Virtual Gallery Reflection

For this task we had to create a virtual gallery that displays the work we done. After we finished the gallery, we had to record us walking through the gallery.

The virtual gallery shows off the skills we learnt creating the exhibits. The photo room shows off the skills I learnt in photography. The 2D room shows off the skills I learnt in Photoshop and photo manipulation. The 3D room shows off the skills I learnt in 3DS Max and Unreal Engine. The cinema room shows off a dubbed video, this shows off skills I learnt in Audacity and Adobe Premier. The creation of the trigger boxes shows off simple coding skills in the Unreal Engine. The entire virtual gallery also shows off organisation skills because of the layout of exhibits.

These skills are applicable for the indie sector because most of the things created in the gallery was created on my own or with another person, never in a large group. It also be applicable for virtual reality because you view it as a first person perception of the gallery and if I was able to do so, I could of coded it so a VR set could connect to it and where the wearer looked the in game character could look. Triple A sector also applies as the virtual gallery demonstrates multiple skills and job roles for a company capable of producing them. Mobile can also work because it could be used as a virtual CV for me or for anyone else who has created something similar.

One job role is photographer. Most photographers are free lancers, meaning they are able to choose their working hours and who they work for but there is no regular income and stability. Another is film editor. Most film editors work for studios meaning they have a stable source of income but it can be a stressful job because you have to precise and you will have to keep to dead lines while doing it.

To make sure I completed my work and to keep to deadline, I did some of it in my spare time when I was not working and at college.

To ensure safe working practises I made sure the wires coming from and to the computers were safely out of the way and none of the wires were split. I also made sure I sat down properly, back strait and computer eye level. I also had regular brakes while working as well.

I used voice overs in my gallery to explain certain pieces of work in my like my Limbo paper dub and Space Paint. This was done to make the virtual gallery feel like a real gallery because real galleries have audio tour guide that explains each exhibit. There is also ambient sound/music to make the gallery feel lively instead of having just silence. The textures I used for each room, I tried to make them look like the real life things, for example I used red in the cinema because most cinemas are red or use red.

These elements helped to create the mood of realism because I based each room on real life examples, for example red in the cinema.

I could alter the textures colours to give make the gallery theme change, for example I made my gallery look real but I could used bright colours to make it feel futuristic or use dark colours to set a horror mood. I could changed the layout and room designs to change the feel as well. For example I could make each room look abandoned and falling apart to set a horror feel.

Research tools used for this task was looking up online example of galleries and cinemas, which was secondary research. We even visited a gallery that had a photography exhibit that I used as inspiration (The Beaney), which was primary. To get the ambient music, I went to Free Music Archive and listened to some music on there and eventually chose a tune called Night Owl by Broke for Free.

I used my research to get ideas on textures and layout of each room so I have plan on what my gallery could look like. I used Textures.com and Free Music Archive for textures and ambient music. These websites were useful for finding the correct textures and ambient music but I do think they could use a improvement for searching for these items because they was not a lot of customisation when trying to search for things (you had to be specific when searching for stuff).

Evaluation

I would improve my research methods by getting more primary research because I did not get a lot of primary research. To improve my preparation I would gather more textures and sounds for each room instead just one, so I could compare each texture to the environment I am putting them in, so I could see if they fitted in with the exhibits and the layout of a room.

 

 

 

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Virtual Gallery

Using a virtual gallery to view a famous gallery like the Louvre has some pros and cons. But there are some pros and cons when going to the actual gallery as well.

Pros of having a virtual gallery tour:

You can have a look at a virtual gallery at any point, given you have the technology to do so. This will allow people who does not have the time, disabled and the museum has no disabled access and/or live in another country to visit art galleries or museums.

You can use the virtual tour to get closer to pieces of art than you could in real life. Usually art galleries and museums do not allow people to go up close to their exhibits, with a virtual tour you can because it is either photos

Cons of virtual tours:

The virtual tour will not have every exhibit, for example the Louvre Nintendo tour only has 700 pieces of art in it while the actual Louvre has 70,000 pieces of art on display. This can ruin the size and scale of the gallery because galleries like the Louvre are huge and impressive buildings.

You do not get see or sense the scale of the exhibits with a virtual tour. For example the Mona Lisa is not as big as most paintings, the actual lady in the painting is about life size.

The exhibit would be in more detail if you view it with your own eyes than through a digital monitor. Viewing a piece of art in person you will be able to see every stroke the artist made. You then not gain the experience of seeing the piece of art for your self.

Cons of going to a gallery:

First one is traveling to the gallery. It is easy to travel to a gallery if you live close to one but it is difficult to visit one if live in another country.

Another con is expectations vs. reality. For example a lo of people are taught that Paris is one of the greatest cities in the world, but when people visit Paris they are shocked to find that it is not what they expected it to be, that is why it is called Paris Syndrome.

 

Digital Media Debate

Statement of debate: Digital media and user generated content has changed the production and consumption of media.

In this my interactive media class was split into three groups; one group of four people agreed with statement, another group of four disagreed with it and the last group of eight people was the floor/audience who had to ask the groups questions. I was apart of the floor group.

The group that agreed with the statement opening statement argued old media like newspapers usage was in decline while new media like social media usage was in on the rise.

The group that disagreed with the statement opening statement said we still used old media but on a different platform (this opening statement argues against the disagreeing side because the consumption of old media changed).

We all had to do our own research, for example the floor had to research information for questions to ask the debating groups. The floor had to get three questions to ask, my original three questions were:

Do you believe due to social media, the news is becoming more biased?

Do you think people social skills are being affected by social media?

Do you think social media effects the economy?

I reworded the third question to:

Do you think the consumption of social media is effecting the productivity of businesses?

I did this to see their opinions on peoples addiction to social media and is it effecting peoples work life .

My opinion was agreeing with the statement and it did not change during the argument or after either.

At the end all sixteen of us voted to see who they believed won the debate, the vote had fourteen people agreeing with the statement while two people disagreed with statement.

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Reflecting on Feedback

What I did in one of my Unit 1 was go around Canterbury College and take three photos, one portrait photo (photo of someone), one landscape photo and one abstract photo. After taking the photos we had to upload them to Facebook so other classmates can comment on how to improve them.

 

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For my landscape photo I got complimented on what’s in the photo but got criticised for having too much to focus on.

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The abstract photo was complemented on being obscured and hard to recognised. But my feedback mentioned I should use the rule of thirds morefacebook screen grab 3

 

 

 

 

 

My portrait photo feedback got two criticisms on it. One response was the photo was too blurry and the other was I could focus on the subject of the photo more. But I was complemented on the use of the Rule of Thirds.

I can use the feedback to improve future photos so I can produce better photos. Feedback can be a form of primary research because you are gathering research yourself and not using research someone else has done.

Research done on Facebook is mainly qualitative research because people mainly have conversations on it but it can be quantitative by the uses of the like button. It may be unreliable because you can not tell the persons tone of voice (for example they could be lying). But Facebook can be useful because when doing a survey or interview face to face you have to it do it when both the interviewer and interviewee are free but over Facebook you can responded when ever available.

What I learnt doing this exercise is some of the different style of photos and how to take them. I also learnt that that criticism can be positive and constructive, not just negative.