Think Like an Editor blog by Steve Davis and Emilie Davis, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Syracuse University

Have fun — and keep up to date, too

By · Monday, July 15th, 2013

“Keep yourself up to date.”

Right. What does that mean, and how do you do it?

It means trying to learn something new, or add to your skills, all the time. It can be big (taking a class) or small (carrying your camera with you for a week and shooting something every day to get more familiar with the equipment or to work on a particular skill).

It’s not easy. But it’s invaluable. And it can be fun, too.

This week I watched a video with some cool timelapse video in it. Most commonly, you’ll see this when the videographer is trying to set a mood or indicate the passage of time, as the sun rises or sets or clouds pass overhead. It’s good to experiment with new skills, because when you really need them it’s often too late to take the time to learn them. Learn what you don’t need now for when you will need it.

I thought I should try that after I saw another timelapse in a video this past week, so when I made my breakfast muffins, I put the heat on the very lowest setting and opened the door to get a better shot with my portable videocamera. Here’s the result. (It’s a 30-minute video, sped up 20,000 times, to 10 seconds.) Sadly, I later realized this was my last muffin, so the breakfast menu had to be amended.

Steve Davis

Comments

By Sundra Hominik on July 16th, 2013 at 9:37 PM

Good advice about adding new skills, trying new things (even if you burn a few muffins along the way.) I recently tried a new tool for creating digital content. It’s called Thinglink. http://bit.ly/13NEW5f