Amanda Sinishtaj

CAP 105

January 30th, 2017

Photoshop and Review 

At the beginning of this class, we went over what we had talked about last week. How to sell yourself, how to go viral, and how to appeal to your audience. We talked again about Jonah Berger’s book Contagious: Why Things Catch On once again, which gave us a refresher on the 6 STEPPS.

After reviewing last weeks material, we went over some simple skills in Photoshop. I wasn’t too bad at Photoshop since I had been comfortable with using Gimp, but it will definitely take a lot of practice to get good at it.

Photoshopping the different photos got me very use to using the eraser tool, the layer tool, and the magic wand tool. White backgrounds always tend to be a problem for me when making colorful PowerPoint presentations, so I think after this class I will definitely take the skill of getting rid of white backgrounds with me for future reference.

We also met with our groups and were able to discuss ideas for our final presentation. We talked about who was going to do what, once again, and we had casual conversation which got us more comfortable with each other. All around this was a very enlightening class and got me pretty comfortable with Adobe Photoshop. I’m excited to continue growing and learning in my editing skills.


Photo edited by me



January 23rd, 2017

Class 2

Amanda Sinishtaj

During our second class we discussed many different things related to branding and advertising. We talked about viral topics, videos, etc. and how they got there, which led us to the 6 STEPPS created by Jonah Berger that he discussed in his book Contagious: Why Things Catch On. The video was quite interesting, and made a lot of sense. We had to appeal to the audiences emotions and triggers, and pay attention to things such as stories, practical value, social currency and the public.

We also discussed scripts and storyboards, which we’ll need to learn how to use for future projects.

We learned how to develop our campaign for the final project. The web page, social media strategy, videos & photos, graphics, the CTA, and analytics are all things I’ll have to understand how to use and develop for this project.

I learned a lot during this class and it was very interesting to discuss, especially being able to watch videos based on what we were talking about. I’m a very visual learner, so the video pertaining to the 6 STEPPS, helped me to remember and better understand what they were talking about.

This video of Jonah Berger discussing the book was a bit of a recap on what we talked about.



Cover photo by me

Video by Google

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.

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