Processing Workshop


Today we had a workshop that introduced us to programming languages. We started off the session by learning a list of keywords (non-specific to Java) and some common misconceptions about programming. We then moved on to a practice session with Java itself. We were basically told that once you know how to write one programming language, you technically known them all (except for the fact that the syntax varies from language to language, just like spoken languages). Learning about the syntax of Java was interesting, as every programming language follows a similar structure but has a unique syntax. We were introduced to a program called ‘Processing’. This program can support Java, JavaScript and Python, though I think we are mostly going to use it for the former of the three.

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Above is a screen shot of part of the work I created today. I understand the basic syntax of Java and how easy it can be to understand, though I am fully aware that it is going to get a lot more complex as we progress. Most of the functions that we used today were called ‘booleans’ and relied on either a true or false outcome in order to perform.

I intend to watch the tutorials on http://www.processing.org/ in order to develop my Java knowledge in my spare time.


Bibliography:

Fry, B. and Reas, C., 2001. Processing [online]. Available from: http://www.processing.org/ [2nd October 2014]

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Photoshop Workshop

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For our first workshop, we focused on non-destructive editing using Photoshop and Bridge. Bridge has an option called ‘Photo RAW’ which allows you to make drastic changed to an image without ruining the original file, as you can remove these changes at any point. We were also shown how to create effective layer masks in Photoshop that we could use to create our Alphabet Photography collage if we needed to.

My knowledge of Photoshop stems from an artistic background rather than a photographic one, so my editing skills are a little bit rusty. I found the lecture helpful, as I’ve never really been that great with layer masks.