Thursday, January 17, 2013

Copious notes...

(A Weekly Top Shot entry)

I hated taking notes in school but it was a necessary evil.  That person standing up in front of the room was feeding you information that was not in the book but was going to be on the test.  And then you couldn't use a highlighter in the book...it wasn't yours, it was the property of the school.  You had no choice, you had to take notes.

Copious notes from my Lightroom4 and Nik Software Captured books.
A fog is slowly setting in...courtesy of Color Efex Pro.

Today, I take more notes than ever...and not because I have to but because I want to.  I actually enjoy it.  Now I'm learning something I have a passion for.  I did not have a passion for algebra or science.

I know all these notes will not be the absolute way I will grasp this topic, this new way to edit photos.  I'm a hands-on person so working with the actual program, over and over, will get the procedures securely into my head but I need the notes to help me get 'there.'

How do you get 'there?'

18 comments:

  1. Wow you are learning something exciting.....I can't wait to see your photos .....

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  2. When I was first learning how to use my DSLR, I would take "cheat sheet notes" - quick little reminders - in a little notebook. Things like "smaller f-stop means bigger hole" or "small aperture will blur the background more". That, coupled with practice, resulted in it being second nature. For editing, getting a workflow down was really important. Jotting those steps down and repeat, repeat, repeat. Now it's second nature.....

    Can't wait to see what you've learned!

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  3. Oops, I meant small aperture number means blurred background.....

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  4. I'm a margin writer and a highlighter... that's why I don't like ebooks!

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  5. being back in school, i more then relate! sadly, it all forgotten once the test is behind me! ha!

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  6. i just go at it .. can't read directions, my mind begins to wander off in a whole other direction and refuses to come back

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  7. I like your fog.

    Notes! Must take notes! If I'm learning, it's in a notebook, then experimenting. Like Daryl, I find it hard to read directions, though I can if I have a talk with myself about discipline. And these days if I don't get tasks organized onto a list I'm good for one thing at a time before I go off the reservation in disarray.

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  8. I was bad at note taken then and I'm bad at it now. Can't write fast enough. When dealing with software, I just read as needed, and find my way around. Good luck.

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  9. I've always been an OJT type of person -- doing is learning. But I jot down all kinds of notes these days because I can't remember sh*t. :)

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  10. Good for you! I don't mess with any photo editing programs other than iPhoto. Love the fog settling in! Nice job!

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  11. Love your blog title and header ~ and your photo is very creative and 'zen' like ~ love it!

    (A Creative Harbor) ^_^

    ps. am your latest GFC follower ^_^

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  12. I love the perspective and subject of this shot. I love paper and pencil/pen, so this shot really drew me in!

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  13. Nancy @ ARJ cracked me up... Helene, I'm so glad you came by to share on Weekly Top Shot #66!

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  14. I, too, take notes on "how to do" whatever it is .... I need it to remember! This is a terrific image.....maybe I should have you tell me how you did this photo, so I could write it down!

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  15. this is what I am teaching my kiddos!

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  16. I've been a note-taker most of my life. Somehow, in those random unorganized musings I reveal my self.

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  17. Great advice, Helene! and something I should be doing more of... love that fog :)

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  18. I don't have trouble learning photography and editing technology because I love it. My problem is remembering why I left one room to do something in another. Old-timerz.

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