Week 12 – Additional tools

This week was our final week of class and lessons and we wrapped up the module with a few extra media tools.

EPUB is an open-source format for ebooks. An ebook is full of files within each other and they are all stored in a common zip format. These files include all the words, images, fonts and details about the book. EPUB standard format is readable on many eReaders and they are also easily converted.

Scrivener is a word-processing program for writers. It manages their documents and notes and allows them to keep track of their research and references. This includes managing words, images, audio and video files, as well as websites and PDF documents. You can also use it to create ePub files and eBooks.

All along this module we have used WordPress for our journals. It is a free cloud hosting blog and you can use it when you want to create a free website/blog for yourself. Plugins are a great way to add things to your blog in order to optimise it for readers. One popular plugin is one that allows readers to share the posts and blog itself.


Week 9 – Copyright

This week we learned all about copyright.
Copyright is a legally binding idea that gives creators rights to their work. These rights are not usually rights forever and they have a time limit. Owners of work or the copyright holder is entitled to be credited when someone uses their work. Copyright is a form of
 intellectual property.

Derivative and underlying work come from the idea that a derivative work has many copyright-protected parts of an original work, which was previously created. This is the underlying work. The derivative work becomes a second and separate piece of work from the first. Changing and adapting original work also comes under the copyright law and you must credit the original creator.

Public domain is where the copyright has expired on the original work, or it has been forfeited. An example of this would be the works of Shakespeare.

Creative Commons is a compiled list of organizations and projects using the Creative Commons licenses. It shows where it’s appropriate to use the works and how to reference it, if at all. The CC website also has a list of of projects using CC licenses all over the world.

Week 7 – Presentation

This week we learned how to go about doing our Prezi presentations and other presentations in general.

We  looked at the the different methods available to us in order to create presentations such as Powerpoint,  Keynote, Open Office and Google Docs.

Slideshare is a website that allows you to upload and share presentations with thousands of other users. You can also view other peoples presentations.

Prezi is a “communication tool” that lets you create, organise and present your ideas. You can create a free account, but there are also paid versions. The site offers themes in order to guide you through a good layout and the controls are very easy to use.

Popcorn maker and Screenr are two more examples of both video and screencast software available for presentations.

Week 6 – Digital Photography 2

This week was the second part of our digital photography lecture. In it we learned all about Photoshop, Picasa and other photo editing softwares and sites.

20130624173205!Photoshop_CC_iconWe started by going through Photoshop. Adobe Photoshop is a graphics editing program, synonymous with photographic manipulation and we even use it as a verb, to photoshop something.

Gimp is a free, OpenSource GNU Imagine Manipulation Program. download

download (2)Pixelr is another free photo editing application, that allows you to edit your images in your browser.

Picasa is another image editing program from Google and it allows you to edit, crop,  retouch, colour correction and add affects and filters. It has a well laid out and easy to use interface. You can batch process your images and add several affects, filters, and edits to it. download (1)

We finally discussed ReTouchPro. This is a site where you can pick an image to restore and edit it yourself.

*All images sourced from google images

Week 5 – Podcast 2

This week was the second part of our podcast lectures and it was all about publishing and hosting.

This class was to further aid us in our audio podcast assignment as many of us had never made one before and were quite hesitant to start.

Audacity-logo-r_50pct  We started by downloading Audacity, a free program to help us edit our podcasts. We moved onto opening our own PodOmatic accounts in order to have somewhere to host our original and edited podcasts.

We were instructed to upload our podcasts onto our accounts and then to validate our RSS feeds in order to link them to our blogs.

We were also shown how to submit our podcasts to iTunes. ITunes_11_Logo

Although this process can take a few tries with validation and then a few days in order for it to register.

Our photography assignment for this week was to show both portrait and landscape versions of the same photo and demonstrate how switching between the two can enhance your image.

Week 4 – Podcast

This week was an introduction to the world of podcasts. It was to give us an insight into podcasts and all that come with them in order help us with our podcast assignment. There is a second class on podcasts in week 5 to further aid our knowledge in the area!

We went through simple but important aspects of podcasts including types of audio files, different devices to record audio on and then we were shown a audio software called Audacity.

There are may types of audio file formats such as MP3 and WAV. MP3 file happen to be compressed a certain way and this compression type uses a lossy audio compression algorithm.

Audio can be recorded on several devices such a headset or earphones, on a smartphone with or without a usb microphone or even with a dictaphone.

Audacity is an audio editor that is free to download and can come in handy when creating podcasts!

Unfortunately my camera is out of action this week, but I’ll have a replacement soon so the photography task for this week has been postponed! I doubt my iPhone would really capture shutter speed so it shall be up soon though, better late than never!

Week 3 – Digital Photography

Week 3 was all about digital photography.

This post, along with others containing photographs can also be found under the photography presentation heading.

We learned a little bit of the history of photography, several photography techniques and how to take better photographs in general. The main points I picked up on were aperture, depth of field and shutter speed as these seem to be key features to understand when dealing with the manual adjustment of your camera.

Aperture is the window through which light enters your camera. This is measured in f-stops and the higher the f-stop number the deeper the depth of focus.

Depth of field refers to the focus of the objects surrounding the main image and can be used to focus in quite closely on minute details, such as in a macro mode.

Shutter speed can be used to edit the amount of light in your images, blocking or enabling more light than the aperture.

We were shown a very simple, yet effective checklist to keep in mind when doing our photography in general as well as for our project. Little things like move to get a better shot, consider the rule of thirds and consider shapes and geometry lines in our images will all help us improve greatly over the coming weeks.