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Editing Style
March 30, 2011, 10:05 pm
Filed under: Professional Project

I’m going for a documentary style sort look for the video. I like the editing style of Jonas Akerlund’s documentary, following Madonna’s 2004 Re-invention tour. I know there are other documentaries out there with similar editing styles as well, but I thought this was a good example of what inspired me to make the video in documentary style. I also like how some of the camera movements are used as transitions and those quick shots of flashes.

Here is a quick of video I filmed of a mate listening to his mp3 player. I basically tried to make it look as natural as possible. I’m going to use a small section of this video in the final cut. I like to include shots where the subjects are caught off guard, it just makes scenes more natural.

I don’t want to upload too much of the video, as I’m saving it all for the finished piece. But for project development, I’ll upload necessary clips showing progression.


How to become a Photojournalist
March 30, 2011, 3:46 am
Filed under: Personal Planning Reflection and Development 2

Video of Anthony Maddaloni – A Photojournalist


After doing research over the past couple of weeks on Photojournalism, I do have an idea of what the job is like and ways of kick starting a career in this role. Like, Anthony Maddaloni, mentions that there are many ways of becoming a photojournalist. I have an idea of how I want to get involved in this type of work, but it’s going to require lots of persistence.

After looking at his blog, I’m not really inspired by his photography. I think it’s more to do with the subjects, which just seem to be only people. I think there are many areas that Photojournalism cover, and he is very specific about what he documents.

Photojournalism: Words about Pictures
March 30, 2011, 3:28 am
Filed under: Personal Planning Reflection and Development 2

I found this blog entitled Photojournalism. It’s been created by Dominick Tyler, a london based photographer. More specifically he’s a photojournalist, who works for editorial and commercial clients worldwide.

Photograph by: Dominick Tyler

“No one who lives in London can have a good reason for buying rubber bands. Why spend money on a resource that is so freely available to even the most short-sighted urban forager. Brightly coloured to aid detection they are strewn along pavements in any and all seasons. Once Londoners were all apocryphally aware that they were, on average, never more than 10ft from a rat, now we are also aware that the rat is probably chewing on several rubber bands.”

Photograph by: Dominick Tyler

In the article, where I found this image, he basically discusses the convergence from moving to a compact digital camera, Panasonic Lumix DMC LX1. The image above was taken with a Ricoh GR1.

“I replaced the Fuji with a Ricoh GR1, which was the other hot compact of the day that has since evolved into a near-identical digital versions. The Ricoh had aperture priority and exposure compensation dials on the top panel allowing a fair degree of manual control and an understated matt-black-ness that whispered “I’m a discerning pro, incognito”.”

I’ve just been browsing through his blog and I like his work. The more I see it, the more I want to get involved in this field of work. I’m starting to really feel I’ve found a job that I want to pursue.

Cafe Scene
March 30, 2011, 2:27 am
Filed under: Professional Project

Managed to squeeze in some filming this afternoon, at my local cafe. This is going to be a small scene in the video where the narrator talks about relaxing and taking a break from listening to music. The filming took about 40 minutes roughly. I’m still working in the mindset of a documentarist and capturing natural moments. A documentary is meant to be a way of exploring events to get to the best possible conclusion.

Editing has begun!
March 28, 2011, 1:07 am
Filed under: Professional Project

I’ve started editing all the footage I’ve filmed so far for the RNID video. I needed to see the footage put together so I can get a better Idea of how it’s turning out. I’m pretty pleased with everything so far. There is still more filming to do and I now have a few more new visual ideas of what I want to use, to give the message in the video more emphasis. Today I managed to film the narrator shots, which was a bit challenging… but I think I pulled it off. The Rode Video microphone proved to be really effective in picking up the narrators voice clearly.

Here are some screenshots of raw footage from the video.

Photojournalism: Through The Lens
March 27, 2011, 6:10 am
Filed under: Personal Planning Reflection and Development 2

I’ve recently started thinking about Journalism as a career path for myself to pursue. Since I’ve started this course there have been a lot of things that I’d thought I’d enjoy doing, but my pre-conceptions were wrong. I guess it’s not a bad thing though, because at least I’m starting to narrow things down and having a better understanding about what I really want to. At the beginning of the course I had lots of ideas about what sort of work I’d like to do, after I graduate, but I found it hard choosing exactly what it was that I really wanted to do. My mind was all over the place. I knew that if I stick with course and keep trying out new things, I’ll start to realise what’s for me and what isn’t. I guess it’s the same for everyone on my course.

Anyway, I came across this article about Photojournalism on the skillset website, which caught my attention. I’ve discussed before, in a previous post, about wanting a job that involved a bit of travelling; being part of big events. I think that photojournalism will give me that opportunity to do just that. Before I venture off into this discussion, I want to point out that Photojournalists or Press Photographers aren’t in the same category to ‘buzzing insects’, which is commonly referred to as Paparazzi. To me the paparazzi don’t document news or current events. They literally  spend their time creeping about, photographing celebrities and hoping to make a quick buck from it. Photojournalists I feel are more diplomatic. I was reading through an article from this online blog, called the The Photojournalist, which is basically viewing the paparazzi in a negative tone and stating they aren’t connected to photojournalists. I’ve taken this quote, which is in the concluding section of the article and I think it justifies the differences between the paparazzi and photojournalists.

‘You are certainly not documenting news events as photojournalists do, you are just creating entertainment and causing havoc in the process. It’s my opinion that Paparazzi and their ilk have no place in a decent society.’

I have to admit I really enjoy blogging and it’s one of things I enjoy about my course. We don’t do much writing on our course, except at the end of the year, where we do a 1000 word write up, evaluating everything. I like to get to the end of the day, sit down, chill out to some music and  do some blog entries…. even if nobody reads them!

Press Photographer or Photojournalist

The link above is to an article about the differences of roles between a Press Photographer and a Photojournalist. There are certain elements I’m drawn to in both roles. As mentioned in the article, Press Photographers work more in the newspaper field, whereas the work for photojournalists is more magazine based. However, I’m sure it’s possible that a lot of Photojournalists do provide publications for newspapers and vice versa for Press Photographers.

I feel one of the main differences between the two jobs, is that one is more documentary based (Photojournalism).

‘Photojournalists record longer term, documentary-style stories and situations, both at home and abroad. This involves taking a more considered approach, and shooting stories from a particular point of view that reflects the philosophy of the journal’s editor or owner.’

Press photography is more of an imminent  approach to photography in the sense that it captures current news and events.

‘Press Photographers produce photographs of current events, and the people involved in them, on a daily basis, for national or local newspapers, news magazines and press agencies. Images are invariably shot on location, using hand-held digital cameras with a portable electronic flash, with the photographer also carrying a laptop and a mobile phone so that they can download images directly to the picture desk.’

As a lot of people are aware that newer DSLR’s, available to the average consumer, are now fully capable tools of creating really great digital video in stunning HD. I’m pretty optimistic that the video capabilities on DSLR’s will impact the way current and future Photojournalists work, by conveying their documentations through motion picture as well as still imagery.


Music/Audio for Video
March 24, 2011, 11:43 pm
Filed under: Professional Project

I’ve been looking at what audio I’m going to use for the RNID video. I know that the narrators voice is going to be heard throughout the video, so I want to make sure I can get the audio sounding professional.  I have managed to book out the Rode VideoMic for my camera, this way I can capture really professional audio. Apparatly the great thing with the rode videomic is that drowns out external noise, if you have someone talking in front of the camera; therefore you can hear the dialogue better.

I’ve been looking on youtube to see sound quality comparisons of the built in microphone on canon 550d and rode video mic.

Although, judging the sound quality between the built in mic and the rode mic, there isn’t really much difference. However, I’ll still use the rode mic as it will give a a better audio recording overall.

Below is picture of my camera mounted with the rode video microphone, which I’ve hired from the uni. I did some audio tests, but I couldn’t really tell much difference between the two filters, so I’m just going to film with the high pass filter on.


I’ve also looked into music, which is something compulsory for this video. I’ve been fixated on finding a piece of audio that’s quite upbeat, but also to have a nice ambient sound as well. I heard that Moby offers royalty free tracks of his own work, to film students, independent and non-profit filmmakers.

“this portion of moby.com, ‘film music’, is for independent and non-profit filmmakers, film students, and anyone in need of free music for their independent, non-profit film, video, or short.
the music is free as long as it’s being used in a non-commercial or non-profit film, video, or short.
if you want to use it in a commercial film or short then you can apply for an easy license, with any money that’s generated being given to the humane society.”

I’ve had a listen to all the tracks available and I did come across one track that I think would work well for my project. I’ve put in a request for the track, so I’m going to have to wait and find out if I’ll be able to use it.


I have received a confirmation email saying that I’d be able to use the requested track for the video!


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