I started playing around with some photo editing tools recently and discovered it’s pretty easy to make adjustments that can really change the feel of an image. I started with an image drawn of one of my favorite video game characters, the Skull Kid from Majora’s Mask. The image was actually bright and depicted a sort of mythical moment. Not to knock the artist, who actually did an amazing job, but it’s not exactly how I pictured the moment depicted.
I decided to try to make it a bit more of a tense and dark scene with just some basic editing using Aviary, a free tool available to anyone directly in your browser. I rotated the image and zoomed in, increased the contrast, lowered the brightness, adjusted the focus, and brushed away some of the white flurries floating around. I didn’t fundamentally change the image at all, but I feel like there’s a darker presence in the image now.
It would be so easy to make edits like this to any image at all. Say you need an image of a creepy looking house, but the only one’s that you like are run down houses with images taken during the day. It’s so easy to just make a few edits and voila, you’ve got your creepy house you needed.
I’ve written this first blog post about five times now, just trying to decide how to introduce myself. So, before I decide to start over again, let’s get the awkward introduction over with, shall we?
My Name is Baustin Bowers, a third year English Education Major at UW Platteville. I didn’t start out as an education major though, originally I was a forensic investigation major which is what brought me to Platteville. I feel Like I’m just really getting into my education courses this semester and am loving every one of them.
I plan on blogging about a variety of things. From random topics that pique my interests to education to tech stuff that catches my eye. This could be anything from Amazon’s echo device to a video game tournament. I’m a huge gamer and as a result I’ll probably share stories, thoughts, or just make a lot of references. Don’t worry though, gaming is far from the main focus of this blog. I want to emphasize education and technology in education in this blog. After all, education is what I want to do with my life.
So why do I want to be a teacher? That’s not the easiest question for me to answer to be entirely honest. I didn’t enjoy school throughout middle school and high school, and English was actually my least favorite subject. My teachers weren’t bad, I actually liked most of them. However they often fell into a pattern of “Read this, write about it, take a test on it.” My college professors quickly showed me that there is a different way to teach English courses. As lame as it may sound I want to be a different kind of teacher to students. I want to be the teacher that brings technology into the classroom to improve learning, but also redefines what students had thought of English classes before. High hopes I know, but I plan on giving it the best I’ve got.
Well, let’s give this a shot…