I really feel good about yesterday. It was one of those days where everything just marched along as it should and in the end, I felt like I really accomplished a lot. I felt good and I stayed really focused on what I wanted to accomplish and by the time the day was complete, I had done what I had set out to do and more. There were few distractions and I really had fun too.
One of the most important things that I did was to get my next lesson up. It had been a couple of weeks since I posted the previous lesson, and I was beginning to get that pressure from being woefully behind. I know that there is no real set time frame on the class, but I like to keep things moving. I just had other stuff that I wanted (and needed) to work on that did have time frames and they came first. I had to get those things behind me before I felt I could move on and get the next lesson together.
I still am somewhat struggling with the video parts of the classes. I don’t know why, but it is difficult for me to relax when I am shooting. I think that I over think things, because once I get things rolling, I seem to settle down and get the point across. I keep pushing ahead because I do see improvement in each one and hopefully if I keep making them, it will be easier to be natural when shooting them.
I am also learning how to edit them a little better (not that I am doing anything major!) A week or so ago, I found out the hard way that my camera has a time limit of about 10 minutes when recording videos. I was trying to cut something for a future lesson and I was so pleased because everything went according to plan. The line that I was cutting was quite long, and apparently I went over the ten minute limit and although I though I did the entire thing quite nicely, when reviewing what was recorded, I was sad to see it cut off abruptly a couple of minutes prior to me finishing.
That was quite discouraging and it just took the wind out of my sails for the time being and for the moment I gave it up. I suppose that had something to do with me taking so long to do the next lesson. I just needed to get away from it for the time being. Besides – there were other things that needed attention.
But yesterday was much better. It was getting to the point where I needed to get back on that horse and get the next lesson going. I was beginning to feel guilty because there were plenty of people following along and I knew it was about time to post another one. So I gave it a try.
I wouldn’t say that it was the best video that you have seen, but I hope it isn’t the worst either. I did get the points that I wanted mention across and I think it worked OK. I think that over all it was a positive contribution to the lesson and helped people better understand what I was saying. I won’t start pointing out what I think was wrong with it (I know there are several things) because I don’t think that would be a productive thing for me to do. I am sure you all see some things and if you don’t, then I don’t want to be the one to tell you. :)
But one thing happened that I didn’t quite expect. I felt myself starting to feel more comfortable and seeing the improvement encouraged me to continue on. I decided that since everything was all set up, I would forge ahead and work on the next lesson.
I did the next part one step at a time, turning off the camera to take a breath after completing each segment. I found that this approach made things much easier. It gave me a chance to gather my thoughts and take small breaks and think about what I was going to do next.
Changing to doing things this way made a world of difference. The compilation of segments went together quite easily and look good. Although the video is a bit longer, I think it is the best one yet and I think that it does a decent job of showing what I want to show. I am going to finish working on the next lesson (Lesson 10) today and I should have it posted by this afternoon. Since Lesson 9 wasn’t an over complicated lesson, I think that this will be fine for people. Besides, the great thing about these classes is that everyone can go at their own pace. Just because it is posted doesn’t mean that people have to do it right away.
I saw a cartoon this week that I wanted to share with you all. I felt it struck a bit of a true note with most of us:
In seeing the wonderful array of projects and classes here on Lumberjocks, I am sure that many of you can relate. There is so much talent here and we tend to look at the successful people and think how easy it is for them to accomplish these things. However, usually things are far closer in reality to the second part of the picture. One of my favorite philosophies when things are rough is “If it were easy, everyone would be doing it.” I think that sometimes the best way to be successful is to keep trying different things until you finally find the one that works.
I hope you enjoy the class. :)
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"