The Man Behind the Site

I found Tobias van Schneider’s website and loved how it took to my eyes. I felt that the hard contrast of the black background against bright, big, and easy to read font striking, and the side portrait, when contrasted to the background, to be loud , yet classy. Capture He uses the large font, presumably, because he has worked with large corporations and it’s a way to emphasize that. The links to his social media are smaller because he’s dragging the visitor down the page. I barely registered those links when I first went to the page, eager to scroll down.

He adds more visual suspense by letting the large text go over his face, as if the words are coming out of his head. This is contrasted with his blog, which he’s titled as essays on his site, lending to a sense of exclusivity to the visitor.


Another way his site worms into the visitor’s mind is by having what amounts to ads for things he’s worked on. This works really well with his face because it’s as if he’s the man behind these brands the viewer has heard of.


I think the site really works because of the effect with his head. His image is integral to the site as much as he is integral to his personal brand. The imagery is just as important at selling him as his words. I think that this site is more a portfolio of Tobias than anything else. I think this is because all of his social media is at the top, front and left where the Western eye drifts towards first. If a company is considering him for a job, the odds are that his portfolio-website could be looked at several times and having that  easily accessible also shows that he’s confident with his online presence as well, handy for working primarily with tech-based companies.

DIY: E Pluribus Unum

I’m sharing a tip I found from a youtube video that I felt would be beneficial to most of us using high quality smartphone cameras to snap photographs out of old family albums. The video suggested this for scans but it works for photos as well.

First, you need to open the photo of photos into Photoshop.

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After this, you want to go to “File”>”Automate”>”Crop and Straighten Photos.” Select “Crop and Straighten Photos.”

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As you can see below, it has cropped the larger photo into many smaller ones. A few photos may need to be cropped down a bit more, but it will reduce the amount that you will need to do this. You can look at the different photos by selecting different tabs, shown at the top of the screenshot below.

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As you can see below, a photo was cropped perfectly from the initial image.

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You can save this file as an image of it’s own. Since there isn’t any transparency to this, you can save it as a JPG. Make sure the layer is unlocked or it won’t let you save it.

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Voila! The cropped image is saved in your folder. You do have to save each cropped image individually, but it will save you some time from manually cropping.

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If you want to watch the original video, here’s the original link. I followed his technique but applied it in a slightly different manner because I know many of us don’t have access to a scanner or, like myself, are afraid to even turn the pages of the delicate albums, let alone flipping one upside down on a bulky scanner and having to hold it up and remain still while it takes a long time to scan.



A-Line Skirts and Leading Lines

I picked Kaya because she is into a similar fashion style as I enjoy wearing when I get the chance. The amount of things she has in her room, invoked a vague feeling of panic in me, with my striving to live more minimally, but happy that she has the opportunity to dress up in such a cute fashion style. Her wearing a very simple themed coord(that is the proper term in “Lolita Fashion”) and looking better than many American people who wear the style made me smile, but it makes sense, because the fashion style was created in Harujuku.

It fit the theme of the rest of the photo essay because it helped show the range of children’s various living conditions and access to resources that children have across the world. Japan has been rapidly becoming more westernized over time and and the abundance of Kaya’s possessions shown to us are a stark contrast against the children from Brazil, the Ivory Coast, and Kenya.

The photograph of the room utilizes the rule of thirds through the toy kitchen, red bag, the dollhouse, and the dress on the dress-form especially standing out. I think it tells Kaya’s story in that she dresses up, plays house, and with dolls. The same string of items also serves as a leading line, guiding the eye through the room, distracting from loneliness emitted by the dark lighting.

The portrait shot of Kaya shows emotion and gives us a peek into the setting that it was taken. She looks taken aback indicating that perhaps someone in the room when the photograph was taken said something strange. To balance the photograph, since Kaya is placed in the middle of her portrait, the two hair pieces are very different in style, along with her handbag being off to the side. These details help lead the eye through the photograph.

What was your favorite thing about this photograph?

Text Animation in Adobe Premiere Pro

Step 1: pick out the portion of video that you want your text to go over. I picked here because it seems like a useful way for the viewers to get to know the subject through her name and face.


Step 2: Create a Title Still


Step 3: Get your text to look how you want it. Then exit the title window.


Step 4: Make the clip you want the text to go over invisible. This will only be temporary.


Step 5: Insert your text into the video.


Step 6: Select your text, click effects (circle 1) and then Effect Controls (circle 2).


Step 7: Toggle Position so that it’s blue. Notice that under the video clip between this control panel and your text that a diamond appeared where the blue indicator line is.


Step 8: Move the indicator line to where you want your text to change and click the radio button to create a second diamond. You can do this for each place you want your text to change.


Step 9: Toggle between locations using arrows 1 and 2. Change the horizontal axis of the text clicking and sliding your cursor left and right over the number in position A. Do the same with the number in position B for the vertical axis. Do this for each of the points in the miniature timeline. Alternatively, you can double click and drag the text around in the preview window, which is why the background image was made invisible. I’ve found the numbers to be a more precise and controllable way to alter the position of the text.


Step 10: Move the blue cursor to the beginning of the clip and watch your text slide around the screen. You can continue tweaking the text by repeating step 9 as much as you like. Toggle the eye again from step 4 when you are ready to see your text with the rest of the video.

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Animate Text in Adobe Premiere Pro– This was the most straightforward and simple approach I could find, but there were still a few details that I wanted to elaborate on that didn’t feel self-explanatory, the moving the text around in the window from point to point being the most frustrating(I kept accidentally moving the video with Laurie and not the actual text, hence my instruction to render it temporarily invisible). I found the numbers much easier to use.