Digital and Analog Storytelling

The entire history of human expression, slightly abridged

Intro to the Daily Create

TDC 002

TDC 002: Make a photo that looks better in black and white

The Daily Create is part of UMW’s DS106 program, and it features daily assignments to practice digital storytelling fundamentals. It’s the equivalent of sit ups or jogging, “a regular dose of creative exercises (and it more fun than jumping jacks, pushups, and P90X).” Or maybe a better comparison is to sketching. If you want to get good at drawing, then you need to sketch, you need to practice doing it daily. In the Gottschall reading that we did for class (from Jonathan Gottschall’s The Storytelling Animal for readers who aren’t in RCCORE 334),  he points out that people suffering from amnesia who practice piano for fifteen minutes a day get better without even remembering what they had done the day before. The same theory applies here.

TDC 003: Take a photograph that emphasizes the sky by placing the horizon very low or very high.

TDC 003: Take a photograph that emphasizes the sky by placing the horizon very low or very high.

I encountered the Daily Create very early on in my work with DS106, right when it started last January. I was working on a grant-writing project on educational innovation where I came upon Ben Grimes’s blog regarding the Summer of Oblivion event at DS106. I lurked for awhile, following the #ds106 tag on Twitter but not really participating very much until January when I started in for real.

The key to the whole deal is that YOU DO THE ASSIGNMENT THAT DAY, that way everyone else who is doing it can see it. The page that houses your assignment lives on in the archives of the Daily Create site, but the site’s front page moves on to the next assignment. The key is to get your stuff in that day.

TDC 004: Take a photograph of someone holding an old photo of themselves.

TDC 004: Take a photograph of someone holding an old photo of themselves.

The best part of the Daily Create for me is being forced to be sillier than I would otherwise, to take photographs I wouldn’t have thought to take otherwise, to record and layer audio for effects that I never would have bothered to mess around with otherwise. Sure, there are poems about cats in there. But there are also photos like the one above, that birthed a character that I’ve been messing around with for a whole year. Or the photos closer to the top of the blog, which were taken up north and which I really like having now. The angles of the bridge in Petoskey (or maybe it was Charlevoix?), or the shot of Lake Superior (that’s right, SUPERIOR) with that swirl-smudge of cloud in the center of the composition.

That little push is nice, just to get you out the door.

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2 comments on “Intro to the Daily Create

  1. Jim Groom
    January 26, 2013

    Is this the bagman? The bagman cometh? The bagman rocketh? Show yourself! ;)Bagman was one of the most awesome things of Spring 20123, and this video was brilliant http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNmNzxYOG3U

    • B Short
      January 26, 2013

      An early appearance! (I can tell because he’s gained so much weight since that first vid…)

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