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The importance of sound

The importance of sound

They call it being a visual learner right? The idea that one can better interpret material and retain it by being witness to visual stimuli?


Then why do viewers pay more attention to content with audio? Particularly, natural sound.


This thought has been on my mind a lot lately. As a natural debater, I just could not find myself aligning with these principles…. until now.


This work, done by The New York Times, is titled “Illegal Logging Thrives in Peru, Environmentalists Say.” Now before I even go into the lesson I’ve learned, and ramble on about how this work proved me wrong, that headline… it diminishes their credibility in the sheer fact that they feel they must attribute it so prominently. I understand its purpose, but find it would fit better later on, it does not lure me to the slideshow, which has FANTASTIC SHOTS.

The photographs are unique. The coloring often sets the tone, and no one shot appears similar. The photos’ order, though I am unsure if it is purposeful, tells a story from one angle to the next. A rare, but interesting take from the usual chronological style. The captions are short and for a tough topic to cover, are simplistic enough to allow some take-away. What this story is lacking however, is crucial audio. I cannot say I was satisfied with just images. I wanted to hear that chainsaw tearing down trees and hear the cries of people from the community affected by it. I guess I wanted something real. And just looking through the eyes of a subject, you can tell there is a deeper story than what meets the eye.


That, I’m afraid is what audio is for.


If I were to do this piece as an assignment, I would not change one thing regarding the content and quality of the images, but instead would record and report on the multiple perspectives from the community. It could take a more humanistic angle. Telling viewers over seas, why THEY should care.


But alas, perhaps one day I too will receive the opportunity to report abroad.

Until then —

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From Instagram to Photoshop

I love Photoshop. As the Photo Editor of my high school paper I was able to mess around with the applications, though we were all about authenticity so we avoided any and all editing tools besides cropping. I come from a family of photographers. My aunt and uncle do it for a living and my cousins’ Facebook albums are full of high quality photographs – candids that look all too posed. (Check them out @ http://www.somlotalent.com/somlotalent.php)


A long-time program for touch-ups and exposure fixes, Photoshop seems to have fallen out of place for younger, less experienced photographers. Though the quality of the program is up-to-date, its flexibility in terms of mobility have diminished. Many photographers’ curiosity starts a lot younger than college, more about the time we get our first cellphones. We’re the kids that have a camera around our necks during school dances, random adventures and family vacations. For some, a camera is an easy birthday gift, something we learn to use and love ourselves. For myself, it was another opportunity for expression, a field separate from my writing, and it wasn’t long after I got my first camera that I was given my first cellphone, and at the time, the two didn’t have much in common.


Today – things are different.


If you glance at my call log, then switch back to the number of photos in my iPhone album, the numbers don’t compare. I won’t hesitate to say the reason … Instagram.


Its a program that has turned things around. People who used to simply smile in front of the lens are now behind the camera, documenting their own stories and, with captions, telling them their own way. It has features such as brightness, framing, cropping, focusing and black and white. The only major Photoshop tool this iPhone app seems to be lacking is red-eye, but let’s face it, iPhones have the capability to turn a camera flash on and off, even the strength to let you set things on auto, having the camera do the work for you. So, it really makes no difference.


I’m not saying that Photoshop isn’t important, or that its not worthy of the costly price tag attached to it, but its got some competition. Instagram also provides a forum to share photographs, in an essence, it has become a media outlet itself, as one can follow news sources and members of their community. Though I agree there is such a thing as oversharing in this fashion, I would argue that there is no reason a journalist shouldn’t make one.


It will, at least, prepare you for more sophisticated programs, such as Photoshop Elements.


From Instagram to Photoshop, let the inspiration be key to an easy transition.

– From,

An unidentified source.

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