Realised I’ve not posted on my blog in over a year! (Well a year yesterday)
Of late I post my photos to Instagram.
And have developed my main website to more of a portfolio site.
So will continue to use this blog just to post items of interest – mostly found elsewhere.
So here’s one – a video trailer for a Music Photography book by Neal Preston.
I first found out about him from a Matthias HTBARP podcast.
Have ordered the book 🙂
Come across this and thought I’d share.
Seems Chris Hondros was injured/killed in the same incident as Tim Hetherington. Wiki says he was a finalist for a Pulitzer on two occasions.
Just the trailer so far – so hard to tell how good/bad it might be.
The Trailer website: http://www.chrishondrosfilm.com/trailer/2015/4/9/hondros-teaser-trailer
Less about photography and more about tech this one.
For last couple of years I’ve thought about playing around with ardunio tech, wanting to make something both technical and creative. In parallel I’ve also wondered about some day pushing something like this beyond the point of just messing around or doing for fun – i.e. launching into a wider audience by starting a company or similar.
Just come across this video which is really interesting on many of those aspects plus maker community, open source etc – and thought I’d share.
Original source is here: http://99u.com/videos/52119/chris-anderson-how-and-why-i-built-a-drone-empire-with-a-19-year-old
999u.com seems really interesting – will follow their video feed.
While viewing something else on eBay (a short video on Jay Misel) I spotted another video that sounded interesting. One by BBC Scotland in a series called “What do artists do all day?” This on on photographer Albert Watson.
I’ve only started watching it but thought it worthy of sharing. It;s in two parts.
Finding it tricky not to be bemused by his accent – Scottish one minute and American the next.
Another one of these inspirational little videos I occasionally come across and enjoy. Not specifically about photography, in fact it’s about music/composing, but rather can really be about almost anything where you create something and can get stuck into it a bit too much.
It starts a bit strangely but stick with it.
I get several elements from it, others may get different things.
I know I’ve been guilty of comparing myself to others or my photography to theirs. Sometimes this can be disheartening. I think it’s healthy sometimes – pushes us to be better within ourselves, but it can have negative issues too.
Also – I know I’ve been guilty of getting stuck into editing and turning other things down because I have too much to do.
And we’re all probably guilty of taking life too seriously at times.
Love this so much I thought I’d share.
Simple but effective and very inspiring in wanting me to take the camera out.
If interested there’s some behind the scenes stuff here : http://petapixel.com/2014/08/23/stunning-video-paris-captured-viewfinder-old-pentax-67/
Just come across another few inspirational videos.
This is a series by Smugmug on YouTube designed to do exactly that i.e. inspire.
I prefer this one:
But from the Von Wong video I like the quote :
“I think if you start doing the stuff that you love, and you start sharing the stuff that you love, then sooner or later people will start hiring you to do the stuff that you love”
A topic I often reflect on is the possibility of going it out solo / alone…..
Having worked in IT for almost 14 years I’ve never actually freelanced. I’ve always been a PAYE employee. In all that period I’ve only been out of work something like 2-3 months – most of it when made redundant 6 years ago. I didn’t try to “go alone” in any way – I just hit the job sites and search, search, searched for IT work in Photography which I eventually found. So from time to time when thinking about photography, inspirational entrepreneurs when reading Wired, and stories like Instagram etc I wonder what it would be like to go it solo. Start my own company, do something I’m passionate about and be my own boss.
The prospect is quite scary to me. Especially in the current climate and when reading so many photography blogs about it being a bad time for the industry either due to spending cuts or so many “weekend warriors” (such as myself) taking the work of full time pros.
However it is also quite appealing. Both for the creativity but also other aspects – such as being your own boss. Sometimes I feel like I’m hitting my head against a brick wall when dealing with bosses. Also hearing stories about the founders of .com’s such as Twitter, instagram, GoPro, Facebook and so on makes me think that to “make it big” you have to take a bold step into the unknown.
Will I ever do it ?
I don’t know. Currently my safety net or the Satatus Quo is to safe to let go. I guess there is the option of doing something part time – but I never seem to have spare time for anything.
But for those that do – I salute you.
What started this ramble ?
The video is very inspiring, but Zack’s blog post very scary. Both seem to go hand in hand on this topic.
Here’s a little video that friends and I recorded last June during the London to Brighton Bike ride.
My friend Zoe is the main person behind the UK distribution of Stepper bikes: http://www.3gstepperbike.co.uk. She’d got a team of friends together to do the charity ride on them and asked me if I could do some photography for them. I thought we could do better than just photography – why not video it using the GoPro’s we have at work!
So armed with 6 GoPros and various attachments we kitted out their bikes and one helmet to record it. Needless to say we have HOURS of footage. I’ve only recently found time (and remembered!) to put something together. The internet being what it is with a short attention span I wanted the video to be limited to 3-5 minutes. So I found a suitable song and put a few clips together. Shame it’s so short but it meant only one (long) evening for me.[vimeo http://vimeo.com/63502580]
After producing this someone mentioned that Premiere Pro has a stabilising effect inbuilt – if only I’d known! Don’t fancy re-doing it as I’d have to upload separately and Vimeo free account will only allow one HD video a week.
And a few photos.
Just come across the full length video of a trailer I mentioned before here on the blog so thought I’d share.
Not watched it yet – but one to be flagged for later :), enjoy.
“The digital revolution of the last decade has unleashed creativity and talent in an unprecedented way, with unlimited opportunities.
But does democratized culture mean better art or is true talent instead drowned out? This is the question addressed by PressPausePlay, a documentary film containing interviews with some of the world’s most influential creators of the digital era.”
Not photography specific, but relevant.
In November I went to Kenya to photograph my friends Ed + Poppy’s wedding. Rather than just the wedding we had a week at a beach resort, the wedding on the Friday, and then week after a few of us went on Safari. So watch this space for lots of safari photos and some wedding photos. I’ll probably go into depth about the fortnight in another post.
But thought I’d share this – I also took along a GoPro. Tried it in the pool a few times but there’s only so much you can do with it without creeping people out 😉 However the wedding party (or at least pre-week group) as a whole all went on a Dhow trip. A Dhow is a traditional kind of boat.
This is of course recorded with the waterproof casing.
I recorded at 60fps (Frames per second) which is roughly double speed of what standard videos are – the benefit of doing so is that you can later slow it down without it being too juddery, or that’s the theory at least.
This is a compilation I put together from that footage. Some is real time (and I’ve generally left the sound in a bit on these), some half speed I think and some at a third. (Afraid I did it a while ago so can’t remember exactly).
The shots of guys (Ed the groom + others) jumping in towards the end are the pieces that are slowed down the most. Opening and ending sequence are also slowed down a bit too – although you might not be able to tell. I think it looks a lot better – steady waves or swell of the sea.
All put together in Premiere Pro. I think it’s worked better than the colour on my canal boat timelapse. One thing I had read was that Premiere Pro didn’t cope well with GoPro mp4’s – so I re-encoded them first using Streamclip. Essentially just open it and then SaveAs “mov” – it will re-package the video without affecting the actual frames themselves. This video lark is quite complicated.
Oh – it’s also worth updating your Premiere Pro if using CS4 – there are pre-made HD sequence packages that prove quite handy.
Oh – and apologies for the thumb in shot occasionally 😉 Something to remember when using a fisheye gopro next time. Left that in as it’s only a bit of fun video.