Rusty’s GIF


Rusty is my third child to take digital photography through 21st Century Cyber Charter School, and like all the others he has LOVED the class. Each week the students learn a different photography or editing technique that builds on their understanding of this art medium. This week Rusty’s assignment was to create a GIF.

For those who have no idea what I am talking about here is an excerpt from Wiki:

Graphics Interchange Format. GIFs are image files that are compressed to reduce transfer time. The proper pronunciation of the acronym is a soft “g” sound: like JIF.
The creators of the format, Bob Berry & Steve Wilhite, claim that this soft “g” sound is used. At some point one of them said, “Choosy programmers choose GIF,” a play on the peanut butter commercials where “Choosy moms choose Jif.” It can also use multiple images for animated effects (animated GIFs).

Still have no idea what I am talking about? I’ll explain it like Rusty explained it to me…

“A GIF is a series of still photos strung together to form a sort of virtual flip book.”

Remember making flip books in elementary school?

We would take a stack of paper, stapled together at the edges, and draw a simple picture that we would redraw with subtle changes on each consecutive page. When completed we could grasp the stapled edge of the booklet, and using our thumb on the unstapled edge, flip through the pages to create moving animation.


As a kid I thought they were magical.

Rusty was the same way. As a little boy he collected flip books from various places we traveled to. He found them to be as engaging and magical as I did when I was little.

So this assignment was a fun one for him. He had to take a series of 10-20 photographs and string them together into a virtual flip book, otherwise known as a GIF. He put a lot of thought into this assignment, wanting to come up with something creative. Boy did he! He came up with a story line, and with the use of one piece of toast, a black marker, and 20 paper plates, he created something wonderful…

Rusty’s GIF:


3 responses »

  1. Loved this, it made me laugh and his stick art reminds me of the bird that he drew as a small child. it is still hanging in my now office. :=)

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