Digital photography and photo editing now plays a huge role in our lives as we become even more reliant on Social Media. We began by discussing the various types of cameras that are out there, you’ve got your compacts, bridges, the more advanced DSLRs and my preferred choice (purely down to financial reasons) the camera phone. Basically the difference between these is their amount of features. For instance a DSLR will trump the majority of other models on its aperture ability and depth of field capabilities primarily down to how advanced their lens are.
Shutter speed is vital when it comes to controlling the amount of light entering the lens. I always see these photos of citys at night with white and red car lights streaming through the streets. I was ignorant to the fact that photographers actually sit with their cameras on a tripod for five or six hours with the lens open to absorb all the light rather then just editing a cityscape on some cool Photoshop software.
All these factors including mega-pixels, reciprocity and ISO / ASA / DIN help contribute towards a photos composition. I was never really aware of how much premeditated thought goes into photos. Its amazing that after just one lecture i find myself noticing converging lines, using the rule of thirds and searching for repetition for interesting anomalies.
I have used the majority of the photo editing sites (GIMP / Pixlr / Picasa) our lecturer discussed prior the lecture so i was looking forward to start editing in the lab.
I unfortunately don’t have a fantastic phone camera so chose to edit a photo from my pictures library, but i did take the original photo which is see above.
The first edit I made was to make it look old fashioned (1940’s era).
My second edit was to make it resemble twilight.
And the third edit was just me fooling around with basically any image processing tool Pixlr had.
In class we focused on Social Data Analysis and Visualization. We were shown some really cool info-graphics in class. Some that looked more like a view through a telescope into the night sky rather then communities on Twitter, others that looked like a spiders web or an Infrared heat map and some that resembled a psychedelic print. We observed the capacity at which people were tweeting “Happy New Years” be it as ‘bonne annee’, ‘feliz ano novo’ or ‘新年快乐’.
Then we looked at social media activity surrounding the Indian election and the Irish marriage referendum, (#yes!), these show just how influential social media can be in modern political issues. I feel we as a species have become immune to how quick and easy it is to share information and have our say surrounding global issues. Especially the younger generations who are born with iPads rather than coloring books, they seem to observe the world purely through a phone screen or Instagram lens.I hope that this ‘Digital Revolution’ helps more people, particularly the youth become more aware and more active towards global issues in the future. They have the gift of exposure. One obvious thing i noticed about the Indian election info-graphic is the lack of network activity in Africa.
This is not only a map of network activity, its a map of global development. Language and distance barriers are trampled in our desire to seek new and old information.
But by far the info-graphic that I found to be the most captivating was that of the US in which a heat map was used to track homophobic tweets. It basically showed a divide straight down the middle of the country, liberal/conservative.Also for the YES campaign in Ireland we were able to analyze the most used tags such as ‘today’ or ‘voted. After seeing these unique and quirky ways to analyse data i was anxious to get using one of the tools such as NodeXL, Gephi or Netlytic ( the one we actually used).
Here are my Network and Text analysis for my #ge16 that i used in my Storify last week.
I had no idea how easy it is to source information online, its quite scary actually. I mean when 99% of Irish journalists use social media professionally and 79% in the US its only right for people to be educated about how to verify content. Between hoaxes, propaganda and edits how can we really be sure about the authenticity of our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter feeds. Don’t just take my word for it ask Rita Krill who lives at 6468 Marbella Dr, Naples, Florida, (Est Home Value :$522k) and phone#: (239) 331-7395. Should I really know this information about a girl who simply posted a video on YouTube? and what point do we begin to question how public our lives really are?
There are a ridiculous amount of tools for monitoring streams. We have Twitter, tweet deck, spundge and trendsmap just to name a few. Trendsmap is a platform that highlights the trending topics that are occuring around the world.In the screenshot below is what was trending in Ireland on the 1st of March.
As expected it was Ireland with riddled with election hashtags and some local banter. Following being introduced to the trendsmap site we were given the task of creating a ‘Storify’ feed. Here’s mine discussing the current election (#ge16).
You can check it out here: