Can this be improved?

I've been taking a photo a day for 763 days. Last year I added a slight challenge but only used one word titles. Mostly for my own amusement but it did serve to keep me more interested. This year I'm trying to attach a song to every photo. It's going to be way tougher and I can't say for sure if I'll be able to sustain it but I'll see. At the end of both years I've put together a video with all the images and used my daughter's music as a soundtrack. They've been a lovely keepsake for me and my family. So this year I thought I would cut the appropriate song snippet for each of my photos and put them together in a mash up.

I thought I'd try doing the month of January as a test. I'll be honest, I don't think it works. It seems sloppy, lacking any elegance.
Watch.

So while I plan to continue finding a song for each image I post, I'm not sure this will be the way to package it. I like the concept but not sure I can pull it off. I considered titling each image but … Read the rest

Top Ten Photo a Day Tips

This post was last updated on December 12th, 2011 at 03:16 pm

Taking a photo a day is not only a significant commitment but it can get downright onerous at times.  The daily satisfaction was one thing but after viewing them a few times on New Year’s Day and sharing the joy with family and friends made me realize it was worth it. Still there were many days when it wasn’t easy.

I’ve noticed a few new members to this year’s pool so I thought it might be helpful to share a few tips that I found helpful in sustaining the project.

  • Carry a camera with you all the time. This sounds obvious but it was a rare occasion I did not have my camera with me. I bought a simple carrying case that I hook on my belt. Ladies, your purse is your friend. 🙂
  • Use a cellphone. While not the greatest quality, it became my backup.
  • Shoot tons. You never know what will make a great photo. Sometimes I’d shoot the same thing 20 times using various settings to get something of interest. This is how you learn your camera.
  • Determine a workflow. I tried to download photos
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366 Update

This post was last updated on September 5th, 2011 at 11:04 am

Being part of the photo a day project has been for the most part a great learning experience. Prior to this year, I had been an avid flickr user and photography enthusiast. This project has elevated this and strengthened my appreciation for the power of imagery, composition and community.

366 Mosaic
Imagery

I’ve written at lengths and perhaps ad nauseum about the value of imagery. But the idea of mindful seeing is certainly something that has become a part of my day. Good storytellers listen intently to others. They find beauty in words. I remember a few years ago reading about Barbara Ganley taking her camera on walks and her efforts to embed photography into her writing classes. The idea of always having a camera with me stuck. My family and friends know it’s always with me and they too are seeing things they never saw and calling on me to capture moments. This is actually one reason I’ve fought moving to a larger SLR and have stuck with my compact camera.

Composition

One of the greatest features of digital photography is the low cost of failure. Taking a … Read the rest

Video Sharing Embed Comparisons

I regularly upload videos to a variety of services for a variety of reasons. Youtube is my site of choice, mostly for ease of use, audience and user familiarity.  Recenly I noticed blip as having particularly good quality so I have several videos there. I’d used Vimeo a while back but not much lately. Flickr recently introduced video and seems handy for short videos. I’ve also used Revver in the past but it’s been a bit flaky lately.

Last week I shot an impromptu video with my Canon SD750 Digital camera. I dropped in into imovie 08 (which by the way was designed exactly for this type of quick video and sharing) and uploaded it to the four sites. Here are the results:


Big Dog Meets Little Dog from shareski on Vimeo

The default setting for youtube won’t give you the high quality you get from the other sites. I found this site which rewrote the code to use the higher quailty video.

With that, it’s hard to differentiate between the four. Blip is larger by default but I’ve resized manually to make it similar to the others. Unless there are some other features here I’ve missed, I’m not prepared … Read the rest