My Facebook friends must be thinking I'm nuts (again). I've been tinkering with Facebook Stories and its Camera Effects. In fact, I've been playing so much I'm also looking into the Camera Effects and AR (augmented reality) developer group.
First, here's some of the images that I've been creating. Here are some public images that I was playing with while in Portland at the World Domination Summit.
Changing Camera Effects
I took both of these pictures -- the same picture with Camera Effects -- while at Directors Park in Portland, OR. The original picture was a slightly out of focus shot of three young girls playing. I was sitting near their parents, who were so happy that the girls were enjoying themselves in the water (so the moms could enjoy and talk). I took the photo, as I was entranced by their joy of play, and then shared it with the moms. They were so happy with the versions of it that they wanted them emailed back to them. I also shared it with the girls, who wanted more. MORE!
Here's how these were altered with Facebook Story Camera Effect.
- I took the picture from within Facebook, from Stories on my Moto Z Play Android.
- I then could either swipe through filters and overlays, or click the Effects icon, which is a magic wand.
- I could select from options then that included things that looked like hot air balloons, which were combinations of filters that changed the nature of the image blocks, letting me create painting-like effects.
Since then, Facebook seemed to get rid of the balloons, and have expanded things that look like spheres. Each seems to do a different thing. I also can take photos with a Camera Effect on, and then can add a second Camera Effect with the Effects icon as well.
Here are many of my crazy examples:
This one used the Gandalf-like AR addon, and then playing with the different spheres after the photo was taken.
This was the "first" Camera Effect layer, for comparison.
Comparing Effects - Me and Tree
My start - LAX Morning
Outdoor Images -- Getting the Hang of it
Simple Morning Shot
Down the Rabbit Hole - Playing with Layered Effects
CPAP and darkness effect
Using staggered shots
Using background and patterns
My favorite Facebook Camera Effect
Today I’m working on taxes for our two college students’ FAFSAs and watching “Abstract: The Art of Design” on Netflix in the background. Christoph Niemann is both in his story and telling his story about craft and life. He is a character and an animated person with his character . . . and a voice.
Two of his statements struck me about the work I’m doing now on career and vocation exploration.
First: “Creating a process to do it allows you to do unembarrassing stuff on command is the only way you can survive . . . if you create an armor of craft around you.” This makes sense from other work on creativity and boundary-setting. We often can do better regular, daily work in creative spaces if we set hard edges around the work and create routine. Having the skills and letting them work in focused settings then lets creative work have a place to build.
Yet Second: “The one thing that is dangerous about working on your craft and the world around you is that it can keep you from asking the really valid questions . . . what is the real thing I’m trying to get good at?”