I was trying to figure out what to do with these images, I couldn't relate these pictures with what I wanted to express but then I realized that I needed to look beyond the images and focus on what they show and that is the tools used to reflect back on these moments.
2. Choose a project in the class and discuss your most challenging learning
experience in Photoshop. Focus on a technique or concept from
Photoshop that was difficult at first, but that you mastered by the end of
All the techniques used in class were difficult at first. One that I feel I have improved on tremendously would have to be the selection tools. I had to practice and figure our different ways of using them. I demonstrated these techniques for my midterm project. At first I wanted to select an image to fit inside the rear view mirror and then just erase the extra off of it. I soon realize that it took a lot of time and didn't look very clean. Then I choose to select the part of the mirror I wanted to replace and erase that part first and just put that on top of the image I wanted in the reflection, once I figured that out I was able to apply it again on the second image of my midterm project.
3. Compare two projects from the quarter to compare and contrast how you
achieved making meaning in the work. Try to showcase in your examples
an improved capacity to making visual images that mean something asopposed to being a showcase of technique.
I feel like the quizzes we did in class didn't really show any meaning, it was there for us to show you that we knew how to use photoshop even though you encouraged us to transform our own images. The quiz where we used the retouching tools is a great example that even thought I was transforming my own picture, I didn't really put any meaning into it. Now the midterm and final project made us dig a little deeper not just because of the research we had to do prior to it but we had to connect it to a Big Idea that we chose, and there was a reason why we chose to that Big Idea even though it took me a little longer to figure out why I chose it and what I wanted to use it for, I connected myself with and in those project. This is definitely demonstrated in my Final Project with the animation of my home and my children. This was my life on display and that is what gave it meaning.
I just wanted to finish off by saying that this class has really taught me more then photoshop and that is the ability to trust myself and push pass a wall that I put up when I don't see an end result. I now know that sometimes it take time for an idea/concept to form and not to give up before it happens.