That’s a Wrap!

Well, this officially marks my last blog post. All my pictures have been sorted through and uploaded. All my social media posts have blown away in the 24 hour limit Instagram has imposed. All my videos have been watched countless times. It’s honestly so strange having to finish everything and move on; I still feel like I have a game to go, despite being back at home and preparing for senior year!

I already miss it, and it’s made me really consider going into sports media as a profession. If I were getting paid to do what I was doing at the home games? Sign me up please. There were definitely professional photographs and hired multimedia staff members. Though it would only last a summer, I feel like that would be quite the fun and interesting profession to get while attempting to figure out a more solid career…Consider me intrigued!

Also, I think this internship has really made me appreciate my major more. There’s just so much that can be done in the Digital Arts world, so many professions that pop up all over the place. Companies these days are seemingly always in need of social media upkeep, graphics, videos, pictures…A digital presence in this ever-growing technological world. So it’s kind of more comforting to know that there are a lot of different opportunities out there. I guess the question now is which one to take after college is complete! Maybe I’ll even try another internship in the fall or spring to explore even more.

Until next time, Word Press/Crea 397!

Weeeee Are the Champions

So good news and bad news. The bad news is, I’m back home and my internship has nearly wrapped up. But the good news is, the team I was predominantly working for won the League Championship! I honestly saw it coming from a mile away, because my home team had the most wins out of all the teams in the League. And we were the top of our division during both halves of the season. So yeah, not super surprised there, but really happy that the guys made it all the way through!

It was kind of a bittersweet goodbye. It’s weird to not be following them anymore, and to not be hanging out in Morehead with the other staff and fans. But the owner of the stadium and my supervisor were both very pleased with my work, and offered to stay in touch and act as references for my future endeavors! The stadium owner also happens to know people from Stetson and Full Sail surprisingly, so he offered to open a few doors for me if I wanted! Little birdy told me there’s quite a large green screen at Full Sail, so that’s a very enticing offer…

I suppose my focus now is finalizing everything, ie making sure all my pictures are edited and uploaded, maybe making a wrap up video for the team, etc. And of course, I need to work on finalizing my portfolio to turn in! I’ve thankfully got all my pictures and what not organized; it’s just a matter of sorting through them a bit better I suppose.

Regardless, it’s going to be very bizarre when all of this is said and done. Next week will be very strange!

Final Blog Post

Hello, everyone! Summer is coming to an end and my internship is over, so this will be my final blog post. I have much to share about what I have been doing the past couple weeks and how much I’ve learned from this internship.

The past couple weeks have been spent making the finishing touches to my digital Disney guide, and half of this time was spent at Walt Disney World. My friends invited me down for a trip and I took the opportunity to take photos for the guide. I needed photos of Toy Story Land, a water park, and a snack, which I have provided in the final product. I also added a few graphic designs, cleaned up a few images with Photoshop (increasing the lighting and saturation, for example, and for the cover photo I used the blur tool to remove the edges of the fish eye lens that was used to take the photo) and rearranged some of the photos and wording at the request of my boss. You will find the guide attached as a PDF. When my boss comes back from vacation, she will format the guide as a digital flip book and upload it to Chesapeake Family’s website.

I’ve definitely learned a lot during this internship, such as what its like to have a job. This internship was like an actual “job,” which I’d never had before, and it’s prepared me for when I will officially enter the workforce. I learned new digital techniques (learning how to use InDesign and some new Photoshop and Illustrator techniques), and the internship has made me think about what I would like to do for my digital arts career. I enjoyed all the art that I created, but I think my favorite part was going outside and doing photography because I don’t like staying inside a cubicle for long periods of time. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed using the Adobe software, but I love to explore the outside and to be interactive, and I want to make sure that I will be able to do that in whatever career I end up doing later in life.

Well, here’s the digital guide, and a few ads I made that appear on the magazine’s social media. I hope you all enjoyed your summer and are looking forward to the new school year!

disney bucket list final product

It Didn’t Listen

How our field hasn’t completely washed away yet is beyond me. We’ve been having to cancel games left and right; we only got in two of the five we were supposed to have this week! But hey, on the bright side, at least we got to play a little bit before the playoffs.

The games we did get to play were business as usual. My supervisor approved the “vertical video border” idea I came up with, and so I got to send a few different ones to her earlier this week! I actually got to meet her in person for the first time as well, along with a few other staff members from the CPL. She let me know that I’ve been doing a great job all season, which was very reassuring to hear. Getting that sweet sweet validation of a job well done is pretty important!

I also got to step in as the “official” photographer at tonight’s Double Header game. I was taking pictures of the home team and their host families for a little Host Family Appreciation event, and the team’s photographer stepped back and let me fully take the reins. So it looks like my work is going to be featured on the Marlins’ social media and perhaps even the League’s pages as well! Though I was finally reassured by my supervisor that all my work will eventually end up on the League’s website, it’ll be nice to see something go up much sooner.

Now all that’s left are the playoffs, and unfortunately having to wind down/say goodbye to this fun experience…