Fun video project to do with your kids

A few weeks ago the kids and I were spending a lazy Saturday at home. It wasn’t long before boredom set it. It was a nice day out, but I really couldn’t think of much to do with them outside. Then we hatched an idea. We decided to do a collaborative video project together. We’d scour through the things we had and use them to make a fun slow-motion video. Soon we had a big pile of squirt guns, buckets, a leaf blower and such. I have to say, it was a lot of fun.

Here’s some tips for shooting a fun slow-motion video with your kids

  • Mount your iPhone on a tripod or some other stable platform.
  • Shoot with the sun shining from behind your subject. This will make the water splashes really stand out.
  • Learn how to manually adjust your exposure on the iPhone video app to get the best looking video possible.
  • Choose a background that’s darker, and is free from any distracting elements.
  • Have some cardboard and tape handy to construct your own lens shade to keep the sun from shining on your lens.
  • Of course be careful not to get your iPhone wet, keep a towel handy to quickly wipe off any incidental drops of water.

You don’t even have to edit a video together. After you are done and cleaned up sit down and watch the clips on your phone with your kids, their laughter and giggles will be totally worth it.

Volunteer Story

Another recent project about a volunteer where I work. I’m always amazed at the heart of our volunteers and how they serve by giving their time and talents.

I shot this in about an hour or so, and then did a quick interview. I did the edit over half a day, which you can watch in a time-lapse below, between meetings and other tasks.

Photo Both

I recently attended the wedding of a friend and former colleague of mine. Parker was the first person I ever hired as the Photo Editor of the Columbia Daily Tribune. He was the first, and probably one of the best (Note: Everyone I hired was awesome). Parker had a great attitude, made friends easy, was quiet one moment and ostentatious the next. He works hard and most of all has a really great vision. But there’s one trait I really admired about him. He’s a tinkerer, a do-it-yourselfer. If he wasn’t constructing some contraption than he was either fixing something or improving it.

So it came as no surprise to me when we arrived at his wedding to see a photo booth he had put up. Well, a photo booth is pretty easy to do. But it had some unique, Parkeresque, touches. The main one was something I hadn’t seen for years and quite frankly was surprised it was still around. His ring light attachment. If I remember right he built a couple of these before he got one that he was satisfied with. Made mostly of gaffers tape and translucent paper. It works surprisingly well.

We had a blast at the photo booth.

CDT Tribbies at Parker and Laura's wedding in Kansas City.

CDT Tribbies at Parker and Laura’s wedding in Kansas City.

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Bourbon Cinemagraph

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I’ve not had a regular day off for a the past few weeks. Usually on my Friday day off I try to do something where I either learn something new or create something just for me. Today I’m sort of doing both. I’m watching a daylong online workshop on Documentary Short Films and during the breaks I decided to create something for myself.