Sometimes You Just Draw a Blank

So I am sitting here, thinking about the different things I can bring you, to enlighten you, and it seems I am having some difficulty. I usually like to give the reader some interesting tip using Photoshop, or some other software to work with photos, or even videos. But today nothing is coming to me, so why don’t you indulge me and read what’s been happening here at the CAPE, and what I have learned to do recently.

You might remember that we had that huge deluge a few weeks back that flooded the back end of the CAPE, forcing my relocation to the front of the building with the rest of the equipment from the back. No worries, as during my time in the military I had to deal with a lot worse (as I mentioned in a previous blog). Now, if I learned anything from silly 1980s movies starring Clint Eastwood, is that one should be able “to adapt, to improvise.” And I have! This past week I have used an empty classroom in another building as a makeshift photo studio, using a lighting scheme using whatever I could scrounge up… and the photos have come out very nicely, if I say so myself! Also, this past weekend I was tasked to provide video and photographic support to the Empty Bowls event. Using some action cameras, a ladder, and some masking tape, I was able to create a pretty interesting time-lapse video of the occasion. It turned out pretty bueno, I think.

So what is my point? Well, maybe it has to do with being resilient and not breaking. I imagine it like a stream of water coming to a little dam, and then just finding a way to continue its path. Yep, that’s me. If you hit an obstacle, take a step back, look around, and see if there is another path you can take to get to your goals. I can be done.

Hopefully I will get back on track next week, and give you some cool technologically-based tips, but you just never know.

Steve Holsonback
Instructional Media Design Specialist
Center for Academic & Professional Excellence
Ext. 3425


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