Blog Post #7: Moon #2 – Apollo 11

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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 ISimple 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.

Photoshop DIY: How To Create a Vignette Effect

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Step 1: In the lower right hand corner, click on the “create a new layer button”.

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Step 2: Selecting this new layer, go to “Edit” -> “Fill”

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Step 3: Change contents to “White” and then click ok.

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Step 4: Go to “Filter” -> “Lens correction”

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Step 4: Select the “custom” option instead of the “auto correction”

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Step 5: Here, move the vignette slider all the way to the left so the value reads -100 and click ok.

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Step 6: Go to your blend options and change the setting from “normal” to “multiply”

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Step 7: Now your vignette effect is complete and you’re free to save!

The “key” to Remembering Hardware

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I decided to select the photo of the rack of keys from the photo essay “Remembering Hardware”. What I really enjoyed about this photo was the combination of a close up shot, with a relatively shallow depth of field. The depth of field accomplishes two things. First, the keys in focus help bring attention to the details of the keys. They are all a little bit different, with minute changes in their size or design. Second, the keys out of focus help bring a feeling of a vast amount of keys hanging on the wall. It just is not one row of these keys. There are multiple rows, and so many that all of them could not be fit in the photo and they are out of focus. The effect of this adds to the story of Mr. Kramer, as it supports that he knows everything about anything in his store. This shot helps add to the intimacy of the story. The parallel rows of keys are an example of “leading lines” which draw our eyes along a path through the photo. As you “journey” through the photo, the details of all the keys come out more. In addition to this, the use of symmetry of the parallel lines of keys helps add to the photo. It is a bit of a contradiction; while the keys are symmetrical in their organization, they are anything but when examined individually. It adds a focal point to the scene: the keys, which again is used to draw the viewer to notice the detail in the keys.

The intimacy between Mr. Kramer, and all the different various tools and knick knacks scattered around the store is described through this photo. Mr. Kramer does not just know what is in the store, he knows exactly where it is and what it looks like. It helps add to the “legend” of him. The keys are a perfect example to use because they are both something simple and common, a key, and something that is uncommon because of their detail. The photographer could have choosen another object that is uncommon in the store, but it would not have had the same effect. If there is nothing else like it, of course he is going to remember where and what it is. To have the effect of intimacy, the contrast between the common and the uncommon needed to be made. It is not one single detailed key, it is dozens and dozens of keys hanging on hooks that are all a little bit different.

The image fits right into the story line. Right before this image, the photo essay had just told about when he took over for his father as the owner of the hardware store. This photo is perfectly placed because it shows the reader of the essay how seriously he took the task of taking over for his father. He really took it to heart and loved doing what he was doing. While it could have had a similar effect at the beginning, to get the full designed effect of the photo, you need it right after the circumstances of him taking over the hardware store.

DIY: Editing The Audio Of Your Video/Audio

In the interview of our citizen, there is substantial background noise. While their voice is clear, the background noise can be distracting at times. This may be an issue for other groups as well

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Step 1: Once you have imported your selected clip, select the desired clip and then go to Edit->Edit in Adobe Audition->Sequence. From here, the program Adobe Audition will open up automatically with your clip’s audio.

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Step 2: Once in Adobe Audition, select your clip and on the right you’ll see a window named “Essential Sound” In this window you want to select “Dialogue” and then the preset to “clean up noisy dialogue”. This will adjust the sliders in the”repair sound” sub window, however you are free to adjust these as you see fit and listen to the changes to your sound until they are at levels suitable to you.

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Step 3: Once you are satisfied, select File->Export->Export to Adobe Premiere Pro.

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Step 4: In the pop up window, you’ll want to select “Mixdown session to:” and then select the stereo file option. Once you’ve done that, you are safe to export back to Premiere Pro.

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Step 5: It will automatically switch back over to Premiere Pro, and once here you will want copy your new audio to a new audio track, which also happens to be the default option.

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Step 6: You don’t want to hear the old audio files, so you can click the “M” next to their audio tracks so that the only audio you can hear is the edited track.

And BOOM! You have your newly edited audio clip with less background noise so everyone can understand your interviewee better.

I found that this video was very helpful, and he may be more eloquent than I am in demonstrating this process.