Before this course I guess I didn’t know much about digital media. I had used some Photoshop in courses prior to this, and that was basically the extent of my knowledge. The first thing that I felt was very helpful was that I found out my phone can actually take decent pictures, and there is free software where I can edit the images. I figured I would need a larger more expensive camera to take photos nice enough to use for assignments. Before this course I had little understanding of what an image resolution really is, and this is probably the most valuable lesson to me. I simply figured more pixels is better, which I guess is still true. However it was important to know what resolution your camera has, and how you are able to tell how many pixels it is able to capture. I will never forget that my phone has an 8 mega pixel camera, well until I get a new one :). Figuring out the dpi for prints is still a bit fuzzy in my mind, and I know that is something that I will have to look up once more if I want to print an image.
Thanks to this blogs and the website I can now embed codes like a champ. When I had to make websites for previous classes I would end up messing it up somehow, like placing the wrong code in the wrong area. If there was a way to screw something up I managed to do it. In the beginning of this course I know I stated somewhere that I was not a tech savvy individual, I didn’t know how to do much of anything on a computer. Now I think I might be able to help someone with their digital assignments.
Two of the more difficult assignments to me were the video mashups and creating the songs. These projects took me way out of my comfort zone, and were probably the most challenging. It may have been more challenging since I had zero knowledge of this software prior to the assignment. These were things that I know that I was not happy with my results, but I know if I chose to complete these assignments again I would have a much better outcome. The mistakes are there in each assignment, but you don’t learn nearly as much from your successes as you do from your failures.
You learn something new everyday, and you learn a lot more through an entire semester.