikipedia, wiki, seo etc... represents web 2.0. Alright, I know the buzzwords, but do I really have an understanding? No, you have to include tagging, adsense and all the other cost per click services - so what is it? It's using the web as a Platform. Say what? If someone has an easy explanation of web 2.0, please share... And please do it in 20-30 words!


Two more days to go... A little creativity to get us inspired. It's Wednesday and the body is stalling, we need something to help get the juices flowing. I have two images that I really like, from what’s quickly becoming one of my favorite websites for design inspiration... These guys and gals are really on the ball... They offer something for everyone... I came across these images in the "Slice'n Dice Contest" enough said, the images say it all... GEt INspired!