Early 2000’s I’m sure lots of people owned cameras, because it was better than taking pictures from a flip phone. My mom loved taking pictures. That she even had an album. I was only like seven when I wanted to own a camera. I remember back then that for every field trip, I had to have a camera. So I did. I wanted to capture the fun memories and have them saved in my album. That’s how it started. As a kid, I knew that I loved taking pictures, but never thought of it as a career. I only took pictures because it made me happy, still does to this day.
It is art
I found out about photoshop in 2010. It amazed me how images could be edited like that. Every little edit amazed me. That I even wanted to photoshop images of my own. Then I did in 2014. I never had an idea of what kind of editing I wanted to do, I just let my hands do the magic. It got to the point where I started getting creative with my images. Most of my images were…..unreal. I was satisfied with the results. And receiving comments like “How did you do that?!” or “That’s so cool!” made me want to keep going, and do better. Even to this day, I use photoshop.
Having control of a camera means that I get to choose what I take a picture of, it means that I pick the angles, the lighting, close-ups, etc. And once it’s done, I’m in control of the editing. Each image does have a story behind it. That does not necessarily mean that the meaning is deep, but there’s something to it. Or if I choose to create a story to an edited image, I can! Photography is so much more than a click of a button, it is a form of art. And each image is different, taken from a different person.
I decided to start college as early as possible because I was excited about being in the Graphic Arts and Design class. I did start my classes at Keiser towards the end of June, but didn’t start my major course until August. Still, that’s an early start. I was excited yet nervous. I came into class early that day, there was only three people in there. If I remember clearly they go by the names of Karlie, Rob, and Marcus. Just three individuals sitting around one computer watching anime videos. I did not approach them for I was shy, but they were kind enough to introduce themselves. I sat in front of a computer, then a few minutes later, a girl, similar to myself walked in. Her name was Hannah, she sat next to me we talked, and another girl, Macayla came in. The three of us clicked. And managed to get along so well. Those two were the one of the reasons why I enjoyed my first month, Intro to Graphic Arts.
As the months pass
One thing that I found different was how the course worked. There were two professors, Mr. Williams and Ms. Percy, and every month there were new students added. I tried to figure out how everyone’s scheduled worked, but everyone was different. There was no particular order of how you had to take the courses. I am just satisfied with my scheduling. As the months passed I became more and more comfortable with people. And made more friends. What I realized is that each individual I befriended was different from one another. Which I’m perfectly fine with. I love weird. Everyone is even from different age groups. What sucked as time passed, is that you watch people come and go. My friend Hannah being an example, is already gone. I’ll be leaving shortly as well. I wish the course lasted a bit longer, I want to continue learning. Even though I’ve been stressed out, I still love this class. The professors make learning fun, and every day we share laughs.
What to do
I am in this course because I am still unsure of what I desire as a career choice. Every month is something new. That’s why I’m here, to figure out what interests me the most. I love photography! Most of us do here. But what will happen after I’m done with the course? I own a camera, I want to continue building my portfolio. And I’ll definitely go after my bachelor’s degree once I’m done with Keiser. It’s hard to plan ahead. I’ll be looking for internships or paying jobs relating to my field. I’m still figuring myself out. But at least I have some ideas in mind.
Think of it like this, TextEdit is your dad who tries to be hip, but Dreamweaver is the cool uncle. Dreamweaver has a completely different design compared to TextEdit, but they both have similar functions. At first I thought TextEdit was simple, but it’s very hard to get into it when you want to design. That’s why I now currently prefer Dreamweaver because it makes designing more useful.
One of my favorite things about Dreamweaver is using CSS, it helps keep the info in the source code more organized. On TextEdit, you’re basically going to put the design and info all in the same code area. Dreamweaver helps you keep them apart, but in link. Before using CSS, my first assumption was that it would be more difficult because I had no idea where the code would be linked. But turns out that didn’t matter much.
One of my favorite things to use of Dreamweaver is the CSS panel. It made everything so much easier!! Messing around in the properties areas allowed me to see what I would like to add on my page. It helped me visually. I’m not too familiar with pixels or percentages or whatever, so typing random numbers did help out with how I positioned my work. I am a designer, I WANT to see how my design changes while I’m working on it. And Dreamweaver allowed me to see that happened, making it a more useful tool for me instead of TextEdit.
I always believed that the first step for creating a website was to start off with the design for your pages. I had no idea that TextEdit existed. So for me to find out that you start off with plain simple text on a blank screen was pretty surprising to me. I always imagined that web designers used fancier, advanced looking programs to create webpages. TextEdit……….. is more boring than Microsoft Word.
Just because the design of this program, that is if it’s considered a design, is boring, does not make it useless. If anything it made learning easier for me. Seeing Mr. Williams type out the information on his file, helped out the class get a better understanding. It was simple.
Practicing on my own wasn’t too bad either, I had a little fun getting to know the program. Seeing the results of my work opened up in a browser was satisfying. My work wasn’t fancy, but adding images and color was better than text on a blank page. You can’t expect to create a professional looking webpage in one day, so the outcome of my work did not disappoint.