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CNC Lab Station June 1, 2017

Posted by urielmendoza6567 in Uncategorized.
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In this station I was creating a Co2 Race car using the CNC router. I had some trouble creating a tool path but I watched a lot of you tube videos. I got familiar with the program and figured out a lot about it. If any one is going to use the CNC router I recommend you learn about it first and then start your station, this will make it a lot more easier.

Review of various IDEs June 1, 2017

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  • I very strongly recommend that you have some experience with coding prior to this station. I also recommend that if you have more experience with any specific language, that you use that language in this station. For instance, if you have experience with C++, you should write your hello world program in C++
  • After making a hello world program, don’t make a new one, instead of starting from scratch, play around a little bit with the hello world program. See if you can change the amount of times it displays hello world, see if you can incorporate some level of user input. Play around with a working program before you have to start over again.
  • As with any station even remotely involved with coding: COMMENT YOUR CODE
  • Install IDEs before you plan to start using them, they take a while to install and they can easily take up a full class period, wasting time, and making you very bored. You might consider choosing your IDEs beforehand, and installing the remaining IDEs while you work with the first one
  • Stay focused. It’s very easy to get wrapped up in one single IDE, don’t forget to keep moving (I accidentally wasted all of my time on Game Maker, and then had very little time to work with the other two IDEs)
  • Utilize tutorials, they work much better than forums, and some IDEs might have built in tutorials
  • Although frustrating and intimidating, forums can be rather helpful, even if only to let you figure out what to research. (as in, when you see a forum response which says “the solution to this is just console commands, you now know to research console commands, even if you don’t know what those are and the forum gives a poor explanation of them.
  • Depending on the language, syntax can be vital. Double and triple check not only for typos, but also what the program is supposed to run.
  • If you become really stuck, try “rubber duck” coding. Get a rubber duck (or any item really, a friend could even work if they’re not too busy) and read the code aloud. As you do this, explain what each line of the code does. This can be extremely effective for noticing “idiot mistakes” in logic, or possibly even typos. It sounds silly, but it is surprisingly effective.

Digital Video June 1, 2017

Posted by sophiemafrank in Digital Video.
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For my second station I teamed up with Clara Copley, and Cece Pennell to learn how to produce videos through filming, and editing applications.  During our time on this station we had to learn how to use a variety of movie editing applications, and software. Overall we used Windows Movie Maker and iMovie the most. We encountered many struggles over the process of producing our first video. After we were able to find an application that we still were able to use we had to first learn how to get the videos from the flip camera, into the application. After we were able to figure it out, by looking through files, we started to put our video together. Through Windows Movie Maker it was quite easy to stitch the videos together in a simple format. After using tutorials and websites to learn to add effects, the hardest part was putting audio to our video. Because the audio was very hard to apply, we eventually were able to download a file for the audio already saved to achieve a background song. After using Windows Movie Maker we wanted to make videos through applications on a Chromebook or Mac Book so we could continue using our video making skills after Tech Lab. By using iMovie we had to completely re learn how to make videos. Through tutorials we found how to add audio through iTunes, apply voice overs to our videos, and precisely trim and stitch videos together. Overall I feel accomplished, because I was able to learn a lot about both editing applications, and now I will be able to utilize these skills for a long time!

Helpful Info/Tutorials:

https://www.apple.com/voiceover/info/guide/_1124.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a81cBtVv288

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EkMMe7_uMFg

Videos: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5ss4WLsS189VlnWffJkDjA

 

Digital Drawing station #3 June 1, 2017

Posted by andaugherty20 in Digital Painting, Uncategorized.
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In this station I tried using the touch pad to draw in Photoshop. I first tried different tools to see how I can use these tools to draw different objects. I started my first drawing by following the instructions of the guide in the digital drawing folder. Once I had more trials I found that the blending and smudging tools blends harsh lines to look more smooth. Once I figured out how to use the capacity tool I tried to use color. I made some colorful cartoons using the shapes tool airbrush and multiple color. Then I tried to draw more realistic objects. I tried to draw a persons face. Using shading and a higher capacity for a darker shade. I used the pencil to define the eyes and nose and mouth. This stations helped me find how different tools can change the out come of your drawing. If you try out the different tools before to try to draw an object it will help you succeed in this station. You should use the touch pad for a good outcome because then you have a more steady line for your drawing. Here are a few sources that I used to help me.

Digital drawing folder

Different drawing techniques

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Digital Video June 1, 2017

Posted by cecepennell in Uncategorized.
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For this project I collaborated with two other people, Clara and Sophie. Working in a group was challenging but also very rewarding. It was great to get other people’s perspectives and knowledge. We created many videos, all of which focused on a different skill. Our final video was a music video to the song Side to Side by Ariana Grande. We focused on clipping videos and we learned to overlap music with videos. In order to be successful at this station I would recommend following very specific tutorials, and having each activity teach you a new skill that will help you on your final video. When making the video we filmed different sections and then clipped them all together. Then we overlapped the music with the videos so it lined up evenly. Some challenges we encountered were finding time to film our video due to the fact that our characters were not in the class, being patient when editing videos, and being new to this topic. The following tutorials were very helpful for our final project: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a81cBtVv288

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EkMMe7_uMFg

Here is the link to our final video:

Katerina Station 3 Digital Photo June 1, 2017

Posted by catsrgreat2001 in Uncategorized.
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My station was digital photography. For my final project I took a picture of my violin’s label, “Stradivarius”, because even though the violin is a fake strad from Germany, the violin’s label makes a good photo. The problem I had the most was coming up with ideas of what to take pictures of. I recommend making a list of what you could possibly do before you begin and looking up ideas. Overall, I thought this project was fun and a good use of my last month in Tech. Violin edited

Digital Video June 1, 2017

Posted by cjcopley19 in Uncategorized.
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In this station, I collaborated with Cece Pennell and Sophie Frank to make an assortment of videos. Throughout this process we made several different videos where we developed skills that built on each other. We learned things such as how to add captions to the video, how to use voice over to narrate the video and how to add In our final, we made a music video to the song Side to Side by Ariana Grande.  We did this by filming a series of of videos of different people lip syncing the lyrics. We then combined these videos and put the full song over the videos. While making this music video we looked up several tutorials online that were very helpful. If you are not familiar with the software you are using, I strongly recommend looking up and closely following tutorials specific to what you are trying to accomplish. Also, as you get more familiar with the software, you are able to try new things and the videos you create have more possibilities! We used a few different softwares to make all of our activities, we used iMovie, as well as Windows Movie Maker. Since these two programs are very different it was important for us to be able to watch tutorials so we can understand both of them.

Link to video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73iKR1dxYcA

Illustrator May 31, 2017

Posted by lmholcroft in Illustrator.
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This station was an interesting challenge, creating a look that was realistic was very difficult. In an attempt to make the drawings more detailed and realistic i used the Wacom pad. It made the drawing much easier and made it feel more natural. With the pen and pad moving the pen and making details was much easier.  Along with the pad the size and style of the brush made details easier. I would recommend playing around with the tools before begin your actual drawing.  A good understanding of the opacity tool and the shape of the brushes will help a lot in making drawings with depth. In the beginning of the station finding inspiration was the biggest struggle however I went online and began copping pictures as best I could this really help me with getting an idea of the tools and gave me inspiration for other drawings. For other people who might want to do this station the most helpful tip I learned is  under the color tool you can create other colors that will be more custom just click the color icon then one of the folder icons. I though the depth off my pictures was very developed until I saw the other drawings, I would recommend not going as shaded as i did as it did not help the depth. This is a interesting station and if your not good at drawing like me you will learn a lot however if you are good at art this station is lots of fun.

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Digital Photography May 30, 2017

Posted by mjoconell19summitk12 in Uncategorized.
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Photography is special and fun in its own ways. Taking pictures with a camera is fun especially if your doing it on your own and taking pictures of the things you like. In this station I was able to take multiple photos of nature and awesome activities I got to do. During the process of taking these pictures I used my own camera for the majority of the time taking various photos. In this station I learned a lot about cameras and thinking like a photographer. Overall, I developed skills with computer editing and with Photoshop. Anyone wanting to do this station should do it because of the experience and the activities you will actually be doing. This station has a lot of freedom if you want to take it to the next level. Mr. Karden provides cameras for you to use when you start the station so you can take some pictures. Always take good care of the cameras because they are expensive and delicate. Whenever you are not taking pictures, put the lens cap on and hold the camera with two hands. Try not to drop it because there is a chance of it breaking. Some of my photos were taken using Mr. Karden’s camera inside and outside of the actual school. (Rebel xti) Look up tutorials if you are not familiar with the camera and look up YouTube videos so you can learn more. The camera i used was a Nikon Cool pix L310 and it was older and more simple to operate for me. There are various programs to use to edit your photos and i started off with Pixlr and moved to Photoshop. Photoshop is the best because its better in quality and its easy to use. For my final I took pictures i took from the second semester and made a collection of the photos I liked the most. Each photo was taken at a different areas in Colorado and different time periods in different climates. My final was edited on Photoshop as well as the rest of my pictures. For Future students taking this station i would recommend asking for help when needed and doing your research online and on your own. Take the time to think of ways to take pictures and ways to have fun taking pictures. 

 

Creative Photoshop- May 30, 2017

Posted by kylarys in Photoshop, Uncategorized.
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For my semester long station, I chose to learn more about photo shop. I wanted to go more in depth with Photoshop to better my editing skills, which will help me with my photography. This was not my first time doing Photoshop, however I was really interested in learning more about lighting and blending specifically. For my final project, I decided to combine some of the many techniques I learned into one image. I picked several images and put them together using the skew, mask, gradient, brushes, linear dodge and more tools. I created my own image by combining several and blending the lighting to look more realistic. If I were to do this again, I would plan more time for my final so that I could’ve used my own images. This would have made me think about the edit more creatively and incorporated my photography. I did make several edits with my own images, but for the final I used internet images.  My advice for this station is to use the official Adobe Photoshop website because it provides some basic, but super helpful tutorials. Though lots of tools are self explanatory, I learned about some new ones that are more useful and sometimes hidden. Patience and attention to close detail are necessary for this station.  I would also recommend learning about the perspective and skew tools before anything else, as they were really useful for changing a scene and getting things to look more natural. Overall I really enjoyed learning about Photoshop and what it has to offer.

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