Update on the Paranormal Documentary

Hey guys,

So right now I have more than just a screenshot for you guys. The good news is that right now I have a good story line featuring the urban legends surrounding Rose Hill Cemetery in Idaho Falls, ID.

I do not want to say too much because there are three really good stories surrounding the cemetery and I will be posting a rough cut of the documentary here later in a couple of weeks.

But right here is a screenshot of me just doing some editing in Premier right here:

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Anyways that is the updates so far. I was really scared that this documentary was going to be scrapped but thank goodness I found another route to take and it is working out really well.

Still working on a title for the documentary but for now the working title is probably going to be something like “Rose Hill Cemetery  Tales of the Paranormal.”

Anyways stay awesome and I will be in touch with you awesome people in he next upcoming weeks.

Spring 2016 Top Five

For this blog I went through all my photos and found five that I will be posting for a vote to see which one gets printed. I am including some pictures from my previous blog posts and one photo that I never posted.

So take a look, vote, and enjoy.

Photo # 1 Toast from the Road

This was my first experience with using shutter speed to follow an image. The cool part was that the guy saw me taking the picture and raised his drink to me. One of the best parts of being a photographer is getting those awesome moments.

This was my first experience with using shutter speed to follow an image. The cool part was that the guy saw me taking the picture and raised his drink to me. One of the best parts of being a photographer is getting those once in a lifetime moments on camera.

 

Photo #2 The Survivor

I really liked this photo from my aperture blog because of the detail I got from the flower.

I really liked this photo from my aperture blog because of the detail I got from the flower.

Photo #3 Water that’s Lit

Another shutter speed photo I enjoyed taking. It was tough because I had no music devices to get the water moving so I had to yell while taking the picture.

Another shutter speed photo I enjoyed taking. It was tough because I had no music devices to get the water moving so I had to yell while taking the picture.

Photo #4 Just Chillin’

This one was tricky because I did not follow the instructions and it took longer to complete because of it. So I took both photos into photoshop and placing the subject on the top layer used the convert tool and eraser tools to edit out everything except my model. To hide any rough edits I also used the color replacement and hue and saturation layers to change the colors of my subjects clothes. Later I accessed it in lightroom and added a gradient and messed with the shadows, highlights, and the added a watermark. Taken on a Canon Rebel T5. Even though this photo was difficult I really enjoyed putting it all together.

This one was tricky because I did not follow the instructions and it took longer to complete because of it. So I took both photos into Photoshop and placing the subject on the top layer used the convert tool and eraser tools to edit out everything except my model. To hide any rough edits I also used the color replacement and hue and saturation layers to change the colors of my subjects clothes. Later I accessed it in lightroom and added a gradient and messed with the shadows, highlights, and the added a watermark. Taken on a Canon Rebel T5. Even though this photo was difficult I really enjoyed putting it all together.

Photo #5 Milksplash

This was another shutter speed experiment that I did. It was difficult because I had to use a flashlight and a camera at the same time while a friend dropped a tablet to cause the milk to splash.

This was another shutter speed experiment that I did. It was difficult because I had to use a flashlight and a camera at the same time while a friend dropped a tablet to cause the milk to splash.

 

 

The Paranormal Project

So this is to show off my organization skills and working towards an actual project. Here  I have a screenshot of my clips and organization with interviews placed in separate folders and all the b-roll into one. That’s all for this week unfortunately. I will have more  next week.

clip organization

Inn Design Text Effects Tutorial

For my class I created a tutorial using Camtasia to exhibit the effects you can do with text in Adobe Inn Design.  Down below is the finished product via my You Tube channel, and just below that is a step-by-step instructional sheet with pictures and advice when it comes to design and effects with text.

You Tube

 

Instructional Sheet

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Photobook Design Part 1

For this project I designed the first part of my photobook which I plan to use as a portfolio piece for a perspective employer.

#1 Photospread

For this I changed the old spreadsheet that I had created in earlier weeks by adding a bevel on the title and underline as well as resizing some of the photos.

For this I changed the old spreadsheet that I had created in earlier weeks by adding a bevel on the title and underline as well as resizing some of the photos.

#2 Cover and Back

For this one I took the earlier design I had for my fine art cover and swapped the photo for a different one with come vibrance and saturation changes. The back photo for the cover was a photo from Bannack that I edited using extreme vibrance and saturation levels.

For this one I took the earlier design I had for my fine art cover and swapped the photo for a different one with come vibrance and saturation changes. The back photo for the cover was a photo from Bannack that I edited using extreme vibrance and saturation levels.

#3 Table of Contents

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For this I put the photo into Photoshop and used the sharpen tool to bring out the details on the leaves and flower. Then I made the title with a bevel and changed the text to the color of the flower. The Title ins a Franklin Gothic and the body text is Times New Roman.

#4 About the Photographer

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For this I had a friend take a picture of me and then copied the same text I had used for the table of contents over.

 

 

Activity 8 Tasteful Typography- Light & Shadow

So for this activity while I was at Bannack I took  ten additional images with an underlining theme and  later edited and added complimentary text on three of the images, as well as design a cover for my soon to be published photobook.

For my photobook design I used my levitation photo from earlier, and used a clipping mask to get the separated panel-look. The watermark I made by signing my name and then after taking a picture I  opened it in Photoshop and deleted the background and added a bevel as well as a stoke to it. After saving it as a PNG  file I then added it to the book and dropped the opacity.

JohnErcekIII (1 of 1) For my tasteful typography assignment I decided to go for a light vs. shadow theme with all the photos in black and white. Light and darkness has always shouted out to me the contrast in both purpose, as well as in photography and design.  So for this one I decided to excerpt phrases by some of my favorite quotes by philosophers about light and shadow, or darkness rather.

For the photos I first gave them a black and white layer and then adding vibrance, and contrast layers caused them to become either really dark and bring out the harsh shadows or bring out the brightness and show the extreme contrast. For the quotes I used the font Trebuchet MS Bold, and for the name of the person, as well as the heading I used Kozuka Gothic Pr6N EL font.

For some of the quotes I added a bevel and stroke so that the words were visible but also repeated the theme of light and shadow. All these photos were taken by me at Bannack, Montana on a Canon Rebel T5.

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Photo 5-1

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The Paranormal Documentary A lesson to be learned

First let me start off by saying sorry for missing you guys last week. Anyways the good news is that the documentary is shaping up really well. This last week I got a tone of filming done, and it looks like a good story is now in the works.

The story is not what I had intended originally but then again  that is journalism for you.

I also learned a very valuable lesson: always back up your work!

Let me explain: I recently bought a brand new laptop and when I had started filming I had put all my work on that laptop, and then the unthinkable happened:

It froze and I could not access what I needed.

When stuff like this happens a simple rule to for everyone to follow whether you work with video, photography, or anything really is to always have multiple copies of your work. That way when you do if you lose some of your work you do not have to start from scratch.

The good news was that I was able to fix my laptop and later access the work I had done but can you imagine how it wold have been if I was not able?

Worst nightmare ever!

So just to give you guys something to look forward too I will be posting some pictures and videos in later weeks, and the rough cut real soon.