Danielle C

April 22nd, 2018

Weekly Post 7

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This week I had APAC softball and missed the Thursday session; however, I was able to make the Tuesday session. In the Tuesday session, I worked with a larger group of kids where the students were asked to design a carton to hold a certain amount of cubes. The project was slightly challenging for some students as they couldn’t comprehend the shapes in a three-dimensional form. After some help and guidance, many kids were able to successfully create their unique carton for their required assignment.

April 15th, 2018

Weekly Post #6

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This week I learned a lot about how a teacher handles a class. On April 13, Mr. Jeng was absent from class, and there was a substitute teacher instead. In normal classes, Mr. Jeng is very serious about alas volume and productivity. However, with the substitute, the students seem to respect her less and causes lots of disruption during class. No one was productive, and those who wish to work constantly get distracted by others. They took the substitute teacher’s words lightly and laughed things over. I learned that it is important to be authoritative and be strict with the students when needed. As one student increases his/her volume, the rest starts to scream over each other’s voices. This has caused lots of issues and no real work has been completed. This has provided an explanation of why substitute teachers I used to have were always very strict and harsh. I’ve decided to consult with Mr. Jeng about the student’s behaviors and respect for the teacher.

April 11th, 2018

Manual 101

In the manual 101 unit, we learned to use different settings to enhance our photos. For starters, we mainly used and adjusted the exposure triangle. The exposure triangle is the ISO, shutter speed, and aperture. The ISO is about light sensitivity. The higher the ISO, the brighter the image would be, the grain(noise) of the image would also increase. Secondly, the shutter speed controls the exposure time of the picture, which would either blur or freeze the object. Lastly, aperture controls the size of the lens opening and closing which would impact the depth of field of the image. All these components connect with one another. For example, if the shutter speed is increased, the faster the lens capture, the less light the image would capture too. To not have an underexposed image, we can increase the ISO. On the other hand, the aperture is high due to being shot outdoors, we can adjust the shutter speed to a faster rate to limit the amount of light.

Next, we used the term exposure previously. Exposure means the amount of light an image receives. To take a good picture, we don’t want the image to be too bright or dark. By using the exposure triangle(ISO, aperture, and shutter speed), we can effectively control the amount of ‘brightness.’ Underexposure is when the image is considered as ‘too dark.’ The reason could be because of high shutter speed, with a high aperture. On the other hand, overexposure is when the image is ‘too bright.’ The reason could be because of high ISO, or really slow shutter speed. As a photographer, it is essential to master and operate manual mode. It allows more control and precision in our photographs and helps to deal with issues such as lighting. Furthermore, by adjusting the exposure triangle, we can create creative effects such as the milky effect of the waterfall and the beautiful light paintings.

My first image of freezing action is my brother jumping on the bed. The primary focus of the image would be my brother. Despite the general colors of the image to be on the darker and more neutral side, his neon bracelet is accentuated and creates a stronger focus. The ISO is 5000, shutter speed is 1/400, and the aperture is f/4.0. The high ISO is due to not enough natural light in the location; therefore, I had to increase the amount of light entering the lens. The shutter speed is increased to freeze the subject. Lastly, the low aperture is to have a shallow depth of field and to increase the amount of light entering the image. The image utilizes the composition guideline: simplicity. Without any distracting elements around the primary object, the viewers can focus on the subject.

The second image for motion blur is also about my brother. However, this time, he is catching a ball. The motion of the ball falling down is blurred creating an allusion of having multiple balls. The ISO is 3200, shutter speed is 1/50, and the aperture is f/4.0. The reason for a low aperture is because I wanted to capture more light while having a shallow depth of field. The shutter speed is also lowered to capture the blur of the falling ball. Lastly, the ISO is high because of the low interior light. The contrast of dark colors and the ball once again stands out which creates an emphasis on the ball.

In the third image, there is a skateboard rolling across the floor which utilized the technique of panning. In the image, there is space given to the moving object which is the skateboard. The warm colors of the floor contrast against the skateboard and the figure on top. The ISO of the image is 640, shutter speed is 1/10, and the aperture is f/4.0. In the image, the shutter speed is lowered to capture the moving object. When taking the image, I have to move my body to the motion of the skateboard to capture and freeze the object while simultaneously blurring the background.

Lastly, the image is a snake taken in a snake cafe in Tokyo. The shallow depth of field allows the viewers to focus on the main subject in the foreground as the background is blurred completely. The curved and leading line of the snake directs the viewer’s attention from the edge of the image to the main center of the photograph. The texture of the snake also grabs the viewers attention as it contrasts against the smooth window. The ISO of the image is 1250, shutter speed is 1/100, and the aperture is f/4.0. All of the photos were manual focus without the use of a tripod(I don’t own one).

March 30th, 2018

Light Painting

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Light painting is the technique of using a moving source of light in a dark environment in a long exposure shot. In light painting, you have to switch to manual mode and lower the ISO(light sensitivity) since the prolonged shutter speed will capture more light; therefore, making it unnecessary for too much light resulting in over-exposure. The aperture(opening of the lens) needs to also be adjusted to roughly around f/8-f/11 for more depth of field. Most importantly, you will need a light source for your images. After setting the camera with all the settings on a tripod, you need to focus on your object or person before you shut the lights. By using manual mode, you will be able to lock the focus on your object(person). Important tips to light painting include not standing between the camera and the light source which would hinder the results of your image. Another tip would be by adding different colored balloons on the light source, you can create different colors of light in your photography. Lastly, always keep in mind of framing!

The most challenging part of light painting for me was writing words. It was hard to imagine the letters in reverse, which usually resulted in crooked letters everywhere. However, Janet filled up the parts I lacked and wrote beautiful words. Our group created multiple collaborated images where we usually chose a theme or something related to animals (Janet insisted haha). We tried out different techniques such as the orb, ghosting, and outlining. Personally, I found orbs the most interesting where the creative process was really enjoyable; however, the constant friction of the sides of my fingers created two blisters on both index fingers. All in all, this unit was really enjoyable and sparked our group’s creativity and imagination.

March 30th, 2018

Weekly Blog Post

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These few weeks were really rushed and filled with scheduling issues. For starters, we missed school due to parent-teacher conferences. I then missed a session because of China Cup tournaments. Furthermore, my third block was in sync with the middle school lunch session. These scheduling errors led to the absence of me actually going into classrooms to interact with students. However, during the times I was able to work with Mr. Jeng, I learned many new information and techniques. On huge thing I learned was in correlation with the ethics unit I learned from the online module course. I found a student doing other activities online rather than doing his math work. When I went up to confront him about it, he simply denied everything. I was then torn between telling the teacher or defending the student. I ended up telling Mr. Jeng, as I found it necessary for this habit to be corrected. All in all, these sessions were beneficial and I hope to make up for my missed classes in the future.

March 27th, 2018


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March 14th, 2018

ISO Collage

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Shutter Speed: 1/125

Aperture: F8.0

March 11th, 2018

Week 6

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During this week, I worked with multiple students in Mr.Jeng’s class. This was a very productive week as I managed to interact with more students and got to know them better. Despite the slightly confusing schedules, I managed to log more hours and improve my skills as a tutor. I had mostly worked as a one on one tutor switching between students when they needed any help.I found that some students opened up easier if I spoke Mandarin to them instead of English. I found out when students were confused, they tend to go to another student for answers directly without trying to understand “why” the solution is the way it was. I tried to encourage them to use different methods to solve for the answers. All in all, it was a really successful week!

March 1st, 2018

1 Object 30 Times/Composition Guidelines

In this assignment we were supposed to take 30 pictures of an object using the composition guidelines. The purpose of the assignment is to strengthen our eye to find the right angles and utilizing the new techniques and skills we learned to create better compositions. The composition guidelines are important to a certain degree as it helps us improve our photos; however, the true astounding photos are the ones that break the guidelines. The most challenging thing about the assignment is to create creative photos with the same repetitive object. The big “takeaway” from this project is to use the composition guidelines better. This is important as it would better and bring my photos to a higher level.

February 14th, 2018

Tutor Training Weekly Post 2

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This week I scheduled my first meeting with Mr. Jeng from the elementary department. The scheduling was a bit hectic at the beginning; however, we finalized on a meeting time, and I was able to begin my first tutoring session. I wasn’t given any materials beforehand, so I went to the classroom with nothing prepared. Mr. Jeng gave me a desmos link to work through while the class went over their homework. I then worked with a boy who was very outgoing and encouraging. He worked through the problems quickly and logically. Yet, one of the questions stumped him and slowed his pace down. I tried solving the question myself, and then I remembered the module where I shouldn’t hand the answers to the student. Overall, the experience was rewarding and satisfying. I was forced to think from a different perspective and guide the student to their goal.

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