Saturday, June 11, 2011
2. My role in the group: A member
3. I have encountered some challenges while working on this project like which tools to use, which layer to work on etc. I overcome these by clarifying with people sitting beside me and also paying more attention while the professor is explaining.
4. Through this project, I have discovered that editing pictures is not as easy as I have thought. It requires a lot of work to finish editing one picture.
5. As an individual, I have learnt how to use a new application and I can apply the skills for other future uses.
6. My aspiration is to be able to master how to use photoshop as what I have learnt is only one part of it.
From this talk, I have learnt that there is actually an increasing need to protect the water resources as economies develop. I have also learnt in this world, that about 1.1 billion have no drinking water resources, about 2.4 billion have no proper sanitation facility, about 3.4 million died from water based diseases and about 2 billion are facing the risk of having water based diseases. This emphasizes the importance of having clean water around the world.
Plenary Session 2 - Revolution of Microelectronics Technology
I have learnt that in 1947, transistors were invented and in 195, integrated circuits were invented, thus we have our slim handphones and ipod now. The "9Os" or the "BRAINWAVE": Bio, Radio, Auto, Info, Nano, Water = Hydro = H20, Audio, Video and Energy = m.c2. I have also learnt that the electronics are scaling down to nanoscale while biology and scaling up to nanoscale and this becomes the "bionanoelectronics".
Plenary Session 3 - Innovative breakthroughs in Nano-Science and Nano-Technology
Through this talk, I have learnt that 'smaller size for a fixed volume = larger surface area'. I also learnt that there are materials with ten times the strength of steel yet only a small fraction of the weight. One new term I've learnt are 'electrostatic'.
Plenary Session 4 - IT for Animation
I have learnt that animations uses geometry, linear algebra, calculus and physics. Several maths formulas are applied.
Plenary Session 5 - Disappearing glaciers, rising sea levels, and why gravity is even more important than you think
The speaker introduced herself as a geodesist who measures the shape and size of the Earth, the gravity field and how it changes over time. One important thing I've learnt is that the sea level rise will not be same all around the world.
The plenary session that leaves the deepest impression on me is the talk 'IT for Animation'. What I like about it is that there are many videos during the talk and it does not bore me.
Thursday, June 9, 2011
- I chose this project because…
- My role in the group…
- Challenges I encounter when working on this project in the last 2 days and how I overcome these challenges…
- Through this project, I discovered…
- As an individual, how I have benefited from this programme…
- My Aspirations…
- Revolution of Microelectronics Technology
- Innovative breakthroughs in Nano-Science and Nanotechnology
- IT for Animation
- Disappearing glaciers, rising sea levels, and why gravity is even more important than you think
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
- Importance of water
- From this session, I had learnt that cholera, typhoid fever, dysentery are such sickness caused from drinking contaminated water and around 3.4 billion people die from it and 2 billion people are at risk.
- Smell, Infectious disease, chronic health risk, environmental effects, economic effects happen during the existence of water pollution.
- 1.1 billion people do not have access to fresh water
- The irony of societal & economic effects- key enablers- water+ energy
- Irony= economic development can compromise water resource.
- Revolution of Microelectronics Technology
- I had learnt that electronics make a difference in human interaction and communication through the integrated circuits that consist the BRAINWAVE (Bio, Radio, Auto, Info, Nano, Water(Hydro, H2O), Audio, Video, Energy).
- Electronics and Biology are converging at the nano scale which results to Bio Nano Technology.
- Epiretinal implant device is one such example of an integrated circuit in nanoscale which enables the blind to see.
- The semi-conductor industry adds value by discovering, designing and manufacturing.
- Biomedical Engineering and Technology
- This session had thought me how many things can a small nano chip do such as cleaning water, change the colors of contact lens, etc.
- IT for Animation
- Animation uses much mathematical ideas such as calculus and the laws of physics. The cost of making 2D animations are higher compared to making 3D animations as 2D animations work on a frame by frame drawing and needs skilled artists to do so.
- There are 3 different types of lighting to make 2D look like 3D. They are the ambient lighting, diffuse lighting and specular lighting.
- Ambient lighting is adding color to the object
- Diffuse lighting is applying shadows to the objects
- Specular lighting is highlighting the objects in order to make it realistic.
- Disappearing glaciers, rising sea levels, and why gravity is even more important than you think
- From this session, I have learnt that sea-level rises are different all over in the world. This is largely due to the weight of the glaciers on the land as the mass actually weighs the land down, resulting in water being attracted towards the land which means that the water level will decrease.
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Some of the challenges I encountered working on the project is getting used to the tools in Photoshop and keyboard shortcuts. There were many times where I accidentally pressed the wrong key or tool, and it affected my photo composite. I overcame this by memorizing the most important shortcut of all: Option+command+Z, the step backward shortcut. Command+z only enabled me to undo the most recent edit. Another challenge was mixing up the layers. Sometimes I would mix up and draw on the wrong layers. I overcame this by checking every few seconds that I'm editing the right layer.
Through this project, I discovered the many possible uses of Photoshop. These uses can be used for good, but also for bad intentions. Some people might edit someone's face onto someone's body, and create gossip about the person. If posted online, people can be easily deceived and believe what they see. After all, it is common for people to believe what is captured on camera, or so they thought. Photoshop can also be used to distort faces, making them look extremely pretty or super duper ugly. There are many other things Photoshop can do, and although before this I did know not to trust everything on the internet, now I am more alert.
As an individual, I benefitted from this program as I learnt how to use Photoshop from a professional digital painter. I think if I wanted to learn how to use Photoshop outside of this program from a pro, it would be costly.
I aspire to own a copy of Adobe Photoshop and a tablet someday so I am able to explore the possibilities of digital painting on my own.
This project depended more of our skill with technology. Photoshop had many tools and functions as it caters to a diversity of users from web designers to movie makers. Selecting a wrong tool would disrupt the picture and you would have to find a way to correct it. I found it very frustrating when these small little mistakes comes out when you are already half way through and have to go back and review what was the mistake. I also did not label my layers and had difficulty locating which layer belongs to which part of the picture. I had to be careful and Prof Martin would help with making things better.
Through this two days I learnt how to use the basics of Photoshop to do a composite. The layers function helps a lot to record the process of your editing to the picture and it is easier to correct a mistake or improve the work. Adding highlights and shadows gave the composite more definition and blends it well. Color dot is one of the highlighting tools and multiply was one of the ways to add shadows. Masking was a very effective tool without destroying the original picture. Liquify stretches the picture and wrap allows you to "fit" the picture more convincingly when combining. With these basic knowledge, it is possible to good composite. However, doing the "best" one would take very long as it is easy doing the rough outline but doing the little details are the ones that make the difference between good and best.
My experience in this project made me consider doing this kind of digital art stuff. I would like to do this as a hobby and can use it to pass time. This project was an insightful and memorable experience.
The section below will state and explain the 3 different learning points I have gained for today.
1. Layers make all the difference.
Photoshop's main function, Layers, makes it one of the most useful photo editing tools around. With Layers, artists are able to edit the photo, and un-edit it at the click of a button. With Layers, you are able to add a multitude of colours. With Layers, you can easily delete specific components of the photos. All these are important to an artist. Go Photoshop!
2. Troubleshooting is easy, if you know what you are looking for.
As our professor mentioned, troubleshooting for problems in Photoshop can be a bit of a hassle. Like programming, there are many spots where something could go wrong, causing the program to not run properly. I have encountered some of these myself with the extensive use of the complicated photo editing program today. However, I will not elaborate.
3. Art is subjective, or so everyone says.
This is definitely true. All works of art painted by each individual is different. The constraints may be similar, or even identical, but every work will be different. It depends, of course, on the artist himself, on the target audience and the theme. For example, the piece we were supposed to complete had many different variations. A person can be transformed from anything to an animal, a fantasy creature, a movie star... The various possibilities is what makes Art subjective, fun and interesting. By the way, this does include things other than visual arts, such as music, theatre, television, radio etc.
- Understanding Professor Martin Constable Fully
- What Exactly is Digital Painting?
- Layers—Masking and Obscuring
- Putting into Context
|Before and after samples of a digital painting done by Lim Hao Yang on June 7 in School of Art, Design, Media, NTU.|
I like to be involved with stuff involving the creative industry, I found this project as the matching projects I'm looking for and really want to experience so I chose it.
2. My role in the group...
My role in the group is to do my very best in everything assigned by the professor, and make sure there is nothing less than my 90% in my work.
3. Challenges that I/we encounter when working on this project in the last 2 days...and how I/we overcome this challenges...
Some challenges I encountered were getting creative on what to paint and design, what I did was to go around looking at some other people's work, getting a good inspiration and idea of what I want to do.
4. Through this project, I/we discovered...
I have realized that the creative industry requires a big group of workers, constantly committed to the project that the group is completing.
5. As an individual, how I have benefitted from this programme...
I was able to demonstrate my creativity, innovation and application of concepts taught to me.
6. My aspirations...
My aspirations is to be part of the creative industry, constantly contributing and providing entertainment for the world.
Today, I learnt how to use photoshop to manipulate our pictures. I learnt several new functions:
- Layering. Layering is how to have different images to be combined to a single image. It may consist of many colours.
- Masking. Masking is colouring/ erasing part of the image while still leaving the original image intact.
- Colour Blending. Colour Blending is to merge two images to create make it seem as if they came from the same photo.
- Shadowing and Lighting. Shadowing and Lighting is used to make certain parts of the image lighter or darker to create an illusion of a contour
I choose this project because I find that it is very interesting and unique. This project exposes me to a new area of art that I have not tried before. I thought that it would be able to teach me new skills that I will not usually be exposed to in school. Also, we know that there would be an experienced professor teaching this project. Hence, he can teach us many high level techniques to edit an image which many other courses cannot.
Some challenges I encountered when working on this project in the last 2 days are having to remember how to use the tools in photoshop. There were many tools and I had to be very careful which layer I was colouring on. There were a number of times whereby I accidentally coloured the wrong image or used the wrong tool. I had to redo some of the images and this wasted time. I overcame these challenges by making sure of where and what I was colouring before I would start. I would double check everything before I started to do anything and also asked questions when I was unsure.
Through this project, I discovered that photoshop is a very interesting tool. There are many tools available to edit an image. The end product of the image edited can be unrecognisable but brilliant at the same time. I also discovered that it is not easy to create a good image. There are many factors to a single image to make it look very nice.
As an individual, I have benefitted from this programme by being able to be exposed to a new area of art. It was the first time I used photoshop even though I have seen images edited in photoshop and heard of what photoshop was capable of. I learnt many skills and different tools in photoshop although I am still not very fluent and may make mistakes here and there. However, I find that I have gained new knowledge on how to edit images instead of simply taking a photograph.
I hope that I will be able to use photoshop sometime soon again as it is a very useful and interesting tool. I have only barely started to discover some of the tools that photoshop provides. There are still many things to learn in photoshop which I hope I will be given the opportunity to learn. I hope that I will be able to improve my skills in photoshop so that I will be able to edit images to make them look fantastic.
Importance of Water—Dirty and Clean
1. Importance of Water - Dirty and Clean
From this session, I have learnt that clean water must not be taken for granted, because in other parts of the world, people who are not as fortunate are consuming and using 'dirty' water. Water becomes dirty when it is contaminated by pollutants from the environment. Dirty water contains microbes and bacteria, which may cause humans who come into contact with it to be seriously ill through waterborne diseases. Millions of deaths each year can be prevented if only the water was clean. That is why it is important for us to know the importance of dirty and clean water; when we pollute the water, we are not only harming other organisms in the environment, but ourselves too.
2. Revolutions of Microelectronics Technology
- water = hydro = H2O
- energy = m.c^2 = m.c^twO
Importance of Water - Dirty and Clean
- Economic development can compromise water resources. There is an increasing need to protect our water resources as economies develop.
- Singapore is like a water catchment. It is built in such a way that water is collected at various points and transported.
- There are currently many problems with the way we are using our water resources and there is no one solid solution that everyone can use. It is an expanding industry.
Revolution of Microelectronics Technology
- Computers were revolutionized from mega huge machines to a more compacted and portable one.
- Everything is being made smaller, thinner and lighter.
Biomedical Engineering & Technology
- Smaller size for a fixed volume = larger surface area
- With the same volume, nano-tech makes things smaller so that it will have a higher energy level.
- It does not reinvent anything, just modifying existing stuff
IT for Animation
- Animation uses much mathematical ideas. Such as calculus and the laws of physics.
- The cost of making 2D animations are higher compared to making 3D animations. This is so as 2D animations work on a frame by frame drawing and needs skilled artists to do so.
- There are 3 different types of lighting to make 2D look like 3D. They are the ambient lighting (adding color to the object), diffuse lighting (applying shadows to the objects) and specular lighting (highlighting the objects to make it more realistic).
Disappearing glaciers, rising sea levels, and why gravity is even more important than you think
- The sea-level rise will not be the same everywhere
- Closer distance between two objects = stronger gravitational force
- The factors that affect the distribution of the mass on Earth are mostly due to water and the mantle.
(B) Deepest impression
The plenary session that leaves the deepest impression on me is the plenary session: disappearing glaciers, rising sea levels, and why gravity is even more important than you think. The information shared in this plenary session was new and interesting as I did not know how gravity starts a "chain" effect on the water distribution around the Earth. That the level of the seawater closest to a melting glacier is lower compared to the further areas due to the gravity pull of the water.
The challenges I have faced so far are more or less catching up with the Professor. Although I had not much problem with his accent, I am not very ‘eloquent’ at using the stylus, and I could not locate where the different functions are. Now that I am more familiar with the software, I can create my own works independently.
Through this project, I have learned more about the software, as well as how it developed from something small to a software so big that even a DVD can’t store it.
I have benefited from this program by learning more about the software, mainly the technicalities, such as how to achieve some features using Photoshop.
I aspire to create better pictures using Photoshop, just like the Professor.
3 things I learnt:
-How layers would reduce the amount of limitations you have regarding the limits as to what you can do to the picture without destroying it
-How to unify different photos using Photoshop functions
-How to make the photo more realistic using shadows and lighting
From this plenary session, I have learnt the importance of water and the many kinds of bacteria that could be in it depending on the level of exposure to animals. I have also learnt about Singapore itself is a water catchment, due to its limited land space.
Plenary Session 2: 'Revolution of Microelectronics Technology'
I have learnt from this plenary session that a lot of equipment today depends on microchips to work as they are like the brain of the equipment. Microchips are advancing, becoming smaller and smaller each year and more efficient.
Plenary Session 3: 'Biomedical engineering and Technology'
This plenary session has taught me the different kinds of Biomedical technologies and their uses. The three main branches in the field which are Nano-technology, Bio-technology and Defense-technology.
Plenary Session 4: 'IT for Animation'
From this, I have learnt about animation and ome of the software that can be used to help animate automatically, and the number of frames per second needed to make an animation, 24.
Plenary Session 5: 'Disappearing glaciers, rising sea levels, and why gravity is more important than you think'.
I learnt a new job from this session, Geodesist. A geodesist is a person who studies the the shape and size of the earth, its gravity field and things that have changed over time.
The deepest impression...
The fifth plenary session had the deepest impression on me. The presentation gave me good information about the earth and some facts about the different gravitational strengths at different parts of the earth.
(A) My key learning points from each session
Plenary Session 1
I have learnt that water is very important to our lives. The water industry has yet to come up with a solution for water problems. Water pollution has also caused water to be very dirty. The Singapore river was an example of dirty waste water. Why should pollution bother us? Smell, infectious diseases, Chronic Health risk, environmental degration. 1.1 billion people have no access to drinking water resources. 2.4 billion people have no adequate sanitation facilities and 3.4 million people die year from water based disasters.
- Importance of water - Dirty and Clean
I learnt that water is very important. Pollution can result in smell, diseases, health risk and environmental degradation. 1.1 billion have no access to clean water, 2.4 billion suffer from inadequate sanitation, 3.4 million die every year from water-borne diseases and 2 billion are at risk of water-related bacterial diseases. Even though the flushed toilets were invented during the 1760-1500 BC, it was not until 600 BC did it appear again. The professor was engaging and charismatic, unlike the stereotypical lecturer. He crack jokes and make the entire plenary session captivating and entertaining.
2) Revolution of Microelectronics technology
I learnt that microelectronics would soon play a big role in our lives. The supply chain of this is mainly to Asia and Singapore is right smack in the center of it. In addition, the proliferation of electronics are driving global demands. This would mean Singapore would see more business as a trading port. The speaker was monotonous and change slides rather quickly, thus many of us could not jot down enough information.
3) Innovative breakthrough in Nano-science and Nano-technology
I learnt that Nano-technology has made what was considered impossible in the past possible now. You want a material ten times the strength of steel but only a fraction of the weight? Use Carbon Nano-tubes. Shrink all the information in the Library of COngress into the size of a sugar cube? It is possible with the help of quantum dots. Detect cancerous tumors when they are only a few cells in size? Nano-particles are the answer. Nano-particles deliver the drugs directly to the tumors and thus reduce damage to healthy cells. The speaker was charismatic and able to keep everyone’s attention on him.
- IT for Animation
I learnt that traditional animation involves a lot of work and thus labour-intensive and cost more money to produce. Nowadays, with the aid of computer animation technology, animations are now less labour-intensive and thus cost less to produce. However, countries such as Japan still uses traditional animation to produce popular anime and it involves very little computer aid.
5) Disappearing Glaciers, rising sea levels, and why gravity is even more important than you think
I learnt that geodesist, a lesser-known job, measure the shape and size of our planet as well as its gravitational field. Glaciers play a key role in the process ‘Self-attraction’ and maintain the sea-level all over the world. As the glacier melts, it will create a domino effect, decreasing the relative sea-level near the glacier and increasing the relative sea-level as the distance between the glacier and the area being measured increases.
This session helped me to understand the importance of water to us and how precious it is for our survival and development of society. Thus I learnt that we have to now try to save as much water as possible to enable us to advance as a whole society.
2. Revolution of Microelectronics Technology
This session helped to understand the extend of what electronics can do and the possibilities of what the human mind and engineering can do. Thus I have gained a deeper insight of the current level of technology can achieve.
3. Biomedical Engineering & Technology
This session helped me to find out more about how well advanced the modern technology is capable of achieving by just simply manipulating different materials and to use them at various sizes in order to help people in many ways.
4. IT for Animation
The session taught me about how much time and effort are put into the animated shows we have nowadays and that we should not take them for granted. The shows should be respected as having to repeat the animating process, especially for 2D animated shows, take a long time, and thus are hard to maintain their standard.
5. Disappearing glaciers, rising sea levels, and why gravity is even more important than you think
The session has taught me that we must get all sides of a story before making our own opinion to any situation. I also learnt about how greatly gravity has affected the sea levels and that countries near the equator are bound to be in more danger than those near glaciers, thus we, living in Singapore, have to care more about the environment in order to prevent sea levels to be higher than the land mass of Singapore and its surrounding countries.
The plenary session that leaves the deepest impression on me is 'IT for Animation'. What I like about it is because I am interested in animation and art. The session also featured the most videos, allowing us to be more engaged to the session than others. Furthermore, the theme of anime allows some students' attentions to be caught as some students are interested in anime.
My key learning points from this session is, water is crucial for survival, and is a wide market with lots of potential customers. I have also learnt that Singapore, the whole island by itself is actually a water catchment! Due to our limited land-spaces, the government has actually built water catchments in various parts of Singapore! I have also learnt that the various water-borne diseases will definitely be an origination of every living organism! A classic example would be the current epidemic, the E. Coli outbreak, and E. Coli bacteria can be found in animal faeces.
I have learnt about the 9 'Os' from this plenary session, which are basically the various industries where biomedical engineering and technology are applied. A few examples would be Energy (E = MCsquared) and Auto. Therefore, this also means that biomedical engineering and technology are also applied to almost every product in the market.
From this session, I have learnt that the eye, in order for it to register a smooth animation, the video must be playing a minimum of 24 frames per second.
From this session, I have learnt that sea-level rises are different all over different parts of the world. And this is largely due to the weight of the glaciers on the land. The mass actually weighs the land down, resulting in water being attracted towards the land. This also means that the water level will decrease towards the sea.
This section will attempt to bring out the things that I have learnt throughout the 5 different plenary sessions. While writing, critiques may be made about each presentation. Although, generally, all plenary sessions were quite interesting, to say the least.
1. Importance of Water - Dirty and Clean
First of all, I have to say that I like the title. It states very strongly the message given. The presenter enlightened the cohort with his little ‘muck’ jokes, and yet the message was still there. The whole talk talked about the importance of water (refer to title) and how we should not take the clean water of Singapore for granted. Big issue, of course. We all know that. But the statistics shown really shocked me. 2 billion, more than the Singapore population, is deprived of clean water. So, does this mean that the smaller the country the better the wellbeing of the citizens? I have no idea. Anyways, he moved on to talk about how Singapore filters water through things like desalination and NEWater. Not a new concept to all of us. We’ve been through the NEWater tour last year. However, there was one point I would like to bring out, that lab-created microbes should not be released into the environment. I was first wondering, why, then the speaker later explained that it could cause a complete disruption in the ecosystem and biological habitat. More relation to Environmental Science. The talk, on a whole, was quite enjoyable with laughs along the way.
2. Revolution of Microelectronics Technology
This speech revolved around the creation and advancement of electronics, and the possibilities of the future (if 2012 is not really “2012”). Throughout the talk, the speaker spoke about how electronics make a difference in human interaction and communication, the B.R.A.I.N.W.A.V.E. so to speak. In case you were not there, no, it is not a gadget that can stop the hole in the ozone layer, or one that can let you read in darkness. B.R.A.I.N.W.A.V.E. stands for the essentials in electronics: Bio, Radio, Auto, Info, Nano, Water, Audio, Video and Energy. The whole speech revolved around this ‘major’ component. Also, a point mentioned by a good friend of mine is also agreeable. She mentioned that with these technologies, personal space will not be respected to its fullest. This concept is already very apparent, especially when someone can disturb you while you are doing something really important, like studying for your finals. “I know that you want me to wash the dishes, Ma, but my History paper is tomorrow and I want good grades.”
3. Innovative Breakthroughs in Nano-Science and Nano-Technology
Long title, but the speech basically talked about the small stuff. About how we can use these small stuff to help us in the fight against many things. It is a very simple concept, yet so effective. Having something small would have more potential to grow, to work better. See, simple right? Definitely, these things can be applied in various ways, from camouflaging a soldier to killing viruses in specific parts of the body. It is also a combination of many different fields of study. Not that I want to be an engineer in the near future.
4. IT for Animation
This I have a lot to talk about. Animation has been going on for many, many years. Again, another simple concept. Although it does require a lot of work. But this work really pays off in the end, when the graphics shown are just beautiful. And to get to these perfections, a lot of knowledge is required. Mathematical knowledge, colors, storyline, sound, characters… So interesting. It is a wonderful blend of all these, that animation comes about. Of course, not much content was being covered in the speech. Although the speaker did point out that 3D animations are more difficult to make than 2D ones because of the monetary constraints. Really sad. If only people can draw easier… But then again, that’s what Photoshop is for, right?
5. Disappearing Glaciers, Rising Sea Levels, and Why Gravity is Even More Important Than You Think
I laughed at the title when I read it out loud. Firstly, the ingenious way of placing the words “even more important than you think” at the end of the sentence already makes it sound funny. Secondly, I made no sense of the linkage between glaciers and sea levels, and gravity. I really looked forward to this speech, thinking it was going to be a very good closer. In the end, it really was. The speech talked about the physics of the earth, and why sea level rise is not the same across the globe. I’m not one who’s easily interested in something so complex, but the speaker said it so simply that my mind had to slow itself down. The reason for the difference in sea level rise is due to gravity (linking the title together), and the push and pull of objects. This basically means that different areas affected by melting glaciers have different rise or fall in sea level because of the distance between them. Simple? Yes. If only exams were that simple… But, that’s another matter.
(B) Deepest Impression
Personally, I would find the animation (IT for Animation) one most interesting. Why? I just like having an intriguing storyline worked out and animated into something viewers enjoy. What is the point of doing something one doesn't enjoy? The speeches were not really driving me to join their respective careers. (However, I do think that it does have to opposite effect on certain people.) And I do like stop motion, 2D and 3D animation from the start. Of course, I would rather, if I could, go to Mass Comm, Arts or Social Sciences instead, but I shall not say anything more.
My Personal Reflection-Day 2-3
I choose this project because I wanted to learn how to paint digitally and have a new experience that is rare to come. It is also because of my interest in the subject that I decide to choose this project over the others.
Challenges I encounter when working on this project in the last 2 days .was with the many confusing functions of Photoshop mainly as there are so many and things become confusing at times and I overcame these challenges by just fiddling around with the application and getting used to it and also listening closely to the teacher, ”Dr. Martin Constable” .
Through this project, I discovered that the tool can be a very fun thing and the techniques such layering, lighting scenes, shadowing scenes and using your imagination to make the image that you want by taking things that are totally unrelated and redesigning them to suit your needs.
As an individual, I have benefited from this program by learning to have great patience and also how to use other things in ways to suit your needs by manipulating them.
My Aspiration is to be able to use the PhotoShop tool easily like Dr. Martin and produce very good quality pictures while having fun.
My Key Learning Points From....
1.) Importance of Water - Dirty and Clean
I found out from this session that the water industry has been going on since long ago and still has not ended yet but is expanding. I also learned that there are many problems with water that has not been solved yet and that is why the industry still exists. Water is also affected by the economy as it takes up a lot of energy to obtain clean water and money is needed for the energy. The world still have many people who are not able to obtain clean water and they are the ones who needs the business to help them most.
2.) Revolution of Microelectronics Technology
I have learned that this revolution is causing the transformation of our economy as it grows. It helps the economy by adding value to items. The supply chain for it is now also moving to Asia and it will become the central focus of it in the near future. A lot of equipment today also depends on microchips to work as they are like the brain of the equipment. This field decreases the size of items but also improve on them at the same time.
3.) Biomedical Engineering & Technology
I have discovered that there are three main branches in the field which are Nano-technology, Bio-technology and Defense-technology. Nano-tech deals with small items that are really too small for the human eye to see and can do many things like clean water, make things like braces look almost invisible, make things stronger and lighter and also store a lot of information in a small space. Shark’s teeth are also nano-technology that has been created by nature long ago. Bio-technology can help the blind see, unclot blood vessels without cutting and even help us to communicate. Nano-material coatings can also allow things to travel at super sonic speeds without getting destroyed. Nano-material can also be used to make stronger material that are bullet proof and even more.
4.) IT for Animation by Prof Seah Hock Soon
I have found out that there are three types of animation and they are stop motion, 2D Animation and 3D Animation. Animation is an optical illusion of motion and can be drawn by artist or generated. Story-telling is important in an animation. 2D Animation follows a Production Pipeline which causes it to be more expensive than a 3D Animation. Maths such as Geometric modeling, Calculus and Laws of Physics are also used in an animation.
5.)Disappearing Glaciers, rising sea levels, and why gravity is even more important than you think
I have discovered that there is a job called Geodesist where people measure the shape and size of the earth, its gravity field and things that have changed over time. They also use space based techniques to do their research in great detail. Sea levels also do not rise the same every where, it is different and this is because of “self-attracting and loading” from melting glaciers.
The plenary session that leaves the deepest impression on me is the last one on “Disappearing Glaciers, rising sea levels, and why gravity is even more important than you think”.
What I like about it is that it is something very new that I just found out and would not have known that it existed in the whole world even.