For anyone who reads this post and uses Cast Iron Coding, I just noticed that I have to renew the service by the end of the week! Just a reminder because I completely forgot until I saw it written down.
But, onto the topic at hand: Yesterday I spend a substantial amount of time researching ideas for my blogging project. I’ve been thinking about what I want to do since the first week of school, but only a few promising ideas have come to mind.
My first idea was inspired by the fact that I’m a miserable cook (and it doesn’t help that I’m not a fussy eater), so I haven’t had much motivation to conquer the culinary arts. My roommate, however, is an excellent cook, so I feel I could learn a lot from her. Last week she hosted a vegan dinner party at our apartment and the food was amazing! (I’d never before had an entire meal made from vegan-friendly dishes, so I had no idea what to expect.) These chocolate chip cookies are definitely worth learning how to make. Anyway, for this project, I would make something new every week (or however many times a week we’re supposed to blog) and talk about the process, what I learned, how successful I was, and what other people think of my attempted recipes, etc.
But then our Daily Shoot week happened, and I am suddenly inclined to learn something about photography.
Before I get into anything else, I should mention the last time I took a creativity-driven class was in high school (AutoCAD classes were the best!) and I took my last “official” art class in the eighth grade—yes, back in 2002, i.e. nine years ago. The slew of science classes I’ve taken in college hasn’t helped the situation, either. Needless to say, the right side of my brain needs a little exercise.
Hence, my second idea:
What I learned from our Daily Shoot assignments is that photography isn’t easy, but it’s not impossible, either, if you put some thought into it. Granted, I really know nothing about it, so my idea is to learn something about photographic technique—i.e. framing, composition, lines, shapes, subject placement, light, etc. through my DS106 project. Unfortunately, I don’t have a fancy SLR camera, but I realized I could use this project to potentially justify an upgrade come the end of the semester. (I’ve wanted a new camera for awhile, but I wouldn’t want to buy a nice one if I don’t know anything about taking pictures!) So, for now, I’ll stick to the basics of image construction and organization and see how much I can learn before the semester’s through. For anyone else considering a photography-based project, I highly recommend going to the library and scanning the photography section. I found some interesting and helpful resources there! (There’re also some books on the NetLibrary, too.)