Heading to CircleCityCon

Early Thursday morning I will depart South Carolina and head North to Indianapolis, Indiana, for the three day security conference called Circle City Con. The conference is a three day event with training, speakers, and nightly entertainment that begins June 12, 2015, and ends June 14, 2015.
I am signed on as the photographer of the event to document with pictures all the fun things.

I would love to meetup with anyone going that I know, or even don't know. If you see me walking around the con stop me and say, "hi." Also, if anyone lives between South Carolina and Indiana and needs a ride, let me know. We might be able to work something out.

Pictures from Astros Spring Training and BSides Nashville

I am currently in cruise control for the final two weeks at the University of South Carolina. At the end of the two weeks I will have my bachelors degree in Media Arts. What that means for me is that I can now check the box, "Yes" for applications that ask the question, "Do you have a degree." It also means that I have more time to focus on media and technology related projects. 

One of those projects is updating my website. To kick off that initative, I've uploaded the pictures from my trips to Astros Spring Training, in March, and BSides Nashville, in April to the photography section of my website.

Media arts internship March 23 - 24, 2015

March 23

I edited the podcast and created the post that it would be released in for this week: http://www.crawfishboxes.com/2015/3/24/8281083/astros-podcast-spring-training-continues

I then processed the minor league pictures I had taken for the minor league crew to use in posts this season. In all I processed about 133 photos. Six of those I want to add filters to in Photoshop because the shots have too much blur for my liking.

March 24

I finished processing the minor league pictures. Here are a few of my favorites:

I haven’t decided if I’ll upload all the minor league pictures to this site, but I’ll certainly put all the ones in the gallery post I created for the site: http://www.crawfishboxes.com/2015/3/20/8260973/photos-from-astros-spring-training-2015

I put all the pictures in a rar file and sent them to the entire TCB staff for their use. I then reviewed some audio I had been sent for our segment transitions in the podcast. After that I started putting together the soundscapes I plan to release from the audio I recorded at Spring Training.

Media arts internship March 18 - 19, 2015

March 18

I updated the march madness tournament bracket with the results from round 2. I then finished my organization of the pictures I took at Spring Training.

March 19

I processed all the pictures I planned to release in gallery post on the site, then wrote the post. I process pictures by opening them in Adobe Bridge and adjust the different settings of the pictures.

I shoot all my pictures in RAW so that I can go into Bridge and adjust levels for different elements of a picture. RAW is exactly what it sounds like, a starting point for an image with tons of information. For example, one of my RAW files is 22 MB. After I converted it to a JPG, after adjusting different elements to make the image look better, it is now 3 MB. JPGs get rid of a lot of information to make the image more size efficient. I can adjust levels in the JPG format, but due to the lost information, it doesn’t work as well.

I start at the top and work my way down. Exposure is adjusted first, then recovery, fill light, blacks, and finally brightness. As I’m adjusting I’m looking between the image and the histogram. Ideally, the histogram should have a hill shape, but that’s rarely the case. I end up trying to get the histogram as close to looking like a hill as possible and watching the image to see what I like. I’ll also crop the image to get rid of polls, garbage cans and other things in the shot that tend to draw the eye away from the main focus of the image. If I like the image as is I’ll save it directly from Bridge.

Other times I’ll open the image in photoshop to remove stuff from the shot or add a filter. I typically add filters if a shot is blurry, but I like the shot anyway. Other times I’ll experiment with shots, like this:

The idea here was to get the words and the number on the back of the jersey to show along with the shadow. Again, I was experimenting. Next I uploaded the pictures to the website and created a gallery post for them, which will release Friday. I’ll be uploading all the pictures to the gallery on this site as well.