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Graphics and Design l Chattahoochee High School

Ethical/Moral Aspects of Photo Manipulation February 25, 2011

Filed under: Discussion — Ashley Machost @ 5:49 pm

O.J.’s Last Run: A Tale of Two Covers

The big controversy over the image was of Time being accused of racism by certain groups for its photographic alteration of the original arrest photo. The reason this was considered racist was because the artist who manipulated the photo darkened it up which made O.J.’s skin appear darker. When the editors were asked about this they said they just wanted to show the shadow that was cast on his reputation. Matt Mahurin was the one to alter the photo and he said that what he wanted to do was make the photo more compelling to look at then the original photo was. I believe that the artist did have the right to do this and the photo did come out more interesting to look at. I don’t think it is racist and that they were within there rights and they didn’t take the photo too far when they manipulated it. But after all the feed back Time was getting and the negative comments they recalled the cover and came out with the same edition with a separate cover on it, which had not been done before. I do understand why they recalled it, they wanted more people to buy it and they didn’t want the negative feed back. But i don’t think it should have been necessary.

No Boo-boos or Cowlicks?

This article was about editing school pictures. This service has become recently very affordable and many people are choosing to take advantage of the things it offers. The basic things the program does it fix hair, pimples or other blemishes, and stains on clothes. Which I think is fine because you want your school photos to be perfect because you’ll be represented by them forever. But more recently the photographers and editors of the photos have started to change hair length clothes and if the parents or student don’t like the picture at all they will edit their face from another photo into the body of the school picture. The editors of the photos have also now been cropping the images of the students who missed picture day into the class photos. I don’t see a problem with doing this because you want you class photos to be perfect.

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Assignment #3: Pictograph February 24, 2011

Filed under: Assignments — Ashley Machost @ 6:17 pm

In this assignment we had to make a picture that resembled a cave painting that depicts a song or saying. I chose to use the song ‘Blackbird’ by the Beatles. The first picture on the left represents the lines, ‘blackbird singing in the dead of night’. The middle picture is of the bird learning to fly which goes with the lines, ‘take your broken wings and learn to fly’. The last picture shows the bird flying which is a representation of when the bird learned to fly and he was sining while doing so.


Cuneiform and the Sumerians I 3000 B.C. February 17, 2011

Filed under: History of Visual Communications — Ashley Machost @ 6:06 pm

The picture n the far left is an example of early cuneiform. The one in the middle is developed cuneiform and the last one is an example of akkadian. The example of the early one the sumerians used this to keep track of trading which is why they used pictures. This form of early writing eventually evolved to a pattern of triangles and simple shapes which is shown in the middle. And finally when the akkadians conquered  the sumerians they adopted their form of writing and didn’t really change it, it basically stayed the same. This is shown in the final picture on the right. These civilizations were considered nomadic.  Nomadic civilizations are communities of people who move from one area to another. A pictogram conveys meaning through its resemblance to a physical object, while an ideogram is a graphic symbol that represents an idea or concept. An example of the difference would be if you used a bald eagle in a work the pictogram would represent a bird, while the ideogram could represent freedom.


Cave Paintings

Filed under: History of Visual Communications — Ashley Machost @ 5:59 pm

The cave painting on the far left is from the Lascaux cave in France. The one in the middle is from Chauvet in Point Arc, and the one on the right is from Altamira in Spain. Cave paintings are detailed representations that are found on the inside of caves on either the ceilings or walls. They were made by mixing different dyes by using things such as water, plant juice, animal blood, soil, and charcoal. Then they were painted on the walls with ‘brushes’ made out of sticks, small stones, leaves, or animal hair. Many of cave painting sites were discovered by speleologists which means that they explore underground spaces.


Wallpaper February 15, 2011

Filed under: Digital Imagery — Ashley Machost @ 6:06 pm

I created a wallpaper in photoshop using the brush pattern of a star to create an abstract effect.


Assignment #2: Copyright

Filed under: Assignments — Ashley Machost @ 5:59 pm

The purpose of this assignment was to teach others about copyright, plagiarism, fair use, or public domain. I was assigned copyright as my project. In the poster I made it shows a teenager in front of a mugshot wall  to express the idea that violating copyright laws is illegal, and the fact that you are stealing from the original author if you do so. My target audience for this poster was teenagers at a high school.