After Effects Workshop

Green Screen Introduction

This workshop, was a brief introduction to Adobe After Effects and how to use a green screen. I was familiar with how green screens worked so I was fairly confident about the workshop, although I had never used after effects so it was good to learn how to do that. What we did was start by recording a small 5 second clip with photo booth with a green screen held up in the background. We then edited out the green screen on After Effects and made sure the green screen was fully gone by editing the levels. After that we replaces the background and I added a few silly features to it.

Coding Workshop

Processing Workshop

This processing workshop was focused on using float a void commands, and the goal was to create a rectangle on the canvas that would change colour whenever you clicked it. This was different from the other workshop we had where we had to create the random circles because we went about a different, more compact method with the coding than before. I found this a little trickier than the other coding workshop as I had to make sure everything was correct with this method as I was trying not to get the rectangle to change colour by using a long winded method. Below are some screenshots of the code and then the canvas where the rectangle is being created.

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Task 3 – Animation


For this task we were introduced to animation and the history and different ways to animate. We specifically look as the praxinoscope, which used a strip of pictures on the inside of a cylinder with mirrors showing the images which, once spun make the image appear to move.

Our workshop previously with the multiple stills in a sequence helped with this task as we had to create our own strip to place inside a praxinoscope, this is what I drew for mine. It is a simple design with two different lines slowly crashing into each other.

Animation Introduction Workshop

Animation Introduction

In this workshop we were taught how to animate using Photoshop. We were given twelve frames of an animation of a man walking and we shown how to put all the different photos into a timeline in order and then play it to make it look like the man was walking.


To make it a bit more interesting we decided to see if we could make the man spin while he was walking, as if he was doing a dance move spinning on the floor. In the end, there weren’t enough frames for it to work properly so we instead decided to make it seem as if the man was running up a wall and doing a back flip off of it. It was a very helpful and fun workshop to take part in.

Task 2 – Temporal Expressions

Examples of Exposure In Photographs

Exposure can effect the outcome of a photograph greatly, there can be long exposure photographs and short exposure photographs and these both give greatly different effects on the photograph.


Above are two beautiful examples of Long Exposure Photography, which is created when the shutter speed is set to a longer duration, allowing the static aspects of the image to be captured very sharply whilst the moving aspects of the image become smudged or blurred, this effect works especially well with lights as it shows the trail of the light, which can be seen especially well in the two photos above.


Above are three amazing examples of Short Exposure Photography, this is created when the shutter speed is set to a much shorter duration, allowing aspects  of a photo that would usually turn out looking blurry or smudged to become a freeze-frame of the action perfectly static. This effect can be seen best with things that happen very fast, for example a bolt of lightning or a bubble half way through popping or the dirt being kicked up by a rally car as can be seen with the pictures above.

My Time and Relativity Photos

Our task was to capture photos using Long Exposure Photography and Short Exposure Photography. Below are the examples of the long exposure photographs that I took.

Long Exposure People Walking  Long Exposure Hallam

I went into town to take the photographs on the streets as I thought that I would be able to get some good shots of people walking on the streets and others like cars and bicycles going past. I think that the photos that I got were ok, they look decent but there isn’t as much blur and smudge as I would have wanted in the picture of people walking on the street. This is because I was not certain about the optimal shutter speed and aperture settings to get the correct amount of lighting for the photos, I managed to get some good shots in the end more so by trial and error and messing around with the f stop with the shutter speed to get well lit photos. To improve next time I would take a lot more photos so I would have a much wider selection to work with.

Below are the examples of the short exposure photographs that I took.

Seagull Short Exposure 2 Splash Short Exposure Seagull Short Exposure

I decided to go to the beach for the short exposure photos as I liked the idea of trying to capture some shots of water as I knew that was a good thing to take pictures of for short exposure photos. I had gone down with my friends so I asked them to throw some stones into the water and I captured the splash as they landed. I also got some photos of seagulls flying as in normal photographs they would mostly be blurred out and I got some nice freeze-frames of them flying. The main problems that I had with taking the short exposure photographs was actually getting the timing right for the photos; as what was happening was happening so fast that it was difficult to take the shots quickly enough. The lighting and aperture settings were and issue for these too. After a few photos I managed to get the aperture to a good level and after repeating throwing the stones and taking multiple pictures of seagulls flying past I managed to figure out the timing to take the photos and I am very happy with some of the shots that I got.

General Introduction Workshop

Photoshop Intro

During our first workshop we were introduced to some of the programs that we will be using throughout the course and some of the basics. We looked and Adobe Photoshop, Camera Raw and Adobe Bridge. We were given a set of basic pictures and were taught about masking images and other simple things like that. I had previous knowledge of Photoshop from college so I decided to mess around with one of the images and you can see what I did below.

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Processing Basics

In another of the workshops we went over some of the basics in Processing, which gave us a good introduction to coding with Java. During the workshop we were set the task to create a program that creates random circles of different sizes whenever you clicked the mouse.

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I managed to figure out how to do it using floats and the ‘random’ command so I decided to try to make it look a bit more interesting by making the circles random different colours whenever the mouse was clicked aswell, below you can see some screenshots of the code when it was running and how the circles are all in random positions and are random colours and sizes.

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I really enjoyed using processing and it was very satisfying once I figured out how to get the code to work properly and make it do exactly what I wanted it to do whenever I clicked the mouse button.

Task 1 – Alphabet Photography

Examples of Alphabet Photography

The brief suggested that we look at other examples of alphabet photography to help with inspiration for our own photos and so that we could see what kind of things we would need to be taking pictures of.

Alphabet Photography Example

The site that was included on the brief was ( which has a range of photos for each letter of the alphabet. I typed in ‘Alphabet’ to see what kind of pictures would come up to help me with inspiration for my own photos.

Our Alphabet Photography

For our first project we were tasked with creating an A – Z alphabet using 26 pictures of ‘naturally occurring shapes’ to create each of the individual letters. As this was our first task we did not need to use certain cameras like DSLRs so instead we went into town with an iPad to take all the different pictures on. We were allowed to work in groups for this task so me and Hallam decided to work together. The brief also stated that it would be good if we had a recurring theme for all of our different letters of the alphabet so we decided to try to stick to a ‘Construction’ theme. Below are the results of this


I am happy with the outcome of the alphabet as I think we managed to find most of the letters with minimal trouble, with exception to letters such as K, P, Q and R which had a mixture of curves and lines that were fairly difficult to find out on the streets in town. I also think that we managed to stick to the theme of ‘Construction’ well as all of the pictures are construction based.



Another thing I decided to do was to try to create my name with the letters to see how it looked. I think that it works really well for my name as a lot of the pictures we got for the letters, like the C, D, J, K and O all are quite different colours and shapes so it makes it look unique and quite interesting.

Overall I think that me and Hallam worked very well together and managed to get a lot of different and interesting pictures for our alphabet and managed to stick to our theme well. Furthermore I think that when combined all together to show all 26 letters and when set out to spell my name it looked really good.