The Light

Katy Perry's Proactiv Commercial
Would Katy Perry’s skin look as clear in hard light?
Photo Courtesy of: Strategies Against Acne

I know that a certain KOMU reporter said that we should treat our audience as if they had the attention span of a gnat. However, that is not how the subjects should be treated. Not many people are attracted to a blinding light, but a bright light may be needed for the shot.

Heath Ledger as The Joker
Hard Light is used in The Dark Knight to provide a sinister look for The Joker.
Photo courtesy of: Hot Report.net

This all depends on one question. What effect do you want? Let’s say you want a dark or sinister look. Then, you would probably end up using hard light. Why? According to the Lights Film School website, hard light creates hard, dark shadows, which makes the Joker in The Dark Knight even more intimidating. Hard light’s rays are almost parallel, and that is what is behind the shadow effect, since these rays can be cleanly interrupted. In addition to sinister, hard lighting can be used to create dramatic and glamorous looks as well.

Contrastingly, soft light does not create hard shadows. Soft light is diffused. The clouds blocking the sun, light shining through a t-shirt, or light shining through a glass, are all examples of soft light.  Some say soft light is used to create a realistic effect, but some people say that really it is a combination of hard and soft lighting. Perhaps the best use for soft light is for portraits because it creates a clear picture, but at the same time it is not too bright and unpopular blemishes are not as noticeable.

Paying Attention to Detail: Slow Art Day

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Slow Art Day is for all ages. Here, a docent, or guide, leads a discussion with the children on what the colors symbolize in Marrion Reid’s “The Sorceress”.

Pickard Hall hosts the second annual Slow Art Day today from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Kathryn Lucas, one of the docents or guides, said, “This event is a retreat from the hectic world.”

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Rebecca Cuscaden believes that Slow Art Day allows art appreciators to ask themselves, “What does this mean to you?”

Slow Art Day is open to the public, and admission is free. Art appreciators can explore Columbia’s “hidden gems”, as Gary Tatlow puts it. In addition, Lucas and fellow docent Rebecca Cuscaden said, “Slow Art Day allows people to formulate their own ideas on the artwork and examine it in closer detail.”

For more information, go to maa.missouri.edu.

Words of Wisdom from Wilbert Harrison

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Wilbert Harrison says that we need to work together. Photo credit: Discovery Records

Many of you are probably wondering, “Who in the world is Wilbert Harrison?” He wrote the song, “Let’s Work Together”, and now you hear the song (George Thorogood’s remake of it) being played in commercials. The song starts out, “Together we stand, divided we fall. Come on people, let’s get on the ball. Let’s work together.” I believe this song should serve as the motto or mantra for all group projects.

Communication is key. Everything should be planned out in the beginning. First, figure out times and locations for meetings. It is best to meet often, and a convenient time must be chosen for everyone to be “on the same page”. At each meeting, assign everyone’s roles. Choose some responsible people to lead the group. Assign co-leaders, if needed. Never place a heavy burden on one of your teammates. Divide the load. Ask to see what people are willing to do and what their strengths are. You never want any member to be lost.

Rick Agran believes that a mission statement is important for a group project. It is supposed to guide us and “define our sense of purpose”. The mission statement is also supposed to reflect the goals of each individual. How do you write a good mission statement? Agran said, “Focus on the values or outcomes rather than what specific tactics. Explain what the story is going to accomplish.”

That may be challenging, but groups need to be prepared to overcome any obstacle that may be thrown at them. Sometimes, “Plan A” does not work, and then the group needs to improvise. There will be times where a member may not be able to make a meeting or hold their end of the bargain. However, you cannot let that destroy the mission. Going back to the song, “United we stand, divided we fall,” teamwork is the most important element for a group project. Listen to Harrison’s words of wisdom. Everyone needs to collaborate and participate. Help each other out. Bounce ideas off one another. Brainstorm a list together like on the show House. For journalism projects, figure out what the people do not know. Also figure out what they want to know.

In group projects, the key word is group. If there is no unity, then members will be lost, and the goals of the mission statement will not be achieved. Agran said, “Make sense of things while your reporting is fresh in your mind.” Well, as a group leader, make sense of things when delegating tasks to one another. Simplify what is expected of the group, when ready for the next step. These assignments are never easy, but working as a team makes it easier.