March 24, 2011 § Leave a comment

I wanted to create a static page for my website, that would be like a front page that would link off to my blog, flickr account and showcase a full gallery of my work, i was able to design my static page on photoshop as to what i would want it to look like and how it would work. unfortuanlly i wasn’t able to put my static page into action because i was having some issues with my webhosting space and dreamweaver being able to communicate but i will carry on working on this so that i can get my site up and running and can use it for my course and also afterwards. ^^^^ this is what my front static page will look like on the front page i have decided to feature fashion photography but when i come t making this my static page i could choose any of my photograph works to be displayed on the front, the static page would be able to be scrolled to the right so that you can view all my image and i would be able to update them with the mst recent ne s i can always renew the look of the front page.

^^^^ this is what it would look like when i clicked on one f the links of the static page, so the side page, the title you clicked on would turn pale grey and then a different series of images would appear on the right and s yu would be able to scroll across.

^^^^ the same with this page for my fine art photgraphy the title would highlight in light grey and again the images would change this would be the same for all the pages.

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The camera never lies?

March 24, 2011 § Leave a comment

The Camera Never Lies?
An Art Monthly panel discussion with Craig Burnett, Alison Green, Axel Lapp and Julian Stallabrass, Camden Arts Centre, London, 30 November 2005

Taking a photograph is the nearest way we have of accurately capturing an image which replicates one that we saw with our own eyes, and retained in our memory. It is in reality more accurate that the memory as it is not subject to changing with time as can, and often does happen with a memory.  . So when we view a photo we instinctively believe what we are seeing before us. Can we really trust what we see in photos any more? Is technology hindering this or have we never been able to fully trust the image and rely on it to tell the truth?  This leads onto manipulating of photos, are they playing on our habit of trusting the photographic image or are they just doing what has been done to photos since they were first produced? Photographers manipulate their pictures in various ways, from choosing what to Shoot, arranging the shot to altering the resulting image using Photoshop and other software. The manipulation of photography brings to light questions about photography and the truth. A lot of photography today is mainly seen as a postmodern art photography, and postmodernism’s rule is truths do not necessarily last, but can alter and shift with changes in culture and beliefs. Modernism however says that some truths do last; such truths reflect basic, universal conditions of humanity. I will also be reflecting largely on the heated debate of fashion photography altering the sizes of models and the airbrushing, and the uses of photography as propaganda simply by alerting a photo to share a message.

Most photos today are shared by the world online, and so millions of people can be viewing a photo that really has very little truth in it. I always find when searching for an image online either in google images or anywhere else yu can never be sure if it is the real deal because it is so easy for anyone that’s good at photoshop to take make adjustments to and then publish it back n google images for people to see, there is no way other than people opinions whether something has been change and is fake or not.

HTML and CSS

March 24, 2011 § Leave a comment

Html is basically coding that commands things to look and work a certain way, it is basically like a different language, every colour command has a number code and every pixel can be commanded to look like something to do something when clicked. html is the rules to how things will always look on a screen.

when looking for a template for my wordpress you can just search people s templates that they have already created using html and you can simply apply them to your wordpress which them automatically codes your wordpress blog to look the same, then went editing you blog you can simpley play around with the html changing the colour codes, size of font and how the blg looks just by reading the code and altering bits and peices.

For my blog i found a template that i really liked and began to play around with it altering it to look how i wanted it. Here are some screen shots of the look of my blog now.

^^^ this is how my blog front page looks, it’s very simple and plain but i like this because it’s easy to find your way around and has a very stylish yet modern look to it and the way its layed out.i did change the title it was quite small when i first found the template, but by using html i was able to make the title bigger and change the shade f grey that it was.

^^^ when clicking on one of my blog posts, the post opens by dropping down and opening so all the other blog posts in the list slide down, i really like the movement and easy and by clicking the title of the blog pst again it will pull the post up and close it again going back to the start page.

^^^^ the side menu bar also works the same as the posts when clicking on one f the side bar titles it then drops open so that you can view the headliners under each title before the clicking on them to go to the pages.

^^^^ in one of the drop down sidebars, i made a new title called links and added everyone else that has a blog, so people can easily get from one blog to view others they may interest them and it also makes it easy for me when using my blog space to quickly get to one of the other sites or blogs.

(black)

one of the good things about my blog space is the customise function, when clicking on the side bar titled customise the list opens containing different colour title, one click of any of the colours will transform my blog space.

(blue)

(green)

(grey)

i really like this feature because if people have trouble with viewing my blogs or they just fancy a different colour while browsing they can change it to something else, however my site will always return to white when reuploaded,

i also have an app that when you click on flickr photo stream it shows you 3 of my most recent uploads on my flickr account and when the images are clicked on you are then directed to my flickr gallery.

 

wordpress apps

March 24, 2011 § Leave a comment

when starting to build my blog space, i started t used various out which are a bit like mash ups, they are small programs that are made to tie different websites and accounts together, from galleries to even silly pointless apps that pop up with a quote every time you log on.They can affect the way your blog space looks or the way you use it. When talking about apps most people will relate this to smart phone apps, which is the same thing, except when using it on my blog space it merges in with the way my site works.

For my blog i downloaded a number of apps and played around to see how they worked, first i set out looking for a gallery app that would show my photographs on and i could arrange sets of gallery and have pop up that shows my work in a slide show, n word press there is a huge amount of gallery apps to choose from, it comes in useful when you want a selection of images directly on your wordpress site.

I also added an app for flickr, flickr is a hosting space for millions of people to create accounts and upload their photos, whether there professional photos or just photos taken for fun, the site is created to share and sell photos too. I decided on my blog space that i would like people to be able to view my most recently uploaded photo to flick so by downloading the app it lets everyone view my images and link to my full flickr gallery.

 

 

 

Love, Virtually.

March 1, 2011 § Leave a comment

After browsing around the internet and looking in to virtual reality i came across a short documentary called ‘love, virtually.’ It’s a channel 4 documentary about how dating and finding love, partners and friends has now turned to the internet, hundreds of men and women now look to the digital uses to find dates, and has now become fully normal to find dates and go on hundreds with people who have met online, when just a few years ago is was considered crazy to meet someone online for a date. The ever growing technology and methods have made is safer and more popular than ever especially amongst women to look for dates online.

Theirs now hundreds of way in which people can meet online with all the social networks like facebook, twitter, myspace, dating sights, msn and other social networks, in the documentary it also takes about how we know base our relationships on what goes on online, for example if you statue doesn’t say in a relationship even if you are, this usually mean that your not to be trusted and so the internet stalking starts that is also hugely shocking what lengths people go to and information you can find out about people you meet online .

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creative task 1- Digital play

March 1, 2011 § Leave a comment

For digital play i decided to take photos of people that go on a well know website called web cam roulette, where hundreds of people view web cams of other people all over the world, to chat and get to know people, put it’s more know for people to use just to mess around on camera to complete strangers. I’ve always thought it’s a bit weird that you can see someone else in the world in real time and you will never really know or meet them but you can see then for a small time on web cam, i find it very had to get my head around.

If anything it could properly be related to speed dating gone digital and this is what hundreds of people do every night, log on and play,talk and watch strangers around the world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

virtually Real

February 10, 2011 § Leave a comment

with newer software and technologies always happening and the market always being in demand for the new best thing, our technology has never been changing so quickly, but what is the main aim and reason for always looking for something that we can interact with and access? since the start of the human kind we have always had an obsession with creating a different world, something that’s always in the mind, a need for immersion into a different world, something that has no boundary like our own world.

for example artists were the first people to create these other worlds, rich lords and lady’s would pay artists to paint amazing windows around there homes of heavens and 3D illusion paintings of spaces that didn’t really exist. One artist that paints like this is Trompe l’oeil , he paints window illusions of other places far away from where the building is turning blank plain walls into something looking onto a exciting looking world.

Also street artists have tried to recreate these ideas of 3D pieces in the walkways, there so good that realistic that people actually walk around the drawings on the floor because our natural instinct and logic of our own world and that if we walk over it we will fall down the hole. This is one of my favourites by julian Beever.

So from this style of creating enougher world we now have technology and we are starting to use this to create the ultimate experience of virtual realities, from the Xbox  kinetic, wii and 3D tv, and people cannot get enough of these games because it makes these made up worlds more real than ever before, and now we have the technology this will only ever get better and we will be able to immerse our self into these made up worlds even more.

Luckey ive had the chance to experience technology such as the above video when i did some work experience for the design studios at the Jaguar cars manufactory, in their studio they have a virtual realities suit. it is a large white room with alot of wired and a control room, first i was able to use some of the digital soft wear to create a digital room with chairs tables doors and random object just like you would in the familiar game called The sims, once i had designed a room i was then hooked up to hand and feet sensors also torso sensors and then a head set with had a screen build into it, then the room that i had digitally created was uploaded and became a realty i would see in on my screen and has i walked around i moved within the digital room, i was also able to look down at my self  to see my hands and feet and see a digital replica of my self in the virtual word, after a bit of messing around and getting used to walking around, got to put the technology to its real use with is testing out the ergonomics of the cars that they design, a car that they were currently designing was uploaded and became a digital reality that i was able to walk around and look at as you would a car in the real world, i was then asked to reach different parts of the car so that they would see how easy it was to reach them for a person my hight, such as the door handle being in a good place and the petrol cap.

i think this technology is the way everything will go one day, once you’ve experienced it it’s almost like being in the Matrix with different thinking being uploaded into the virtual world that you view, i wasn’t aware that companies already have to technology to do things like this so maybe it’s not too far in the future that we will all be able to experience it.

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