Instagram continues to amaze me. I love looking at everyone’s images and engaging with people around the world.
It’s a fabulous way of sharing content and having dialogues. You’re all brought together by an image.
Using the landscape and objects to create letters. Shot on iphone4, altered in Instagram and framed using Frame Maker
Accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC), and seen as one of the best in the UK, the programme teaches you how to master the many skills that journalists need today – writing and interviewing for different platforms; shooting and editing video for TV and online; recording audio for radio and podcasts; presentation and voiceover skills as well as how to use social media as a source and promotional tool.
Students embrace not only how to use traditional methods of audio and video capture but also how to use iPods, iPhones and smart devices to create content.
I’ve become an addict. I can stand here and hold my head up and be proud to say it. I AM ADDICTED, but not to anything narcotic or alcoholic.
No, I am addicted to Instagram. I was introduced it to months ago by a colleague, but never really got into it. Purely because at that point I was addicted to Twitter. Over Easter a friend showed me some of her images she’d posted onto Instagram and showed me how it worked.
That was that. I went home, delved into my app and began posting. My first few images were straightforward shots of my pets; photos I’d taken on my iphone4 and not altered in anyway. Those first few posts contained no hashtags, I wasn’t sure what to do. Then I looked at other people’s images and noticed they’d hashtag them #ig (Instagram), #igaddict (Instagram addict), #iphonegraphy and so on. The lists were endless. Hashtags connected to what the image was, whether it was black and white or colour, beautiful or photo of the day.
These keywords are important to help people locate and follow. See an image you like, then like it or comment on it. Your likes can be seen by your followers and you can engage in dialogue with people around the world.
Some on there are professional photographers, who use more than their iphone to take a snapshot. I only use my iphone and there are many who do the same. It’s amazing what good quality photos can be taken with the phone.
While Instagram offers filters to be able to change your image, if you don’t want it to remain
‘normal’, there are so many other apps out there to do the job. I’m enjoying Snapseed, Percolator and Frame Maker. Snapseed is great as there are many tools to manipulate your image from its size to filters, colours, structure, contrast, etc. And it’s so easy to use too.
Percolator is interesting as it allows you to convert your images into bubbles and it’s all done as if you’re making a brew. While Frame Maker allows me to import my images and put them into frames. Here I’ve been able to show before and after or a range of shots and how they’ve been tranformed.
I’ve now progressed from snapping my family and animals to looking at things around me and taking a photo and then using Snapseed to recreate the image. I also love on my travels snapping architecture and quirky things.
This is addictive. Because my phone is with me all the time, it’s handy to grab it out my bag and point and shoot. Instant uploads and within seconds it’s there on Instagram. I love looking at what other people are doing too and engaging in dialogue with them.
There are many people taking landscape pictures and street scenes, and there are some very talented people out there too. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a great photographer or not. It’s about, for me anyway, seeing things visually and then taking that image. While it may look great normal, I then love the fact I can change it and enhance it in some way.
The other night I took a picture of a glass purple paperweight and turned it into a photo called ‘The birth of a new star’. As a photo on its
own it looked bland and boring. Visually not interesting, but chuck it into Snapseed and add filters to it and alter the brightness and you have something unusual and different. You can see the bubbles in the glass, but where the light has caught it I’ve been able to expand and develop that.
It just reminded me of the galaxy and a star exploding, hence its name.
Instagram is a great app and I thoroughly enjoy using it. I’m always looking for something to take a picture of. If you look on my IG profile (lingarde) then you’ll see a variety of images from portraits to abstracts.
It’s the variety I like. I don’t concentrate on one type of image. I seem to go through phases, one week it’s animals, then riding shots, then abstracts. Just lately it’s been shoes and legs. Who knows tomorrow what I may take?
I suggest everyone gets on there and becomes an #igaddict. It’s worth investing that time into creating things. Especially if wanting to go into media. It’s a showcase of your work. Are you one?
Last week the first years on the Multi-Platform Journalism degree met each other for the first time.
There are 15 and a mix of ages, abilities, backgrounds and gender – though males tend to outnumber females (for the first time ever).
As part of their induction I set them some tasks. They were to split into two groups and go into Grimsby and do a number of things – find people to interview about their town; find people to interview about their job. They were to take photos of themselves at various locations and find and research other information too.
it was a test of their ability to work as a group, as well as their ability to find things out and go up to strangers and interview them.
The group was nervous but came back all smiles and even managed to get an extra story – a fire at the local Somerfield, which even though it turned out to be nothing, they got interviews and photos. This was fantastic.
So I’d thought I’d share these first writings from them and the photos they took. I’ve not edited a thing but pasted them here for all to see. Remember these people have not yet had any training on how to be a journalist or how to write like one. I just wanted to get down what they’d done, and follow that progression over the year. In the next blog, you will see the re-written pieces as I get them to work on them and polish them.
1. Interview with Andrew Daniels, Co-ordinator for landscaping Gardening speaks about working and living in Grimsby. By Jake French
Jake French- First of all what is your name?
Andrew Daniels- My name is Andrew Daniels.
Jake French- and what is your job here at Floral Hall?
Andrew Daniels- Well we are actually just, helping out doing some temporary work for them. I am actually from Grimsby Institute like yourself, and I am the Co-ordinator for the department, Landscape gardening
Jake French-So what other places do you work in for your department?
Andrew Daniels- We also work at Nunsthorpe campus and Kenwick in Louth.
Jake French- And do you enjoy what you do?
Andrew Daniels- Yes, the job is always varied we get a lot of different places to work and I like working with the students.
Jake French- Thanks for your time.
2. By Dan Kemp
Shoppers were evacuated from a store in Grimsby yesterday as local fire services rushed to the scene.
Emergency services were called out to the Somerfield store on Osborne Street in Grimsby town centre at around 12:45pm yesterday lunchtime. Following an evacuation from the store, all staff members as well as all customers were left waiting outside not knowing when they could return inside. One local shopper commented “I paid for parking and now I can’t even go shopping!”
Along with two fire engines, the local fire chief was also in attendance to oversee the operation however their response time was hampered by the one way system enforced within the town centre. This meant that the fire engines almost passed the store prior to turning around and heading back for the stores car park. The fire produced no casualties but we still await the cause.
3. By Andrew Parker
Ian, a local fish merchant who used his redundancy payment over twenty years ago to start his mobile business after being laid off unexpectedly, after a career building caravans, insists that the country is still in love with Grimsby fish.
“ It is still rated as the best fish there is, the southerners just can’t get enough of it!”, he said.
Ian, who only sells in the south of England and always has done, went on to say that his business has been the making of him and his family and after the shock of redundancy, was an absolute blessing in disguise. He still enjoys his job and, as he was finished for the week today after picking up his fish load early this week, said that the few days away were more than made up for by the extra quality-time his occupation allowed him to spend with his family.
4. By Andrew Parker
A faulty fluorescent light in a Grimsby store today tested the emergency evacuation procedures of Somerfield supermarket and it’s neighbouring businesses when a smoke detector activated the store’s fire warning alarms. All staff followed their fire warden’s instructions to leave the premises according to company procedures and were assembled at the relevent rendevous points whilst the fire service attended the incident with two tenders and entered Somerfield with one precautionary firehose.
Later the emergency services advised store management that a qualified industrial electrician would be required to provide advice and possible repair.
Staff at the assembly points reported that there was no panic and the evacuations went according to plan.
It’s that time of year when many youngsters will be awaiting their grades. Will it be enough to get them on to the course of their choice? If not, what will happen and what can they can do about it?
If you haven’t achieved the grades to match the UCAS points for the course, there are various options you can take, so don’t feel it’s the end of the world (I know easy enough for me to say!).
UCAS clearing (http://www.hotcourses.com/clearing-2010/clearing-houses-clearing-help/16180339/news.html) is where you need to go. For those unable to get on their first choice, then clearing offers places on courses who have vacancies.
According to the news release (see link above) there are around 35,000 people every year who go through this system. There is hope for those. Getting on your first choice is competitive, but if it doesn’t happen, know you still have a chance of getting a place.
So once you get to clearing you’ll need to know make a decision about what course you’d like to apply for and where in the country you want to go. If it’s journalism then look no further than East Coast Media. Based at the Grimsby Institute, we are one of 22 Skillset Media Academies in the UK. This is a badge of excellence.
From September 2010 the BA (Hons) Multi-Platform Journalism degree will run. This is exciting, as there are very few programmes in the UK offering this. It has been written with assistance from industry to deliver graduates with the right skills and training.
The world of journalism has changed. Journalists are now expected to take photos, shoot and edit video, create audio packages – not only for traditional platforms but for online. This is bi-media, tri-media, whatever you want to label it and if you want to get a break into journalism, then you need to embrace this now.
At East Coast Media you will get the skills and knowledge to develop. There’ll be opportunities for work placements within the broadcast and newspaper industry. You’ll work alongside industry professionals and create real work for publication/broadcast as opposed to simulations. You’ll be encouraged to be creative and have ideas for 360 degree platforms. Recent students have worked on pilot television programmes with East Coast Pictures, an independent production company led by Julia Thompson, former Director of Sony Entertainment UK. Those students also had to produce content for online and act as researchers, reporters, etc. It gave them real experience of working on a TV programme.
Tutors on the course are all industry practitioners, so you’re in good hands there and the course has excellent work placement relations with some big companies. You can expect your tutor to get to know you personally, rather than being a face among hundreds. This means that you do get one to one assistance and probably feel more valued.
So if it’s a career in journalism you wish to pursue and you’re passionate about it and motivated to do what you can to go far, then come to East Coast Media.
We will want to talk to you to find out why you want to the course and find out if you have the passion and motivation needed. Remember, ask us questions too. We will interview you and you’ll also have to sit an assessment test on the day and there is a written task to do as well. This thorough application process is to ensure you’re suited for the programme – we don’t just give places out to anyone. We need to know that you are right for the course, as much as we’re right for you. It’s all about quality on both parts.
If you know someone who is in this position and wants to do journalism then tell them about this blog. Follow @eastcoastmedia on Twitter. Maybe we’ll see you soon!
I produced a blog the other day about Cleethorpes Camera Club and felt I should follow it up with a little bit more about the group.
They are based in a clubhouse behind houses in the resort and meet most nights. They have a video section who meet on Thursday evening; multimedia section who meet on Friday and photography (digital stills) who meet on Monday evening.
The average age is, I would say 60ish, but they are all dedicated and every year have a film competition, which I have helped judge the last two years. The films range from travelogues to animations and news stories. There are certainly some very creative people there who do this for fun. There are one or two who are very serious and there is one chap in particular who even builds his own jibs, tracks and dollies to save money. How dedicated is that?
The club has been going for many years and would love to see young blood, but it seems many youngsters are not interested in joining the club. At the moment the club are fund raising to buy the club house (bit.ly/aYTf5q) .
Members also produce their own film each year, which they also act in, as local drama groups don’t seem to want to get involved. There is a lot of spirit here and good feeling with a lot of talent and experience. I would love to see this group keep going and have been persuading them to go online more and reach a bigger audience.
If anyone can help, whether it is through being a guest speaker, or judging or maybe ideas or financial help then visit the club website http://www.cleethorpescameraclub.co.uk/index.htm
I enjoyed delivering my talk and got a lovely e-mail to say how fantastic it was and how much they’d felt they have learnt from it. I would hate to see the club go, as it is community groups like these who need to be nurtured and engaged with.