Amanda Sinishtaj

CAP 105

January 9th, 2017

Intro to CAP 105

I definitely enjoyed my first day of class. It was full of small conversations, chatting with students around me, and learning about others in the class. We didn’t cover much material since it was the first day, although I do have 4 pages of notes, but we did figure out how to create our own blog site, how to sell ourselves (in the best way possible), and how to create a professional identity. I’m far from professional, however, I think this class could teach me a thing or two about how to advertise myself. Starting a blog was never something I thought about doing, so maybe after doing this once a week it’ll be something I take into consideration.

We talked about the different types of file formats (.gif, .eps. etc) and even though the only thing I could think of was what the proper way to pronounce .gif is-it’s GIF by the way, not JIF-I did learn that there were more formats than I thought. We talked about audio, video, graphic, and web formats, which I know nothing about, so I definitely think I’ll leave this class with more information than I had known going in.

See ya next next week! (Not next week, but the week after)

Amanda Sinishtaj


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That’s a GIF of Taylor Swift waving goodbye because I’m saying goodbye, also I really just like Taylor Swift.



Header photo of city shot by me.

Featured post

April 10th, 2017

For this weeks class we covered the group project, a bit of social media, advertisements, and keywords. Each topic seems pretty different, but they all go hand-in-hand with advertising and how to bring attention to whatever you’re trying to sell/post.

SEO/SEM stands for search engine optimization is something we talked about a lot during this class. SEO is a method that companies use to increase the amount of visitors on their website/advertisement. We learned the different ways to grab someones attention and get them to view our advertisement.

You have to be selling something, so choosing your words wisely is important when creating an advertisement. You need to let the audience know what they’re getting out of this and how it will benefit them. Something such as “money back guaranteed” is probably convincing your customer to click your ad or look more into your company because you are basically guaranteeing that they’ll like the product or their money will be refunded. This is how brands draw in their customers and sell their products.

We also got a few YouTube tips since YouTube tends to be a pretty big form of social media. People use YouTube for things such as how-to videos and pure entertainment. We learned about keeping your videos short. I believe everyone could agree with this statement, because after awhile a video will begin to get boring. Unless it’s a video produced just as well as a film, chances are after a couple of minutes the viewer will become bored of the content.

This class was very informative on advertising online and definitely gave me a few tips that could help with the group project due next week!


Photo above taken by me for the group assignment. Grand Valley States logo is a GV and college students in Michigan will recognize it as Grand Valley. This is related to what we discussed last week and relates to how we can advertise our company by getting people to recognize our logo.

Featured photo also taken by me for the group project. I really enjoy using my photos on my blog to make it a bit more personal.

3rd April 2017

During our 10th class we discussed web basics and logos. 

For web basics, we covered everything from text to IP addresses. We also talked about extensions and what they mean. Extensions are things we see at the end of a web address such as .gov, .edu, .org, .com, etc. Each extension means something different and do make a big difference in site credibility. While doing a research paper, I often stray away from using websites that include .com, and am more attracted to sites with web addresses ending in .gov, .edu, and .org. .gov stands for .government agencies, which means its a government organization/site. This website is trustworthy and I can cite it in my paper because of that reason. .edu stands for .educational institution. This means it’s an educational site that I can also use in my papers because it is honest, educational information. .org stands for .organization. If I’m writing a paper on something like Human Trafficking, I’ll focus on getting to nonprofit organization sites to get my information.

We went on to talk about the simple things like web structure and what each piece of a web address means. After that, we took the logo quiz. This quiz was basically something that just proved how important it is to have a unique logo that speaks for your brand itself. Brand logos such as Pepsi, KFC, and Chevrolet don’t need a name or slogan around it because we are able to identify the company based on a single graphic. Color and originality is important when designing a logo and we want to make sure we create something our audience will always remember.


The photo above was taken by me while working on our final project. This is Louie the Laker, Grand Valley States mascot. Anyone attending this school would be able to identify this mascot and many college students living in Michigan would be able to as well.

The featured image was taken by me as well, and is a photo we will be using on the website of our final project.

March 27th, 2017

For class on March 27th we visited WKTV Studios in Wyoming, Michigan. I wasn’t sure what to expect when walking into this studio because I had never seen anything other than a studio for photography. The particular building we visited was really unique in the way that it looked like a TV show set and was a bit different than I had expected. Not only did they have a big studio to film shows, but they had a room with a talk-show vibe to it and a cooking show room as well. It was cool to be able to see a set like this in person because we only really see whats on the screen, and never whats behind the camera.

The television studio was different from a photography studio because it had a bit more of everything in it. More props, more color, more equipment, etc. A lot of times in photography studios we just see white and gray backdrops, but television show set-ups have more of an interior design to them.

I really enjoyed walking around and learning about the different things that go into producing a television show. We were able to see where and how they were edited, and where the filming actually happens. The best part was seeing them film something in person. Although it was a small show they were filming for, being able to see the behind-the-scenes action of the camera men, directors, and general crew was actually pretty entertaining. I enjoyed my time at WKTV and even though we had a short trip, I did learn a few things about television broadcasting.

Because I talked about photography studios, I decided to include a picture I have from that. I was able to visit a really small home-made studio a while back. I guess the best part about photography is that you can really set up a studio anywhere you go!


March 20th, 2017

Week 9 Class:

For this class we went over video editing in Adobe Premiere. As I said before in my previous blog post, I have a bit of experience in Premier and video editing, but not nearly enough. Being able to use the software and edit video clips gave me a lot of hands-on experience, and I was able to test my abilities. There were a few things I forgot how to do (zooming and cropping, mainly), but overall I think I did a pretty decent job.

We had a lot of freedom with how we wanted to edit the video clips, which I loved. We were able to select a few of the clips and sequence them together so that they’d make sense (to us at least). We also got to color correct the videos and adjust the lighting which is something I always believe in. There’s always room for improvement and it’s pretty rare that you’ll get a perfectly colored shot, unless the lighting is really on your side that day. I always love adjusting the brightness and contrast. I think adding contrast to a photo/video makes it much more prominent and lively. Dull, flat photos are low in contrast and not pleasing to the eye in any way. They look much more two-demensional.

I wasn’t able to insert my video due to my wordpress plan (the free one, obviously) but I was able to take a few screenshots off of my laptop. These are the videos I chose to sequence together (along with one more) and I think they went together really well.


March 13th, 2017

For week 8 we covered video production. Video production is something I’m very aware of because I’m currently taking a Television Media Production class here at GVSU. In this class, I’m learning about all the different things that go into the production of a film including audio, video, and photo.

In both classes, we covered scripts, microphones, sound, lenses, etc. Scripting isn’t as easy as writing down a “Person #1:” and “Person #2:” type paper, it takes a lot of organization for simple understanding of what has to be said/done. Celtx is something I’ve heard of before in relation to scripting. In a communications class I took last semester, I was able to talk to the creators of a local comic book who taught our class what went into making it. They discussed the sketching process and also the process of writing it. A comic is almost like a script. It’s an outline of what a movie would look like, and is something filmmakers use to get an idea of what it will look like when it’s actually being taped.

I was first introduced to a story outline when I used to watch behind-the-scenes videos of Taylor Swift’s music videos. In her behind-the-scenes video for “Fifteen” we get a sneak peak of what the video looks like in boxes on a sheet of paper. It looks like a comic before it is actually taped, to give the artist an idea of what it should look like when its finished.

A lot goes into video production. It isn’t just simply filming a video, it is about getting the proper audio, script, tone, setting, etc. You want to give your audience a feeling or provoke a thought while showing them your film/video. The video has to contain many different elements to reach its best potential. Our final projects will definitely be an example of how well we understood what it takes to capture our audiences’ attention.

The Internet has everything now so I was able to find a video on scripting. It’s pretty basic, but definitely a good first look.


“How To Format A Screenplay – 5 Basic Elements : FRIDAY 101”. YouTube. N.p., 2017. Web. 20 Mar. 2017.

By Indy Mogul on Youtube

Featured image taken by Hannah Kelley (of me shooting a video) 🙂

February 27th, 2017

Green Frog Photo Field Trip

For this class, we went on a trip to visit Green Frog Photo in Grand Rapids. I hadn’t been on a field trip since high school, so I was pretty excited to get out of the classroom. I’ve been in studios before, but it’s always fun to see a photographers workplace.

We learned about the different lights in the studio. Lighting devices for photography definitely come in different sizes, and we saw a couple of them during this trip. We saw the small lights that have the ability to light an entire room, and we saw the big umbrella lights that aren’t nearly as blinding (but still bright enough). The photographer we talked to educated us on food photography, which is his specialty. I never knew that shooting food was such a demanding job, but once I realized that every picture of food I have seen in a grocery store had a photographer behind it, I definitely saw why it’s such an important job. I could tell he was very passionate about what he did because he really enjoyed talking about it and answering our questions, it was nice to talk to someone who enjoyed their job that much.

My favorite part about this trip was definitely seeing the location of Green Frog photo. It was a giant, spooky building, which I liked. It was interesting and had beautiful architecture inside and out. When I went into the bathroom, I noticed the mirrors, painting, and the entire design was different than others I had seen before. Sounds a bit weird, but it was definitely a cool bathroom. It had a bit of a 50’s vibe to it. The whole building itself I believe he said was 1/4 mile long, and had a lot of history in it. I would love to have talked more about that because I find things like that very fascinating. Before going in, me and my group partners drove around the vacinity looking for Green Frog, but were in complete awe at how eery and interesting the entire place was.

I definitely enjoyed my time at Green Frog, and learned a lot about the food photography industry. I don’t think I’d ever see myself going into a field like that, because I’d much rather shoot people, but it was cool to hear him talk to us about his journey and his experience in the food industry.


That’s a photo of food that I took last year. Figured it went well with this topic, and it just looks good.

Featured Image of sushi was also taken by me. The sushi was pretty, the aesthetic was perfect, and the lighting was insane, so I snapped a picture.

February 20th, 2017

This weeks class was a bit shorter than the others. We took a quiz which was a good refresher on the information we had previously learned, and gave me an idea of how much I really know (which was 10/10 so that’s good!)

After we took the quiz, we got with our group members and shot photos for our biographies. We shot around the Calder Art Center since it was a bit dark by the time we got the camera out, but they actually turned out a lot better than I had expected. After taking about 30 shots of each person, all it took was some color adjustment and cropping to get the photos to look good. I think they represent each individual person as well. My photo turned out a bit off, so it’ll have to be redone, but 3/4 of the photos are ready which is perfectly fine for now, and I’m not too worried.

Here’s the photos we decided on. We went for professional, but also a bit fun. Shooting in front of a white wall isn’t the biggest attention grabber, so we tried working with our surroundings to make the photos a bit more interesting to the viewer. A white background vs. something with design/color makes a huge difference in a photo.

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Featured image shot by me

February 13th, 2017

Week 5:

For our 5th week of class, we dove into the basics of photography. I have always had an interest in photography and have been for awhile, so this lecture was pretty much a refresher for me. It was a very productive class, and everyone in my group was better able to understand how the camera works as well, so we will all be able to shoot for our group project.

We talked about the DSLR camera, which is what I use. I have the Canon Rebel T3 and I’m actually really impressed in how well it shoots for such a reasonable price. We went over key terms and functions of the camera. Such as the body, the lens, the sensor, etc. We talked about the proper card to use for a DSLR camera (SD) and how to work the lens when trying to zoom. We discussed wide angle & telephoto, prime sense, and focal lengths which is what’s going to help better understand zoom.

After discussing the body and functions of the camera, we talked a bit about the inside of the camera, like how the aperture, shutter speed, and depth of field work. This is where it gets a bit more complicated, and although I’ve taken photography and have experience in it, I definitely still get confused a bit on this. Basically, we need to know how this works when we’re shooting in manual. Auto gets things done for us, manual is where we step in and do the work, so learning this will help us be better able to do our own thing.

This class was really educational in the photography field, and will hopefully give everyone a better idea of how to work the camera for their projects. It also definitely gave me a refresher, especially on aperture, etc. Here’s a bit of what I’ve done below! Not my best, but just a few I had saved.



All photos taken by me.

February 6th, 2017

We’re a couple of weeks into the semester so things are getting a bit more complicated. It seems as if we have less lecture time and more time doings hands-on activities. We went over Photoshop some more today and had time to freely figure things out and get comfortable with the program.

I messed around with layering colors a bit during this class. My photo turned out pretty cool, but I wish I was able to do more with it. These couple of class periods that we’ve learned photoshop have given me lots of experience with it, and as someone who is very interested in photography, it’s nice to have this skill as well. I like to edit photos a lot but I usually use iPhone apps, this feels a bit more professional to know how to use.

I like using the app Facetune which is pretty similar to Photoshop.. but in only a couple of ways. I can fix peoples blemishes or wrinkles after shooting with them, and can adjust certain things that are bothering me. I like how easy the app is to use, but as I said before I would like to really understand Photoshop for future professional situations.

We also met with our groups, however only one of my group partners was there so it was a pretty short conversation. This class has already taught me many skills, and I’m excited to see what else is to come.

Edit.pngPhoto edited by me

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