Week 12 (30th June)

Today we were out of the class exploring natural lighting outdoors and how we can fill or negatively fill spaces. The day was overcast and raining off an on however there was one point in which the sun was shining bright that we got out quickly to see how we could bounce the light around.

I was main screen holder assistant, so I held the polystyrene board or the black screen to block out or reflect the sun light. I learnt that the white bounce board acts as a reflector so you must be facing the sun then to direct the light where you wish like a mirror.

With sun light, because it is over head, it is good to shine the bounce underneath the face in order to minimise that shadows created under the chin and brow. It is also best to have the natural light behind the subject to then use the screens to reflect it back at them, because it would be a lot harder to bounce the light from behind them because the model is blocking the light from hitting the reflector.

We spent a long time just experimenting with different people of different skin tones and bone structure.


I was then very intrigued by the amount of light bouncing of the crysp white t-shirt of stewart and wondered how you would be able to capture two contrasts in one frame without the over exposure of one. As a class we experimented with this using the two screens and a light blue sheet to defuse the light.


This video was a very good summary of what I had learnt today.


Week 11 (23rd May)

For todays class we were back in the studio labs again experimenting with lighting using black and white boards to reflect or negatively full the space. We understood that lighting can convey emotion.

This below was taken from the website videomaker.com from an article called ‘Light source: In the mood? Creating mood with light.’ I found it was really informative and I highlighted the text that was very informing to me.

The images I found myself to covey the meaning of the text.

    Emotionally Neutral Lighting
    The first setup will be a basic emotionally neutral setup. This is what we call a high key setup. This type of lighting is commonly used in news, game shows and sitcoms. The lighting casts very few shadows and makes everything seem bright and happy.
    Place your lights in standard three-point lighting positions for one camera with the key and fill spread enough to cover both participants. Set key lights approximately 45 degrees above the subjects. The key light for the person on the left, will be the fill light for the person on the right and vise versa. Add an extra back light so that they each have their own back light. Make sure all of the lights are the same intensity and fairly soft. You can use tough spun diffusion material in front of the instruments to soften them a bit.
    Dramatic/Serious Lighting 

    For Setup 2 you will need to add some flags. A flag is a movable flap placed in front of a light source for casting shadows and preventing light from spilling onto areas where you don’t want it. For this setup, each of the talent will be lit by a key light, but the fill light will be somewhat reduced. Flag the key and fill lights so that the spill doesn’t fall on the other person. Also, flag the back lights to make sure their spill does not hit the other person. The effect you should get from this setup is one with a little more emotional tension. There will be shadows on the fill sides of the talent and the lighting will appear a bit more dramatic. This type of lighting implies that the actors are discussing a serious situation.
    Strong/Emotional Lighting
    For Setup 3, take the diffusion material off the front of the lights to increase their hardness. Also move the key and fill further apart so there is more separation of their beams. These simple changes will achieve a dramatic effect. The light falling on the talent will create a hard shadow line and, if properly flagged, should create a feeling of dark, strong emotions. You should, however, still be able to see the background. This gives the audience a feeling of normalcy because they have reference objects they can hang onto.
    High Intensity Lighting
    Setup 4 introduces a style called cameo lighting. Raise your key lights so they are sixty degrees above each of the talent. Flag the lights so that there is absolutely no spill reaching the walls. You should focus and flag the back lights so that they’re only hitting your subjects. You will also want to move the back lights further away or diffuse them so they’re less intense. The result should be a dramatically lit scene where you see your talent suspended in a space with no walls. This should create a feeling of high drama, an intensity of mood, of either deep love or deep terror. Without the reference point of the walls, the audience is drawn closer to the talent creating a strong emotional bond. Directors often use this type of lighting to intensify scenes and create a feeling of impending doom or dramatically increased emotion.


    Intrigue Lighting
    By placing a single back light high above and between the two talents, you create yet another mood. Again the mood of loneliness or danger can be portrayed or perhaps forbidden love. The single light acts like a street light in some lonely corner of the world. If you add some fog to the mix, you will have a decidedly powerful lighting setup.


    Silhouette Lighting
    Taking the theme we have created one step further, think silhouette. This adds a sense of danger, forbidden romance or maintaining a secret identity. For this setup to be effective, you have to make sure that no spill light is reflected onto the talent. Point a single light at the set behind your talent, lighting the background while leaving them in shadow. 


Website was very informative to me: http://bit.ly/1TPYUCB

Week 10 (16th May)


Today as a class we met in building one for an announcement then started our lecture on lighting after splitting into groups A and B.

I found this class extremely useful, practical and interactive. I enjoyed the interaction with the lecturer as he stood in different areas in the room and we assessed the lighting surrounding and upon him. We learnt about different lighting techniques and also lightly touch on what lighting is appropriate in different genres of situations. For example talking about hard and sold light.

Hard light shows sharp line, lots of details and strong shadow definitions in contrast to soft lighting where the shadows tend to blend into the other light and is more gentle. Hard light can be used to show the authority, roughness and toughness of a character. You could use hard lighting in suspense, thriller or glamour shoots. Rather than soft lighting can be gentle, is good to capture family, children, peace, and comedy.

I found this class relevant and practical because I know lighting will be so important in any design but also in stage and set design and interior design. I currently have a hard light in my bathroom that cast shadows on my face from above and this annoys me a lot when I am trying to put my makeup on.


We then went down the the photo studio and played around with actual lighting and diffusers which can turn the hard light into soft light and polystyrene boards that act as reflectors or barriers to the light.

Some photos of us doing this is seen below.


Week 9 (9th May)

Today was our first day back to Unitec after the holidays of the first half of semester one, although the break was good it will be nice to get back into routine.

Our class this Monday was all about introducing us to cameras (SLR and DSLR) and in particular exposure and depth of field.

Firstly, we learnt about what makes up a camera, what the mirrors do, the different buttons and the lens, and the digital screen thing.

Secondly, we started going in depth into the meaning and application of exposure. Exposure is all about the amount of light that goes into the photo or film. Exposure can be controlled on a camera by 3 things:

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ISO (International Organization for Standardisation): sensors for light sensitivity

Aperture/iris: How much light gets through to sensor. Measured in f-stops.

‘The lens aperture is usually specified as an f-number, the ratio of focal length to effective aperture diameter.’



Shutter speed: How long (time) the sensor gets to sense light.

‘Shutter speed or exposure time is the length of time when the film or digital sensor inside the camera is exposed to light.’


Lastly, we learnt about depth of field, which is photographing or filming two items that may be far away or close to each other, its all about the distance between objects and focusing on the one which is most important.

We recorded 3 things that can effect the depth of field:

  1. Exposure/apertureScreen Shot 2016-05-09 at 3.24.00 PM
  2. length of lensScreen Shot 2016-05-09 at 3.24.08 PM
  3. distance from camera


Week 8 (18th April)

The Future of Work

The theme team presentation for today was all about the future of work. What will our future work environments look like, feel like, communication and interaction, what are the predictions and are we looking forward to a positive or negative future work environment.

The quote that was used as an opening line stood out to me, it goes:

“The glamour of Wall street is gone.”

What did they mean my that? well I took away that the present and future working world is no longer full of smartly dressed people going to fancy offices and high rise buildings but rather we are almost going through a new working technology revolution just similar to the impacts of the industrial revolution.

We will see an increase in manufacturing lines, call centres, and people working from home and having access to business for them selves rather than companies, for example the extreme decline in postal services and large redundancy of NZ post, also video hire stores and travel agents going ‘out of fashion’ as the increase in accessibility to internet replaces human interactive services and in replaced by netflicks.

They are calling the future of work the 2nd industrial revolution the technological revolution. This will have a huge impact on New Zealand as we are leaders in the world for technological advancement and being a primary industry exporter. It is expected that 46% of jobs in New Zealand are at risk of automation in the next two decades.

Therefore, we need to change, we need to innovative, invent like New Zealanders are usually good at. As old jobs change and are lost, new ones are invented and we need to retrain in order to stay relevant.

5 trends that will be seen in the future of work:

  1. Globalisation: We connect more with the world, through social medias and internet a person is able to do business to international clients
  2. Mobility: with personal device people have no reason to leave their homes. good for environment.
  3. New Behaviours: less personal interaction and communication skills?
  4. technology
  5. millennial demography


Myself and Jaya also presented a innovation presentation on 3d printers the slides found here:


I really enjoyed researching this as I found it to be such an amazing piece of technology and love seeing the future predictions of making it affordable for average household to have 3d printers in their homes.

Week 6 (11th April)

This monday at CreaTech Perspective my team and I presented our theme team presentation on ‘The Future of Content’.

I presented the introduction slide for this and explain what content was, and posed the question, What is the future of content?

Content, what is content? Well, to quote Dan, It’s the stuff. The ‘stuff’ inside a medium. For example, a television is a medium, the content is the ‘stuff’ you are watching or the message you’re receiving, which will be the movie, the program you’re watching.

If you have an Ipod this is also known as a medium that can be used to deliver content, the content in this case being music.

Acquisition, Manipulation and Delivery.

Acquisition: This is how the information or the content is found, is acquired. For example filming, voice recording, or photography. The process or the way information is acquired.

Manipulation: we know this, it’s the editing, the Photoshop the warping. The process from raw footage to presentable content.

Delivery: This is the way in which the content or message is being presented. Prehaps through devices such as TV, Laptop, smart phone, ipod, or perhaps through an action such as a speech or dance.

Our presentation was based around the question What does the future hold for content? What are ways content may be changing and evolving? New ways data and media is being collected, or what will future content manipulation look like? and how will the delivery of content change in the future? What will the most popular mediums? Smart phone, tablets? Our mediums have changed so fast over the last 5 years. If we think back only to 2010 when the iphone 4 was released, how different will it be in the next 2 years be in the development of technology and content.

Week 5 (30th March)


This video was presented by the theme team presentation today, showing us how what we see through our camera lens in a smart phone can become interactive, informative or fun, just as this new snap chat filter.


What will the effect be on our society though, we saw how fighter pilots had glasses on to hunt down a target in a war, but yet our 8 year old’s can or will be able to play with similar equipment but its a game. Were does the line between our real world and our virtual reality. Does violent video game simulators and remote controlled missile drones blur our line between seeing people and seeing simulations, when will people stop feeling compassion for victims of violence because the over consumption of these images have made us immune.

On the opposite side of this, there is amazing technological medical advances coming out even today. This is going to help so many people, and hopefully develop new treatments faster and cheaper.



Week 4 (22nd May)

Alvin toffee  wrote a book called “The third wave” which talkings about the three types of societies based on the concept of “waves”- each wave pushes the older societies and culture aside.

Ray Kurzweil (author) believed

1.By the early 2020s, we will have the means to program our biology away from disease and aging.

2.By the early 2020s, we will print out a significant fraction of the products we use including clothing and replacement organs.

Both of these men were quite futuristic thinkers, in their time maybe mad. Technology plays such a part in our society and increasingly globally too. For me this makes me feel like there is less boundaries to know people, to learn things. But society for thousands of years has worked by having a heirarchy system, whether that the separateion of the rich and the poor, the educated and unqualified, or the colour of mans skin. However, how will our future look as technology is everyday increasing in its reach and accessibility globally. If we can all have access to knowledge via technology, where does the education separation go? If we all have technology of the same sort or even the same brand, how does that make one man more special than another. I think the increase in access to technology may minimise some social barriers but I also know from histories stories, that man kind always has and alway will have some sort of heir achy and separation in society.

I loved our introduction to Trello, Our Trello tour.


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I will definitely be trying out these hacks. I am a very organised structured person because I hate stress. I loved the daily planner idea’s, the trip planning. The possibilities are endless really. I liked the simple easy layout, the layout reminds a bit of pinterest.

Week 3 (Can Society keep up?)

“Can society keep up?”

This question was proposed to us as a CreaTech perspective class today as team one shared a presentation on technology’s accelerating change in our day and age. They taught how the unprecidented fast paced output of technology has effects today, in our local communities, our environments but also questioning what the effects will be in our future.


Hayley shared the example of her Son starting school writing on paper, not having any smart devices to his name and now at high school relying on technology as a main educational device. I have experience this for myself, leaving school in 2014 where it was expectation to BYOD (bring your own device) (a common term understood my most students now) to school other wise you are limiting yourself.

http://bit.ly/25WkomA – An article about my school published in 2014 it has since called BYO device compulsory.

My opinion is that we have to either keep up with the accelerating chance of technology or risk being left behind. We are currently seeing the start of a generational gap of those willing and able to use smart devices and those who do not embrace it.

I raised the question on wether the increase in technology offered globally will increase or decrease the gap between the rich and the poor. The gap between economic classes are a United Nations global indicator of the standard of living and quality of life. Will the increase in technology allow more people to easily have access to knowledge and be educated. 1 computer screening a Skype session session on english to 40 children in Africa and 1 child in Australia all having the same quality of education. (Then it raises the question will education still be considered valuable?) Or will the rich continue to increase in commodities as the education is no longer the way to reach success because everyone can be educated the same ? Confusing, scary? I guess we will just have to wait and see.

Lastly we listened to a innovation presentation on Ux and Ui, talking about user experience and how organisations such as google and Facebook work with psychiatric scientist in order for technology to give its audience the social experience it craves. Also I found it really interesting how the appearance of web pages change based on desktop computer screens to tablets and smart phones.

Week 2 (14th March)

I love the cultural diversity in our class, each person representing different culture brings a new element of perspective to add to research and design.

Today in CreaTech we started the class by hearing about speech to speech translation. This is an idea being developed to be used as a communication tool intercultural. The speech to speech technology will allow an individual to speak in their native tongue into a computer that will translate and talk the speech to a audience of another language. I believe this is such a good idea, especially in New Zealand our cultural diversity grows daily and the ability to communicate to a large aside simultaneously without the delay of human translators. Personally I would find this technology very effective as I regularly MC or Preach at events ranging from 30 to 500 people, I have also spoken using a Chinese translator to 400 people and found it very hard to keep a train of thought whilst waiting for the translator to deliver the message.

Again Dan clarified assessments today which was the best. I feel comfortable in the class to ask all the questions and feel so relieved and confident afterwards.

Lastly, we did a short exercise on perspective, we received a paper frame and was showing a camera’s perspective by shooting through the frame and it’s background. I found this really interesting as I haven’t done much photography but know I have had a glimpse of the thought, and proportion of angles that goes into the composition of a photo. My photo is below.


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