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some more iPhone photography
January 16, 2012, 11:27 pm
Filed under: Extended Major Project, General, Photography

I’m just constantly impressed with the iPhone’s capability of taking amazing photos such as these two. I’m not sure what software they’ve used to manipulate the image with, but I’m sure it’s app you can download onto the phone.

Walk Away by tabiwallah

I like this image because it reminds of the James Bond gunbarrel sequence. I think this shot is really well composed as it draws you in to man walking in the centre.

Untitled  By Souichi Furusho

I love the simplicity of this image with it’s strong contrast of black and white. Again, I like the way it’s composed.

These images are really inspiring to me as I’m about embark on another big project involving my iPhone, yet again. In a way I feel they link in with the theme of my title, which I’ve decided to go with; The Invisible Camera, because the subjects in the image are distant from the camera.


Nice Video Production Work
October 27, 2011, 1:17 am
Filed under: General, Video

I’ve been really enjoying listening to Coldplay’s latest album release, Mylo Xyloto. Visually, I’m a big fan of the colourful street art look, which is being injected into theme of their album artwork and videos.  I’ve got two video examples, which have my two favourite songs from the album; Paradise and Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall.

Album Promo video

I like the simplicity of embedding the video footage into the brick wall to create an animated street art styled piece.

Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall (Official Music Video)

I find the stop motion technique really works well for this song as it syncs perfectly to the rhythm of the song.

August 19, 2011, 11:33 pm
Filed under: General, Specialist Project

On Thursday I went to the Apple Store in Covent Garden to listen to a talk from the iPhoneorapher, Gordon Fraser. I thought going to this event maybe worth while as I’m looking to make a documentary using an iPhone for my specialist project. After the event, I felt more inclined to want to pursue using an iPhone to film with. However, I’m unsure wether I should think about using an adapter that will allow me to attach dslr lenses onto the iPhone. Although this will enable me to capture really cinematic shots on my phone, I do feel I should work within the limits of the device and see if I can produce something without the need of external accessories. Plus, like most iPhoneographers, they don’t revert to using lens adapters; just the iPhone.

London Eye - Image by Gordon Fraser

Gordon was originally a traditional photographer after receiving a film camera from a relative. The presentation took us on a small journey on how he moved on from using a traditional film camera, to a digital camera and then to a smartphone. He spoke about how borrowing an iPhone from a friend unleashed a new creativity within, and how this has lead to him winning awards and having his work exhibited internationally. Throughout his talk, he demonstrated  how you can take better images on the iPhone by using specify photographic applications.  As well as presenting his own work to us, Gordon also showed work from other well known iPhoneographers such as, Aik Beng Chia.

Aik is responsible for creating a series of iphone photographs entitled, I’m No Banksy. This project has Chia photoshopping the famous graffiti artist’s pieces onto images he took of people on the streets of Singapore. The results are humorous interactive wall pieces between the strangers and the artwork. Chia was inspired to do this project after seeing that Banksy never completed a stencil in Singapore.

I’ve been using my iPhone quite a lot recently to take photos with. The photo above was a photo I took on my iPhone, just outside the Apple Store in Covent Garden. I have more of my own iPhone photography on my flickr profile.

Journalist and iPhoneographer: Richard Koci Hernandez
August 7, 2011, 2:36 pm
Filed under: General, Specialist Project, Video

The art of discretion by using an iPhone to capture natural street photography.

This is a nice short video following Emmy award-winning multimedia journalist and iPhoneographer, Richard Koci Hernandez. I feel this video strongly relates to what I’m wanting to do for this unit. As it currently stands, I aim to create a short documentary for my specialist project. Like Hernandez, I’m looking to find new ways of putting together a story using new multimedia technology. In this video, Hernandez says “I’ll use any tool available, as long as it helps me tell the story I wanna tell, I’ll use it.” I like the way he is thinking forward into how he can be more discreet as a journalist and be able to capture more realistic photographs.

This is definitely something I’m going to develop on for my project!

BBC developing new iPhone app for news Reporters
July 31, 2011, 12:20 am
Filed under: General, Specialist Project

The BBC is developing an app that will allow its reporters in the field to file video, stills and audio directly into the BBC system from an iPhone or iPad.

Within the next month, the BBC is set to roll out an iOS app that will allow field reporters to broadcast live from their iPhone using nothing but the 3G service to carry the data transmission, an article from Journalism.co.uk states.

The app will also allow BBC field reporters to file still photos, video and audio directly into the BBC content management system from any iPhone or iPad.

As Journalism.co.uk points out, the ability to broadcast right from an iPhone would mean that reporters could no longer have to carry cumbersome satellite or codex equipment. Martin Turner, BBC’s head of operations for newsgathering, told Journalism.co.uk, “Reporters have been using smartphones for a while now, but it was never good quality. You might do it when there was a really important story. Now it is beginning to be a realistic possibility to use iPhones and other devices for live reporting, and in the end, if you’ve got someone on the scene then you want to be able to use them. That capability is a really important one.”



This video shows how mobile technology is changing the way we get news from and we’re able to see more stories/reports evolve as they happen.



DSLR Mount For iPhones
July 30, 2011, 11:53 pm
Filed under: General, Specialist Project, Video

I came across this video which is recorded using an iPhone 4 that is attached to a DSLR lens mount.


As you can see you are able to control the depth of field and focusing, without it affecting the quality of the iPhone 4’s HD video feature. This is definitely extending the possibilities of movie making with an iPhone 4 to a professional standard.

LOMO like pictures by iPhone 4

Condition ONE app combines iPad and photo journalism
July 20, 2011, 3:51 pm
Filed under: General, Specialist Project, Video

One of the main objectives to making a documentary is making it as realistic as possible. Documentaries are about getting to the truth of something through factual events, so it needs to be as realistic as possible. I have often thought about making a video in which you can control your perspective. With the Gyroscope built into the iPhone 4 and iPad, surely it’s a possible? Well, It turns out that a company is in fact in the middle of developing an application to allow filmmakers and photographers to do just that.

Condition ONE is a mobile media technology company developing the tools and platform to combine filmmaking, photojournalism and mobile devices to pioneer powerful immersive experiences.

Traditional photo journalism has always had a limited point of view. You could only see what was in front of the camera. Video photo journalism added a new dimension to reporting as the camera could pan around an area giving the user views from multiple vantage points. However, with both photo and video journalism, viewers have no control over what they see in the shot. War documentarian Danfung Dennis is on the brink of changing this thanks to a custom camera system and the iPad. The former is a new tool for the photo journalist to record events, and the latter is a tool for the viewer to immerse themselves in that event and control what they see.

Dennis created an app called Condition ONE, which allows viewers to use their iPads as fully interactive windows into photo journalist images. As you can see in the video below (warning, NSFW language), Condition ONE allows you to interact with a current scene in what is probably most easily comparable to a moving photograph from the world of Harry Potter. Users can pan up, down and rotate around to get a complete look at an event in a set moment in time as if they were actually there. Dennis told Time that the point of Condition ONE is to create a new form of storytelling that will “shake viewers out of their numbness to traditional media and provide them a powerful emotional experience.”

While there is no hard launch date or price, the Condition ONE app is set to debut in mid-2011 and is sure to change the way many see an event that has occurred halfway around the world. “Once viewers enter a video experience, they can move the tablet in any direction and see the corresponding field of view,” says Dennis. “The traditional two-dimensional, rectangular frame is shattered as viewers step inside the frame and experience the stories as the protagonists.”

SourceCondition ONE app combines iPad and photo journalism


This is definitely something that is relevant to what I’m going to do for my Specialist Project.

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