Ah yes. The semester is finally almost over and I’ll finally be done with this class. Just joking.
So this class is definitely not what I thought it would be. When selecting an english course all I was looking for was a class that fulfilled my last gen ed english requirement and didn’t deal with old literature. Well, I at least got half of that. While requirement wise, I did not get anything out of this class, I thoroughly enjoyed all the work we did. Coming into the semester I thought “Writing for the Web? Like writing for websites or online newspapers? I guess they’re different?”. So I really had no idea what I was getting myself into.
What the class ended up being though is completely different. Website building, video, photo, and audio editing, while completely opposite from what I thought I would be doing, I thoroughly enjoyed all of it. Especially the video editing, so I’d have to say that was my favorite project from the class. This has definitely been the class I enjoyed the most this semester because I enjoyed being able to sit down for a couple hours at a time, listen to some music, and create something that is my own. And that feeling of creating something original, that you came up with, and then knowing enough to actually make it, is a fantastic feeling.
I definitely recommend this course to another student because I see the benefits from it, even if you aren’t going into a career in media production. I’m not. As long as the course description is a little longer than “writing for the web”.
In your audio piece, there’s probably a point where you want to lay music behind your voice. This will show you how to do that.
Step One: Select the section of music that you want to fade when you are speaking.
Step 2: Select the envelope button
Step 3: Place a keypoint where you want to the audio to start to fade and where it will return to normal volume.
Step 4: Set two keypoints further in that mark the lowest points the audio will get.
Step 5: Then drag the two inner points down to an equal level.
Step 6: Check the audio and adjust if needed.
This video helped me learn this technique
I decided to analyze the audio for “Lament for Joe Hall” because I really enjoyed the way that additional audio sources were added into the storytelling. First off, having the story be told from the point of view of the child, and then be voiced by a child is just amazing. It immerses the audience into the story in a way that could not be achieved by having the story be told from the creator. In addition to that, third party audio sources greatly contribute to the storytelling effort. Audio files of sound effects like police sirens, as well as audio taken from a 60 Minutes story really bring the piece together. The piece opening with the sirens gives the audience their first question, which is “Why?” It leaves the audience craving for the details of the story and wanting to learn about the people involved and what happened. To a person unfamiliar with the story, the voice of a child gives a sense of innocence to the story being told, until the story reaches its climax. There was already a noticeable tension with the increasing amount of detail, however, there is still a substantial amount of felt shock and surprise at the climax. These audio elements combined together create a story that is attention grabbing, conveys feeling to the audience, and keeps the audience asking questions.
I used this technique to adjust where the Creative Commons License sits on my page. When first copying in the code, it automatically places itself (the button and text) in the bottom left-hand corner of your page. I wanted it to sit in the top right-hand corner of my page, so this technique will show you how to do that.
Step One: Put in the code for the button or image into your HTML into a Div. Assign this div an id, which will be its “name” referenced in css. Since I was placing the license my div’s id is “cclicense”.
Press enter and then insert the code for your image. My code shows up as a link because it’s a button, however your code will be for an image most likely.
After this, make sure to close your div and then we move over to css.
This is your css code. To interact with your div id, use a pound/hashtag and then your id name. Set your position to absolute and then your distances from the left, right, top and bottom margin are up to you. It’s important to keep in mind that the distances are FROM the margin. So when it is “right: 20px;” it is moving the image 20 pixels away from the right margin, not right 20 pixels from its original location. The same principle applies when setting the distance from the other margins.
The website I chose is http://moon2.kedzich.com/, which is a website dedicated to the NASA moon missions. Depending on whether you change the number next to “moon” in the URL, you are taken to a different mission. I’m currently on the Apollo 11 page, the mission that first landed men on the moon. I love the simplicity of the website. There is no need to click on different drop down menus or links to access different parts of the website- simply just keep scrolling. Scrolling also provides the information in chronological order for the certain moon mission being viewed. In a website designed to share information, complexity is needed. You do not want people skipping all around the site, potentially confusing themselves because they did not view it in the right order. When entering the site, you intuitively scroll downward and are provided the information in the order designed to be viewed in. Large text, contrary to thought, is often a small, interesting, detail. Photos and their captions are imbedded along the way, and most of the information is given in blocks of paragraphs of text. Imbedded are various recordings, videos, photos and gifs to provide context to the information being discussed. While there are snippets of bright, colored text, most of the site is black text on a white background or white text on a black background or photo. The site stays true to its simple design roots. The website is clearly designed to inform, so a lack of complexity lends itself to this goal. Information is easy to gather as well because of the chronological order of the information. What I take away from this website is KISS, aka, Keep It Simple Stupid. You don’t need a fancy and complex website to achieve your purpose. Simplicity, or at least something that looks simple, should be the goal.
Step 1: In the lower right hand corner, click on the “create a new layer button”.
Step 2: Selecting this new layer, go to “Edit” -> “Fill”
Step 3: Change contents to “White” and then click ok.
Step 4: Go to “Filter” -> “Lens correction”
Step 4: Select the “custom” option instead of the “auto correction”
Step 5: Here, move the vignette slider all the way to the left so the value reads -100 and click ok.
Step 6: Go to your blend options and change the setting from “normal” to “multiply”
Step 7: Now your vignette effect is complete and you’re free to save!