Thursday, November 20, 2014

Just a Click Away

So with research, I have found a person who might be able to assist me with my passion.  It's not straight-forward editing, but it is photography that is needed in doing so.  If I can get the chance, I would like to contact Marcia Rubenstein.

Hello, my name is Justine, and I am a student in high school doing a project on a passion I have.  What I am researching is photo editing, and photography is needed to advance in that.  If I can, would you be able to assist me with answering some questions?
How do you determine which application is best for editing?  How does one find better picture than what they repeatedly keep finding? How can someone improve their attention to details to improve picture quality? What field would I need to study in college and in my last years of high school? And, could I use these fields to elaborate more on book covers for author's works?

To be honest, this part of the process scares me.  I never have been the one to talk to adults in a comfortable way, even with close relatives I can't always talk to them because of my naturally timid personality.  I feel like I will sound dumb, or just that people rather not listen to me talking at all.  It's a personal feeling I suppose, but it's just how timid I get to be—to the point I will get nervous to say anything at all.  Even so despite this, I am also questioning wether or not I would really use this in my future, or if I just like this as a spare-time hobby.  If I do get the chance to talk to Ms. Rubenstein and she had all the information I need, then I might just stick to talking to her.  However, I might go further if I don't feel that everything I learned made feel a bit more confident in my passion and how I can pursue it.  If I had a choice, the most important thing I would want to know from anyone I may talk to would have to be if I can use this outside just natural photo editing, and use it for a more personal feel like making book covers.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Picture This...

Previously mentioned; if I had the chance to ask someone (who is "co-working" with an author) that had the same kind of passion for photo editing that I do, I would ask them these questions: How do you determine which application is best for editing?  How does one find better picture than what they repeatedly keep finding? How can someone improve their attention to details to improve picture quality?  How can I use this for maybe a future profession?  What field would I need to study in college and in my last years of high school?  So for reference just in case I never get this opportunity to get a professional's perspective, I researched into my questions and found some - but not a lot - of information.  
It turns out, question number one is more of a personal opinion rather than a concise decision as to where everyone uses it.  Question two can be resolved by putting quotation marks and tildas in between words that are specifically asking what you are working for.  With question number three, that also varies, because not everyone is the same.  Everyone improves with their own style, so not everyone will have the same attention to the details you specifically want.  For my following question after so, future professions like this can often work with books, video games, and just a general creation of something that needs an eye-catch.  Granted, most people might draw the covers, but sometimes it can't work out that way.  As for the final questions, fields like graphic design and digital editing might just be my best bet.  This incorporates the daily aspect of modern day technology and new computer programs that might be in the fundamentals of more professional looking covers and graphics that associate with the process of digitally designing covers.

In spite of this though, some feedback from a true professional might really make me more aware of the true greatness behind photo editing.  I only know this passion as a hobby I do for myself, family, and friends, not something outside the luxury of everyday activities.  If I could find someone who could help me understand why it is I really might enjoy this, then maybe finding me will be easier than I thought possible.

Finding My Way to Photo Editing

Photo editing isn't something I commonly hear of.  I hear many passions that involve writing, drawing, helping animals, or something just as uncommon and trivial like photo editing.  In spite of this obstacle, my personal goals for researching my passion include:  having more confidence in who I am, and what I like; finding how I can use this towards a considerable future; how it can affect one or more person; how it can affect me in my interests; finding the small details on what makes photo editing different from regular art sketches; where I might go to pursue this further; and what I need to know on how I can take this far.
In English, we were always motioned to stretch towards improving our academic goals.  Some of my English academic goals include: being able to speak publicly, and improve on collaborating with peers.
If I ever wanted to pursue this further than just a hobby I have a passion for, I would need to start somewhere.  A logical start might be to ask someone with the same passion as me.  To be honest, however, I don't know who I would contact in order to ask questions about photo editing.  It is such an unusual topic, and not something I hear everyone raving about.  Perhaps, however, I could contact someone like Cassandra Claire and ask her how she got her story's cover photos, and if it was a person, ask them all the questions I need to know.  
Some questions I might ask the person I finally turn to once I ask people with amazing cover photos might include:  How do you determine which application is best for editing?  How does one find better picture than what they repeatedly keep finding? How can someone improve their attention to details to improve picture quality?  How can I use this for maybe a future profession?  What field would I need to study in college and in my last years of high school?

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Photo Me This

As of nearly three years ago when I started my first year in middle school, I decided I wanted to write fan fictions (side stories/fan made) stories for the animes (Japanese television shows) I fell in love with. At first, I thought I just had to write, but boy was I wrong.  
Stories need cover photos, and those don't just pop out of thin air. So for my fan fictions I started becoming obsessed with, I started photo editing on a website called Pizzap!  Like all amateurs, I had no idea where to start or how I was supposed to go about doing this.  But gradually, I made my first cover photo for my first fan fiction.  I thought it was the coolest thing in the world, and began to make more of them for the fun of it, gradually conjuring up more ideas for fan fictions I never even started. But that was where I began.
Now, not only has my writing improved, but so has my photo editing skills.  I am not a pro, but I have really improved (my sister even asks me to make cover photo's for her, and others ask too)!  I can now almost get flawless results of what I want; even though it's still not as perfect I would like it to be, I find it very intriguing to get involved in making covers for stories.  I now use Pixlr Editor and PicsArt (I hope to use Pixlr Advanced in the future!).
Now that for me is something I have a deep passion for, even if it isn't perfect, but it lets me mix up a lot of art styles and editing effects that I might want to use for future careers.