Net Neutrality

It is sometimes referred to as the “First amendment of the Internet”. Net neutrality is the term used to describe networks that are open to equal access to all. It’s a network design paradigm that argues for broadband network providers to be completely detached from what information is sent over their networks. Network neutrality requires all Internet service providers (ISPs) to provide the same level of data access and speed to all traffic, and that traffic to one service or website cannot be blocked or degraded. In a general sense, it is mainly supported by companies that provide services at the edge of the network, and is generally opposed by companies that manage the middle of the network.

In essence, it argues that no bit of information should be prioritised over another.  This principle implies that an information network such as the internet is most efficient and useful to the public when it is less focused on a particular audience and instead attentive to multiple users.

Sources:
– https://www.ocf.berkeley.edu/~raylin/whatisnetneutrality.htm
– http://searchnetworking.techtarget.com/definition/Net-neutrality
– http://www.webopedia.com/TERM/N/network_neutrality.html
– http://www.investopedia.com/terms/n/net-neutrality.asp

Task 3 – Animation

With our third task being set around animation we were introduced to the history and to zoetropes. The basic drum shaped zoetrope was invented around the early 1800s and produced the illusion of motion by displaying a sequence of drawings or photographs showing progressive phases of that motion. I personally learned about my first zoetrope was in 2008 when the world record was set for a 10-meter wide, 10 metric ton sized version in Italy that featured 64 images of the footballer Kaká, this was to promote Sony’s new motion interpolation technology.
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During our lesson we all had an attempt at drawing our own animation on a strip of card that the same length as the circumference of the rim that we span to test if it worked correctly.MyZoetrope
doghoopI chose to take inspiration from a similar zoetrope to this with a woman continually having two dogs jump through a hoop that she’s confidently holding. Instead of copying it and learning nothing I felt that for my first attempt and drawing a zoetrope I should give my own interpretation of this and use opposite objectification i.e. black/white, male/female, dog/cat. Therefore I had a man with two large cats leaping through the hoop he was holding. Personally I wish I coloured my pictures and outline it in pen to make it stand out more and giving definition.
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Here lies my animation once placed together onto Adobe Photoshop and saved as a GIF file. It continuously shows my still drawings become life-like and move smoothly within a loop.

Task 2 – Temporal Expressions

For our second task we’ve been given a theme of ‘cycle’.

For this task instead of using my phone camera, I used a Canon 550D to monopolise the use of different shutter speeds to produce much better results in particular situations i.e. this task. I could not create a ‘frozen motion’ or ‘motion-blur’ images using my iPhone 5S unless I installed an application that supported this type of photography, but it wouldn’t be of great quality.
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long exposure:
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short exposure:
wheelieafterjump Final joiner image:
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Task 1 – Photo Design

During my busy week I found the time and set out with the mindset to take all of my pictures of anything that would resemble a letter in the alphabet. I cropped all of my images to the same width and height so they would fit perfectly into the black square backgrounds i made for all of my pictures, as I aim to make my poster as professionally looking as i could. During a night spent with many of my house-mates watching a film together in the lounge I decided to design my poster and in this stress free environment I managed to create something I can be proud of. The background image was an extra picture i took at the beach, which I thought would work well with my fun-loving theme. To add the final touches I used the ‘outer glow’ feature to vaguely add a white glowing cloud behind my pictures and font to make them stand out, perhaps I overused this, but I can only learn by attempting and failing, especially in the first year.

Portraitphotogram_Moholy-Nagy4Before attempting this task I went through some basic research, to get a feel for how this has been done in the past by different photographers. I first took a look at a Hungarian photographer named László Moholy-Nagy who was also a professor in the infamous Bauhaus art school in Germany. His theory of art and teaching is summed up in the book The New Vision, from Material to Architecture. He experimented with the photographic process of exposing light sensitive paper with objects overlain on top of it, called photogram.
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I then was shown to this website http://www.alphabetphotography.co.uk/
which allowed the user to type in any word (I used my surname) to generate it using various pictures that you can refresh of objects or scenery representing each letter. Using this as inspiration I set out and took all of my pictures using different techniques to get the best final image of each letter I can. Some of the letters I had to take into consideration the ‘rule of thirds’ to get the object perfectly central or at an angle. Even thinking about the colours, if they contrasted with the texture of the background making it harder to visualise and finally my background portrait of the beach with a ruler straight sea line as if it was taken professionally on an actual camera and not a phone.

Here is my final product post-editing all the pictures together into a poster using Adobe Photoshop CS6:
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All my photos were taking in portrait opposed to landscape as it was specifically mentioned in the assignment brief, which i followed carefully. As i worked on my own, i found it hard to find all of my images around the same area that shared thematic consistencies. Though my pictures were all taken in my day-to-day areas ranging from the University campus, beach, town centre and my accommodation. I feel that my theme personally represents the life of a student living in Bournemouth and the pictures are attempting to encourage the friendly and inviting aura that comes with it. I’m very happy with my results from this task, and enjoyed doing the research that went along with it, I will be looking forward to completing my next task, which will have me using a professional camera instead of my iPhone 5s.

Induction Task

With the first week coming to an end and the month of October approaching fast, the initial introduction to each class has finally finished. We are now being eased into more minor assignments that will test our individual skills, slowly getting us used to getting into typing essays again after summer (which have to be in a Harvard style format). We’ve been given a task in one of our ‘concept and ideation’ lectures to take 26 pictures of each different letter of the alphabet. These letters have to be found and represented by nature or as examples that we’ve been shown; from buildings etc. We have been given the choice to work in a pair and share the workload or by yourself, which I believe I will do, so i can get it completed without any complication in my own time. There could be a theme to the project if chosen, as well as it being made into a neat collage on Photoshop as a final piece. I also completed another task on our list, which I had to go out and buy a A4 size sketch book (that i purchased from WHSmith’s) and created an in-depth mind map of my expectations throughout the three years I will be studying on this course.
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During the week a handful of my group (D) met up in Bournemouth and for our task we took pictures from Boscombe Pier to Bournemouth Balloon to the train station by Asda. The following day we all attended university we got more of our group together and took two more photographs outside of Poole House (BU main entrance). As well as Talbot House, which is unfortunately having reconstruction work in the front steps, therefore our picture couldn’t show the entire main entrance. I personally enjoyed working together with my group (those who attended) and organising ‘meet-ups’ using social media and other forms of communication.

I created the end collage of the images we collected together in five different locations around Bournemouth. It’s a rough Photoshop creation that took no longer than five minutes, this was made for a brief presentation among our group. I feel that if we wanted to win (this goes to all groups), we could of put the effort in to all attend and perhaps visited a few more locations which in the long-run would of given us the edge on our competition with points. But this task was mostly used as an ‘ice-breaker’ to get to know one another during the initial induction week, as now we have more creative tasks that we all are working on separately.
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