Make A Pregnancy Diary And Turn It Into A Video Production!

Here is a great way to record your passage through pregnancy to the birth of your beautiful baby – create a video production from still shots.

While making a standard video of your nine-month journey would require a lot of editing to turn it into an often-watched item, having just a 6-8 minute snapshot is sure to be watched over and over again.

Most of us have seen some great videos posted on YouTube and Facebook – events and activities people want to share with their friends and even the rest of the world. There is now an excellent piece of technology that shows you step by step how to finesse your video showcase and then upload it to these sites. This is such an easy way of sharing your photos in a way that tells a story.

Here, in a nutshell, is what you need to do to prepare your own video presentation about your pregnancy. Firstly it might be nice to have a baby photo of both mum and dad scanned, along with perhaps a wedding photo if applicable. Save these pictures to a folder on your computer that you create for the project. Then start taking photos of various stages of your pregnancy – quite often you can get a digital image of an ultrasound picture of your bub in utero!

As you prepare your nursery, photos of this can be included, along with those from a baby shower if you have one. As mum’s tummy grows, more photos should be added to the file. Take notes of any milestones, i.e. the date of the first ‘flutter’, first kick, first time dad felt the baby move. All precious moments. This information can be added as signboards throughout the video presentation.

The collection of photos will culminate in photos of a beautiful new baby, and some very proud parents.

To compile your video record of the pregnancy, most of us will already have the basics installed in our computers. If you are running Windows XP the software to create the ‘bones’ of the project are there now, free. If you have saved your pictures to a dedicated file, it will take you no time at all to bring the project together. This is a really nice way for mum to fill in those last weeks of waiting, waiting.

Each photo will become a ‘frame’ in your video presentation. The software allows you to have each frame timed differently, with special effects like fading into and out of each frame. It is really easy to do and a lot of fun.

But to make this project (and it won’t be your last!) into a really polished video, purchasing a copy of a product such as Video Showcase Creator is well worth it. With this application, you get step-by-step instructions (on video too) that show you how to add some finesse by adding a theme (baby, Christmas, birthdays etc), and adding some royalty-free music clips.

This software also shows you how to upload your video to sites like YouTube – so you can share your story with as many people as you like!

As your child grows you will use this new skill over and over again – it could even be the start of a home business for you if you choose to make these type of videos for others!

Handmade Journals and Handmade Diaries

Young boys and girls used to keep a record of their daily activities in a handmade journal or a handmade diary. They also used to write down their secrets and experiences on these materials. They treated journals as their confidants and friends. They used pens and papers to express what they usually can’t say out loud. Nonetheless, children and teenagers were not the only ones who enjoyed writing on handmade journal and handmade diary. In the past, most men and women record their daily experiences too. They even kept photos and important documents on their handmade diary. This is evident in the antique memorabilia found in museums and galleries today.

However, because of the technology we have nowadays, handmade journal and handmade diary have died out. Laptop computers and electronic notebooks have taken over. If you will look around, you will notice that very few people still use pen and paper for writing down their thoughts. Most individuals prefer to type on keyboards and read from their computer screens. Even students opt to keep their notes on an electronic gadget rather than on a handmade journal. Well, who could blame them? Modern technology makes tasks easier and faster to accomplish. Saving memos on computers is also more convenient. Almost everything is literally just a click away.

Fortunately, the handmade industry has resurfaced; that is why handmade journal as well as handmade diary have become popular once again. More and more people are trying their best to help save the environment. As much as possible, they refrain from buying things that can contribute to the destruction of nature. So, they buy things that are made from recycled materials instead. If you want to partake in this good cause and earn money at the same time, you can start selling handmade journal and handmade diary. You can sell from home, at fairs, and even on the Internet. You just have to make sure that you get the necessary permits and documents before you start your venture. You also have to market well.

The old-fashioned way of keeping notes, schedules, and contact numbers is trendy. So, you can be sure that people will appreciate your handmade journal. A handmade diary also makes a great gift. The feeling of writing on handmade and recycled paper is hard to describe. There is a sense of oneness with nature. An individual who writes on a handmade diary also gets the feeling of travelling back in time. Plus, she gets to dump all her worries and thoughts on paper. Moreover, a handmade journal is better than an electronic gadget because it can store vital information for much longer. Computers may break down and lose everything stored in them, but journals and diaries can keep entries forever.

Ways to Get Cool Photo Effects With Your Digital Single Lens Reflex Camera

The majority of people who only take occasional photographs like the ones of family events, tend to leave their Digital Single Lens Reflex cameras on the default or automatic settings. If someone taught you how to use the manual settings to make cool photo effects would you then use the manual settings? If you left the shutter of your camera open for longer than normal and you were taking a picture of a moving cars’ tail lights, the picture you would end up with would have long red streaks of light. Which you may have done before but this time you knew why it happened and that you did it on purpose just to see what it looks like. Here is a major bonus, you don’t need a really expensive DSLR to make cool photo effects only one you can operate manually.

Having the imagination is of more benefit then having the best gear, as long as it’s a DSLR camera you’re good. Once someone shows you a certain thing on your camera you will be able to apply that knowledge to any photographs you take. Like with any skill once you get the fundamentals down pat, your imagination is your only limitation. Going back to the shutter speed, picture this, a moving swing with coloured lights and a shutter open longer than normal, I think that would look really awesome.

Or taking a picture of an object and then while the shutter is open you move a light, (like a flashlight) in a pattern, photographing the light trails, it’s called light painting, now that is a cool photo effect. Going with digital photography has the added benefit of not having expensive processing fees, so if you aren’t happy with something you delete it.

Another thing that you can do with the manual settings on your camera is HDR photography, another cool photo effect. You would use this technique to gain more detail than is possible with only one photo. Put your camera on a tripod and take 3 photo’s of the same space, at normal exposure, under exposed and over exposed to get the shadowed detail, and then you can use software to meld the images together creating a high dynamic range photograph with so much detail in the fore and back grounds and with definition that just pops.

You can use your camera to make cool photo effects such as 3D images. Your camera is capable of creating perspective illusions and even infra red to change the colour of typical photos making them look surreal. Your friends and family will be totally amazed and will want to know when you had the time to take a professional photography course.

There are many photo artists who use these cool photo effects in their art and you can learn to do this as well.