random assignments

One of the tasks in ds106 is to do something for the daily create. I clicked my way through a set of possible tasks but was curious about animated gifs. I did find a daily create that suggested I draw /photograph/create how I was feeling.

I chose to upload an image I had of two boats on friend Andrew’s wall and to cut the image in half. I used a free web-based app called Makeagif to upload the images, decide on the sequence, the timing, the crippling……I pressed a wee button – et voila! A gif.

It is not fabulously wonderful – but it is my first go. I am supposed to upload this to Flickr but I have now lost the number of the assignment so that I can tag this image appropriately.

Slowly but surely. Here it is. Friday afternoon and I feel like sailing away. I guess the next step would be to work out how to embed this into imovie for a story. Manana.

Sailing away on Make A Gif

make animated gifs like this at MakeAGif

saving and manipulating images

For this story, which Stephen and I did in 2007 for Auckland Museum, we have made the images the same size and, by using a thing called “Ken Burns” in imovie but a kind of transition in moviemaker, we have moved the image of the letter along for greater interest.

More about those later.

The key idea is that all images should be saved as jpgs. We did use tiffs for this but jpgs are more universally used.

You should also keep file of originals and finals. These finals are the ones that your crop, colour, write on, draw on and use.

It used to matter that there was a size and proportion but I believe now that it doesn’t matter that much. Try and keep images 7×5 / 3×2 proportion.

I generally use iphoto – this is enough to crop, edit and colour images. You might have Paint on your pc – this is easy to use. For more sophistication use Fireworks, or Photoshop.

This image is from a story created by a young woman in Hamilton. To tell her story she used cartoons.


Should you visit Auckland, go and see the exhibition My Country: Contemporary Art from Black Australia. You’ll see some digital productions that use cartoons, reworked imaged and slow release film. Astonishing.

This site shows you how to make cartoons. http://digital-stories.wikispaces.com/08+Create+comics+and+cartoons. There are lots of sites that help do this.

For community storytelling, however, keep it simple, keep the number of images low and the manipulation of images to a minimum.

using images

Stephen and I did this story 7 years ago when we, as Storyboards, wanted to convince Te Ara that digital stories would be an interesting addition to the online encyclopedia.

Graham dd not have many images but he did have a little piece of video that we edited and inserted. The image of him in Auckland and he and his daughters, of course, are his.

In order to deal with the image issue I checked the ‘net and found one or two. I sought permission for the use of all images, writing expressly to the owner of the traffic image, explaining why I wanted this and sent him a copy of the story. I sourced others from local and or Flickr sites and ensured that I acknowledged the images and sources. It is very very important to use images ethically.

Using the images I have or adapting ones of my own is a more efficient way to use images. Bear in mind that too many images can be distracting so don’t get hung up on them. You can use images and take them apart, look at small bits and use zoom functions on your movie to create interest.

John Ryan’s conversation uses only about 3 images, one I have enlarged and added a circle to so we can see what he is talking about.

Images are important but fewer is better than more.

Here’s another look an an adapted (used for instructions to hair and beauty students) advice.

Sizing, cropping and naming images.
Using music
Using storyboards
Using Windows movie maker
Still to do: Using imovie
Advanced stuff, thoughts and ideas