Due Tuesday Dec 10 – revised conclusion

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  1. Inquiry Conclusion

    Dorothea Lange was known to say that “the camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.” (All Time). I can conclude that taking good scenic views pictures is not an easy task, but if we use the correct photography techniques we will reach it. The sources that I used taught me how to take landscape pictures by using my cellphone and at what time we can get the best shot. For instance, photographers recommend taking pictures in golden hours, which could be in the very early morning at sunrise or in the evening at sunset. After reading the advice of keeping my photo simple, I stopped packing too many elements in my image because if we do that, our audience can feel confused about what we are trying to express.

    In my opinion, finding a unique perspective with an excellent brightness or darkness was kind of difficult to get it when I did the hike of choice assignment. To reach my outcome I had to start cleaning my phone’s lens and I wanted to play with some natural elements and colors to obtain a unique photo. The weather of that day didn’t help me to get a good picture of the shadow. The technique that I often use is to unfocus the background of the element and highlight the main object. This method is used every time that I have to take a close up image. According to experts in the photography field, they conclude that having a high-quality image it doesn’t depend only on the different angles that the subject can be captured. It depends too on how the person uses the filters to enhance the quality of the image.

    The last technique that I think was useful in all of my assignments is the rule of thirds. This technique makes the photo more interesting and engaging because the subject will be placed along the lines of the grids. As well as the use of the portrait mode of my iPhone, helped me to sharpen the subject in the foreground and make it blurred in the background.

    Quote’s citation
    -65 All Time Best Photography Quotes And Sayings. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.askideas.com/65-all-time-best-photography-quotes-and-sayings/.

    1) 40 Tips to Take Better Photos. (2014, January 25). Retrieved from https://petapixel.com/2014/01/24/40-tips-take-better-photos/.

    2) Kolowich, L. (n.d.). Phone Photography 101: How to Take Good Pictures With Your Mobile Device. Retrieved from https://blog.hubspot.com/marketing/good-pictures-phone-tips.
    40 Tips to Take Better Photos. (2014, January 25). Retrieved from https://petapixel.com/2014/01/24/40-tips-take-better-photos/.

    3) Chen, B. X. (2019, October 15). The Reason Your Photos Are About to Get a Lot Better. Retrieved from https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/15/technology/personaltech/google-pixel-photography.html.

  2. Overall, being outdoors improves our mental health, physical health and our academic performance.

    First of all, being outdoors can have significant benefits for our physical health such as being outdoors boosts our energy, the air gives our brain an energy boost. For example, it is scientifically proven that bikers feel more positive moods than regular person with cars. Trees, grass, and plants might add psychological energy boost to our workout. Furthermore, it is scientifically proven that being outdoor boost our immune system “breathing chemical produced by plants(airborne) increases our levels of white blood cells by helping us fight off infections and diseases”. Being outdoors gives us our daily dose of vitamin D, “It help us absorb calcium and reduces inflammation. More than 90 percent of our vitamin D is from casual exposure to sunlight.”

    Second of all, being outdoors can help us improve our academic performance. Scientists have proven that our creativity can enhance just by going outside. Students who spend more time outside are more likely to be creative than those who spend more time indoors “Psychologists found that backpackers scored 50 percent higher on creativity tests after spending a few days in the wild without electronics”. In addition, being outdoors can also help students to regenerate their focus. “Can’t concentrate at work? Leave your office for a few minutes and go stroll in a nearby park. Studies show that walking in nature helps restore our focus.” Most importantly, exposure to nature help students to ignore societal pressures, allowing them to remember and value more important things like relationships, sharing, and community that will eventually help them in the future. Moreover, being outdoors is associated with better reading comprehension and arithmetic skills. The children who spend more time indoor has poorer skills in both reading and math.

    At last, being outdoors can help us improve our mental health. It is scientifically proven that the outdoor provides us with free aromatherapy “natural scents like the smell of the roses, freshly cut grass, and pine can make us feel calmer and more relaxed”. Moreover, being exposed to sunlight reduces our stress levels and as a result less pain. Since our brains are easily fatigued, when we are surrounded by natural surroundings, our mental performance improves incredibly. We experience less anxiety while increasing our positive emotions such as happiness.

    Jill L. Ferguson , 5 benefits of being outdoors, https://www.huffpost.com/entry/5-benefits-of-being-outdoors_b_5938266ce4b014ae8c69dce0, June 10

    11 benefits of being outdoors ,http://mentalfloss.com/article/70548/11-scientific-benefits-being-outdoors

  3. Samantha Scicchitano
    Inquiry Conclusion

    Hiking is a fun and easy activity that anyone can participate in doing. If it is taking an advanced hiking trail or just wandering around for fun everyone can get something out of going on a hike. I wanted to know how to find the best places to hike around me. In exploring this topic I’ve learned the best ways to find a perfect trail to hike on.
    If anyone is looking for a great place to hike around the greater DC area there are a lot of different options. Theodore Roosevelt Island and Rock Creek Park are two hiking locations in Washington DC. They are both forest covered trails with water and rock scrambles. In the Virginia area outside of DC there are a list of trails like Mount Vernon Trail, Scotts Run Nature Preserve, Dark Hollow Falls, and Whiteoak Canyon. With this range of different trails some show the DC skyline, waterfalls, and beautiful mountaintop views.
    With this topic I explored outside the DC area and found the best places to hike in this world. They range from easy, intermediate, and difficult. Miller Point Caves Loop located in Nevada is classified as an easy hike. While Hidden Lake Overlook in Montana, Great Head Trail in Maine, Cliff Trail in New Jersey are all considered intermediate. Then there comes trails that are labeled most difficult like Angel Falls Overlook in Tennessee and Looking Glass Rock Trail in North Carolina.
    As much fun as hiking is, it isn’t that easy to just go out and hike. It is important to make sure that you have the right resources is important. First, decide what type of hike you want to go on, either a short or long hike, or a rocky or smooth hike. Next, decide if you want to go alone or with a friend. It is ideal to go with someone so that if you get lost or fall and get hurt someone will be there for you. Making sure you are wearing the right hiking material is key like hiking boots, pants and preparing yourself for the type of weather you are going to take your hike in. Before heading out on a hike having a rough idea of where you want to go, what you are going to wear, and what level hike you want to adventure before you actually plan your hike is the smartest thing to do. It will help prepare you mentally and physically for your hike.
    A Beginner’s Guide to Hiking: Everything You Need For Your First Hike!.https://www.nerdfitness.com/blog/hiking/ (Accessed October 29th 2019).

    Bauer, Laura. “The Shortest Hikes With The Best Views” A Beginner’s Guide to Hiking: Everything You Need For Your First Hike!.https://www.nerdfitness.com/blog/hiking/ (Accessed October 29th 2019).

  4. Dustin Lund
    Professor Erdeljon
    26 October, 2019
    Inquiry Conclusion:
    After conducting some extensive research on my inquiry question, “How do you take better photographs, and why should you?” I found many sources pointing me in a similar direction. In my thirteen sources each one had valid and similar views on the topic at hand. They all seemed to point in the direction of simple tips here and there while using a camera set up that is too expensive to purchase unless you are a serious photographer or considering being one in the future. To break down what was most important to my specific needs to the class and the reason I choose this question in the first place I will put my findings into two categories, first tips and tricks for photography and second reasonings for photos you take.
    The first way to improve your photography skills falls under the category of tips and tricks. The majority of my results involve this topic for improvement, there are many rules to add style and diversity to your photos. These tips for improvement are as follows, lighting, angle, colors, and diversity. There of course plenty of more tips to greatly improve your skills but I choose these to break down because I feel they hold the most value to my situation. Lighting is more than just bright or dark, lighting effects colors in your picture and set the mood that you’re looking for in your photo. Angle helps add a different and original style to your photographs, it adds depth, height, emphasis and more on the subjects you are trying to capture. The third tip, color, this is definitely a tone setter for your pictures, with either vibrency, gloominess or nouns surrounding these words you can portray a certain feeling with your photography. Not to mention you can add so much pop and a wow effect with color to really catch a viewers attention. My fourth and final tip is class specific and that is the use of diversity when taking photos for our uploads. We often have very similar photos as a whole in our discovery class, but by adding these tips to your approach along with many more you can add your own spin to your uploads on our website and instagram.
    My second way for improvement on your base as a photographer is to know and add purpose to your photos. When taking a photo for class we have a set purpose behind each photo we take usually just following the set list of points were supposed to hit when taking our pictures. You can always take it a step further by treating your photos as if their art, and a lot of serious photographers think of their pictures this way. This will bring diversity to your photos helping you stand out and go father than just taking picture of a shadow or a reflection. When you put a purpose behind your photo is brings structure to you skill set and a meaning your trying hit, this coincides with the classic saying a picture can say a thousand words.

    Work Cited:
    Nigel Danson. Youtube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jAk_xhs0Rcw. Visited by Dustin Lund on Oct 16 2019.
    Flore Zoé. Youtube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6j8QVfNwZf8. Visited by Dustin Lund on Oct 16 2019.
    Gary Arndt. Youtube. https://everything-everywhere.com/. Visited by Dustin Lund on Oct 16 2019.
    Nasim Mansurov. Case Study. Bird Photography. https://photographylife.com/
    Photography-case-studies. Visited by Dustin Lund on Oct 16 2019.
    Nasim Mansurov. Case Study. Image Quality https://photographylife.com/
    photography-case-studies/4. Visited by Dustin Lund on Oct 16 2019.
    Nasim Mansurov. Case Study. Exposure at Night. https://photographylife.com/
    photography-case-studies/7. Visited by Dustin Lund on Oct 16 2019.
    Alixandra Barasch, Gal Zauberman, and Kristin Diehl.How the Intention to Share Can Undermine Enjoyment: Photo-Taking Goals and Evaluation of Experiences. https://academic.oup.com/jcr/article-abstract/44/6/1220/4627834. Visited by Dustin Lund on Oct 20 2019.
    Julie Palakovich. Science Photography: Communicating Research through Photos. https://academic.oup.com/bioscience/article/62/5/458/236369. Visited by Dustin Lund Oct 20 2019.
    Bruce Prideaux, Alexandra Coghlan. Digital cameras and photo taking behaviour on the Great Barrier Reef – marketing opportunities for Reef tour operators. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1356766710372244. Visited by Dustin Lund on Oct 20 2019.
    5 Expert Photographers Share Their Best Portrait Photography Tips. https://www.shutterstock.com/blog/portrait-photography-expert-tips. Visited by Dustin Lund on Oct 23 2019.
    Mike Browne. An Interview with the UK’s Friendliest Photo Expert. https://iso.500px.com/an-interview-with-the-uks-friendliest-photo-expert/. Visited by Dustin Lund on Oct 23 2019.

  5. Inquiry Conclusion

    “Photography is the story I fail to put into words” (Destin Sparks). Based off of my research and my annotated bibliography, I learned that in order to take great pictures you need to have great sense of lighting, direction and quality.
    Lighting gives your photos that dreamlike, golden look that photographers love. In addition, when you get the sun and the focus on just the way you want it, you can get the bokeh effect. The bokeh effect is the blur that’s produced in the out of focused parts of an image. There are many different types of lighting, the few that I learned was harsh and soft lighting. Harsh lighting is the very bright, directional lighting thats found in mid-day. This casts strong shadows and creates very defined lines on your subject in photos. However, soft lighting is the light that tends to wrap around the subjects and cast diffused shadows with soft edges. Lighting is the key factor in taking a successful image, it determines the brightness, darkness, tone and mood.
    Direction has a major part in creating the sense of shape and texture in your images. The direction of light controls the width and shadows in your photos. Shadows are important because they are used to help focus the viewers attention by removing detail from the less important parts of the images. Direction is essential for taking the photo because direction informs the viewer what to look at in a photo.
    Lastly, the definition of a good picture is the quality of the photo. Quality highlights the level of your professionalism while improving your character as a whole. The better quality you have when you take your photos, the better your photos will tell a story and it is a great way to connect with people that view your photos. Photography helps you capture anything that you feel is significant. It is powerful enough to not only remind you of a detail or event but pictures brings you back emotion, feelings, smells, sounds of that moment you lived in. Furthermore, photography helps you bring yourself back to the day that you truly want to relive again. The thing to always remember when taking photos is it’s the little things that count the most.
    1. Gagnone English. Photography.
    https://gagnonenglish9research.weebly.com/conclusion.html(Accessed by October 27th, 2019).

    2. Finding the Light. Cole’s Classroom.https://www.colesclassroom.com/finding-light-part-4-shoot-harsh-light/(Accessed by October 27th, 2019).

    3. Photography Composition. Eric Kim Photography.
    https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2018/08/29/photography-composition-which-direction-is-your-subject-looking/(Accessed by October 27th, 2019).

    4. 9 Reasons why photography is important. The Clickin Moms.
    https://www.clickinmoms.com/blog/9-reasons-photography-great-hobby/(Accessed by October 27th, 2019).

  6. Shayla Wynder
    Inquiry Conclusion
    How does being outdoors improve a person’s mood and mental health?

    Being outdoors has always been seen as a physical benefit. It was always known to just have benefits for a person’s physical health, but research shows that that is no longer the case. Walking, exercise, and hiking outdoors has many mental benefits. Being outside in nature has proven to have positive effects on a person’s mental health and mood. Being in nature for a minimal of five minutes can better a person’s mental health. Nature can decrease or help improve many types of mental diseases, mental health issues, and decrease negative issues.
    From my annotated bibliographies I learned that being in the outdoors helps three main issues many people suffer from. One of the issues being outdoors helps improve is anxiety. According to the Mental Health and Benefits of Getting Outside article when being outside “Our minds calm, leading to physical changes including a reduction in heart rate and blood pressure.” (Sowa,2018). Similar affects also occur when people are stressed or have depression. These three issues alone are very common among teenagers meaning it is only more imperative that young people get plenty of time outdoors.
    The research behind the positive effect still is not 100 percent but evidence shows that there definitely is a link between being outdoors and the brain. A study in 2015 compared the brain activity of healthy people after they took a 90-minute walk in a natural vs urban setting (Harvard Health Publishing). Those who walked in the natural setting had lower activity in the prefrontal cortex, which is reported to generate more negative feelings and emotions. Harvard Health Publishing’s research proved that being in the nature and outdoors has an even greater and positive effect on a person’s mood and health.
    1.) Sowa , N. (2018, October 31). Mental Health Benefits of Getting Outside. Retrieved from https://healthtalk.unchealthcare.org/mental-health-benefits-of-getting-outside/
    2.) Harvard Health Publishing. (n.d.). Sour mood getting you down? Get back to nature. Retrieved from https://www.health.harvard.edu/mind-and-mood/sour-mood-getting-you-down-get-back-to-nature

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