Monday, June 27, 2011

NMiEF @Innova JC, Reflection

In the many things I learnt about Graphic Design, the one that made the most impact on me was 'The Elements and Principles of Art'. The trainers taught us about what we needed to make a great poster and what were the techniques to make the poster more impacting. The elements are: Shapes, Textures, Colours, Value, Lines, Form. The trainers mentioned that the lines of a poster could be conjoined together to form something of meaning. Colours are used to expressed certain genres of emotion, like red to evoke anger. Shapes are used in a picture in clusters to form an object. The textures used in shapes can show the location or the smoothness/roughness of an object. One of the principles of Art is 'Contrast', it means to show a difference or change within two things.

On the second day we were to do a video about courtesy, it was then that I learnt what the importance of teamwork is. All members of the group regardless of what we are in charge of and we should respect each others opinions.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Reflections - Canon-VJC Seminar - Mavis Cheng

I am extremely fascinated with the photographs captured by the professionals who were gave the talks at the event. The photos gave off a totally different aspects of the certain event or object. I guess great photos can convey what the photographer is trying to get over by the photos. A picture can really tell a thousand words.

I am totally clueless about the professional cameras terms and settings. I should be upgrading myself .

Bird Photography by Mr Lee

Mr Lee's photos seemed to bring me to another world beyond the common. The birds seems to come to life in the photos. When Mr Lee presented his ' girlfriend' camera , I was shock beyond words as I have never come across anything thing like that. The lenses of Mr Lee's camera seems to be wider than my face !

Personally I really enjoy the talk about sports and action which was given by Ms Wong Maye-e. Her photos reflected a lot on her personality and a interesting perspective of life. The photos from what she took were totally different from what we normally think photography is - abstract , art and serious. Ms Wong's photos were fun and funny . Her talk totally blew my vision about photography. I have understand that photography can be fun . Look at the same thing from the different angles.

Mavis Cheng

Canon VJC Talk Reflection

I learnt many thing at the VJC Canon seminar and it was very engaging. The first talk was from a bird photographer, and I enjoyed it a lot. He said about how to get good shots and angles of birds, and which locations we can look for them. It was really fascinating to watch his breath-taking shots of birds right here in Singapore.
Next was the talk about photojournalism from Mr Terence Tan. He gave us an overview of what journalists do. He told us that there was not many ‘big’ things happening in Singapore so they have to open their eyes wide to look out for events that can be written about. I enjoyed his talk as well.
The last talk was about sports and action photography and I benefitted from it. The speaker said to look out for unique angles to take pictures of. 
The exhibits were also very interesting. I enjoyed the DSLR cameras with far range lenses.  The other exhibits such as Lamborghini Display were also interesting.

Canon VJC Talk Reflection

After attending the talk,I know how to take different photos from different angles and this will result in a different effects.I also know what are the difficulties of taking bird photography and how to overcome that from Mr Lee.I know how to take sports photography.Photography is not only about taking the situation but also about being creative at the same time. Example we can take photos from different angles and it does not need to be focus on the athletes,we can take photos of the athletes like between a judge legs etc.

Canon VJC Seminar- Reflection

For the first segment of the seminar, the Bird Photography talk, I had learnt multiple things about prediction, background and actions. Just like in bird photography sometimes we have to photograph actions, we have to predict these actions. The speaker on stage had mentioned how he would study about the bird and set up bait or habitats for the birds so he can take the picture of the exact time. Then we learnt how actions could be captured in film. We can apply this by thinking how we can take pictures of rare opportunities by predicting ahead. The speaker mentioned that he loved to capture the birds' actions, he would always make sure he had the proper zoom or lens to capture actions. This is because the actions can tell a lot about the subject, how it reacts, how it moves and what is its nature. He also talked about backgrounds, how a background can emphasize the subject. A bright background could convey something lighter or gentle whereas a black background could mean a threat. It is important to choose a appropriate background as it can help the picture or bring it down.

Next Mr Terence Tan came on stage to talk about photojournalism. What I learnt from his talk was how the angles of taking pictures mattered and how a picture can create its own story and to always take a picture when you find the opportunity to. He mentioned taking so many pictures had to take from different angles, and those angles could each tell different things about the subject. He also showed us how one picture could have told us the whole story. Also he said he always brought a camera with him, in several incidents he had encountered accidents. Being a new photographer for the Straits Times he could take a picture of it as he had a Canon camera with him, this proved to be useful as he could to a coverage on it quicker.

 Lastly in the last talk, the sports photographer talked to us about the reactions of sportsmen, the different angles causing funny shots and how she got bored during the process of taking photos. With relevance to the sports meet, we learnt about how it important it was to capture the reaction of the sportsmen. Eg. When they win, when they begin, when they start. These reactions show how sportsmen react or their attitude. 

Canon VJC Seminar-Reflections

I attended the Canon VJC Seminar last Saturday. It was an eye-opener for me as I have zero-knowledge on photography. There are 3 talks that we attended :

1)Bird Photography
This talk is mainly about how we actually find birds to photograph, the skills to use and the settings to use in different places. The speaker also showed us the photos he had taken and the camera that he used. It is a big telescope-like camera which has a very big lenses. This camera is also referred as the speaker's girlfriend.

2) Photojournalism
This talk is actually more useful to us as we are currently in journalism. The speaker is a Straits Times journalist. Being in their job is not easy as they have to be ready at all times, especially when reporting accidents. He also said that photos tells a story. In short, photo speaks a thousand words.

3) Sports/Action Photography
I find this talk the most interesting as the speaker seemed to be very interesting. She takes great pictures of sports and action. Normally,this kind of pictures are not easy to take as there is a lot of movement around. She says that pictures can be taken in many different perspectives. Most importantly, we have to capture the emotions,feelings and reactions. This makes the pictures very interesting to look at.

Then, we went around the booths to explore. However, as time is short, we didn't went out too much. I personally didn't really go around as I was stuck in the queue for the photo printing service. This event let me learn a little bit more about photography and I hope to attend such events again.

Sandy Khoo

Cannon VJC seminar/reflection

During the seminar, we were given 3 talks bird photography,photo journalism and sports and action photography the talks were given by MR lee,Mr tan and MS Wong respectively. The talks were very interesting and useful, i also learnt a lot skills like when taking bird pictures,we must find their favorite perch so that we can know where to focus on. For photo journalism i learnt that we must be creative and lastly for sports i learnt that i must take from different angles to better illustrate the competitor.

Reflection- Video Production 1

My role was being the scriptwriter, prop master and assistant. I think I did my role well, and enjoyed the job. The whole process was tedious, tiring, but very fruitful in the end. I skipped a lot of meals, came home in the evening everyday. Sometimes I had to stay up late with group mates to discuss about what we were going to do the next day. There was a lot of pressure, stress and tension in completing the video in 2 weeks.
In the whole process, I learnt many points on videoing, acting, and video production. It was difficult to assemble actors and organizing them. Many of the actors were reluctant to be serious and we had to reshoot. I also learnt how tedious it was to produce a video. Our cameraman, Ying Liang also gave me some pointers on angles and how to operate the camera. I learnt on how to work as a film crew too.
The entire progress was tough and we met with some challenges. But we overcame them and managed to produce a fine video. I think we could have improved if we have more time.


Reflections - Video Production 1

I was the main actor (I acted as the main character), the main editor (I edited most of it), and the storyboarder. I quite enjoyed the acting and editing, however it was extremely tiring. (I stayed back many times to complete this) It was quite stressing to complete the video in a short period of time.
While producing this video, I faced quite a lot of challenges, for example getting many people to act. I have learnt that planning a video with lesser actors is much easier, and it is better for us students to create a video with lesser people.
I have also learnt a lot about editing as well as acting. I learnt that subtitles should be of the same size and font, and that they cannot be more than a line long.
I think that I can improve by trying not to laugh so much while acting. (during 1 scene, I almost laughed) I think I can also improve on my editing and subtitling next time.

-Jerome Heng

Reflection-Video production #1

I am the script writer and co-director for the SCIFF Film.
Dustbin have an interesting point of view. Lol. I learnt more about script writing and directing the  film. From writing a script, I learnt how to write and improve a script and when I directed the film, I learnt to use different angles to make the video more interesting. I think that the script can be improved as I find the script not interesting enough. I also think that the video can be improved as it is too short and there are a few interruptions.

Joshua Leong

Reflection-video production 1

My contribution:
I help up in the filming and video editing.
What have you learnt?:
I had learnt that filming can be from a different point of view.
Areas of improvement:
I think that the part of carrying out the plan as one of the scene is not filmed

Reflections for SCIFF competition - Video production 1 - Mavis Cheng

- My contributions

I am one of the actors in this video production as well as the voice-over person for the last scene. I did not contributed much as I was just on of the actors.

- my learning points

I had learnt to get along with my team mates and the importance of co-operation. With quality co-operations and teamwork in our group, I believe that one group can accomplice their end product. I must also be committed in our work so people can trust me . Concentration is another important factor in our character in working with our team mates .

- Areas for improvement

I felt that I must improve my acting skills and try to be more natural and relevant.

Mavis Cheng

Reflection- Video Production (1)

My contribution in this video-production is a script-writer. I wrote the speech that Joshua had to say for the voice-over. The voice-over was for the voice of the dustbin.

I learnt how directors actually work and how they have to make sure that the angle of the camera and the position of the actors/actresses have to be exact. As we were filming from a dustbin's view/angle, we have to make sure that our actor/actress cannot be seen in the camera's view before entering the scene and before the camera starts rolling, otherwise it would be a bit too obvious.

I can improve by helping to position the actor/actress before we have actually started filming as the position is always a little wrong/out of place and we have to retake a few times. I could also make sure nobody disrupts our filming by walking pass the dustbin while we are filming.

Canon VJC Seminar Reflection

  The event was very interesting and I found out many tips about professional photography. I also tried out the lenses at the exhibits and tried out my hand at photography at the sports car exhibit. The speakers had many interesting stories about their photography job in the press. I especially enjoyed the talk by Mr Terence Tan, who had some good tips about photojournalism.

Reflections-Video Production 1

My contributions:
I'm one of the actors in the video. I'm acting as the owner(Tom).  I didn't have much contribution in the production,so,I'm quite guilty.

My learning points:
I learnt that video production is not as easy as I thought and a lot of work is needed. All the way from pre-production to post-production,planning and efforts is needed. Group work is very important in this group production and we are very lucky as the group we are in is very cooperative with one another. Things are a little worse when having a actor like me as I don't know how to act.

Areas of Improvement:
I think that the problem lies with me. I am not a good actor and is really unable to convey the feelings needed in the scene. I often need lots of takes to get a scene right. I will laugh uncontrollably at wrong times. I hope I can focus on better and take lesser takes.

Sandy Khoo

Reflection Video Production 1

I am the main cameraman of my team video production.I help to take videos of the scenes.I learnt how to take videos scene by scene from different angles.I think we can improve our video by doing some more professional editing to our videos as there are some flaws in our video.We also can improve by choosing the right location as some locations there are too much background noise and thus we have to do voiceover which is unnatural.

Reflection- Video Production 1

My roles in this production are: Writer, Director, Actor, Producer. I had helped to write out the overall script so that some of the extra details that would have dragged on, and to write the dialogue script. I directed the film and helped to specify the certain aspects of editing. I was a 'calefare' in the film as a AppleCare centre helper.

I have learnt how hard it is to create a film, in terms of acting and finding resources. I have also learnt how different camera angles can effect each film and how different levels of zoom can intensify a certain subject.

I think I could have improved when it comes to plotting. Ms Seah had to help with our 'plot twist' and I hope I can improve on creating the plot so maybe next time I wouldn't need help/ awesome

Reflection - Video Production 1

  During the video-making, I learnt how to edit videos better. I also learnt that I had to pay attention more as I did not turn up for one of the filming sessions, so I had to do most of the editing. I also learnt that even if you shoot many hours of footage, you may end up with only a few minutes of the actual film as in the editing process, a lot of the video is cut and edited. From this experience, I learnt that you need to have a good script and keep to it in order to have more footage.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Reflections on 2011Celebrations @SST_Sandy Khoo

As I was a prize recipient, I didn't get a chance to be a part of the crew for the event. However, from my seat, I can see the media club crew working very hard to do up the full coverage of the event. Though there may be some times where they are abit flustered when things goes a little wrong, but they stayed pretty calm and eventually resolved the matter. I am very impressed and I hope to be like them if I'm in a similar situation.

Reflections For Celebrations@SST_ Joshua Leong

Watching from the elevated benches located at the back of the hall gave me a spectacular view of the ceremony. I could see the media club photographers and videographers moving around to take picturesque photos of the ceremony, I could also see that they were very diligently doing their work but were a little startled when unexpected things took place but they quickly resumed their form and did their work diligently.

I think that the photographers and videographers were well organised and carried out their plan fluidly but I  think that they should have taken more photos as there are missing photos such as the photo of all the students showcasing their talents.

Reflections For Celebrations@SST - Isaac Lim

Watching from the front seats, I could see some of the photographers and videographers participating actively by taking photos and videos of the event. They were extremely alert to take note of the flow of events and they coordinated well to the timing and captured the scenes. This was particularly evident while they were taking photos and videos of the performances.

I also think that the photographers and videographers were very organized as they had planned what they wanted to do and carried out the process rather smoothly and discretely, without distracting the audience. However, few photos were put up on the article and photos of the reaction from the audience were also not put up. Otherwise, it was a job well done.

Reflection: Celebrations@SST by Keming

I thought that the photographers and videographers did a good job. The photographers took a lot of photos and the videographers took videos of the interesting performances and speeches. Although I was not part of the event, I was able to see the photographers and the videographers hard at work. I would like to be part of other events by taking photos or videos next time.

Reflections For Celebrations@SST_Jerome Heng

Even though I was not a spectator, I could still see (well, somewhat) what the photographers and videographers were doing from the back of the hall. They seemed very busy to try to capture the important scenes in the celebrations, and they had to have perfect timing, especially during the performances, to capture the most impressive part of the performance. They also had to be very alert for the important or unexpected events, such as the part when the VIP arrived, and the part when the prize-winners went on stage.

I also think that the videographers and photographers were rather organized, as they were only a little startled when unexpected and important things happened. They were also not very distracted, and they stayed focused on the celebrations.

Reflections on 2011 Celebrations @SST (Loynes Poh)

I was doing a backstage write up and I was backstage for whole event.Throughout the whole event there was not much things happening.The only thing that i saw was the the controlling of the presentation slides, the audio and the performers. For what happened during the event I saw how the whole show is being done by the help of the backstage crew. After the celebrations I went to the dance studio to do an interview with Lai ZiYing from S2-01 and her mother. Although there we did an NG but the following was good.Even thought Mrs Lai was quite nervous she did not showed that.The was another problem that Mrs Lai on know how to speak Chinese so we needed to do some translation so as to make the interview going.I think that I can do better in the backstage photos as there were not much photo on the backstage crew working.

Reflection on Celebration@SST 2011- Ruoyu

I was the interviewer for the celebration at SST event,i started preparing the questions for the interview a week before the event and one of the trouble  i faced was choosing out the appropriate questions for the interview i was not very sure which questions to choose so i got some help from Ms Seah , the next challenge  i had to face was during the actual interview i got quite nervous and mumbled a few sentences but luckily,during the second take, i was able to do quite well.
If i had the second chance i would have practiced it in front of the mirror a few more times before the actual interview , but overall i had lots of fun doing this and i hope to be able to do it again

Reflection for Celebration@SST( Alvin Tang )

      I feel that the Overall for the Celebration@SST was still good enough as not much bloopers were made during the celebration. As a member of a Media Club, we would be given task like this in other kind of celebration to showcase what we had done during that particular event. We ,Media Club, are also helping out for the preparation for the events and everyone in the Media Club should know the overall of it as then they would know where the good parts will come and they would need to capture.
     Well they organize it quite well as i was not distracted by anything meaning that they have captured the audience attention. It was quite orderly, not much mess was made during the event. Important things should be included as they would like to find out more about what happen during the event.

Reflection on 2011 Celebrations @ SST ( Mavis Cheng)

I felt that it was a new experience for me to be exposed to a event and take pictures. I was quite nervous before the ceremony as I was worried that my photos might not be up to the standard. The audience responses were hard to catch and I was rather lost in rushing to and fro hoping to capture their expressions. I felt that the image of the audiences applauding was the most challenging thing to me during the whole process.

The whole process of the ceremony was quite organized . I think I could have improved on planning on what I should capture and what are the aspects to take note of before the event. I would have to adjust the shutter speed before the start of the event so that my photographs would not appear to be blur.

Reflection for Celebration@SST_Genevieve Foo

Watching from the steps at the back of the hall, I could see the photographers and videographers at work. They did whatever they could to capture every single moment of the event. The photographers seem to be moving non-stop throughout the entire process. I did not notice much as I was too busy watching the performances and clapping for my friends who went up on stage to get a prize for their achievements. I noticed that the photographers and videographers had to stand throughout the whole thing. I would like to try and do something for an event. If I am a spectator again, I would try and notice more things about the things and processes the Media Club do.

Reflection for Celebrations@SST_ Justin Lim

During the filming for Celebrations@SST I felt that it was extremely tiring. Standing for 2 and a half hours to film the process though fun had hurt my legs. I had learnt that different filming styles can be used for different parts of the event, for example I do not have to keep holding the camera when there is a speech being given as there is no active movement from the speaker. I also learnt that I have to be very alert during events like these, as at one point I missed the GOH coming into the hall due to the unexpected circumstance that he would be late and the que that the emcees would give would also be late.
I felt relieved to have a senior, Hardy, next to me as he gave me some advice about filming and told me to anticipate certain events so I can get a clearer shot of it. 

I felt that i could have done better in terms of filming and the setting up of the video camera. I had some problems with the panning around and thus it caused the video camera to shake. I also should not have zoomed in and out constantly just to get a perfect shot as in the film it can be seen that I am zooming in and out. 

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

My Introduction video( Mavis)

This is my link to my introduction video . Thank you.

Mavis Cheng

My reflections of journalism lesson on 28/2/11(Mavis)

I have picked up a great knowledge about the organisation of a event I have also understand more about the details of this topic. When I realised that there are so much to reporting a event , I was simply awed by how it looks so simple in the article we see in a book.We discussed and recognised  the elements in a article of a event of what people would be interest in and want to read about it. I see the importance of knowing what will interest your readers and the procedure of planning out the report on a certain article.I also learnt  how the photographer should be prepared to shoot a event by familiarise  themselves with the sequence of the event and knowing what to shoot beforehand . The photographer , videographer and journalists worked  together closely to produce the report of a article was another thing I have learnt. I believe that these information will be very useful to me.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Reflection-28th Feb

I know what is needed to be prepared when doing video of an event. Examples are having to prepare questions to be asked to the interviewee,angles of how to shoot the video.I know what is needed to include when doing journalism and we also need to give time for the interviewee to be questioned and not to give them the questions suddenly and ask them for the answers right away.As well as the requirements of doing photography,videography and journalism for school events.I hope that next time,i will be able to help too!

Loynes Poh Self introduction

Hi,I am Loynes this is a short clip about me.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Jiajun's Media Club Video

My self-introduction Ruoyu

My reflection (28 FEB 2011)-ruoyu

Today at media club,i learnt some important factors of a event and how a careful planing is extremely important at a event ,and knowing the event schedule so that when interviewing people,we will know where and when to look for them,also,we must also plan what questions to ask them,and if necessary ,we have to give them the question 1st so that they can think of a good answer. I have also learnt how photographers ,videographers ,journalist and interviewer work together .

Reflection 28/2/2011

During today's media club session, I learnt many new things about journalism.

Today , I learnt that journalism takes a lot of time and effort to accomplish. We have to do careful planning and organization in order to give a good write up or report. We must also plan before hand as to what we will be going to do. Example, who to interview, what questions to ask the interviewees, etc. Planning also includes knowing the schedule of a particular assignment or project and in this case, the celebrations@sst event. We ought to attend rehearsals too as this will allow us to be more familiar with the schedule for the actual event. I also learnt the processes taken to get to the final product in journalism including the videography, photography and actual report. I think that I will continue to learn more in media club.

Thank you


Today during media club I have learnt several important things about journalism
1)The importance of good planning. It is important for us to know a certain event's schedule. We must also plan on what we want to ask people during interviews, we also must give them the questions before hand so that they will be ready when we interview them.

2)I also learnt that we are strongly encouraged to attend rehearsals of the event that we would be journalling about, this is important as it gives us an idea of what the event is going to be like. We will also be starting on journalism when we do journalism for the 2011 Celebration at SST.

Here is my video of me! =)

Reflection-28 February 2011

Today in media club, i had understand more on what is journalist.
 Well it is simply writing what the events are happening and we are planning every single thing before the event happen.
 However, we need to know more about it. So we should be starting with questions on the 5's Wives and 1 Husband, then we build on by answering it!
 Doing all this is not simple it takes time and lots of preparation is needed to be done! =)
Thank you..


Today during media club I have learnt several important things about journalism.

The first would be the importance of good planning. As they say "If you fail to plan, you plan to fail", it is important for us to know a certain event's schedule. This is because we would know when to report and what is the best event to film. We must also plan on what we want to ask people during interviews, we also must give them the questions before we ask them.

Another thing I learnt is that we ought to attend rehearsals of a certain event. This is generally important as it gives us an idea of what the performance/event is going to be like. It also tells us if when to take a certain important photograph or film a certain portion of the performance/event. Lastly going to rehearsals is important as we need to confirm if the highlight of the event is truly the "highlight" of the event. This means that we can check if the highlight of the event is truly as entertaining as it is said to be, and if it's not we can focus on another part of the event to write an article about.

Reflections_28/2/11_Sandy Khoo

In this session, I learnt about the planning of events for journalism so as to cover the whole event. We will also be starting on Journalism first and we will be doing on 2011 Celebration at SST. As I was a prize awardee, I wasn't chosen for any of the roles to cover in the event. I guess this is a time for me to learn from other people before I can try it on my own.


Today I learn about planning about a how to take good shots of events by listing questions.I also get to know about the 2011 celebration@SST planning process.

Reflection: 28th February 2011, Monday

  Today, I learnt how the Media Club reports a event that happens in school. I also learnt how to write a report on an event. I feel very privileged to be in the Media Club as there are only 13 people admitted to the Media Club, and whenever there is a coming event, we will also get to see what will happen during the event so that we will know what to take pictures or videos of and can prepare what to write on the report.

Sandy's Introduction

Reflection_28 February 2011_Jerome Heng

Today I have learnt how to plan reporting events and the things that we need to know to plan to report on an event.

I have also learnt some journalism skills and planned for the upcoming 2011 Celebration@SST.

Reflection-28 Feb 2011

Today, I learnt about the things Media Club members do before an event, during the event and after the event. I learnt that before interviewing a person, I have to craft the questions and work with the journalist and videographer to plan a time and venue to interview the person. I learnt how to decide what I want to capture for the event like the backstage crew and their job to acknowledge their hard work. It is important for us to plan what we want to capture for the event as we need to know where we have to go and who to interview.

Lam Jiajun's Media Club Reflection_ 28 Feb 2011

Today, I have learnt many things such as journalism, pre-event, post-event and the actual event. I have also learnt to plan for interviewing, photographing and videoing events. The whole process may be a tedious task. We have to find where, when are the events and the highlights. Then we arrange in order which places are we going to go. We also need to prepare some questions for the interviewees too. After the events we have to do editing, combining the videos and pictures. Going to the rehearsals may help too.
I have learnt a lot today. I hope i can learn more throughout the other sessions.

Jerome Heng's Media Club Introduction

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Joshua Leong's Introduction Video

Hihi, Here's my introduction video. XD