I finally finished the elephant Butte video that I've been working on for the last four or five days. It's still hard for me to believe it takes me that long to make a video. But I have figured out one of the problems, whenever I don't know how to do something with the video, which is most of the time, I get on the Internet and start looking for answers. And the Internet being what it is, it's easy to find lots of answers. There are usually so many answers I don't know which ones are right. So then I have to dig deeper on Google to try and find out who's got the best answer.
All of that is very time-consuming, in fact sometimes it takes so long to find an answer to my question, I forget what the question was. Or let's say I'm trying to find out how to put together a time-lapse sequence, like you see in the video. After an hour of Googling I find myself on a motorcycle website looking at tires that I don't need, and I still don't know how to put together a time-lapse sequence.
I'm not sure why I keep trying to do it, I guess it's become a challenge. It's not like I don't have the time to learn a new skill but I'm beginning to wonder if I have the ability to learn how to make video. If I was going to compare taking a picture to making a video I would say taking a picture is like playing Checkers and making a video is like playing Chess.
Making a video requires a lot of planning. when you walk outside with your camera you need to know before hand what kind of video shots to bring back so they will fit in with the other shots you took before. And if you don't do that, instead of telling a story that goes smoothly from point A to point B, you end up with a mishmash of random shots that have little or no relationship to each other.
As proof of that just watch my latest video and you'll see what I mean.