Here is an essay I wrote in May 1996 about my interest in photography. Photographs back then were taken on film and developed and printed in photo laboratories or in my darkroom.
I trace my interest in being creative to the time I started photography. At school when I was 16 years old, I borrowed some darkroom equipment (enlarger, developing tank and trays) so I could process my own black and white films. At school I was very much a Maths and Science person, and detested studying English. However, Photography is an activity I have enjoyed since I was ten years old.
Today I spent nearly three hours photographing objects at home, taking screen shots on my iPhone and arranging them into a PowerPoint of 20 slides. Why am I doing this?
On the 14 May I am giving a presentation at Toastmasters titled “Why I love my iPhone”. I am using the Pecha Kucha format which is 20 slides shown for 20 seconds each, and advancing automatically. I wrote about this in a recent article on Ignite talks.
I have watched many presentations in this format but I have never done one myself, hence setting myself the challenge of giving. I am sure it is quite hard to pace myself with the slides. I have written the narration text and placed in the speakers notes. Twenty seconds per slide is only about 50 words and my next step is practice.
Here is a screen shot from the slide sorter view of PowerPoint so you can get a hint on the content. My objective is to show how the iPhone eliminates the need for various electronic devices and artefacts, as well as creating new ways of doing things.
A Mind Map is a way of writing notes in such a way to show associations, easily allow addition of new information and to quickly get an overview of a subject.
This article shows you how to draw a Mind Map and some of my hand drawn maps.
The benefit of using Mind Maps are many. Note taking is faster – they are quick to review and memorise – they help you understand the “big picture” – capture ideas quickly and useful in giving a presentation. You can see how the pieces of a subject fit together and what is missing. A lecture, presentation and even a book can be summarised into a single Mind Map.