I found myself on the Belfast Telegraph website yesterday looking at their rather nice crime map. A nice mashup but the ability to compare years visually would have really made it for me.
Still, whilst exploring I noticed a slideshow of the recent homecoming parade of The Royal Irish Regiment in Belfast. It’s shame that the slideshow was the the bog standard html click and link job (very old school next to a sexy mashup). An audio slideshow with soeme sound from the event would have been really evocative.
Especially when you have such fantastic shots like this one
Chuck Fadely’s Newspaper video group continuously throws up some fantastic stuff. If you have even a passing interest in video (especially if you’re in the states) then you should be on it.
A kind of Chatham House Rule exists so I tend not to cross post stuff but a thread popped up that caught my geeky interest and I thought I would share for a few minutes.
A few of the contributors have been chatting about adding a video camera to their stills camera set up. I don’t just mean putting a video camera in the bag either. I mean literally attaching a video camera to their stills camera –two for the price of one.
I’d seen something similar to this idea online a few months ago where a British snapper had a small Sony camcorder attached to his rig. Turns out it’s a guy called Roger Bentley. (Thanks Peter) (anyone remember this or have a link to the picture?).
But the sightings on the list mentioned Pure Digital’s Flip camera. It’s light and portable appeal seems to have prompted some snappers to experiment with using a shoe adaptor to attach it to their camera.
Of course there are two obvious drawbacks to this. The first is the camera noise, clicks etc, but that would be an issue if you had a videographer on the scene. The second is a more practical one – What happens when you flip your camera to shoot portrait?
While browsing around ebay (looking for Flip as it happens) I saw an ad for a Stroboframe camera flip. Being a hobbyist at best when it comes to photography, I had never come across this kind of mount before.
But it struck me that this would be perfect for mounting a camcorder, like the flip, and a stills camera and not have the rotate problem. There are a few other manufacturers doing the same thing and even though they may be a bit fiddly, it may be worth a shot.
For me, one thing that sets the image slideshows apart from video is the quality of the image. I don’t mean pixels or resolution but the surface quality. One obvious manifestation of this is the use of depth of field.
Of course the mediums are different and the mechanics mean you don’t always get the same toolbox to play with. But depth of field is one thing we can all take advantage of – snappers and video alike .
So what is it? How do you achieve it?
All is revealed in an excellent, in-depth video tutorial on Depth of Field by Justin Snodgrass. In true online frendly fashion the full 20 minute film is chunked in to 6 easy chunks.
Weiss’ words reveal a journalist whose skill as a software developer appears driven by his passion for innovative and powerful storytelling.
He has some interesting things to say that relate to the video vs. slideshow debate that went round a while back.
Couple reasons not to use video. One, newspapers still need stills. They still need still photography. Two, they have a trained staff, a trained visual staff, [which] is used to working in still photojournalism. … I think that moving from still photography to an audio slideshow helps the journalist, the visual journalist, because they can maintain the … quality that they’ve had with their still photojournalism but at the same time they can add linear storytelling skills, which will be super essential when they get to video.