Archive | October 2011

Embedding a video! Task 3

Here is a video review of the new film release of Tintin. Tintin was originally a comic book produced by Georges Rémi in the 20th century, but has now been transformed to fit into the 21st century and has been made into a full length movie. Directors Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson have combined to turn an old classic into a modern day classic. With updated animation from the cartoons that were produced in 1992 by the BBC!


Task 2

The Stone Roses announce reform!

Manchester band ‘ The Stone Roses’ announced they would reform last week following a year of rumours and speculation. The band have decided to reunite and to perform at least two shows next year. They will play in Manchester next year on two dates the 29th and 30th of June. The Stone Roses have also been announced headliners to the ever popular T in The Park festival next year.
The Stone Roses split 15 years ago and are considered to be one of the most influential British bands of all time.

Side Light / Artificial Light Task 1

This is a photograph that I took with my new Nikon DSLR, It is to show side light/artificial light in a graveyard in Mark, Somerset! I took this photograph whilst trying to take other photos for the Halloween project!

Photo and Video Embedding

This week we looked at how to Embed Photographs and Videos onto our blogs;

Using Photos and Videos in WordPress

Resizing Photos for WordPress

It’s a good idea to resize images for the web before embedding them. If you leave it up to WordPress, you won’t be given many choices. And if you resize using HTML, your images will appear distorted. Here’s how to do it in Photoshop:

Stage one: Determining dimensions:
1. First, log in to, then go to My Blog > Dashboard
2. Choose “Appearance”.
3. Choose “Custom Design > Custom CSS” and click the “Try it for Free” button.
4. Look for the line that says “Limit width to xxx pixels for video, full sized images (etc)”.
5. The number given is the maximum width in pixels you should choose for images.

NOTE: If a maximum width isn’t given, that means the theme’s dimensions are fluid. In which case you should resize to images to a default of 600.

Stage two: Resizing images
1. In Photoshop CS5, click the window or tab of the image you want to save to work with.
2. Go to Image > Image Size
3. In the Pixel Dimensions box, enter the new width for the image.
4. Check Scale Styles, Constrain Proportions and Resample Image.
5. Choose “Bicubic Sharper (Best for reduction”.

Saving as JPEG
Photoshop can save images direct to JPEG using the “Save As” dialogue. Here’s how:

1. In Photoshop CS5, click the window or tab of the image you want to work with.
2. Go to the File menu and choose “Save As”.
3. Select “JPEG” from the Format menu in the Save As dialogue box.
4. Check the ICC Profile box.
5. Click “Save”.
6. Choose “Low” or “Medium” if a small file size is desired. Choose “High” or “Maximum” for better quality.
7. Click “Save”.

A better option: Save for the Web
Choosing “Save As” gives acceptable results, but Photoshop’s “Save for Web” dialogue gives you much better control over the look of the optimised image.

1. In Photoshop CS5, click the window or tab of the image you want to save to work with.
2. Go to the File menu and choose “Save for Web & Devices”.
3. In the “Save for Web & Devices” dialogue, choose “JPEG Medium” from the Preset drop down.
4. Tick “Embed Color Profile” and “Convert to sRGB”.
5. In the preview windows, click the “2-Up” tab so you can see the original image and the JPEG version at the same time.
6. At “Medium”, the compression quality is set to “30”. Click the arrow then move the “Quality” slider to the left to compress the image further or right to reduce compression. Keep an eye on the original and optimised versions of the image. When you’re happy that you have a good balance between image quality and file size, you can save the file to your machine.

Embedding Photos in WordPress

Adding Photos

There are a couple of ways to add images to blog posts and pages. The easiest is just to click the “image” icon on the toolbar of your visual editor while you’re writing a post:

You can then select a picture from your computer to upload. Or from the same pop up screen you can select an image from your media library, which is where previously uploaded photos are stored. The icons to the right of the photo icon are for similar actions — adding video, audio, media and polls.

You can add as many images as you like this way, or you can leave them in your media library for later use.

Once the image is uploaded, you’ll get a special screen to plug in lots of details for the image.

Fill in these details and, when you’re happy, click “Insert into Post”.

Align Photos in WordPress

You can wrap text around images either before or after placing them.

To align them before:

* Make sure the cursor is in the right place before you insert the image.

* In the image screen, choose an option from alignment.

To align them after:

* Click on the image in the post editing box.

* Choose a text alignment icon from the toolbar.

Adding video to WordPress from YouTube

1. Go to YouTube and find the video you want to embed on your site. Find the URL in your browser’s address bar – highlight it and copy it.

2. Then, in your post, click the Add Video button.

3. Click the “From URL” tab at the top of the window and paste in the URL. Then click “insert into post.”

4. This is what it will look like now in your post editor.

Edit the post as you normally would, adding in any extra text and whatever headline you like. It will look something like this when you publish it:


This week in our session with Mike, Mike showed us how to take out photographic equipment we might need to use during the next year. So he showed us how to fill out all the necessary paperwork needed to rent equipment and took us through all the things that could be hazardous whilst renting equipment! We also looked at time keeping and created a timetable to plan out how much time we should have spare to be doing work outside of lectures.

We then spent the remainder of the lesson discussing ethics over certain photographs and whether they should be sold to make money or kept personally to protect people in the photographs or their families. We looked at whether its their own fault for agreeing to be in the photograph or whether they had installed the trust in you to not share the photographs. This was a very interesting discussion with people having different opinions!

Social Media Makes The News!

Social media made the news when Beyonce announced her pregnancy at the MTV VMA awards, she revealed her bump at the end of her performance and from that she then broke a record for the most amount of tweets per second. There were 8868 tweets per second after she revealed her bump! Social media of Twitter gave everyone the opportunity to talk about Beyonces pregnancy before the mainstream media could produce a story about it. Instead the story the mainstream media covered was how her pregnancy broke twitter records!

MTV is the main source as they showed Beyonce’s performance and baby revealing. Because it was on TV then everybody watching started tweeting about her being pregnant, then people who weren’t watching the MTV VMA awards would have seen the tweets about Beyonce’s pregnancy and then would have joined in spreading the news. Meaning that thousands of people knew about Beyonce’s pregnancy before the mainstream media had chance to produce a story!

Beyonce’s pregnancy had more tweets than the Women’s Football World Cup Final, Bin Laden’s Death, Superbowl and the Japanese earthquake! Her breaking the record wasn’t because the news was more important, but because perhaps more people are now using twitter and people are now communicating in massive numbers!

Social Media Reflection

This week we looked at how Social Media is better and worse than the mainstream media. We looked at how tweeting and blogging was becoming a faster way of getting news across, with tweeters knowing what was going on first due to being there. We also found that due to blogging and tweeting news often got mixed up or wrong as well. We saw an example in the mainstream media on the BBC about Gaddafi’s death. On twitter and blogs people had posted that he was dead along with photographs but on the BBC website they had to put Gaddafi’s ‘dead’ because they couldn’t confirm straight away that the stories were true!