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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

Week 9

Since my laptop is being repaired, last week’s work mostly consisted of writing and photography. I went around Annapolis and took some pictures, and I wrote an article about the student page program that the Maryland General Assembly does every legislative season, since summer will be over soon and students going back to school will be looking for productive programs to do. It’s when high school seniors take two weeks off school to help delegates and senators at the State House.

My boss and I talked about whether my cover for the digital Disney guide should be an illustration or a photo, and she wants something that will grab the reader’s attention, so I’m leaning more towards using an artsy photo that will immediately share the magic of Disney with readers. I’ve been looking through my photos from past Disney trips and I think I found one, though I will take some on my upcoming Disney trip before deciding on a photo to use.

Even though my laptop is being repaired (it will return early next week), I did do a little bit of work on the digital Disney guide. I used another laptop from work on Thursday to download new fonts from free font websites to use for the guide’s title, which I want to look whimsical. My boss and I weren’t too impressed with the fonts already provided on Adobe, so we are trying some new ones.

This week I am on vacation in North Carolina with my family and I’ve been enjoying the relaxation, but I will be back to work next week. The first half of the week will be spent in Annapolis and the second half will be spent at Disney.

Week 8

Week 8 of my internship with Chesapeake Family was mostly just working on my digital Disney guide. I’ve made very good progress on it, and I’ve received good advice from my boss on how to improve it. On this post you will find two attached versions of my guide as PDF files to see how it’s grown overtime. I plan to add a cover page and an end page that will have illustrations, like artsy pictures of Disney icons that I’ll create in Adobe illustrator to work on my artistic skills.  The text, which used to be different sizes on each page, is now all the same for consistency. I am also going to add some more graphics on pages, such as some popcorn kernels on the snack page, as well as more photos. My boss wants me to take photos of Toy Story Land and other new additions to Walt Disney World when I visit the first week of August. So the finished product will not be available to view until after my trip (mid August), but you can view the progress I’ve made.

Unfortunately, I will not be working on the guide this week because part of my laptop has been damaged. It still works, but when I open it, the screen becomes more cracked and starts coming apart. This damage started sometime last month and has been getting worse. It may not have had as much protection as I thought it did when I carried it in my backpack, but I’ll be sure to fix that once I get my repaired laptop back, which should be next week. Until then, I will am doing photography and writing for Chesapeake Family.

disney bucket list draft 1

disney bucket list draft #2

Independence Day

Last week mostly consisted of two major things: Making progress on my digital Disney guide, and doing coverage of the town’s Independence Day celebrations.

The Disney guide is going very well. I’ve been writing all about the must-dos at Walt Disney World and creating graphics to decorate the guide with. It should be finished by the end of the internship, and it will include some new photos from a trip I’ll be taking the first week of August. I’ll be at Disney with some friends and while I’m there I’m going to take photos of all the new things to do including Toy Story Land for my guide.

There was a lot going on in Annapolis last week for Independence Day. Being a historically significant town, it’s appropriate to celebrate the holiday here.

On Wednesday, The Washington Capitals came to town with the Stanley Cup, allowing folks to touch it and take  selfies with it. They arrived by boat to the town’s dock and I was allowed access to the press-only area to get some exclusive photos, and I got to touch the cup! This win, being the team’s first, is a very big deal.

On Thursday, I took photos of the Annapolis 4th of July Parade. It featured political candidates, patriotic instrumentalists and performers, law enforcement, some neat floats and vehicles, and much more. For me, the biggest highlight was witnessing the survivors of the Capital Gazette and friends from other press, representing the importance of freedom of press and how we are #AnnapolisStrong.

A Week of Progress and Sadness

Last week mostly involved working on more of my Digital Walt Disney World guide with InDesign. I’ve made pages about the top attractions to experience, the best Disney snacks, hotels and entertainment offerings, tips, etc, featuring both designs I’ve made (these include Mickey Mouse ears, wands, travel gear, etc.) and photos taken by yours truly.

My boss has been teaching me more basics about InDesign, such as how to wrap text and how to format the guide, because there are many different ways how. You can make it look like a flip book or a list. Mine will look like a flip book.

On Thursday I did more water testing, but this time I collected water samples from streams. Spa Creek Conservancy has been in need of someone to visit other locations besides the bay. After water testing, I worked on the Disney guide, and after that I walked around Annapolis to take photos for the magazine. I visited the state house and photographed the house and senate chambers, as well as various statues and works of art from unique angles. I even used my fish eye lens for some photos to capture the size of the chambers.

Now I’m sure you are all aware that there was unfortunately a shooting in Annapolis last week, and it happened to be down the street from where I work, about a mile away. Fortunately, I left work before it happened and wasn’t near the area at the time. I just want you guys to know that I am safe and sound, but what happened is a real shame. The people we lost, and their families, are in my heart. #AnnapolisStrong

Learning Something New

For this week, my work with Chesapeake Family took a new step. On Tuesday I created more Illustrator advertisements and wrote a review on The Incredibles 2 for families to read. The company likes to have me write movie reviews because I love going to the theater to watch new movies and my reviews tend to be positive. The other writer is negative most of the time and they want a review from another perspective. This week, she was surprisingly positive (everybody is about The Incredibles 2), but she was nasty about Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, and I liked that movie so I will be writing a positive review about that soon so that families don’t feel discouraged from seeing it.

On Wednesday, since I worked from home that day, my job was to practice Adobe InDesign with tutorials. I learned the basics, from inserting and fitting images into the frames to using different texts and sizes. After practice, I created one page with a simple list of things to do at Walt Disney World. My main summer project is to create a digital guide (like an online book) about the must-dos at Disney, basically a bucket list. Chesapeake Family Magazine writes all about vacation destinations for the summer, and because I am a Disney fanatic and expert, the company wants me to make a digital guide that will help families, mostly first-time visitors to Disney, make the most out of their visit.

On Thursday, I submitted my page, featuring a list, to my boss, and she gave me ideas on how to improve and add to it. So I spent that day editing the page to make it look better. What I did was list all the major attractions, giving them each a different text to make each stand out, and decorate the page with cute Disney designs.

This week’s work will be continuing the digital guide, and it’s something I can’t wait to share with all of you!

Week 4

On Tuesday, I finished writing my Disney Bucket List for Chesapeake Family Magazine and my article about Trimper’s Haunted House in Ocean City, MD. Summer is around the corner and my boss wants me to write about all the fun things to do in Maryland or anywhere else that families reading our magazine would like to travel.

On Wednesday, I went to the Naval Academy in Annapolis to take photographs of my friend, Wes, aka “Captain Dee-Fense.” He’s a local celebrity in Maryland who is the world’s biggest Ravens fan, wearing purple Navy gear that’s covered in Ravens patches. He’s also famous for his charity and anti-bullying work, doing a lot to help the community. He wanted new photographs for his page so we went around the academy and I took photos of him from various angles with my Nikon D3200. This is the first time I have ever done portraits of someone and it was a great learning experience for if I ever want to go into the field of photography. Afterwards, Chesapeake Family interviewed him. I am also designing a cartoon of him in Adobe Illutrator.

On Thursday, I joined Spa Creek Conservancy in the Chesapeake Bay again, but this time I didn’t do any water testing. Instead, I went out on a kayak and followed them around the bay, taking photographs of them doing their work for the magazine. I also did some photography of the wildlife that lives along the water, such as ospreys and waterfowl.

Next week my boss is going to introduce me to a new Adobe software.

Beach Week

Week 3 of my Chesapeake Family internship revolved around the same stuff as well as some new stuff. On Tuesday and Wednesday I made more advertisements with Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop, some consisting of photos and some with designs. Since summer is near, these ads were beach and vacation related.

On Thursday, I went to Ocean City, a beach about two hours from work. The National Aquarium was releasing a seal back into the wild and Chesapeake Family wanted me to do coverage of it. Mom live streamed the event on Facebook and I took photographs with my Nikon D3200, which are on the Chesapeake Family Instagram and Facebook.

After the seal release, I visited the Ocean City boardwalk to take photographs and videos. Some photos are “postcards,” the usual shots you see in media , and some are a bit more “artsy,” shot from different angles to make them more unique. One shot, for instance, was taken with my camera on the ground , creating a view from a lower level and giving the boardwalk a Main Street kind of feel. I also took photographs of the beach, water, pods of dolphins swimming by, and The Haunted House, one of the oldest dark rides in the world. The owners let me ride for free since I am a fan of it and I will be writing an article about The Haunted House for the magazine.

Speaking of writing, I am also writing an article about Disney bucket lists for Chesapeake Family. Since I am a huge Disney fanatic and the company wants to give families Walt Disney World vacation tips, they’re having me write about it, and I might go to Disney for a weekend next month to do coverage of the new Toy Story Land that’s opening.

After the beach, I visited the Salisbury Zoo on my way home to do animal photography, and I’ll write about that too.

Internship Week 2

For my second week of interning with Chesapeake Family, I created more advertisements for the magazine and its social media, such as Facebook and Instagram, where they appear as links for the user to click on. Some of these advertisements are photos (some photos belong to the company and some are bought) with text and logos, and some advertisements are designs that I create entirely with Adobe Illustrator. For example, one design I created is of a stage with parted curtains and a spotlight shining on the center with the words “Stage Struck,” an article about theater programs for kids.

The art director taught me new Photoshop and Illustrator techniques that I wasn’t familiar with, such as making the text on an ad “pop out” more. I’ve always been familiar with the different fonts and sizes, but there are ways to edit the shadows, transparency, etc. of text that I previously wasn’t aware of.

Another part of my internship that I started this week is going out on a boat with Spa Creek Conservancy, a conservation group that tests water levels in the Chesapeake Bay. We check the bacteria to make sure the water is safe to swim in, and the nutrients to make sure there aren’t any algae blooms that deplete the oxygen in the water. Spa Creek Conservancy and Chesapeake Family are partners, and I will be taking photos and videos of us on the boat on nice days (it was cloudy and rainy this week so  didn’t bring my camera) for our media. I also participated in a live Facebook stream with Chesapeake Family where I discussed water testing.

According to the art director, I will be starting a new project next week.

The Beginning of my Internship

Sorry for this blog being late. My WordPress account was having issues, but it’s fixed now, so my daily blogs will be posted.

This week I began my internship with Chesapeake Family, a local magazine here in Annapolis, Maryland. My first task was to create a simple advertisement using Adobe Photoshop. A photograph with text and the company logo was all. I also attended a company meeting where I was introduced to everyone and told what I would be doing throughout the summer. Photography, videography, graphic design, web design, and anything I can help the art director and editor with. They gave me a couple of magazines to look through so that I can familiarize myself with what I will be creating.

The next day I did even more. I played around with Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator to enhance my experience with the programs and to create some more advertisements both for the magazine and for the company’s social media, with text and designs. After that I went downtown to watch and photograph the Blue Angels. The Blue Angels are Navy aircraft that fly over the town to celebrate the Naval Academy’s commencement. When I got home I did even more practice with the software that I will be using throughout the summer.

I was excused from my third day of work to attend my brother’s high school graduation.

This week did not consist of much work, since I was just getting to know everyone and what I would be doing, but I’ve grasped an understanding of what this work requires, and I will work hard to become more experienced with my major and the work will increase as I become more situated with the internship.