Introduction To Programming

With September flying past us and October beginning, my university experience has changed sharply from Freshers and introductions to essays, assignments and nights staying in. The workload has gradually risen with the first term in swift motion, I’m looking forward to learning new and exciting techniques and methods in various situations that i can take with me into future employment.

In this workshop we experimented around with Adobe Bridge and Adobe Photoshop, using RAW images that’ve been supplied for us and manipulated their filter aspects e.g. brightness without corrupting the original image. We then learned how to mask an image on Photoshop when creating our collage, to create the same sized images without affecting their resolution or quality. As I’m accustom to using this application the last few years of my education I didn’t find it as challenging as others, though I do enjoy learning from experience. Whether i get it wrong I carry on trying until I learn from my mistakes and get it perfect, as that’s how I personally work best and take in new information. While in Bridge, we played around with different filters on the photograph, from changing the exposure, vibrancy and its saturation.
I was taught and introduced to a new application called ‘Processing’ (version 2.2.1), which is a free-to-use creative tool that allows the user to create programs that generate text, shapes, colours, among other digital elements with the use of code. We were shown to practice in our own time, as this website is great for browsing tutorials and practicing using clear examples they’ve designed specifically for new users. The pictures below show my first attempt and simple coding, making a simple black background for myself to work around. I then learned how to insert circles (ellipse) where ever the mouse would swipe along anywhere between the Y and X axises. Later on we managed to remove the circles with a click of a mouse and change the colour of the background between black to white depending on the side of the stage you clicked on. With very little coding experience, I found it overwhelming to take it all in, so I’m glad I print screened what we code each lesson for personal reference.
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We’ve also been given our first serious 1000 word essay, which is due in just less than two months. So I will need to begin thinking about what type of media to write it about and learn how to do  such techniques such as Harvard Referencing. This will all become easier to digest in the coming weeks with more explanations and breakdowns to basically ‘spoon feed’ us through this initial essay, so we can handle the harder tasks in the latter.


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