A geeky tale of a father, his two sons and an iPhone
(2 Videos after the jump)
My love/addiction/obsession with my iPhone (and iPad) has been going on longer than my youngest son has been alive. Oh, I love him more than those wonderful hand held pieces of techno-heaven… but not by much. I discovered two great apps this week and below you can see the videos we were able to create with ease.
I’ll admit they are not amazing videos but filming them gave me some great moments connecting with my sons (8 years apart in age) and, as we do with all the videos we make, we’ll continue to watch them over and over again, laughing and remembering these good times. My 2 year old loves to watch videos both with and without him in it.
The app links are below each video. I suggest you try the free versions for both before you pay for the full blown, add and branded free apps. Both, I think, are well worth it since they are less than a large latte’ at O’Henry’s Coffee (and we love going to O’Henry’s). “Video in Video” – $3.99, “SloPro” – $1.99.
Recently, I’ve begun asking Camden to help me make a fun calendar every month for my desk at work. So far he’s really enjoyed it. While I’ve used other calendars crafts from other sites, Scout Creative in Birmingham, AL gave us this fun one for September. I just downloaded the PDF from their website, printed it out and together we cut it out and put it together. He loves knowing that I will have something he made for me on my desk at work… and I love having it to.
Download different calendars here:
Sometimes you don’t have to create anything to connect with your child. You just have to be honest.
Several years ago when trying to get my oldest son out the door for school and me to work, he was dragging a little and I became very irritated. About 10 feet from the car, I lost it and snapped at him. His sad little face looked up at me and I could see he didn’t understand what was going on. He was too young.
I immediately dropped my bag, got down on my knees and called him over to me. I looked him straight in the eyes and told him I was sorry… that he didn’t do anything wrong, that I was wrong and that he was a great son. Then I asked what is one of the hardest questions people have asking, “will you forgive me?”
“Yes, Daddy,” he responded and we hugged.
These words, I believe, are hard to say because it makes us look flawed… and that’s exactly what I want my son to see in me. Read the rest of this entry »
People usually have a special connection with someone with whom they’ve experienced a fun adventure. Learning alongside your child can create a connection between the two of you as you embark on an intellectual journey together.
This past weekend my oldest son and I discovered a great piece of new technology that encourage our love for stop motion animation and making videos. While watching this stop motion animation on Vimeo.com, we got the idea to try and make something similar on our own. Here is the video we created. (How we did it is below the video)
Here’s how we did it:
With a quick trip to Apple’s App Market we found iMotion with makes it very easy to create your own stop motion with the camera on your iPhone.
Ever wonder what to do with all those pictures from the summer that are sitting on your iPhone? With a simple video editing free app called Splice on the iPhone (same app works on the iPad) you can easily edit together something that looks like this, creating great memories for your family.
There are a few other free apps that can aid your creativity with pictures and videos like these. At the Apple App Store, search for: