The year in photos, in song, to video

I've been taking a photo a day for nearly 1,000 days. I must say it's likely something I'll continue to do as I represents a wonderful way to tell the story of myself and my family. 

Last year I challenged myself to name all my photos of the day with a one word title and not repeating a word in the process. That was somewhat difficult but kept things interesting. The use of the daily shoot has been very useful for some, but I only use it sparingly since my priority is capturing our lives. For whatever reason, I decided that for 2010, I would attach a song to every photo of the day. That was not only challenging but time consuming and maybe even bordering on stupid. The stupid part comes from the fact that I know that at the end of the year, I take my photos and compile them into a video. (see 2008 and 2009) The video is something as a family we treasure more than any year end newsletter or summary could ever provide. The mix of significant, trivial and eventful photos truly give a sense of a year. The storytelling is indeed … Read the rest

DS 106 #1

If you have no idea what a MOOC is, don't feel bad. If you want to know what it is, watch this, this and then maybe this.  After years of following the nutty world of Jim Groom, it seemed like a great opportunity to fuel my passion for storytelling and all that is digital to join in the fun. I've taught many courses online and while they weren't MOOCs in the pure sense, they had a flavour of openness that others could observe. I thought it would serve me well to be on the other end of such a course. And with that, my first simple effort. An animated gif from a favourite movie.

 Following some of the advice from Jabiz, I used a similar approach but avoided the Photoshop step. Instead, here's my version:

1. Find a clip on Youtube

2. Using QuickTime Pro, trim the portion you want to use. (I used about 2 seconds)

3. Export as: Image Sequence

4. Found this site to upload about 8 images. I had to do it twice. The first time it was too slow. It still is a bit slow.

The others I've seen so far look … Read the rest