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  • Betty Girardeau

How Learning Challenges

Yesterday I enjoyed another wonderful webinar with Charles Needle. This one was Part II of his Creative Smartphone Photography. He is such a fantastic teacher, well organized, and he obviously spends time preparing so that each thing is covered well with ample times for questions if necessary. I always learn something from him and feel challenged to immediately go out and try some of his suggestions. One of the apps that Charles likes to use for creative smartphone images is one that I have been using for years, having been introduced to it when I was working on my music video. It is called AvCamPro, which allows you to take multiple shots in one, in fact as many as 128. This results in an image that can look very impressionistic if you also move the camera a fair amount while the shots are being taken. When I was creating images for the music video using this app, I limited the number of shots in a single image to about 4 to 6 and did not move the phone much during the process because I was wanting images that looked jittery. Charles mentioned that he had often taken as many as 30 or more shots in a single image, but never 128, which got me to thinking about what such an image might look like, especially if I was also moving the phone a lot during the time the shot(s) were being taken. I really liked the result, but it is not the image I am sharing here. This one was taken using only 64 shots in the single image while using vertical, rather than horizontal, ICM. This resulted in an image that reminded me of the old film days when it was easy to take double exposures if you forgot to advance the film. It was not as interesting in color as the one with 128 exposures, so I converted it to black and white and then tweaked it with a color filter to give it more of a vintage look. I created several other images using this app last night during my walk, varying the number of individual shots per image as well as different ICM movements (vertical, horizontal, faster, slower, etc), all of the while asking myself "what would happen if I tried doing it this way or that way and with different subjects like colorful flowers, trees, grass, or a combination. The results were always interesting, and like all ICM photography, there were some better than others. But the real lesson in all of this was how delightfully wonderful it is to be challenged by learning.

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