How I thought about photography nearly 20 years ago

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.

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Don’t tell me – show me!

Stanley Kubrick
Stanley Kubrick

I am presenting at the ASTC (Australian Society of Technical Communicators) Annual Conference in Sydney on the 18th October 2014.

This article gives a summary of my talk and links to useful resources and example videos referenced in my presentation

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Why I love my iPhone5 !

My and my iPhoneToday 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.

20 slides
20 slides

Mind Maps – An Introduction

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.

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National Geographic Maps

I have always regarded the National Geographic magazine to the best in its class for informative maps, photography and visual explanations.

I am starting a new series of articles to highlight a selection of graphics from recent issues and explain why I think they are so good.

The June 2012 issue has a story “Hong Kong Jitters” (view the photos from the story online) . Included in the article is a map showing the places mentioned in the story.

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