One of my favorites parts of this class has been hearing classmates' individual studies. I really enjoyed learning about a variety of different topics and their relation to photography, and also seeing how each presenter used their information to potentially create a new work. I feel that we had a nice variety of topics, and I was excited to learn about the new technologies and techniques used in photography.
Perhaps my favorite new technology is cinemagraphs and live photos. These are images in which every object in the image is still, except for one moving part. We saw examples of beads of milk dripping off a cookie and into a glass, or a comforting photo featuring a moving fire. While the newest iPhones allow you to create these live photos and cinemagraphs, I was excited to find that there are a few apps out there that allow you to create these without the latest phone. I agree with our class discussions that these moving pictures will have a place in today's visual culture, and I can certainly see them being useful in advertising as an interesting and new way to catch people's eye.
I was also interested in the virtual reality techniques that have recently been adopted by media outlets. As a journalist, I am extremely interested in telling the story in a new and compelling way, but virtual reality brings up new ethics concerns that we have not had to think about before. Because of the nature of the camera, it is very easy for a journalist to become a part of the story they are telling, so it's important to consider how to tell the story and if you are involved, how to keep your involvement in the story to a minimum. I am fascinated with how news outlets like the New York Times and ABC News are currently using this technology, and while I'm not sure how much it will develop on the consumer side, I think using virtual reality is another way to engage an audience and tell the story in an exciting and immersive way.
Overall I really enjoyed these presentations and I am excited to see which of these technologies continue to emerge into the mainstream.