Friday, September 24, 2010


Woot! And what a gorgeous weekend it is supposed to be. Well, Sunday, anyway. Tomorrow will be 86 degrees. Ick. But Sunday, ah, Sunday. The forecast says that it will get up to only 64 degrees. Holy tortellini, this is what I've been waiting for! Oh, I've mentioned this before?

Anyone doing anything exciting this weekend? I've got a pretty decent load of homework which will warrant a visit to the 'bux to keep me on task. I'll also have some time to mess with CS5 because I have to edit and finalize my notepad design for Digital File Prep.

I also have to start/finish my report on Gordon Parks for the report presentation in Portrait Photo on Tuesday. I've got some Tech Writing assignments as well. These are the times where I wish I had a laptop. Ah well, one day.

I'd like to try to get it all out of the way tonight and tomorrow so that I can fully enjoy the splendor that is going to be Sunday. I'm not sure what I'm going to do just yet, but it will most assuredly involve the outdoors.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Constructive Criticism

I will start out by saying that I love the GIT department a little more each day. Up until now, I've mainly focused on getting gen eds out of the way, and I took just the basic intro to software classes and never delved fully into all of the creative possibilities out there.

Today in Digital File Prep, we had an in-class critique of our notepad project designs. There were some seriously fantastic designs up there, and I got some great feedback and suggestions for my design. I knew it needed work, but I wasn't quite sure just what. That's where the critique is extremely helpful. Now that I have an iMac and CS5 at home, (*cartwheels!*) I can work on it at home and over the weekend without worrying about if I can get into the lab or not. Very good investment. I'm very excited about the possibilities.

Speaking of excited, I'm quite excited for today's portrait photo class. One of the guys in the class is a graduate student, and he's going to teach the class today about wedding and event photography. Of course, this topic would have helped about three weeks ago, but I digress. I'm anxious to hear what he has to say. And, with CS5 at home, I'm not worried about the loss of our normal work day class. I've got plenty of time! Woot!

While we're on the topic of excited, I'm over-the-top, extremely, utterly and completely excited about next week's weather forecast. We're talking highs of 68 on Sunday! Holy CRAP, this is what I've been waiting for! I'm going to force my rear out of bed early on Sunday whether I like it or not and GET OUT THERE. I'm going to enjoy every last ounce of Fall if it kills me. And, it just might.

Well, that's all for now. I don't have any photos to share at the mo', but stay tuned...with CS5 at my disposal, who KNOWS what you'll get...

Friday, September 10, 2010

Well, I did it.

I ordered an iMac! I was previously thinking about the Macbook Pro, but, as much as I'd like a laptop, I do my best work on a desktop computer. Must. Have. Mouse. Plus, I feel the iMac is a better investment for my future career. I'll get the Macbook Pro down the road at some point.

I await its arrival with great impatience. I regret that I did not order before the 7th because I could have received a free iPod touch. However, I still do get $100 off of an Epson Work-something or other printer, which will bring it down to $50. Can't complain about that.

Now, the next step is to order the Adobe CS5 Design Premium Suite with my education discount, which is a humungous savings, to say the least. I almost have enough cash for it. Next week's paycheck and/or the proceeds from the anniversary party gig will provide me with the little bit I'm short at the mo'.

This decision was made mostly because I feel I am behind the rest of my classmates in the design software area, considering my focus is mostly on photography. I have concentrated mostly on gen ed classes for quite a while, as well. Therefore, my software knowledge from the intro classes is a bit rusty. However, that's no excuse for not knowing it as well as I should.

Let's see, on the project front, I've got a few things on the burners. Outside of class work, I shot photos at a friend's parents' 50th wedding anniversary party. I'm currently up to my ears in editing those and plan to have them done this weekend.

I also took some shots of my guitarist friend Micah's gig last Sunday night. Those are in the queue for after the anniversary party photos.

For my Digital File Prep class, our next assignment is to design a notepad geared toward high school students who are also prospective PSU students. I'm excited about this one. This weekend's project is to come up with ten thumbnails and two full-size rough sketches. Not a whole lot of time, but that's the nature of the beast. I also have to draft up a synopsis of Team 3's presentation, which takes just a few minutes.

Let's see, I've got a couple of Portrait Photography assignments in the hopper, as well. I've shot, edited and printed the photos for Assignment 1, which consisted of photographing an individual in the studio using just one key light. Assignment 2 focuses more on the 5 basic lighting setups, and I'm sure will take up more time. We also have some reading and writing to do for those assignments, too. The fun never ends! I'll end up at the 'bux at some point for the writing assignments and thumbnail sketches, I'm sure.

Can't forget Tech writing. We're currently drafting resumes. I've had a working resume for quite a while and I'm just touching that one up and adding/eliminating select info and putting it in the proper format.

On TOP of all that, I'll be up at the rear-crack tomorrow morning to take in the CR-V to get the right tie-rod end fixed/replaced/whatever is wrong with it. Appointment at 7am! Yeah, buddy! Then, Mom and I may head to Whole Foods up in KC for their awesome pizza and then shop around some. I'm already out of veggie straws! I can tell that's going to be a new addiction, along with sesame sticks and Casey's pizza.

I was hoping to hang with Josh and Lindsay tonight for said Casey's pizza and crazy movies, but that's still up in the air. But MAN, I could certainly use some Casey's right about now. Oooh, sesame sticks, too.

There. The play-by-play of my weekend. You're welcome. I'll try to post some photos for ya later as compensation for reading. Try.

Well, here's to the weekend and a speedy delivery of my newest investment!