Google HQ Dublin

Our small group from Digital Media CTC were invited to Google HQ in Grand Canal last morning to introduce young people about Google and Tech Space. So when we arrive beside security doors we got our names as a guests. We went to check around the building and i was in  Documentary Workshop to record with camera . We found some really interesting technology around like 3D-Printing, Green Screen to make photo’s and Big Screen with Google earth. Than we tried a Green screen photo making that you make a photo in green background and they can put on any background you like, that was a cool thing too. At 13:00 we had free lunch boxes including free snacks and drinks. I had great time there walking around and looking at new Techs.

I’m glad to be there to see what is around and get more knowledge about the Tech Space and I think people who is working here can have free delicious food, drinks and snacks thats awesome to me!


New Equipment

Today we had to use new equipment with including How to setup Manfrotto 190x tripod, fluid head and the 3-way head.

Our duty was to record a short video using camera attached fluid head to shoot pan shot and tilt shot and attached 3-way head to take landscape and portrait photos

Than we had to remove Camera, fluid head and 3-way head.



And a Video of Pan shot

Tilt Shot

CTC Blanchardstown Awards Ceremony

It was special day for us, people come who were there before. People with families come up to pick their awards and people from current courses.

We do it because we have to celebrate this day for all of us, and invite lots of people.

All Staff, previous students and current course doing people and our special guest John Lonergan

It was Thursday 16/10/14 in Blanchardstown Community Training Centre at 16:00.

We had a nice speech with John Lonergan and Awards with photos.


Mid-Course Learner Reflection Activity – A2


At this point in this module, I learned:

More stuff about smartphones, voicemail and softwares like using audacity to edit music or recorded files.

The ares i did well:

Using audacity and I learned pretty well on that.

The areas i had difficulty with:

I had no problem at all

I would like to learn more about:

I would like to learn more about any softwares.

My next steps:

To finish unit in photography.

Digital Media Unit 2 – Using a Digital Camera

Photo Taking Tips 

  1. Capture the moment
  2. Placing someone’s head (Framing your Pic!)
  3. Get close – use your legs
  4. Low or high angle
  5. Using the flash in the daytime can be useful
  6. Place the main subject off-centre
  7. Horizon Line – not in the middle!

Using Digital Cameras in training 

Digital Cameras supporting coursework? – Can be used to document teamwork projects, Can be used to record most interviews, Can be used to do stop motion.

  • (Rules of two-thirds)

Anything is better than having the horizon in the middle! E.g. Having the horizon towards the bottom, you can emphasise the sky to create a big effect. Having the horizon near the top, you can create a strong feeling of depth.

Here is some photos that i did for that unit.

Wheel Watermelon


Before you begin recording video, let’s go through some tips that will make your videos better.

Should we use a tripod? What are the advantages?

You can keep it steady and being able to do smooth panning shots. Camera should be in landscape so you fill the screen.

Zooming in and out isn’t a good idea. Why? How can you get rid of the need to zoom?

Zooming can effect the focus and can be difficult to do. Get close to your subject.

Do we need lighting?

Lighting is very important in filming.

Do you need to ask permission before you start filming and why??

Yes so nobody gets offered or sued. Companies don’t want to be misrepresented on Youtube for example.

Framing – Close up/medium Shot/Medium full Shot/Full Shot

Full –  A full shot shows the entire subject’s body from head to toe.

Medium – A medium shot shows the subject from about the hips or waist up. It’s useful for a when a subject is explaining something and it still allows you to still see them interacting with their environment.

Close – A close shot, also call a close up, focuses on the subject’s face, showing the head, neck, and a bit of the shoulders. This type of shot places emphasis on the subjects facial expressions to help convey the emotion in a story..

The rules of third is really important, not just in video, but in photography, painting architecture.. Check the video below guys:


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