Category Archives: Tech

Haley’s examples from comm 1030

Haley Reece
Double-Exposurereece chapter 8 two


Brad Stevens Feast For The Eyes

IMG_4200 Took above original to black and white.nandina2_gray_adjustednandina_bradstevens

Finished product with hue, saturation, and color enhancements.

    Mass Comm classes at Chattanooga State Community College taught me how to use selective focus to make a subject stand out in a photograph, and then how to tweak that photograph (Intro. to Electronic Media) within Photoshop to use (for example) in print ads.

In  my television production class I was the videographer and editor for this McKamey P.S.A, for which Andrew Cavett produced and directed.

I was also the producer, director, videographer, and editor for this “ConNooga” news package that was aired on “Today at Chatt. State” our college news show.

Caren Jones Electronic Media

Created a south park character of myself using layers and vector graphics. Vector graphics are

created by using mathematical algorithms.



Adjusting the image  by changing the Tonal Range and also adjusting the Curves and targeting saturation levels within Photoshop.


Tree before adjusting image.

Tree before adjusting image.



The tree after adjusting the image using Levels and Curves.

The tree after adjusting the image using Levels and Curves.


Bauhaus Flyer by using Dynamic Composition. Dynamic compositions are full of energy or movement.

My Bauhaus Flyer  inspired by a Bauhaus flyer.

My Bauhaus Flyer inspired by a Bauhaus flyer.

Game Education Rant

At GDC 2011 I attended an Game Educators Rant which was pretty enlightening in terms of the obstacles we are up against in developing two new concentrations in Game Technology here at Chattanooga State. Most interesting to me was Ian Shreiber’s viewpoint (or my understanding of it) that traditional higher learning institutions have lost their way, having become too focused on tuition and losing sight of their mission–teaching, research, and public service.

Ian goes on to talk about the reality of the gaming industry when it comes to education:

…The video game industry doesn’t care about degrees. At GDC you can see over 10,000 employed, experienced, professional game developers who only care about one thing when hiring: can you help them to make a great game? And if the answer is yes, they don’t care if the reason you can help them make a great game is because you’ve got a PhD in Computer Science from MIT, or if it’s because you taught yourself assembly programming at age 11 and have been constantly building your skills ever since and you never bothered with college because it took time away from making yourself a better programmer.

This point sticks with me and I was glad he posted the entire rant on his blog: Perhaps this is true in many other areas of the media industry. Do degrees matter when it comes to getting those illustrious jobs? Usually at a minimum we can say they don’t hurt, but I think Ian implied above that they actually could.

I do see hope for our Game program though. As Kingsley Montgomery, a consultant for our new degree, pointed out to me in an email recently, we are focused on TOOLS. It is up to the students to use them to create work that can fill their portfolios. And we are providing access to the tools and the expertise to learn them at a fraction of the cost of other schools. It’s a pretty good deal..

News Gamification: Will leveling compel the younger generation to keep up with the news?

Do you believe that earning rewards for reading news articles would motivate you to read more of them? If the answer is No, are you over 30? My guess is that younger people are accustomed to earning progress or leveling in more aspects of their lives.


Behind the Scenes of a Student-produced TV Show

Producing a TV show can be quite a task. Getting 40+ students in two different classes working together on one product with demanding technical and creative challenges, is even more of an accomplishment. Student at Chattanooga’s State’s Media Technology program are pulling it off rather well.

Campers and Cheaters, by Tarvie Gilbert

I love Call of Duty: Black Ops multi player, and in the very same breath… I hate it. I mean for real, it has great graphics and sound, awesome guns and Ice Cube shouting out tactical lingo. What could be cooler than that? I’m a Team Deathmatch dude, and I’m pretty surgical with a Galil. Very seldom do I finish a game with more deaths than kills.  But what irks me about the game has nothing to do with gameplay, it’s the campers and cheaters playing the game!

Campers suck. They suck majorly. They are always somewhere laying down in the shadows with a motion sensor, or popping out of some spot, weapon up with the drop on you. By the time you see them, it’s too late. All in a split second, you see them and try to aim your gun, they shoot and you’re dead, leaving you thinking, “How the hell did they even find that spot to hide in?! How did they even know players could get over there?!”  If they could really play, they would be out in the fight getting kills. They wouldn’t have to camp and pop out of crazy hiding places only campers know about.  Maybe they think if they get killed on the game, they die in real life? I assure you, you punks won’t die for real. And let me tell you, there is nothing sweeter than respawning and getting a little payback from the camper who thought he was so safe in his little hiding place. Continue reading

Working My Way Through Social Media? by Lori Warren

Touring the Information Commons

I’ve been blogging for three years in a hap hazard fashion. I wasn’t raised as a digital native and I didn’t come to Facebook as a college student or teen. Blogging, Virtual Worlds, Tweeting and Facebook started for me as part of a job assignment I took on three years ago almost to the day.

My very forward thinking boss, Vicky Leather and the library dean at Chattanooga State Community College  must have been fresh from an ALA (American Library Association) conference when she wrote the job description for my yet to be invented position.

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Skyping Guest Speakers into Your Class, by Chris Willis

Amber Adams addressing students in CO 110 Intro to Mass Comm via Skype.I’m going to go ahead and brag–I have the coolest class ever. Not so much because of me, the teacher, but because of fun yet educational things we get to do. For instance, today we had a guest speaker. Her name is Amber Adams and she works for Essence Magazine. Amber did not have to fly back to Chattanooga for her talk, nor did we have to wait for her to come home for a visit, she just Skyped into the classroom. Made popular by Oprah Winfrey, Skype allows users to make phone calls and video chats over the internet, usually for free.

Today Amber shared with us her history of getting into the magazine industry, gave advice for students looking to pursue this path, and motivation for others to follow their dreams (more great advice on her blog The Fab Life Project). She did all this from the comfort of her laptop and apartment in NYC, and the whole process took no more than 2o minutes or so of her time. Even if a guest speaker did live in your city, they’d likely spend at least that amount of time driving in and finding parking. Skype opens up a world of opportunities for instruction. For more information about how you can use this product in your classroom visit the Skype in Schools wiki or Skype’s own Skype in classrooms beta.

Where is all the 4g? – by Jonathan Crowe

If you have recently bought a 4g device, whether it be a phone, or netbook, or whatever it is and you can not get a 4g signal, you shouldnt be so suprised. Companies like AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon wireless are putting alot of hype on these 4g devices, but the truth is there is more marketing than there is technology behind this. From watching all these commercials about the 4g network one would think that you could go out and buy a 4g device, turn it on, and you are automatically operating on the 4g network, this isn’t so true.

Truth is the 4g network is nowhere near nation wide yet. As of right now Sprint offers the most 4g in 70 markets through 17 4g phones and netbooks. AT&T on the other hand is just starting to actually roll out its 4g network and plan to go nation wide with it in mid 2011. Verizon last month stated that it is operating on the network in 38 metropolitan areas.

Although Sprint seems to have a good lead in the 4g race, if you are a Verizon, or AT&T customer you will only be able to use your 4g device to full potential in a few dozen cities this year, even though they promote it like it is live all over the counrty. So in short before you go out and spend 4 or 5 hundred dollars on that new 4g phone, you might want to do some research and see if you can even use it on a 4g network yet.

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