Friday’s Bits and Bobs
Another week gone, the time is flying this year, although possibly no more than any other. It has been a little quieter this week for me, and I’ve managed to spend more time at home sorting things. My girls have been in Sydney so it has been very quiet during the day, just Tiddles and me. Our cat, Tiddles, has been very clingy though, he is funny when people are away and you can see that he is confused. He is asleep now on the coffee table on a soft toy, the heater is warming him up, though his heat pack is very warm under him. He isn’t spoiled at all, no not at all. So what I have been doing this week.
Making Video Presentations
I downloaded the trial version of Camtasia last week and this week I’ve been trying to learn how to use it. I have been having a lot of fun with it. It has been good to try out lots of different things with it. If you follow my News Blog on my website then you will have seen some of the videos that I have done so far. I have been trying to record what I do to images when I am processing them, then speeding them up and attaching music to them. I think it gives people a quick idea of what I do when I am processing an image. It is just a glimpse, but I know I enjoy watching videos like that myself, so I hope others do as well. The response has been good so far.
Of course, one of the best uses, I hope, will be for Online Photography Classes. I hope to test it out soon, with a session that is coming up. It would be good to record the session and then let my client have a copy of it for future reference. Hopefully it will be a great success. Not sure about some aspects of it, but I am sure we will work it out. It has been good for doing small tutorials for her on specific things and then sending them to her.
Another reason I got it, and perhaps the one that I am excited about the most, is for doing time lapse videos and slideshow presentations of my work. I have redone the one for Lake Albacutya using Camtasia and it was so much better. I had a lot more control on what was happening. I still need to work out some things, but once I learn how to use it properly I am hoping I can do some really great things like this. Would love to do a lot more of them from places up in the Mallee.
Really that is all I have been doing this week, trying to learn new software, which isn’t a bad thing. I had to work out how to use it and see if it would be worthwhile purchasing it. I had considered purchasing it once before, about 18 months ago, but I couldn’t see the point back then spending $300 on software to do tutorials for other people, and I wasn’t really getting anything for it, so I didn’t buy it and I stopped doing the video tutorials. I think I can see why I should get it now, and this time it is for me, though I won’t go back to doing the tutorials, there is already enough on the internet.
My husband can be so funny about buying things, but he changed his mind the other night when I did the following for him. He rides a bicycle to work, and has a GoPro camera mounted on his helmet. He gave me the footage of one trip into the city, and I put it into Camtasia and then speed it up to about 4 minutes, added some music and gave it back it to him. He loves his video and thinks I should buy the software now. LOL, if you want to see where he rides his bike, here is the link, Off-road ride to work – 20.5km.
One On One Photography Session Photos
Today’s photos are all from a One on One Session I did last week in the city. My client was here from WA and we spent a lovely, early, morning at the Queen Victoria Market, so the photos in this post are from that morning. It was great being there so early, though 6am is a hard time to find good coffee.
The first Social Snappers excursion is this coming week, off to the docklands, so that should be a lot of fun. I really haven’t explored that area enough, so I am looking forward to doing that.
That is about it for this week. I hope you have had time to go out and take photos and do some things, or just relax.
Here are the photos from above and a few others.